Meet the Team

Leadership Team

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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.

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Darlene Andrews
Vice President, Program Impact

Darlene Andrews is a strategic leader with over 25 years of experience in domestic and international program management, operations, administration, finance, and capacity building/training. She currently serves as vice president of program impact and supports our team on the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. In her role, Darlene facilitates clearer staff development paths for career growth, aligned with Panagora’s mission. Prior to joining Panagora, she has worked as a consultant and business owner providing expertise in human capital management, process redesign, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, data analysis, and relationship building to large scale USAID activities. She is a skilled facilitator and supporter of partnerships through cooperative engagement that brings together diverse actors to leverage resources, increase effectiveness, and develop sustainable results. Previously, she 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 with Chemonics International. She has worked as operations director for both the Asia and Africa regions at Chemonics, where she managed chiefs of parties and project directors to deliver effective and timely technical assistance. Darlene has 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. She has two M.A. degrees in Organizational Leadership and Counseling and is a certified life coach.

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Kisook Bozsa
Controller

Kisook Bozsa is responsible for Panagora’s corporate finance and accounting operations. She has over 27 years as a highly experienced and motivated senior financial and operating manager for both for-profit and non-profit organizations and has extensive knowledge in financial and administrative operations, including financial risk mitigation, operational process improvement, international/multi-national financial operation, and government cost accounting and audits. Kisook has in-depth knowledge of GAAP, IAS, IFRS, U.S. government, and international donor organization regulations and requirements. She has managed complex operations that span the globe and receive funding through numerous foundations, U.S. government mechanisms of grants and contracts, EU, UN, UNDP, UNICEF, SIDA, DFID, and EU contracts, and grants.  Kisook managed operational project budgets as large as $480 million. She holds a B.S. in business administration and accounting. She speaks Korean and English fluently and is conversational in French.

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Jennifer Brinkerhoff
Director, Program Management and Quality Assurance

Jennifer Brinkerhoff is responsible for capacity and talent development efforts, providing senior-level expertise and company-wide support across project management and new business development. Jennifer has nearly 30 years of experience in the field of international development and successfully managed cross-sectoral diverse teams, led and written winning grant proposals to procure institutional funding for non-profit organizations, and cultivated donor relations. Jennifer served as the director of new business development for Land O’Lakes International Development, where she directed new business strategies and efforts in soliciting key donors to increase organizational revenue to implement inclusive economic growth programs. While acting as director of new business development, Jennifer generated an average of $50M in new awards annually and achieved a record level new business awards of $71M in 2016. In her 14 years at Chemonics International, Jennifer worked in leadership and directorial positions in both the home office and in the field. For the past three years, Jennifer has served as the secretary on the board of directors for the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA). She holds a master’s certificate in government contracting from George Washington University and a B.A. in French and Russian from James Madison University. Jennifer began her career as community development volunteer for the Peace Corps in Batouri, Cameroon. She speaks French fluently.

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Jasmine Buttolph
Director, Global Health

Jasmine Buttolph is director of the global health practice at Panagora Group.  She is a global health professional with more than 15 years of experience working in Local and Federal Government, Academia, International NGOs, and UN organizations. Most recently, Jasmine was the Deputy Director for the Interagency Collaborative for Program Improvement (ICPI) at PEPFAR HQ, where she coordinated programmatic data use across the PEPFAR funding agencies and country teams. She also served as an agency HQ point of contact for DREAMS, OVC, Expenditure Analysis, SIMS, M&E, and Country Operational Planning (COP).  Her training in behavioral science is the foundation of her portfolio of demonstrated programmatic expertise, which includes: HIV/AIDS, adolescent girls and young women, sexual and reproductive health, mental health, gender-based violence, health systems strengthening, vector borne diseases, chronic diseases, and water and sanitation.  Jasmine has lived in the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and worked on projects in Eastern Europe.  She has technical expertise in strategic program design, operations, research, community health campaigns, monitoring and evaluation, data analytics, public speaking, and training/facilitation. Jasmine holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the Virgin Islands. She speaks French and Berber and has basic proficiency in Arabic, Spanish, and Russian. She served in the Peace Corps in Morocco.

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Susan Corsini
Director, Talent Management and Operations

Susan Corsini is a senior human resources and operations executive with expertise in creating and implementing next-generation processes and programs that have resulted in scalability, efficiency, quality, and value-creation for organizations. She brings to the position extensive operations and management experience having run the Washington, D.C., office of a global, publicly traded consulting company and starting up two corporate foundations, one private foundation, and one public charity. Prior to Panagora Group, Susan served as an operations consultant to both nonprofit and for-profit organizations in the areas of operational infrastructure, talent management and development, recruitment, compensation and benefits, employee relations and internal communications. Susan began her career in communications and has held senior positions at three of the top 10 communications firms in the world. Susan received her bachelor’s degree from California State University at Fullerton. She is a graduate of the 2007 Leadership Greater Washington class and is SHRM certified.

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Marco Konings
Director, New Business

Marco Konings directs Panagora’s New Business team in their critical role in growing the company’s portfolio and expanding its impact. Marco has more than 15 years’ work experience in international development, spanning the government, NGO, and private sectors. He has won contracts and grants from USAID, MCC and MCAs, the World Bank, various European aid agencies, as well as foundations and corporations. He has also managed and directed projects for several of these clients and donors in technical areas ranging from artisanal and small-scale mining, via security and stabilization, to private sector healthcare. He holds an M.A. in international relations from The Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and an M.A. in political science from Radboud University in The Netherlands. Besides his native Limburgish, Marco speaks English, Dutch, German and basic French.

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John Meyers
Director, Private Sector Engagement

John Meyers leads private sector engagement initiatives, bringing extensive networks in business, social franchising and blended finance sectors to Panagora’s practice areas. Before joining Panagora, he served as Team Lead – Private Sector Engagement on the USAID PSE Support contract to support the implementation of USAID’s Private Sector Engagement Policy. His prior experience includes founding and leading a boutique strategic advisory and consulting firm with experience in innovative finance, impact bonds, and public-private partnerships; its clients included the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Education for Employment, Food Enterprise Systems, World Food Bank, and Investing in Fragile States. Previously, he served as Managing Director – North America, Swisscontact, a Swiss NGO working in 35 countries, and Director, Global Programs and Sector Innovation, Aid to Artisans. John has served as an advisor to agriculture and finance companies in sub-Saharan Africa; he sits on the Boards of Impact Capital Forum (President, 2016-2021) and the Community Foundation for St. Vincent and the Grenadines (Executive Committee). He received his B.A. from The American University of Paris and graduate degrees from Rutgers University and Columbia University. He speaks French.

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Barbara Norton-Gill
Director, Global Human Resources

Barbara Norton-Gill is a senior human resources strategist with over 25 years of experience developing and implementing highly effective HR strategies and practices in the for-profit, non-profit, NGO, and government contracting sectors. As director of global human resources, Barbara directs and oversees Corporate and Global HR, including talent acquisition, compensation, benefits, performance management, employee engagement and employee relations. Prior to joining Panagora, Barbara built the infrastructure and managed the HR departments for two international organizations using a thoughtful and proactive approach in growing HR capabilities that scale to meet evolving organization, management, and employee requirements. She is an accomplished facilitator, collaborator, and negotiator skilled in global HR operations, talent management, compensation, benefits, and training and development. Barbara has a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University. She is a certified HRCI-Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SCP).

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Dr. Francis Okello
Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and Adaptation

Dr. Francis Okello is a director in the monitoring, evaluation, research, learning, and adaptation (MERLA) practice area at Panagora. He has over 25 years of experience in the international development sector, providing technical and managerial leadership for implementing and strengthening capacity in research, monitoring, and evaluation (RM&E). His most recent employment was with FHI 360, where he was MEL director for USAID’s global Medicines, Technologies and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) Program implemented by Management Sciences for Health in partnership with FHI 360. From 2016-2020, Dr. Okello was chief of party for USAID/Ethiopia $17M Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Services (EPMES) contract implemented by Social Impact. In this role, he supported USAID/Ethiopia with country strategy development, independent performance evaluations and assessments, collaboration, learning, and adapting (CLA) integration, and knowledge management. He has previously worked with Abt Associates as principal associate/deputy research director for the Global SHOPS project and principal investigator for the AstraZeneca Kenya Healthy Heart Africa project; FHI 360 USA as senior technical officer, FHI360/Ethiopia as deputy and later country director and chief of party; Abt Associates, USA as the anglophone Africa regional research manager; Chemonics as operations research/M&E specialist and later director for project planning and monitoring; Population Services International/Uganda as research manager; and Research International East Africa Ltd. as country representative. His country experience spans 12 sub-Saharan Africa countries, two in Asia (the Philippines and Bangladesh), and two in South America (Columbia and Surinam). Dr. Okello has a passion for social development, mixed-methods research, implementation science, and data use. He currently serves in a volunteer role as secretary-general for the International Consortium for Social Development, a global organization of practitioners, scholars, and students in human services. He received his Bachelor of Arts in sociology and social administration and Master of Arts in sociology from Makerere University, Uganda. He completed his Ph.D. course in 2021 in Sociology (behavioral and health illness concentration) at Charles Sturt University, Australia. He speaks Ateso and Kiswahili.

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Melissa Thumm
Director, Global Health

Melissa Thumm is a global health director at Panagora Group, focusing on country-specific and global health activities as well as business development. She brings 17 years of experience in designing, planning, implementing, and monitoring USAID-funded health and pharmaceutical systems strengthening programs in 25+ countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She has provided technical and strategic leadership to projects that improved access to essential medicines for maternal, newborn and child health, malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases by working across all the health system building blocks. Her focus in recent years has been on building and leveraging global, regional, and local partnerships to provide coordinated support to country-owned and led health programs. She earned an M.Sc. in public health in developing countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a B.A. in modern U.S. history from Brown University. She speaks Spanish and basic Portuguese.

