Who We Are

Our core team is comprised of Kevin Barthel, and Dr. Malcolm Childress.

We have a track record of global impact through thought leadership and research, both in senior positions at the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank Group, the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the Land Tenure Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We launched Land Alliance in 2014 to fill a set of gaps in resolving land issues which are holding back quality development worldwide.

Our aim is to scale up, speed up and improve quality of outcomes in land tenure and property rights systems.

We believe that we have a unique opportunity to realize these outcomes to achieve prosperity of people and places while the global recognition of land rights and land use is at a historic high.



Kevin Barthel
Co-Executive Director
Senior Practice Manager - Land Administration
Kevin Barthel, a Land Alliance founder, has 28 years of experience as a professional geographer focused on property rights and land policy to promote economic development and sound natural resource management, including a focus on emerging technology.
Malcolm Childress
Co-Executive Director
Senior Practice Manager - Urban and Environment
Malcolm Childress is a multi-disciplinary land resources specialist with 25 years of global experience, including urban and rural property rights, and strategy for managing critical global ecosystems. His focus areas include land policy and governance, land markets, land registration, property taxation, cadastral systems and spatial planning.

Associated Consultants

We have a growing team of associated consultants that regularly participate in our projects.

Gabriela Vaz Rodrigues
Associated Consultant
Gabriela Vaz Rodrigues has 7 years of experience in the preparation and supervision of projects financed by multilateral development banks, including analysis of institutional, social and operational aspects of land administration systems.
Laura Bermudez
Associated Consultant
Laura Bermudez is a cultural anthropologist with 8 years of experience in qualitative research, documenting social impact and an emerging interest in land tenure security and rural development.
Victor Endo
Associated Consultant
Víctor Endo is a land administration specialist with 25 years of experience in the legal and institutional components of land regularization, registration and land governance in general. He is the regional Coordinator of the World Bank’s Land Governance Assessment Framework for LAC region. He is the founder of Administracion del Territorio, a consultancy firm based in Lima.
German Zarama
Associated Consultant
Germán Zarama is an attorney and MA in international relations, with extensive experience in rural development, land governance in conflict scenarios and working with vulnerable populations. He has advised different projects in the public and private sectors in Colombia as well as international organizations such as the OAS.
Cynthia Berning
Associated Consultant
Cynthia Berning is a project management professional with expertise in land tenure, agriculture, irrigation and rural finance projects. She has ten years of rural development experience in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, China, Latin America and Eastern Europe.


Maureen Madden
Operations Manager
Maureen has been with Land Alliance since October 2013. She now works as the Operations Manager, supporting the Land Alliance Executive Directors by ensuring effective operation of the organization. She assists with administrative needs along with researching technical issues.