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Betsy Bassan, President and CEO

Betsy Bassan is the founder, President, and CEO of Panagora Group. Previously, Ms. Bassan held a variety of executive and leadership positions. As a senior vice president at Chemonics, Betsy created a new health practice, ultimately building a $350M portfolio of innovative health activities around the world. In the 90s, she led Chemonics’ startup Europe and Eurasia division. At Save the Children, she served as project director for a major USAID global health initiative to increase PVO/NGO capacity. Betsy has served the industry in many capacities. As Chair, she led the transformation of the Small Business Association for International Companies (SBAIC) from an informal network into an established, successful advocacy organization. As Chair of SID-Washington, she raised its profile and efficacy. She led the founding and served on the executive committee of the Council of International Development Companies. She served on USGLC’s executive committee and launched Chemonics’ grant support that helped grow USGLC to the powerhouse it is today. Her sectoral expertise includes health, private sector development, and institutional strengthening. She has worked in all regions, and lived for seven years in Kenya and Sudan. Betsy holds an M.A. from Columbia University (Planning in Developing Nations), and a B.A. from St. John’s College, Great Books Program. She speaks French.

Regina Dull, Operations Director

Regina Dull is a strategically focused leader with 15 years of experience leading teams and producing high-impact results.  An action-oriented leader, Regina has experience transforming organizations across industries including cyber security, government contracting, global education, and nonprofit management.  In her role as Chief Operating Officer of RedJack LLC, she transformed business operations from a single file box to a robust and scalable model for the growing cyber security firm including the design and implementation of an integrated ERP system and a talent management strategy focusing on the importance of employee engagement for high-level knowledge workers. As Executive Director of International Student Conferences, Regina revitalized a single-program non-profit by leading change to a multi-program international organization with over 100% growth in fundraising. She is founder of the Korea-America Student Conference, an annual student interchange program for university students, now in its eighth year. Regina is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business Executive MBA program and holds a Master’s in International Affairs from the Elliott School at The George Washington University and a Bachelors in East Asian Studies and Policy Studies from Dickinson College. She speaks Japanese and Spanish.

Ratha Loganathan, Health Program Director

Ratha Loganathan is a global health policy and programming expert with two decades of success leading teams and forging strategic partnerships that contribute to improved health outcomes. A former Senior Health Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Ratha is a respected thought leader and interagency advocate for health policy and transparent development. She has represented USAID at the U.S. Congress, White House National Security Council Interagency Policy Committees, State Department, international donors, think tanks, and development partners from the public and private sectors on a range of health topics. Ratha served as a key panelist and sole U.S. government representative on a 2013 panel on gender and health amid insecurity at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Ratha has also served with multiple USAID implementing partners in the USA and abroad. She has a deep knowledge of US Government program budget, design, implementation, and has technical expertise in gender mainstreaming, maternal/child health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB, human resource management, monitoring, evaluation, public private partnerships, governance, and health systems strengthening. She has managed subcontractors and teams of U.S. and national staff in multiple regions of the world and is committed to country-led development based on strong individual and institutional capacity. Ratha has enabled productive partnerships with funding agencies, universities, the private sector, NGOs, and civil society. Her experience spans across 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America, including complex and insecure environments. She is bilingual in English and Tamil.

Sandra Bunch, Director of Knowledge Management, Learning, and Communications

Sandra Bunch is Director of the Knowledge Management, Learning, and Communications practice area at Panagora Group where she leads international development activities and thought leadership to implement learning, communications and information systems that help achieve development results.Ms. Bunch has more than 15 years’ experience implementing learning, communications and change management strategies in a variety of non- and for-profit settings as well as designing information systems to facilitate knowledge management and learning cultures that promote evidence-based decision making and adaptive management. For more than two decades, she has supported USAID and other donor activities in sub-Saharan African and Southern Asia both in the field and remotely, focusing primarily on food security, agriculture, gender and health programs. She also has worked on several global campaigns including the Nike Foundation’s Girl Effect, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative and a National Geographic special on child marriage.

Ms. Bunch has a master’s degree in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University, and earned a B.S. in journalism and certificate in African Studies from Northwestern University. She started her career serving as an agricultural extension Peace Corp volunteer in a village outside of Segou, Mali.

Boubacar Cisse, Senior Manager, Business Operations

Boubacar Cisse has ten years of professional experience in accounting and finance including budgeting and forecasting, financial analysis and reporting, budget management, procurement, contracts management, and capacity building of partner organizations and staff. Boubacar has extensive experience in managing large and complex projects awarded under different mechanisms — contracts and grants — and funding sources, e.g., US government agencies such as Department of Defense, State Department, and USAID; and private businesses such as Alcoa, ExxonMobil, Johnson & Johnson, General Electric, and Procter & Gamble. Prior to joining Panagora Group, Boubacar worked as Division Manager at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Assistant Director at the Institute of International Education (IIE), and Sr. Manager for FHI 360 and the Academy for Educational Development (AED). Boubacar has a Master of Science in Finance and a Bachelor in Business Administration. He speaks fluent French and Bambara, and basic Fulani.