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Dr. Sarah Tisch 
Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Practice

Dr. Sarah Tisch leads the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Practice at Panagora Group. She is a senior development professional with 30 years of experience with project development, leadership, management, and technical assistance. Her versatility with different technical fields is evident through her leadership of projects in the ICT, telecommunications reform, women’s economic empowerment, gender integration and gender mainstreaming, agriculture, democracy and governance, and food security technical areas for USAID Washington and Missions. A recognized leader of US Government-funded programs, she has held numerous project and analytical technical (MEL and gender analysis) leadership positions, including three Chief-of-Party positions for USAID funded projects, two of which were in Washington D.C. Sarah also has extensive experience working for USAID implementing partners, in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. She has worked in over 30 countries and speaks Russian and Bahasa Indonesian. She holds a Ph.D. and master’s degrees in political science from Binghamton University, and a B.A. in international relations and Anthropology from California State University at Chico.

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Laura Viñoly
Director, Contracts and Compliance

Laura Viñoly is an international development professional with over 25 years of experience in project implementation, contract and subcontract negotiation, management and compliance, and process improvement. Laura began supporting Panagora at its inception working alongside its president & CEO on early proposals, cost strategies, and building the company policies, systems and original accounting system. Most recently, Laura represented Panagora during startup as deputy chief of party on the Colombia Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Activity before returning home to serve as director of contracts & compliance. In this position she focuses on compliance, cost strategy, contract development and review and put in place corporate policies and compliance measures. She also will train Panagora staff on compliance with USAID regulations. Laura started her career in international development at the Organization of America States, Regional Development and Environment Department. After a few years, she discovered the private sector, joined Chemonics International as an assistant project administrator and grew to become a director for the Latin America and Caribbean Region. She has served as Deputy Chief of Party on USAID-financed projects in Botswana and Colombia and as Director of International Operations for the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Infrastructure Finance (WASH-FIN) Project. She holds a bachelor’s in Business Management and several certifications in U.S. government contracts pricing and management. Laura was born and raised in Santa Lucia, Uruguay and is a native Spanish-speaker.

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Dr. Kevin Warr
Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and Adaptation

Dr. Kevin Warr is a director in the monitoring, evaluation, research, learning, and adaptation (MERLA) practice. Kevin is an experienced MEL professional with over 20 years’ professional experience. Most recently, he co-led Management System International’s Strategy, Evaluation and Analysis group, providing managerial and technical leadership for MSI’s largest practice area. Prior to coming to MSI, Kevin served as a senior director for Palladium’s monitoring and evaluation practice and taught Performance Monitoring and Evaluation to USAID staff worldwide. In addition to M&E, Kevin has sectoral experience in energy and democracy & governance. He worked directly for USAID in Washington for six years, as well as the World Bank before that. He was the founder and executive director of the Abundance Fund, a small non-profit dedicated to helping people realize their own innovative ideas to better their lives. He has lived and worked in Africa and has spent much of his professional life on projects in Africa. He also has experience in Asia, South Asia, South America, and the Caucasus. Kevin earned a Ph.D. in International Relations from the American University in Washington, D.C. He focused on African politics, international relations theory, and comparative politics. He holds a Master’s degree in international affairs from the George Washington University, and a B.A. in political science from Wheaton College (IL). Kevin speaks functional French and basic Hausa.

Home Office Staff

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Lhundup Amdo
Senior Manager, Finance and Accounting

Lhundup Amdo, the senior manager for finance and accounting at Panagora, has responsibilities for the general ledger, monthly close, financial statements, field accounting and the Accounts Payable team. He is an accomplished professional with more than 20 years of experience as corporate accounting and finance manager with passion for learning, getting things done and delivering solutions to complex problems. Lhundup spent his last 12 years working at Deloitte GPS practice serving a variety of government clients as Project Controller and later leading several digital system transformations within the GPS accounting department. Prior to his government contracting work, Lhundup led accounting and finance operations at major corporations like Verizon Business, Cable & Wireless and Morrison Healthcare as well as at small business and non-profit organizations. He holds an MBA from the Monterrey Institute of International Studies and holds a CPA certificate.  Lhundup is a native speaker of Tibetan.

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Diego Arias
Accounts Payable Associate

Diego Arias is an accounts payable associate with over six years of experience in accounting. In his role, Diego provides financial and administrative support by ensuring payments are completed and expenses are controlled by reconciling invoices according to established policies and procedures in a timely manner. Diego joins us from the Argentine Navy’s Logistical Mission where he was responsible for accounts payable and payroll for all employees and navy staff. He has a master’s degree in international business management from Newcastle University and a bachelor’s degree in general business and entrepreneurship from University of Maryland. He is fluent in Spanish.

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Annie Arnzen
Learning and Communications Manager

Annie Arnzen is the learning and communications manager at Panagora. She has experience working in the field of international development and public health with expertise in qualitative research, social behavior change, and program communications. Prior to joining Panagora, she worked as a Program Officer at John Snow, Inc. where she supported new business development, communications, and general project backstopping for USAID funded global health projects. In this role, she worked in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Turkmenistan, Timor Leste, and the Republic of Georgia. Domestically, Annie worked at the Gallatin Mental Health Center and provided mental health stabilization for individuals in crisis. Most recently, she worked with Johns Hopkins University to support harm reduction activities and HIV prevention with key populations in West Baltimore. Annie is completing her master’s of science in public health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and holds a B.A. from Trinity College where she majored in anthropology and minored in community action.

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Delali Bonuedi
Senior Program Manager

Delali Bonuedi serves as a senior program manager supporting the USAID funded Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project and the Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Northern Uganda (RHITES-N, Acholi) Activity. Delali brings in more than 15 years’ experience in global health program management and technical assistance focused on supply chain management, infectious diseases, reproductive health, and global health security. Before joining Panagora Group, Delali served as a senior program manager at CRDF Global. He previously worked as a Technical Advisor for RTI International where he managed the USAID-funded neglected tropical diseases programs implemented in Tanzania and Nepal. As a program officer at the Partnership for Supply Chain Management Systems (PFSCM)/Crown Agents, USA, he was part of the team that implemented the supply chain management systems contract for USAID as part of PEPFAR where he contributed to strengthening national lab systems, supply chain delivery platforms and medical waste management systems in Nigeria, Burundi, and Eswatini. As a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Delali also holds an MPH as well as a Certificate in management and finance from Boston University and an MA in population studies from the University of Ghana.

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Alexis Brice
Program Associate

Alexis Brice is a program associate supporting the USAID Colombia, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Project. Alexis joins Panagora from RTI International where she provided project management support on the Worldwide Training contract for three years. She holds an A.A. in general studies from Prince George’s Community College, a B.S. in political science from University of Maryland Baltimore County, and a M.S. in project management from University of Maryland University College. In her spare time, Alexis loves spending time with friends and family, planning trips and social outings with friends, traveling, dancing, and listening to music from West Africa and the West Indies.

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Elyse Callahan
Program Manager

Elyse Callahan is a program manager with nearly six years of experience in international development. She is skilled at project design and start-up, program and budget management, contract compliance and reporting, and new business efforts. She has experience supporting programs in Southeast Asia and across Sub-Saharan Africa. She has worked with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees assessing the resiliency of the UNRWA health system in Gaza. She holds an MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University with a focus in population and family health and has a B.A. in psychology from Knox College. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali and then as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer supporting malaria programming in Zambia. She speaks French and Bambara conversationally.

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Laura Colchie
Communications Manager

Laura Colchie is a communications manager at Panagora specializing in internal communications. Laura has a breadth of communications experience in international development and humanitarian aid, including working at Chemonics International, where she supported the Operations Division within their Global Health and Supply Chain Office (GHSCO) and the GHSC-PSM Knowledge Management and Communications team. She also has experience working for NGOs that focus on refugee resettlement, ending human trafficking, and conflict resolution. Laura holds a M.A. in global communication from The George Washington University and a B.A. in communications and media studies from Fordham University. She speaks French and Italian.

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Matthew Dancis
Knowledge Management Manager

Matthew Dancis is a knowledge management manager at Panagora Group. He works closely with the knowledge management and communications teams to support corporate and activity office knowledge management infrastructures and develop overall strategy. Matthew has over six years of international work experience, having lived in Panama, Colombia, and Argentina. He has hands-on experience with information and technology systems, strategic planning, project management, capacity building, and technical writing. Matthew is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. During his service, he worked closely with school administrators and instructors on curriculum development. He also designed and piloted a 30-hour course on sustainable development, which has since been taught at multiple universities throughout Panama. Matthew has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Drexel University and is currently pursuing a M.Sc. in development management at American University’s School of International Service. He is fluent in Spanish.

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Joanne David
Program Associate

Joanne David is an international development professional who currently supports Panagora’s CLAIM prime contract with USAID/India. Joanne has also supported several of our USAID-funded activities, including CLAimHealth in the Philippines, our MEL Platform in the Dominican Republic, and our institutional support services subcontract for USAID/PPL. While in undergrad, she worked with the UCLA chapter of the Flying Samaritans to support the operations of a free clinic in an under-resourced community on the outskirts of Tijuana, Mexico. She also worked with Missions of Hope International in Nairobi, Kenya, supporting administration, organization, and implementation of health initiatives focused on community members of informal settlements in Nairobi and rural areas in Turkana. Joanne speaks conversational Tamil, thanks to many visits back to her family’s homeland in India and hearing it around the home growing up. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology and a minor Global Health from UCLA.

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Katharine Dix
Program Associate

Katharine Dix is an international development professional, currently supporting Panagora’s India CLAIM project. Katharine comes to Panagora from a business development role at International Business and Technical Consultants, Inc (IBTCI) where she submitted proposals for government agencies including USAID, DoS, MCC, The Global Fund and the EU. She worked on three service trips in Managua, Nicaragua; Xepocol and Chichicastenango, Guatemala; and Port au Prince and Delmas, Haiti. While earning her undergraduate degree, she attended Semester at Sea where she lived and studied on a ship for a semester while traveling across Asia and Africa. Katharine holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in international development, and minors in legal studies and Aachaeology. She is proficient in Spanish and is learning French.

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James Fang
Proposal Manager

James Fang is the proposal manager at Panagora. He is an international development professional with over ten years of diverse experience in business development and project management. Prior to joining Panagora, he served as a business development manager at an international development firm to support new business capture and proposal management on multidisciplinary projects funded by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, African Development Bank, USAID, and MCC. He has also managed and supported development projects throughout Central Asia, South East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa in the sectors of Transportation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Agriculture, and WASH.  He holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Maryland College Park and is conversational in Mandarin Chinese.

