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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, Ms. Bassan 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. Ms. Bassan 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. Ms. Bassan 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.

Leslie Rider, Evaluation-ME IDIQ Manager, New Business Director

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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.

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 Dull 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.

Boubacar Cisse, Senior Manager, Business Operations

Boubacar 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.

Katie Cheney, Program Associate

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.

Annick Adams, Program Assistant

Annick 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activity Staff

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.