Dar Maxwell, Senior Learning & Technology Manager

Dar Maxwell has over three decades of diverse experience in knowledge management and adult learning design, production and implementation, including network news production, design and implementation of online adult learning and customized learning activities for globally diverse audiences. Dar is an innovator in integrating technology with learning, significantly increasing the impact of Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) and Monitoring, Evaluating and Learning (MEL) approaches and methodologies, and responsible for coordinating more than 250 webinars and other learning products across platforms and multiple USAID Agency offices, Missions and bureaus.

Dar excels at integrating innovative and suitable learning technology targeting both international and domestic audiences. The importance of a user-centric experience with carefully applied instructional design and transparent technology is foremost in her design.

Prior to her international development career, Dar worked as a broadcast technician for multiple national broadcast news outlets including ABC News and National Public Radio (NPR). She served as a senior audio technician for ABC News Radio from 1999-2009 where her responsibilities included Capitol Hill and White House coverage and executing technical coverage for seven national political conventions and six Presidential Inaugurations. She holds a BS in Communications and an MS in Teaching and Learning Technology.

Darlene Andrews, Program Management Specialist

Darlene photoDarlene Andrews has over 20 years of experience in project design, implementation, and monitoring. She has served as project director for the USAID/Uganda Feed the Future (FTF) Commodity Production and Marketing (CPM) and USAID/Uganda Technical Management Agent (TMA) projects. At Chemonics International, she worked as operations director for both the Asia and Africa regions where she managed chiefs of parties and project directors to deliver effective and timely technical assistance including meeting contract requirements, budgets, and client expectations. Ms. Andrews has also served as operations manager on USAID’s Cairo Air Improvement Project (CAIP) where she provided oversight of finance and accounting, human resource management, procurement, subcontracts administration, information technology, communications, and facilities management. As a consultant and business owner, she provides expertise in human capital management, process redesign, capacity building, effective utilization of management systems, monitoring and evaluation, data analysis, and relationship building to achieve results. She is a certified life coach who utilizes coaching and mentoring programs to support clients with achieving results-oriented approaches that enhance collaborative innovation, opportunity generation, strategic transformation, and growth.

Katie Cheney, Program Manager

Katie Cheney supports project management, communications, new business, and administration. Prior to joining Panagora Group, Katie served as Communications Manager with First Peoples Worldwide, where she oversaw an indigenous NGO’s communications program including social media development, article writing, and publicity campaigns. Katie also brings experience in needs assessment and project management, for example, she conducted a culturally-appropriate needs assessment with the Central Kalahari Game Reserve’s Indigenous San population. Her background includes data analysis, research, and GIS, and she has worked in Panama, Cuba, and Botswana. Katie has an M.S. in International Development from Tulane University’s Payson Center for International Development and a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University, where she majored in Anthropology and minored in Women’s Studies and Religious Studies.

Porscha M. Winston, Program Associate

Porscha M. Winston is an international development professional with experience in new business development, project management, monitoring and evaluation and project design. Porscha started her career in development as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, working on a number of different project and activities both on a large and small scale. Prior to joining Panagora, Porscha served as a business development officer for both FHI 360 and Creative Associates and has field experience in Burma, Chad, Columbia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, India, Lesotho, Malaysia, Mozambique, South Africa, Thailand, and Uganda. Porscha is currently supporting Panagora’s Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project subcontract with Chemonics International, where she provides project management support to Knowledge Management and Communications staff in more than 5 country offices. Porscha is a fluent Thai speaker and has a M.S. degree in International Development with a concentration in Post Conflict and Conflict Development from the School of International Studies at American University. She also holds a B.A. degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Annick Adams, Program Associate

Annick Adams is recently graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she majored in global health and development, and French; with a year spent in Senegal and France. Annick is a fluent French speaker and knows conversational Wolof. Annick began as an intern at Panagora in the fall of 2016, joyfully joined the team in January 2017, and is excited to continue Panagora’s legacy of positive impact.

 

Fatima “Bahar” Heravy, Operations and Finance Assistant

Bahar Heravy is a finance and operations professional with experience in data collection and management and entrepreneurship. She comes to Panagora after finishing a fully-funded Master’s degree in Global Affairs and Management with a focus on Global Trade and Commerce from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. She previously worked as a Data Analyst for the National Association of Independent Schools.

Bahar grew up in Afghanistan and worked with USAID there before moving to the U.S. in 2011, when she was awarded with a full scholarship to complete a Bachelor’s degree at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. She volunteers her time as a Women’s Rights Advocate at the Afghan Women’s Network and says her priority is “to contribute to a world where all children can dream of a bright future.” Bahar is bilingual in Farsi and English.