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Desiree Halpern
Communications Associate

Desiree Halpern is a communications professional specializing in migration, education, and women’s development. At Panagora, she supports external and internal communications, as well as advocacy efforts. Previously, she served as a communications and program officer at the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund, and as a consultant for several higher education institutions. In 2017, Desiree was a fellow with the Blossom Hill Foundation working in refugee camps in Greece, where she assisted a team of educators delivering science lessons to displaced children. Since then, she and her team formed a Greece-based education NGO called the Science United Project. Desiree holds an M.A. in international educational development from Columbia University and a B.A. in international affairs and French language from the George Washington University. She was a 2016 recipient of the Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship to Tajikistan. She speaks French, Persian, Polish, and Spanish.

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Tiffany Huynh
Accounts Receivable Associate

Tiffany Huynh has more than 23 years of professional experience in global nonprofit organizations that focus on promoting democracy, human rights, and global health care. As an accounts receivable associate at Panagora, she facilitates invoicing processes, tracks accounts receivables, assists with month-end close, and maintains strong, efficient communications with Panagora’s activity management teams. Her extensive financial management experience in non-profit accounting includes 16 years as controller at Freedom House, Results for Development, and Counterpart International, and as an accounting manager at the International Republican Institute. She earned a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting and finance from University of Maryland, College Park.

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Mahboobullah Iltaf
Program Associate

Mahboobullah Iltaf is an international development professional with experience in development, governance, and agriculture sectors. At Panagora, he is a program associate supporting the USAID/South Africa Technical Support Services Activity. He joins the company with over nine years of experience in broad spectrum of program functions and project lifecycle. His experience also includes project design, strategic planning, proposal writing, research development and MEL, PFM, institutional assessment, and capacity building and change management. He has contributed to several projects funded by USAID, USDA, DFAT, EUD, DFID, and the World Bank, and has worked with the UN and other international development stakeholders. He also has experience working as A/COR with USAID/ Afghanistan. Mahboobullah holds a Master’s degree in post-war recovery studies from University of York in the U.K., and a Master’s and Bachelor’s in business administration from National Institute of Management and University of Pune in India, respectively. He is fluent in English, Persian/Dari, and Urdu, as well as conversational in Pashto and Hindi.

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Fota Ishaq
Program Manager

Fôta Ishaq joined the Panagora team as a program manager in October 2020. She currently supports Panagora’s USAID/India CLAIM IDIQ contract and the primary task order. Prior to joining Panagora, Fôta worked as a program manager for AMEX International where she oversaw the implementation of short-term and long-term projects in Ghana, Guinea Bissau, and Morocco. Throughout her career she has supported activities across a variety of sectors including rule of law, economic development, and monitoring and evaluation. She has 20 years’ experience supporting USAID-funded activities through contractual, financial, field office management, and recruitment of project personnel. She also has extensive experience in new business development. Fôta holds a M.A. in English literature from the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal and certificates degrees in interpretation and translation from Georgetown University. She is fluent in French.

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Matthew Johnson
Program Manager

Matthew Johnson is a program manager working on the Indonesia MEL Platform in the home office. Prior to joining Panagora, Matt contributed to project management and new business efforts at Chemonics International for USAID-funded activities led out of country missions and Washington, D.C. Earlier in his career, Matt was fortunate to work with the Ministry of Public Works in Liberia to support organizational structuring/coordination efforts, Chevron’s Niger Delta Partnership Initiative (NDPI) to assess the foundation’s development strategy and approach, and the USAID/Honduras Mission to support activity strategy, oversight, and monitoring efforts. Matt holds a master’s degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras. He is fluent in Spanish.

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Mona-Mae Juwillie
Program Associate

Mona-Mae Juwillie is an international development professional passionate about global health and economic development, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. At Panagora, she is a program associate supporting the vice president of program impact. She has experience in grant writing, proposal research, and project support. Mona Mae is not new to Panagora; she served as an International Development and Global Health intern before joining full-time. She is a recent graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she studied international development, global health, and sustainability. During her undergraduate studies, Mona-Mae had the opportunity to implement women-led clean water businesses with a non-profit organization in Tamale, Ghana. She also had the opportunity to study abroad in Geneva, Switzerland where she interned for an international development non-profit organization. Mona-Mae speaks fluent French.

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Christine Juwle
Program Associate

Christine Juwle is a global health and international development professional with experience in program management and research. She currently supports the PQM+ and India CLAIM activities for Panagora Group, and previously focused on proposal writing, research, and recruitment for the new business team. Being Liberian, Christine is very determined to work around issues of health in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has humanitarian experience in Liberia, Cameroon, and Ghana, where she has volunteered in local hospitals and provided humanitarian assistance. She recently went to Burkina Faso to conduct her master’s research where she examined inequities that exist among pregnant women accessing antenatal care. She is a founding member and Vice President of Embrace Your Mind Foundation, which is a mental health organization focused on serving Liberians affected by post-war trauma. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Global Health from Georgetown University. She speaks conversational French.

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Dar Maxwell
Senior Technical Specialist, Digital Learning and Innovation

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. 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.

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Prince Mbanefo
New Business Associate

Prince Mbanefo is an international trade and development professional with a specialization in international trade laws and trade in development. He currently supports Panagora’s business development team in a broad range of new business support for capture, research, and proposals of new contracts. Prince has over six years of experience working in international development, and has worked with countries in Africa, Europe, South America, Asia, and the South Pacific. Prior to Panagora, Prince worked with various developing countries, helping them establish strong international trade regimes and to navigate the requirements and policies of the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences and Africa Growth and Opportunity Act. He also wrote successful petitions to the U.S. International Trade Commission and office of the U.S. Trade Representative for countries and companies seeking tariff breakout under the U.S. Harmonized Tariff System. In recent years, he has worked in targeted business development strategies and market trends for a variety of firms, including those in the international development space. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and government from American University and a master’s in international economic law and policy from the University of Barcelona, Spain. He speaks Igbo.

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Lyly Njinga
Senior Manager, Learning and Communications

Lyly Njinga is a senior manager in the Learning and Communications practice. She has 11 years of experience in capacity building, knowledge management, communications, training, research, and policy development in the international development field. Prior to joining Panagora, Lyly was a senior climate, natural resources, and water specialist at RTI International providing technical assistance to and managing USAID projects. She also worked on several projects including the USAID Environmental Communications, Outreach, and Learning project where she managed USAID’s global climate change knowledge portal and community of practice, and developed trainings and workshops. Lyly has conducted research, developed learning resources and tools for diverse audiences, and facilitated policy and planning for various U.S. government agencies, NGOs, and United Nations projects and initiatives. She also has stakeholder engagement, grants management, business development, and strategic planning and communications experience. Lyly has worked in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Senegal, South Africa, Argentina, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and Indonesia. She has a B.A. in international studies from American University and a M.S. in environment and sustainable development from University College London. She speaks French and Spanish.

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Angelina Njoku
Senior Program Manager

Angie Njoku is a project management specialist with over eight years of experience in public health, economic development, disabilities policy, and gender issues. She is currently supporting Panagora as a senior program manager for the South Africa activities. Her regional experience spans across Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Asia in the areas of program design, complex financial and operational management, and new business development. Previously, Angie served as a project manager for a large international development firm as well as several non-profit organizations. She holds a master’s in international affairs from American University and a bachelor’s in social work from Clark Atlanta University.

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Eliana Olais
Program Associate

Eliana Olais is a program associate working on the USAID/Indonesia MEL-Platform. She is a bilingual international development professional with over five years of experience in program management, program design, evaluation, and community outreach supporting global programs throughout Latin America. Her background in environmental and youth advocacy has led her to work with international governments, private corporations, local advocacy makers at the local, regional, national, and international level. Most recently, she worked as a program manager for a start-up to support the homeless population in the Bay Area. Prior to this, she worked in the Bay Islands, Honduras, in marine conservation management and took part in an advocacy effort to successfully ban plastic in Roatan. She began her career working as a fundraising and events manager with international nonprofits dedicated to youth rights empowerment. Eliana holds a Master’s of public administration specializing in human-centered design, monitoring, and evaluation from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California.

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Talia Orencel
Program Associate

Talia Orencel is a program associate supporting the USAID Colombia, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Project. Prior to joining Panagora Group, Talia worked five years in the non-profit sector where she led social justice programming at the University of Maryland. Born in Argentina, she emigrated and grew up in Maryland. She holds an MPA in Non-profit Management from George Mason University, and a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland. Talia served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador implementing women and youth empowerment programs, as well as creating small business projects. As a strong activist for social change her Peace Corps experience ignited Talia’s passion for sustainable international development and women’s rights. She speaks fluent Spanish and Hebrew conversationally.

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Imal Oxus
Program Associate

Imal Oxus is a program associate, working on the Indonesia MEL platform. Prior to Panagora, Imal Oxus worked with a Virginia-based private company, the ZWAK Media and Advocacy Network, coordinating media campaign, research, monitoring, and evaluation projects for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and the Afghan Government. Earlier in his career, Imal managed institutional strengthening and development efforts in the USAID-funded Stabilization in Key Areas (SIKA) program in Afghanistan. Imal has 10+ years of program development, project management, resource development, capacity building, and research experience with USAID-funded programs in Afghanistan. Imal holds a master’s degree in business administration with a specialization in project management from the Indian School of Business Management and Administration. He is fluent in Pashto and Farsi/Persian.

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Joelle Peikes
Program Assistant

Joelle Peikes is an international development professional with experience in research and education. Before joining Panagora as a Program Assistant supporting our USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, Joelle was an IDEX Fellow in Bangalore, India where she worked with a social startup expanding city-wide after-school and education technology services to low-income families. As a graduate student, she spent several weeks in Greece and Serbia conducting research on human migration trends and the refugee crisis in the region. She also traveled to Amman, Jordan as a research fellow with the Zolberg Institute on migration and mobility and contributed to a report on current and prospective employment opportunities for Syrian refugees in Jordan. She also recently taught at a Montessori school and volunteered as an English instructor for newly arrived refugee women in Connecticut. Joelle has an M.A. in international affairs from The New School in New York and a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Maryland. She has studied French, Hebrew, and Arabic (and dabbles in Spanish).

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Claudia Perez
Executive Assistant

Claudia Perez is an executive assistant at Panagora Group. Claudia is a multi-lingual administrative professional with over 15 years of providing operational and special project support. Claudia has worked in a variety of industry sectors including international development, financial investment, marketing, association management, corporate development, and client services organizations. Claudia holds a dual bachelor’s degree from George Mason University and is fluent in Spanish, French and conversant in Italian and Portuguese.

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Tom Porter
Executive Administrator

Tom Porter is an executive administrator at Panagora. Prior to joining Panagora, Tom worked for at a nonprofit public charter school facility fund whose mission was to remove the obstacles that keep high quality charter schools across the country from opening or expanding and serving more students. Tom is passionate about public education and the lifelong benefits that a high-quality K-12 public education provides to the poor and marginalized in our society. Prior to public education, Tom’s passion was in the healthcare field and had the benefit of leading recruitment and retention for the first large-scale HIV vaccine trail in the United States and providing administrative support to a scientist that went on to win a Nobel Prize. Tom brings his in public education and healthcare passions to Panagora to help achieve the mission of making the world a better place. Tom is a generalist with close to 30 years’ experience in key administrative and leadership roles and brings a broad range of skills to Panagora, including finance and accounting, new business, human recourses, office management, and program design and implementation. Tom has a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from San Francisco State University.

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Madeleine Pryor
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications

Madeleine Pryor spent the last ten years building a career in video storytelling, documentary filmmaking, photography, and communications for nonprofits and social enterprises. As the senior manager of corporate communications at Panagora, she oversees corporate visibility, advocacy, and branding. Previously, she worked as media producer and strategist for Seeds of Peace, where she was responsible for developing the organization’s complex storytelling strategy (including social media), and producing video, photo, and written content to support it. She was based in New York and then Israel and created 20 short videos for online and live audiences. Madeleine also directed, filmed, and produced the short documentary film, “Embedded,” which was screened at the 2014 DOC NYC Film Festival in New York:. The film focuses on the personal life and work of a young war photographer who covers conflicts in Afghanistan and Syria. Madeleine earned an M.A. degree from New York University in cultural anthropology and documentary filmmaking and a B.A. from Tulane University in international relations and international development. She speaks French.

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Bari Rabin
Senior Technical Manager, Organizational Development and Learning

Bari Rabin is a senior technical manager with Panagora’s organizational development and learning practice. For more than twenty years, she has supported the transition of international development entities to become learning organizations, from the introduction of knowledge management (KM) as staff of the World Bank’s Latin America and Caribbean Region, to the integration of Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) at USAID and with its partners on the USAID LEARN contract. Throughout her career, Bari has designed project components and strategies for KM, cultivated learning communities around development themes, and developed and led learning activities for face-to-face and remote delivery. She is fluent in Spanish and has lived and worked in Latin America, with field experience in Africa and Southeast Asia. Bari has an M.A. in international development studies from The George Washington University and a B.A. in Spanish with a minor in Latin American studies from Northern Illinois University.

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Ezatullah Rahimzai
HR Generalist

Ezatullah Rahimzai supports human resources and recruitment efforts for Panagora. He is a human resources and recruiting professional with over eight years of experience specializing in proposal recruiting, technical recruiting, startup projects, compensation management, labor laws, orientation, HR policies and procedures, employee relations, and program management. Prior to Panagora, he worked with several non-profit agencies and USAID projects within medical advancement, stabilization, disaster recovery, and governance sectors. He has a master’s in international business and obtained his bachelor’s in business administration with a specialization in human resources. He speaks fluent Pashto, Dari/Farsi, and Urdu.

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Sharon Ress
Program Manager

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.

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Nicole Rock
Program Associate

Nicole Rock is an international development professional who supports Panagora’s CLAimDev and CLAimHealth prime contracts in the Philippines. Before coming to Panagora, Nicole founded the Global Brigades Public Health chapter at Arizona State University, where she successfully organized and implemented health and sustainable development activities in under-resourced communities in Central America. During her academic studies, Nicole traveled to Honduras to conduct field research on environmental health and community development. She utilized the concept of social value and local capacity building to propose an alternative way of approaching technology design and implementation in rural communities. She has also provided project management and operational support for a research project in Sub-Saharan Africa for effective education programming, and a knowledge sharing experiment that aims to strengthen the development of Global Health programs in Bolivia, Ghana, Kenya, Nepal, Uganda, and the U.S. Nicole has a B.A. in global health with a minor in women and gender studies, and a M.S. in global technology and development from Arizona State University.

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Amy Talbot
Senior Program Manager

Amy Talbot is a global health professional with more than ten years of experience designing, implementing, and monitoring USG-funded programs. She currently supports Panagora as a senior program manager for the PQM+ and Uganda RHITES activities. Prior to joining Panagora, Amy served as a program officer at University Research Co., providing technical backstopping and management support to health and laboratory systems strengthening, HIV patient-centered care, and quality improvement programs in Malawi, Lesotho, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. Previously, she managed operations of GHSC-PSM’s Global Supply Chain team as well as provided project management and performance monitoring support to the SCMS and USAID|DELIVER projects, overseeing project operations in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Vietnam. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Rwanda, she provided capacity building and training in pharmaceutical, data, and human resources management. Amy holds an MPH from Boston University and a B.A. in international affairs from the George Washington University.

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Bont’e Twyman-Abrams
Payroll Manager

Dr. Bont’e Twyman-Abrams has over 10 years of experience leading domestic and international payroll objectives increasing productivity and overall organizational effectiveness. Her versatility with leading international payroll initiatives, business contingency planning, international tax laws & regulations, and research methodologies span across public, private, and non-profit sectors. She has managed all facets of international and expatriate payrolls for employees located in various countries including but not limited to Europe, Australia, Dubai, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan. She holds a DBA in Leadership, an MBA in International Business, and a Certificate in Global Payroll Management.

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Denise Wales
Training and Capacity Building Specialist

Denise Wales is responsible for building and implementing learning and capacity building strategies for Panagora staff that promote and reinforce Panagora’s continuous learning culture. Denise is a versatile international development practitioner with over 25 years of experience.  She is a consummate problem solver and skilled at aligning technical and operational requirements to deliver high-quality results for clients and donors. Denise has managed USAID-funded project portfolios of up to $72 million, developed successful proposals for USAID and DFID funding, and served long-term assignments in Afghanistan, Indonesia, and Kosovo. Denise has worked for several non-profit and for-profit implementers of USAID and DFID programs such as DAI, Inc., Creative Associates International, the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), and Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Prior to joining Panagora, she advised and provided training to organizations to enhance project delivery and operational excellence in grants management, procurement, and compliance with U.S. government rules and regulations as an independent consultant. Denise began her career as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Slovak Republic and holds a master’s degree in public management from the University of Maryland.

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Kelli Williams
Office Administrator

Kelli Williams is an administrative professional with five years of experience. Her area of focus is developing, organizing, and maintaining regularly scheduled reports as well as providing general support to her team. Prior to joining Panagora, she served as a Petty Officer Third Class in the United States Navy where she played a direct role in maintaining essential mission readiness. During her time in the military, Kelli was able to travel to Italy, France, Bahrain, Dubai, and Canada. She is currently completing her bachelor’s in business administration at University of Maryland Global Campus.

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Sandra Wilson
Program Associate

Sandra Wilson is a project associate supporting the South Africa TSS AMT at Panagora. She has over five years of project management experience supporting both domestic and international programs in public health and youth development. She got her start in international development work during her Peace Corps service in Botswana where she implemented youth and community development programs focused on HIV awareness and prevention. Sandy holds a B.A. in studio art with minors in Spanish and Latin American/Caribbean studies from Allegheny College, where she also had the opportunity to spend a semester in Argentina volunteering with an organization aiming to end poverty. She speaks conversational Spanish and Setswana.

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Anthony Abu
Digital Media Producer
GHSC-PSM, Nigeria

Anthony Abu is a development communication expert with over 18 years’ experience in media and communications. For the USAID Global Health Supply Chain program–Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, he works as the Digital Media Producer in Nigeria, where he creates compelling videos, job aids, and other digital and design products. Previously he worked with various organizations and projects in the areas of gender, governance, economic empowerment and health, including DFID/UNDP/EU/USAID-supported Nigerian Women Trust Fund, DFID-Coalitions4Change program, and Silverbird Cinemas. During this time, he worked with and managed teams tasked with strategic advocacy, information management, media relations, social media marketing, website design and management, film/television/radio production, graphic design, and development and implementation of communication strategies. Anthony has a Diploma in Strategic Management from the International Business Management Institute, Berlin; a BA in Theater and Communications; Master’s in Media, and currently studying for his MBA at Nexford University.

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Luis Aguilar
Deputy Chief of Party
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Luis Aguilar is the deputy chief of party for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. He has over 16 years of experience implementing USAID programs in Latin America, including experience in contracts and procurement, grant awards, human resources, finance, and security.   Under different development programs he has lead and managed several teams to implement activities under different components such as governance, confidence building, infrastructure, agriculture, forestry, rural finance, policy, small businesses, monitoring, evaluation, and learning.  With an educational background of a B.Sc. degree in Government Contract Management, he has a deep and practiced knowledge of USAID rules and regulations, Colombian and Venezuelan local laws, and is committed to contracts, FAR, CFR, AIDAR, and ADS compliance. He speaks fluent Spanish and English.

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Milena Araujo
Monitoring Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Milena Araujo is a monitoring analyst supporting data quality processes of data indicators with an emphasis on data-quality assessments (DQA) for the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity for USAID/Colombia. She has eight years of experience in monitoring, evaluation, development, and management of social programs funded by Cooperacion Internacional, and has served as a university professor in the division of humanities and social sciences. Milena has worked with the United Nations, the Government of Colombia, territorial entities, and universities. In 2015, the Corporación Politécnico Costa Atlántica awarded her recognition for her invaluable teaching vocation. In 2013, she was recognized by the Governor of Atlántico for her support to the development and strengthening of the research culture in the Department. Currently, she is studying for a Ph.D. in social sciences with an emphasis on public policy and artificial intelligence at the Universidad del Norte. Milena has a master’s degree in international cooperation and project management and is a professional in international business administration. She is a native Spanish speaker.