Sharon Ress, Program Assistant

Sharon Ress is an international development professional with experience in gender, nutrition, livelihoods and value chains. She supports USAID and Department of State funded projects, as well as new business and administration. She has worked for multiple organizations in policy research, project management, best practices, and intercultural sensitivity. She has also participated in field research, such as an evaluation for UNICEF of Ethiopia’s National Nutrition plan and its implementation, and has contributed to the writing and editing of official reports. Sharon has a Masters in Public Administration focusing on international development from Cornell University and a BA in Public Policy and Anthropology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Activity Staff

Leslie Rider, CLEAR Director, PSM

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Leslie Rider brings more than 25 years of technical, new business development, and management experience in international development. Her expertise includes performance monitoring, performance and impact evaluation, surveys, capacity building, and knowledge management. She worked as a new business manager at Chemonics International, where she worked with Betsy Bassan to build Chemonics’ international health practice. As associate director at Westat, a large research firm, Leslie helped expand and diversify the company’s international health research portfolio and international survey work. She helped manage the performance monitoring component of Westat’s USAID-funded Feed the Future FEEDBACK project. Leslie has a Master’s in International Development from Columbia University. She speaks Spanish.

Dr. Stella Neema, Senior HIV/AIDS Evaluator

Dr. Stella Neema supports the Performance and Impact Evaluation (P&IE) of USAID/Uganda’s School Health and Reading Program. She is a health evaluation specialist with over 25 years of experience in qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis, and interpretation of results for assessments and evaluations. Dr. Neema has led evaluation efforts in HIV/AIDS, education, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, maternal child health, and gender. Dr. Neema is a Senior Lecturer and researcher in the School of Social Sciences at Makerere University.

 

 

Brenda Sinclair, Education/Literacy Specialist

Dr. Brenda Sinclair supports the Performance and Impact Evaluation (P&IE) of USAID/Uganda’s School Health and Reading Program. She is a literacy evaluation specialist whose expertise includes activity design and management, surveys and research, curriculum and materials development, gender, and outcome/impact interpretation and reporting. Her multi-sectoral work includes health education and women’s empowerment. She speaks Spanish.

 

 

 

Jennifer Schulte, School Related Gender Based Violence Specialist

Jennifer Schulte supports the Performance and Impact Evaluation (P&IE) of USAID/Uganda’s Literacy Achievement and Retention Activity. Ms. Schulte is a gender research and evaluation specialist in M&E, quantitative and qualitative methods, activity design and management, curriculum development, data analysis and interpretation, and reporting. She has specialized expertise in gender-based violence prevention and response, humanitarian emergencies, and economic development. She is proficient in French and Spanish.

 

 

Jasper Morara, Organizational Development Specialist

Jasper Morara is an OD specialist with over 15 years of experience in organizational strengthening including with government agencies, intergovernmental organizations, coalitions, and grassroots organizations. Mr. Morara specializes in organizational capacity assessment, design and implementation of individual and organizational performance improvement interventions, strategic planning, organizational sustainability and resource mobilization planning, and design and implementation of trainings based on adult learning principles. Mr. Morara has implemented organizational capacity assessments for over 300 organizations and provided direct capacity development support to over 100 organizations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Somalia, Namibia, Swaziland, Burundi, and Afghanistan. He holds an MA in environmental Planning, a MS in organizational development and is fluent in English and Kiswahili.

 Dr. Hafizulla Sajed, Senior Capacity Building/Public Private Partnership Specialist

Dr. Hafizullah Sajed provides OD support on USAID/Afghanistan’s Health Sector Resiliency Project.  He has 12 years of experience building the capacity of non-governmental and governmental institutions in Afghanistan. He has extensive experience with civil society strengthening programs,OD assessments, data analysis, organizational performance improvement plans, intra-organizational partnerships, and training events. He has previously served as the Civil Society and Capacity Development Unit Coordinator with the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, capacity development manager for DFID’s Tawanmandi Program, capacity development and program manager for USAID’s initiative to Promote Afghan Civil Society (I-PACS), and as an associate faculty member and training officer at the BRAC Training and Resource Center. He holds an MD from Shaikh Zahid University and speaks English, Dari, and Pashto.

Zachary Hubbell, Start-up and Compliance Specialist

Zachary Hubbell is a contract compliance and grants management expert with 13 years of experience specializing in U.S. government regulations, donor/client compliance audits, and accounting, start-up, and implementation for projects and grants in more than 25 countries in Asia, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. He has extensive experience with for-profit, non-profit and US Government international development implementing partners.

 

 

 

Luanne Napoli, Communications Specialist

Luanne Napoli is a consulting technical editor, writer, and strategic communications specialist with 20 years in journalism, managing communications initiatives, public information, branding, editing, writing, business intelligence gathering, and reporting in the United States and Middle East.