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Kemi Ayanda
Director, Learning, Knowledge Management & Strategic Communication
GHSC-PSM, Nigeria

Kemi Ayanda is a results-driven leader with 18 years of experience with USAID, DFID, EU, UN delivering development efforts in health, education, agriculture, security and stability, and good governance programs. Prior to joining GHSC-PSM, she was regional MEL adviser and deputy team leader on the UKAID Conflict Stability and Security Fund, West Africa MEL Project. As Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for the Engaged Citizens Pillar of DFID-funded Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn she led development of results framework and implemented rounds of multi-stakeholder influence tracking, ensuring learning informed strategic planning, implementation, and reporting. She mentors aspiring MEL professionals and has led multi-cultural and dynamic teams in developing and managing strategic communication and MEL systems that facilitate learning and adaptation. She has worked across all regions in Nigeria with field-level work in rural communities in 24 of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, and across Africa, developing case studies, working on end line impact documentation, and communicating results. Her experience with USAID-funded projects include LEAP, COMPASS, TSHIP, NEI+, Health Policy Plus, and Education Crisis Response. Kemi has a Post Graduate Diploma in health systems management, a M.A. in public administration, and a B.A. in international studies.

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Daniel Bakken
Deputy Chief of Party
Technical Support Services (TSS), South Africa

Daniel Bakken is the deputy chief of party for the USAID/South Africa Technical Support Services activity based in Pretoria and is a highly skilled international development professional with over 15 years progressive responsibility in organizational development, operational business process and systems improvement, cradle to grave award administration and project management, and cost and technical proposal preparation. He has comprehensive knowledge of U.S. Government rules and regulations with extensive experience as both a recipient and administrator of a variety of Acquisition and Assistance instruments. He has extensive experience in program design, budgeting, financial and programmatic reporting, and proposal writing. Daniel holds a bachelor’s of arts in political sciences, focused on international relations from University of Pretoria. He is currently pursuing an MBA from the Henley Business School at the University of Reading. He speaks English and Spanish.

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Jennifer Bakyawa
Knowledge Management/Learning Advisor
Uganda RHITES, Uganda

Jennifer Bakyawa is a knowledge management/learning advisor leading communications, engagement and learning activities of which Panagora is the implementing partner for the USAID RHITES-N, Acholi Activity. For ten years, she has worked with international development organizations, academic and research institutions on communications, knowledge management and health research engagement. She has extensive experience reviewing information and publications health research projects for donors such as the Wellcome Trust and international non-government organizations like the Council on Health Research and Development. Jennifer’s work experience demonstrates an interest for effective implementation of health projects and strong in-country development. Most recently, Jennifer coordinated engagement of journalists, patient groups, and health researchers to showcase the work of the Partnering in Science Engagement Project, a $400,000 project focused on HIV/AIDS prevention. She holds a master’s degree in Knowledge Management from Robert Gordon University in Scotland, a BA in Mass Communication from Makerere University, and certificate on HIV/AIDS issues from Makerere University.

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Alice Balacaoc
Research Manager
CLAimDev, Philippines

Alice Balacaoc is an international development professional with over 26 years of experience in project management, research, and monitoring and evaluation. She currently serves as a research manager at Panagora Group, supporting the USAID/Philippines Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Development Activity. She previously held key positions in government and non-government agencies, and acted as an independent external evaluator of development projects funded by international NGOs in a freelance capacity. In the government sector, she performed program management and technical functions at the central offices of the Philippine Department of Health and Department of Social Welfare and Development. She also served as a long-time regular Resource Person of the Development Academy of the Philippines on health policy and local governance. Ms. Balacaoc earned her degrees in B.S. in business management and Master’s in public management from the University of the Philippines. She speaks Filipino, English, and basic Spanish.

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Belinda Barcenas
Accountant
CLAimHealth & CLAimDev, Philippines

Belinda Barcenas is an accountant for the CLAimHealth and CLAimDev activities. A Certified Public Accountant, Belinda has accumulated nearly three decades of experience in the field of finance, accountancy, grants and operations management. She has had experience in managing multiple responsibilities in the finance and operations of US government-funded projects, namely USAID and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). She served as a Finance Analyst of Millennium Challenge Account Philippines (MCA-P), a $434-million MCC grant, where she assisted in preparing monthly financial and quarterly reports for and requests to MCC, the Philippine Government and the MCA-P Board. As a Project Accountant for the USAID-funded Local Implementation of National Competitiveness for Economic Growth and Build-Operate and Transfer III Projects, she prepared monthly financial reports, projected monthly expenses and bank reconciliations as well as in monitoring local disbursements. Her experience in the USAID-funded Philippine Tuberculosis Initiatives for the Private Sector Project, on the other hand, exposed Belinda in working with the Grants and Procurement team in reviewing the grant financial reports submitted by subrecipients and ensuring compliance with USAID grants policies and procedures. Belinda holds a degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce Major in Accounting from the University of St. Paul-Manila.

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Martha Barriga
Learning Advisor
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Martha Barriga is the Learning Advisor for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has extensive experience in knowledge management processes, research studies and gender analysis. She has worked with several agencies from international cooperation, universities and public institutions in Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Canada. She has documented best practices and learning processes in the areas of women’s rights, immigration and access to land through interviews with key stakeholders and focus groups. Some of these practices have been published. Her educational background combines a bachelor’s in social communication from the Javeriana University of Colombia and a master’s in community development from the University of Toronto. She speaks fluent English and Spanish.

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Loren Bausell
Senior Research and Learning Specialist
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Loren Bausell has 13 years of experience working as a monitoring, evaluation, and research specialist throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia for USAID-funded projects. For the past six years, she has been based in Vietnam and the Philippines. She has expertise at the country and global levels in data collection and analysis, research activities, program management, capacity building, and supply chain analytics for family planning, maternal and child health, infectious disease, and malaria programs. For USAID/DELIVER, she planned and conducted surveys, designed samples, determined data collection tools, and designed reports for various assessments to determine the effects of commodity logistics on public health programs. She is a demonstrated leader with experience managing teams and leading research projects. Loren holds an MPH in maternal and child health from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a B.A. in cultural anthropology and philosophy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She started her career in public service as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow, serving in the Washington, D.C. school system.

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Juan Guillermo Bedoya
Evaluation Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Juan Guillermo Bedoya is the Evaluation Specialist of Panagora’s office in Colombia. Juan Guillermo has more than eight years of experience in quantitative research, focused on the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policies. He has held positions at Fedesarrollo, CEDE of Los Andes University, and Department for Social Prosperity in Colombia. Additionally, he has worked as a consultant for The World Bank and CAF in issues related to education, health, and social policy for different countries in Latin America. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Los Andes University. Spanish is his native tongue and he speaks fluent English.

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Ada Blignaut
Training & Professional Development Specialist
Technical Support Services (TSS), South Africa

Ada Blignaut is a skilled knowledge management, learning and development professional with over six years’ experience in the public and private sectors in South Africa. She has developed and managed Africa Check’s “Info Finder” tool, providing journalists, researchers, and the wider public with access to reliable sources of information on a range of topics in key countries across the continent. As Knowledge Management and Best Practice Specialist at USAID/Southern Africa, she assessed departmental needs and regional HIV programs to identify strategic information and promising practices, improved the use of knowledge management and communication systems and tools, and disseminated key content in appropriate platforms, including a knowledge exchange network. Ada has demonstrated capacity in coordinating learning and development among skilled professionals and technical experts and fostering a collaborative environment for knowledge sharing and application using online platforms and communities of practice. Ada holds a BIS Honours degree in information science and a BA Honours in public management and governance from the University of Pretoria. She speaks English and Afrikaans fluently.

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Diane Bool
Monitoring and Evaluation Associate
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Diane Bool is the Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Health (CLAimHealth) Activity’s monitoring and evaluation associate. A public health practitioner and a registered medical technologist with nine years of collective experience, she has worked with various government and non-government organizations in providing technical assistance and implementing interventions on areas of health and development, governance, and organizational development. She earned her bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of the Philippines Manila. She is currently completing her master’s degree in health informatics. She is fluent in English and Filipino.

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Giohanna Caballero
Accountant
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Giohanna Caballero is the accountant for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has more than 15 years as a public accountant, with a vast background, including maintaining systems to account for financial transactions using established chart of accounts, bookkeeping policies and procedures; preparing financial reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing account information; and complying with legal requirements by staying updated and advising management. She has a degree in public accounting. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks English.

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Eric Camacho
Engagement, Learning, and Adapting Specialist
CLAimHealth & CLAimDev, Philippines

Eric Camacho has more than 15 years of experience managing various social development and consulting projects funded by local and international agencies in the Philippines. In his previous work as Deputy Executive Director of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), he provided strong leadership in the management of the foundation’s health, education, environment, and livelihood portfolios across the country, averaging around $30 million USD annually. His current role with the Panagora Group’s CLAimHealth Activity in the Philippines is anchored around more than 17 years of experience in training and materials/curriculum development for various types of audiences. Mr. Camacho has an M.A. in public health from the Institute for Community and Family Health in Quezon City, Philippines. He is fluent in English, Filipino/Tagalog, and Ilocano.

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Jennifer Caceres
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Dexis DOS INL, Dominican Republic

Jennifer Caceres, a monitoring and evaluation specialist for the DOS-INL Follow-on Project, brings over six years of monitoring and evaluation experience working in areas of agricultural development, quality control and agricultural research from USAID and USDA Projects in the Dominican Republic. She holds a B.Sc. in food science from the Pan-American School of Agriculture, also known as El Zamorano, and a master’s of international agribusiness administration from CATIE and INCAE universities in Costa Rica. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys nutrition and fitness, dancing, and reading. She speaks Spanish.

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Luisa Cardona
Quantitative Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Luisa Fernanda Cardona Rojas is the quantitative specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has five years of experience in economic development, methods in impact evaluations, and research and data analysis. Luisa has held various positions in the public sector; in the National Planning Department of Colombia-DNP, in the Bogota’s Secretary of Security, Coexistence, and Justice as well as in the Center for Economic Development Studies-CEDE of Los Andes University. Luisa holds a master’s degree in economics from Los Andes University. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks fluent English.

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Cesar Carrillo
Finance and Accounting Manager
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, Colombia

Cesar Carrillo has over 20 years of accounting experience in international development projects. He is a certified public accountant, expert in Colombian accounting laws, and USAID regulations and processes. In the last 14 years, he has been working on different USAID-funded projects including public policy, human rights, and access to justice. He has worked in various areas of the Colombian economy, from finance to commerce, trade, and industrial sectors. Cesar holds a master’s degree in Fiscal Auditing. Spanish is his native tongue and he speaks English.

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William Cartier
Chief of Party
India CLAIM

William Cartier is the chief of party of Panagora’s India CLAIM activity and formerly served as chief of party of Panagora’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Platform with USAID/Dominican Republic. He has thirty years of experience in international development, as Associate Professor at the University of the Andes in Bogota, Colombia, later as Senior Program Officer with the Ford Foundation in Lima, Peru and Santiago, Chile, Director of Monitoring and Evaluation at the Corona Foundation in Bogota, Colombia, and more recently as senior technical advisor and chief of party for USAID funded programs in Latin America, Asia and Africa in the field of democratic governance.  More recently he has led monitoring, evaluation and learning platforms in Bangladesh, Liberia and the Dominican Republic.  He has conducted numerous assessments and program evaluations in democracy, rights and governance, decentralization, local government strengthening, transparency and accountability, youth development and justice reform.  He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Political Science and International Development from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, and University of Toronto, Canada. He speaks Spanish and French.

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Maricar Canlas
Administrative Assistant
CLAim Health, Philippines

Maricar Canlas provides support to the whole CLAimHealth, Philippines team as its Administrative Assistant. Before joining CLAimHealth, Maricar worked as an Administrative Assistant in the health program for the Philippine Business for Social Progress where she supported an Admin team. Previously, she served as a Technical Specialist to the Office of the Deputy Executive Director for the Philippine Business for Social Progress. Maricar holds a B.S. in business administration.

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Camilo Celis
Organizational Strengthening Analyst

Camilo Celis is a technical assistance and academic advisor with eight years of experience in teaching, education (leadership and public policy), and project management. He supports the technical, logistical, administrative, operational, monitoring, and evaluation processes to implement the Organizational Performance Index (OPI) for the USAID/Colombia Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity. He has a B.A. in political science from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and a postgraduate diploma in social sciences teaching (FLACSO), and in pedagogy (Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana). In 2018 Camilo earned an Organization of American States (OAS) scholarship to do a Master’s degree in political analysis at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Camilo was selected as a teacher in Enseña por Colombia program in 2012 and he is an alumnus of the Teach for All Global Network. He speaks Spanish.

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Chinedu Chikwendu
Senior MEL & Technical Reporting Specialist
PQM+, Nigeria

Chinedu Chikwendu is a senior MEL and technical reporting specialist for the PQM+ West Africa program, where he manages MEL tasks for PQM+’s Activities in West Africa. Chinedu is a trained pharmacist and has over 15 years’ progressive experience across the public and private sectors including two of the ‘Big 4’ consulting firms (PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG). He has experience in clinical practice, audit and assurance, management (performance management, strategy articulation and development, business process improvement and project management), and public health consulting (M&E, health system strengthening, routine immunization, Malaria and HIV/AIDS). Chinedu holds master’s degrees in management from Vrije Universiteit Brussel and health policy, planning and financing  from the London School of Economics/London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

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Justine Co
Research Management Associate
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Justine Co is the research management associate for the USAID/Philippines Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Health (CLAimHealth) Activity. She has more than five years of policy research and program evaluation experience where she has examined social, economic, and cultural rights issues and initiatives in the Philippines. Justine holds a bachelor’s degree in European studies from Ateneo de Manila University and is currently finishing her master’s in global politics from Ateneo de Manila University. She is fluent in Filipino and English, and speaks basic German.

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Cristian Corredor
Payroll Assistant
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Cristian Corredor is the payroll assistant for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Activity in Colombia. He has three years of experience at an International Company managing different clients by developing contracts, affiliations to the social security system, payroll liquidation, and calculation of withholding tax. He holds a B.A. in business administration from the University Foundation of Areandina in Colombia. He speaks Spanish and English.

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Sonia Devia
Administrative Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Sonia Devia is the administrative specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has over 15 years of experience in financial management, organizational development, and international business, with an emphasis in foreign trade. She is a certified public accountant and has an extensive background in accounting, tax auditing, administrative and human resources, with knowledge and skills in prevention of money laundering. She also has experience working with international development organizations to support, develop, and analyze USAID funded projects. Sonia holds a degree in international business from Externado University of Colombia. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks English.

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Damaria Ebanks
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Dexis DOS INL, Jamaica

Damaria Ebanks is the monitoring and evaluation specialist for Jamaica under the DOS INL Follow-on Project. She has more than four years’ experience in the fields of monitoring and evaluation, social protection, and research, which she gained while working on projects for her local government (Programme of Advancement through Health and Education – PATH in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security) sponsored by international donor funding from World Bank and the IDB. Through her previous work experience, she developed an interest in economic and social issues, especially for developing countries, but her first love is math or anything numerical. She has a B.Sc. in applied statistics and economics and is currently pursuing a M.Sc. in development studies. In her spare time, she likes to try new things and learn new skills with Youtube as her guide.

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Adinieowo Eneyo
Learning, Knowledge Management and Strategic Communications Regional Officer
GHSC-PSM, Nigeria

Adinieowo (Edie) Eneyo is a strategic media and communications professional with about five years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating robust C4D programs delivering in health, peacebuilding, humanitarian response, gender, and education. As a learning, knowledge management and strategic communications regional officer on the USAID Global Health Supply Chain-Procurement System Management program, he provides regional support across 12 states in Nigeria ensuring knowledge and learnings are harnessed, and frequently writes communications products to ensure project visibility. He led in Northeast Nigeria the brand management and developed documents communicating results for FHI 360 Integrated Humanitarian Response project in health, WASH, protection, and nutrition. At Search for Common Ground, he led the production of robust media programming through conducting a listenership survey, media mapping for radio and television stations in multiple states, designed and executed participatory program content, and ensured cross-cutting learnings among partner media stations. Edie is a certified trainer in conflict-sensitive journalism and has a diploma in civil law, a bachelor’s in sociology and anthropology and is currently undergoing a master’s program in social behavioral change communications.

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Annie Florez
Monitoring Advisor
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Annie Florez is the monitoring advisor for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She worked directly with the USAID Mission in Colombia for five years and has over 10 years of experience working with USAID’s Implementing Partners. She has 12 years of experience in project management and technical supervision of social programs, specialized in the monitoring and evaluation field. Focused on managing information systems, indicator design, data collection tools, and methodologies customized by type of project or target population. Annie’s focus also includes focus on PMI methodologies for program and project management portfolios. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and has a Master’s in Project Management. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks English.

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Brendon Foster
Engagement, Learning and Adapting Advisor
Technical Support Services (TSS), South Africa

Brendon Foster is a skilled learning and development professional, with over 15 years of experience in South Africa’s public and private sectors. He has held senior learning and development management positions at several USAID-funded health-focused organizations, including mothers2mothers, Grassroot Soccer, and Shout It Now. He developed and oversaw implementation of a learning and development strategy across multiple countries at mothers2mothers, a leadership development program at Grassroot Soccer, and an organizational training and skills development package (including training curriculum and materials) at Shout It Now. Brendon has extensive experience in facilitation and training, coaching, organizational communication, digital learning technology, and talent management. Brendon holds a BA Honours and BA Psych in psychology from the University of Port Elizabeth. He speaks English fluently.

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Aurea Christie Galvez-Lumaad
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator
CLAimDev, Philippines

Aurea Christie Galvez-Lumaad is the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator for the USAID/Philippines Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Development Activity. Aside from her academic background in Bachelor’s degree in economics and Master’s in management, her expertise in monitoring, evaluation and learning is founded in her more than 30 years of experience in international development work in the Philippines. In the areas of children and youth, agriculture and environment, she has worked as the project M&E lead of US-based international organizations namely: Child Fund International, Education Development Center, Save the Children, and Catholic Relief Services. Additionally, Christie has worked with Philippine government agencies implementing long-term bilateral projects with the European Union for agriculture and environment. Christie has also provided M&E consultancy work for international organizations such as UNICEF and non-government aid organizations in Europe. She is fluent in both English and Filipino.

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Felix Gamana
Messenger/Utility Staff
CLAimHealth & CLAimDev, Philippines

Felix Gamana is the messenger/utility staff for Panagora’s Philippines office, supporting both USAID’s CLAimHealth and CLAimDev activities in the Philippines. He has taken courses towards a degree in Management from the Technological Institute of the Philippines. He has more than five years of experience as utility/messenger and office maintenance work.

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Nidia Garavito Calderón
Research Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Nidia Garavito Calderón is the research specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She is an economist with eight years of experience in economic and social research for development, public policy analysis, and estimation of econometric models. Nidia has held various positions in the Colombian National Planning Department and in the Colombian National Statistics Administration Department. She holds a Master’s degree in development studies from the University of Sussex. Spanish is her native tongue, and she speaks fluent English.

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Leandro Garcia
Research Expert
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Leandro Garcia is the research expert for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. He is a sociologist with 14 years of experience in international development research, designing and implementing USAID projects to support victims of violence. Leandro has participated in developing pedagogical strategies for social cohesion, promotion of dialogue, and coexistence in conflict zones. He has a has background in supporting different projects oriented towards the development and defense of human rights in various countries, including Paraguay, Argentina, and Colombia. Leandro holds a Master’s degree in International Development. Spanish is his Native tongue and he speaks fluent English.

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Martha Gonzalez
Monitoring and Database Specialist 
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Martha Gonzalez is the monitoring and database specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has more than 10 years of experience in the formulation, monitoring, and follow-up of public policy programs and projects directed at armed conflict victims, vulnerable populations, and ethnic communities. Martha’s background also includes performing Data Quality Assessments, standardizing monitoring processes, and methodologies. She holds a degree in Audit and Quality Assurance. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks English.

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Orlando Gracia
Lead Evaluation Expert
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Orlando Gracia is the lead evaluation expert in Panagora’s Colombia office. Orlando has more than 20 years of experience in public policy, with a background in designing, promoting, and implementing programs for capacity building. He is well versed in monitoring and evaluation, and applied economics research. He has held various positions at the Colombian National Planning Department, including Director of Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Policies, Director of Entrepreneurial Development, and Deputy Director of Economic Studies. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from University of London. Spanish is his native tongue and he speaks fluent English.

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Cath Gutierrez
Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Coordinator
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Cath Gutierrez is equipped with both clinical and program management background and has been in the public health field for almost 10 years working with both international and local organizations. Cath provides technical support in the area of monitoring and evaluation to the USAID-CLAimHealth Project in the Philippines. Prior to joining Panagora Group, Cath worked in health flagship programs such as Tuberculosis, Maternal, and Child Health and Nutrition, focusing on program management and resource mobilization tasks. She was also overseeing monitoring and evaluation for the Philippine Business for Social Progress. Cath is a nurse by training and a public health advocate with a Master’s degree in Epidemiology.

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Irene Guevarra
Finance and Administration Manager
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Irene Guevarra works as the Finance and Administration Manager with Panagora’s CLAimHealth Project with USAID Philippines. She is a Certified Public Accountant with over three decades of extensive experience in the field of accounting, project management, procurement, finance and administration. She worked with USAID for over a decade and, with the various positions held, had project management experience on contracts, cooperative agreements including policy, procedural, reporting and payment requirements. After USAID, Irene joined the private sector where she managed and implemented multi-million USAID-assisted and funded projects namely Trade and Investment Policy Analysis and Advocacy Support Project, Targeted Intervention In Economic Reform and Governance, Linking Initiatives and Network to Control Tuberculosis and Innovations and Multisectoral Partnerships to Achieve Control of Tuberculosis. Irene is an Accounting graduate of the University of Santo Tomas.

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Jay Heavner
Senior KMC Strategist, Country Programs
GHSC-PSM, Washington, D.C.

Jay Heavner is a senior knowledge management and communication (KMC) strategist, implementer, and coach. For USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, he supports KMC staff and points of contact in more than 30 country programs in Asia, Latin America/Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa by leading a community of practice and providing in-person and remote coaching and mentoring in strategy, work planning, project branding, program implementation, storytelling, photography, document management, and other essential skills. Previous to his current position on GHSC-PSM, he served as Director of Strategic Engagement and HIV/AIDS Global Collaboration Manager for the project.  Having served as Director of Communications and Knowledge Sharing for SCMS, the predecessor project for HIV/AIDS, he has more than 10 years’ experience in public health supply chain management and has worked as a consultant for USAID programs for 14 years.  Mr. Heavner has led planning and facilitation for numerous conferences and events, including SCMS’s and GHSC-PSM’s Supplier Summits and satellite events at international conferences. His writing has been featured in USAID’s FrontLines magazine, USAID’s Impact blog, Supply Chain Brain magazine, and the World Bank’s “Procurement for Complex Situations” booklet.

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Elizabeth Hobbs
Project Manager
Technical Support Services (TSS), South Africa

Elizabeth Hobbs is a public health and health systems strengthening professional with 10 years of experience in project coordination, monitoring and evaluation, and implementation. She has extensive experience in budgeting and financial oversight, reporting to USAID and PEPFAR, and relationship management with a wide range of stakeholders. She has managed multiple health-focused projects inclusive of point-of-care HIV diagnostics, HIV counseling and testing, and social programs for children living with HIV. As Project Manager, Elizabeth ensures that MERL activity deliverables are met on time and within scope and budget. Elizabeth holds an MPH from the University of Stellenbosch and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

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Theunis Hurter
Strategic Information Team Lead
Seconded to USAID/South Africa

Theunis Hurter is a highly skilled monitoring, evaluation, learning, and data analytics and use specialist, with over 10 years of experience in South Africa’s public health sectorHis skills encompass policy and program development, project implementation and management, and health systems strengthening. His strengths include leading and managing cross-disciplinary senior technical teams in various settings, guiding them to improve project planning, monitoring, and ultimately, successful implementationTheunis has extensive experience with PEPFAR and USAIDfunded projects. He previously served as our MERL deputy chief of party. He supported overall activity management and provided technical assistance to USAID and its implementing partners. Theunis holds an MPH from the University of Cape Town and a bachelor of science from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. 

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Jerry Jose
Engagement, Learning and Adapting Specialist
CLAimDev, Philippines

Jerry Jose is a development professional with over 15 years of work experience on leadership development. He is currently the engagement, learning and adapting specialist at Panagora Group supporting the USAID/Philippines Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Development Activity. He previously held key positions in non-government organizations managing both foreign funded and philanthropic initiatives in the fields of health, peace and development, and community organizing and development. Over the years, he has trained, engaged, coached, and mentored provincial, city, and municipal local chief executives, various leaders from the Department of Health and with the Armed Forces of the Philippines in support for their respective undertakings. He is skilled in facilitating learning sessions for process improvement and achieving significant results for leader’s constituents. He holds a master’s in health social sciences and speaks fluent Filipino languages (Tagalog, Cebuano) and English.

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Rogers Kigenza
Knowledge Management and Communications Advisor
GHSC-PSM, Rwanda

Rogers Kigenza is the Knowledge Management and Communication (KMC) Advisor on the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project under Panagora’s subcontract with Chemonics. Rogers is responsible for the internal and external KMC activities which support GHSC-PSM in Rwanda, which includes spearheading program information gathering and dissemination activities, and development and implementing KMC strategy. With over seven years of experience, Rogers has extensive experience in designing and implementing organizational communication strategy, marketing, branding, institutional collaboration, partnership and networking with public, private, and non-government organizations. He has worked within non-government and government organizations, including the Rwanda Revenue Authority, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and Netherlands Development Organization (SNV). Rogers is a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) alumni having graduated in public management from the YALI-East African Regional Center, Nairobi-Kenya. Rogers holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Rwanda and a master’s degree in international development from Andrews University, Michigan. Rogers speaks English, French, Kinyarwanda, and Kiswahili.

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Tessa King
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Dexis DOS INL, Trinidad & Tobago

Tessa King is the monitoring and evaluation specialist for the DOS-INL Follow-on Project. She has over nine years of experience in research, policy development, and monitoring and evaluation. Tessa worked with government and non-government agencies and their implementing partners such as FHI 360, USAID, PEPFAR, and IFRC across the Caribbean and some parts of Central and South America. Tessa holds a M.Sc. in development statistics and B.Sc. in sociology with a minor in criminology.

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Efrelyn Laluna
Receptionist
CLAimHealth & CLAimDev, Philippines

Efrelyn Laluna is the receptionist for Panagora’s Philippines office, supporting both USAID’s CLAimHealth and CLAimDev activities in the Philippines. She previously worked as an administrative assistant at the Philippine Business for Social Progress for eight years. Efrelyn holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the City College of Manila.

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Dr. Mary Ann Lansang
Chief of Party
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Mary Ann Lansang (MD, MMedSc) is the Chief of Party of the Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Health (CLAimHealth) Activity, a contract awarded to the Panagora Group by the USAID/Philippines. She has more than 30 years of experience in global health, with technical expertise in epidemiology, prevention, control, and management of infectious and tropical diseases; monitoring and evaluation of public health programs; health policy research and knowledge translation; policy development for public health programs; and health systems strengthening. A seasoned manager, medical doctor, professor, epidemiologist as well as an accomplished researcher, Dr. Lansang’s experiences include the following: Director of the Knowledge Management Unit as well as the Monitoring & Evaluation Unit at The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (2008-2012); Executive Director of the International Clinical Epidemiology Network (2000-2005); scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO) Special Programme for Training & Research in Tropical Diseases (1990); and professor of Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at the College of Medicine, University of the Philippines Manila (1984-2016). Dr. Lansang has served as a member of numerous scientific and technical advisory boards, committees, and expert panels for global health programs and at the Philippines Department of Health (DOH). She has also been published widely in peer-reviewed international journals on infectious and tropical diseases as well as health policy and systems research.

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Efrain Laverde
GIS Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Efrain Laverde is a Specialist in Geography Information Systems (GIS) of the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. He has more than ten years of experience in the management of spatial data on the surface and underground in issues related to the public and private sectors. Graduated from the Universidad Francisco Jose de Caldas in Bogota-Colombia, he also has a Major in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) from the same university and a master’s in Science-Geophysics from the Universidad Nacional of Colombia. Spanish is his mother tongue, although he also speaks English and a little French.

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Odilyn Lazaro
Data Analysis and Management Specialist
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Odilyn Lazaro is CLAimHealth’s Data Analysis and Management Specialist. With over 15 years of M&E, research and learning experience, she brings with her a deep sectoral knowledge in health and development having worked in the design and implementation of full-cycle performance management and data management and analysis for various USAID-funded projects under its Health portfolio (LuzonHealth, Health Policy Development Program, HealthGov, Private Sector Mobilization for Family Health , POLICY2) as well as in UN institutions such as UNICEF and UNRCO (Resident Coordinators Office). Odilyn holds a Master’s degree in Demography from the University of the Philippines. She is fluent in both English and Filipino and has some knowledge of Spanish and French.

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Norman Eric Lopez
Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist
CLAimDev, Philippines

Norman Eric Lopez is the Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist supporting the USAID/Philippines Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Development Activity. He has over 15 years of experience in development work in the in the Philippines and the Southeast Asian Region with principal focus on communications promoting learning events on best practices to enhance the development of the environment, agriculture, and trade and industry sectors in assisting them achieve sustainability. His project engagements have provided useful opportunities in making strategic interface of communication work with managing information assets and exchange networks in transforming these resources for capacity building, crafting of an adaptive knowledge management framework, and enabling key stakeholders as knowledge carriers and advocates of best practices by in inspiring participation and cultivating collaboration. Norman Eric is adept in crafting communication materials spanning from designing to editing and packaging to supplement people-to-people engagements and reinforce stakeholders’ learning events. He also extensively accounts working in multinational, multicultural, and multidisciplinary team environments which has provided him an understanding of the integrative role of communications in facilitating teamwork and fulfilling project objectives. Norman Eric is a graduate from the University of the Philippines Los Baños in communications arts with training and/or internship in areas relevant with development work in value chain development, project management, resource assessment, and monitoring and evaluation. He is fluent in English and Filipino.

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Efren Lubuguin
Deputy Chief of Party
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Efren Lubuguin is the deputy chief of party for the USAID’s Collaborating, Learning and Adapting for Improved Health (CLAimHealth) activity in the Philippines. He has over 20 years of experience in implementing social inclusion projects through capacity building of community-based organizations, INGOs, and government in the areas of community development, family health, child rights, livelihoods, and education in emergencies. He specializes in participatory monitoring and evaluation, organizational development, and policy research essential in strengthening mechanisms for team and organizational learning. Most recently, he led the multi-sectoral handover and mainstreaming of an education project with the Philippine government through BRAC Philippines with fund support from the Australian government-DFAT. Efren also represented the INGO sector to the Philippine Country Coordinating Mechanism of The Global Health Fund from year 2017-2020. He holds a MA in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management from the Institute of Education, University of London under the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship program and a master’s degree in community development from the University of the Philippines under the Presidential Scholarship grant. He is fluent in Filipino and English, and knows basic Spanish.

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Marie Maroun
Senior Communications Specialist
GHSC-PSM, Washington D.C.

Marie Maroun is a Senior Communications Specialist on the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. With more than ten years of experience, she specializes in strategic communications, content creation and editing, and publications management. Prior to joining Panagora, she worked on several development and health projects editing various publications and project materials, managing social media outlets, updating website content, handling press requests, and developing and implementing strategies and messaging. She holds an MA in International Relations and International Communications from Boston University and a BA in Political Science from the American University of Beirut. Originating from and growing up in the Middle East, she speaks Arabic.

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Yazmin Medina
GIS Advisor
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Yazmin Medina is the GIS Advisor for Panagora’s monitoring, evaluation and learning activity (MEL) for USAID in Colombia, leading the project’s GIS-related services component of the project, ensuring quality and timeliness of all products and services and leading training, and capacity-building activities, including a GIS community of practice. She is a highly skilled professional in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis with technical and scientific experience to contribute and participate solving the problems of capturing, storing, processing, display geographic information applying her knowledge of geography, cartography, photointerpretation, digital image processing, and geodatabases and its applications for the development of spatial data analysis as an instrument for the decision-making process. She has ten years of experience providing technical assistance to several consulting companies (public and private) in fields like environmental and GIS project management, integration, and geospatial data development, customized mapping products, geospatial analysis, and reporting. She speaks Spanish and English.

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Susan Minushkin
Chief of Party
CLAimDev, Philippines

Susan Minushkin is chief of party/director of learning for the USAID/Philippines Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Development (CLAimDev) activity and has worked on international research, development, and humanitarian assistance projects for more than 25 years. Most recently, Susan was a technical director at Management Systems International in the Strategy, Evaluation, and Analysis practice where she provided technical expertise and supervision for USAID and DOS-funded Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL), and democracy and governance projects in conflict and post-conflict zones including Mexico, Colombia, Afghanistan, Vietnam, and Nigeria. She specializes in program management, monitoring, evaluation, and learning, third-party monitoring, remote monitoring, designing and conducting surveys, indicator development, and data analysis. Before working in international development, Susan was a professor of international relations for more than a decade at CIDE and ITAM in Mexico City and an investment professional specializing in East Asian equity markets. In addition to her MEL, governance, and Latin America expertise, she also has research and evaluation experience in the economic growth sector and humanitarian third-party monitoring. Susan holds a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University and has bilingual fluency in Spanish. She is now excited to learn about the Philippines and hopes to gain fluency in Tagalog.

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Monica Moreno
Monitoring Analyst
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Monica Moreno is the monitoring analyst for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has more than seven years of experience in formulation, monitoring and evaluative research of social projects in Colombian public institutions. Her background extends to strategic planning processes, design of methodologies and tools for data collection and cross-foundation databases analytics. She has a B.A. in business administration and a postgraduate diploma in public policy analysis from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and a Master’s degree in public policy at Universidade Federal do Maranhão (Brasil). Spanish is her native tongue, and she speaks English and Portuguese.

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Katie Morton
Data Analyst/Performance Improvement Specialist
Technical Support Services (TSS), South Africa

Katie Morton is an international development professional with 10 years’ experience in the public health, youth development, education, and agriculture sectors. She has held global and regional (Southern Africa) program management and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) positions at TechnoServe and Grassroot Soccer. She is skilled in program design, management, and reporting, including customization of M&E systems and processes to meet donor requirements (PEPFAR, GIZ, and DFID, among others). Her experience includes consolidating and interpreting data across multiple programs and countries. She is proficient in the administration, architecture, and configuration of management information systems such as Salesforce.com, as well as both quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Katie is also adept at providing capacity development to international and local staff, including the design and coordination of large-scale, regional workshops, and events. Katie holds an MPA in international policy and management – public administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and a bachelor’s in international affairs from Skidmore College. She speaks fluent Spanish and professional Portuguese.

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Esther Muyangana
Communications Specialist
GHSC-PSM, Zambia

Esther Muyangana works for Panagora as a Communications Specialist with the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project in Zambia. She brings over 20 years of experience in the international development field. Previously, she worked for John Snow Inc. (JSI) and Chemonics International. Esther has a rich administrative background with specific expertise in start up projects, events management, branding, and office management and protocol. She received a diploma in Business Administration and Management from the Institute Of Commercial Management in England and studied international diplomacy and project management. She lives in Lusaka, Zambia.

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Batanyani Muzah
Senior Care and Treatment HIV/AIDS Technical Expert
Seconded to USAID/South Africa

Batanyani Muzah is a skilled clinician with 10 years of experience in South Africa’s public health sector. Extensive experience in managing large-scale HIV programming, holding senior-level positions at USAID-funded development organizations, including ICAP, Right to Care, and Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute. Was Senior Technical Advisor: Clinical Integration for HIV Care and Treatment at USAID/South Africa, leading the development of quality improvement approaches for HIV care and treatment programming, serving as team lead for the KwaZulu-Natal Epidemic Control Team, and acting as the point of contact for the 10×10 campaign, Siyenza, and SynCH. As National Lead Advisor: District Implementation Planning at South Africa’s National Department of Health, developed a quality improvement framework for health planning to improve key outcomes and oversaw delivery of all of South Africa’s district improvement plans for priority programs for the 2015/16 and 2016/2017 financial years. Proven capacity in program design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), clinical research, policy and guideline development, capacity development and training, and stakeholder engagement and collaboration. Part-time lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s School of Health Systems and Public Health, including an M&E course for the MPH program and a popular short course on health systems strengthening for improved HIV and TB outcomes. Batanyani has a master’s degree in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and a B.S. in medicine and surgery from the University of Zimbabwe. He speaks English and Shona fluently.

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Reno Carter Nalda
Learning and Capacity Building Specialist
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Reno Carter Nalda is the Learning and Capacity Building Specialist on the CLAimHealth project. Reno, previously served as Program Manager of the ACCESS TB Project, a Global Fund TB grant implemented by the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) as the Principal Recipient. As Program Manager, Reno led the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the Global Fund TB project. He started social development work with PBSP in 2005 under its Training and Consulting Unit, and has managed different projects on family health, resilient and sustainable systems for health, and smoking cessation. He has had many years of experience designing and facilitating learning activities as well as developing various learning and capacity building tools and materials. He earned his degree in Management Accounting from the University of St. La Salle – Bacolod. During his free time, he likes to play badminton and volleyball. He has two adorable pet Pomeranian dogs named Adam and Victoria.

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Martin Nañawa
Communications Specialist
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Martin Nañawa joins us as communications specialist at the CLAimHealth project in the Philippines, where he will lead local management of the Office of Health Knowledge Library, and facilitate dissemination of CLA products. Martin is a communications professional with 15 years experience in the Philippines development sector after since shifting from advertising and public relations. Across several Filipino and international NGOs, Martin has built a portfolio as a one-person communications department, providing content generation, copywriting, design and publishing, media relations and visibility, and communications support and coverage during humanitarian emergencies. Martin was one of the first responders during the 2013 super-typhoon Haiyan response, and many other emergencies. Martin joins us from his most recent role as communications officer for the Philippines Resident Coordinator at the United Nations, curating the UN public identity, campaigning for Sustainable Development Goals, and advocating for human rights and rule of law in the Philippines. Martin has an AB degree in Communications, and like most Filipinos, is fluent in both English and Tagalog. He is an photographer, hoplologist, human rights advocate, and second of only two Filipinos teaching and operating a school for a classical Japanese martial tradition in the Philippines.

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Thuliswa Nazo
Finance and Operations Director
Technical Support Services (TSS), South Africa

Thuliswa Nazo is a finance and operations director in Panagora’s South Africa Activity Office and is a highly experienced finance and operations professional with more than thirty years working experience. Prior to this position, she served as director of operations for I-Tech South Africa, where she had oversight over procurement, compliance, office management, safety and security, logistics, subcontracts, fleet management, and information technology. She has held management positions for the last fifteen years with oversight over human resources, finance, procurement, fleet, and stakeholder management. Thuliswa has managed grants and awards from USAID, CDC, NHS, DFID, European Union, and other private grants including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has an MBA from the Regent Business School in Johannesburg. An honours degree in public management from Stellenbosch University and an undergraduate degree in public administration from the University of Fort Hare. Thuliswa speaks English, Xhosa, and Zulu.

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Nenita Negros
Deputy Chief of Party
CLAimDev, Philippines

Nenita C. Negros is the deputy chief of party supporting the USAID/Philippines Collaboration, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Development Project. She has more than three decades of multi-faceted work experience in humanitarian and social development work with international NGO’s in Asia and the Pacific on a managerial capacity level, providing technical support and leadership in program management, administrative operations, financial management, and collaborating with government entities and forging links with international donors. In her early years of development work, she managed complex and diverse programs that promote the welfare of children, their families, specifically working with internally displaced persons/families due to war and conflict with organizations such as Plan International and Save the Children. Over the years, she honed her skills working with VSO in Bangladesh and UNDP in Papua New Guinea providing technical support identify new projects and lead on the end to end programming activity–from needs assessments, developing project design documents, developing annual program plans and budgets and oversight of implementation of M&E processes and leading organizational change processes. She holds a master’s degree in social work and is a licensed social worker by profession. She can fluently speak English, Tagalog, Cebuano, Waray-Waray, Ilongo, and conversational Bengali.

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Nyiko Ngoveni
Fleet Manager
Technical Support Services (TSS), South Africa

Nyiko Ngoveni oversees the Panagora South Africa’s fleet of vehicles, a team of drivers, vehicle bookings, and maintenance schedules, while ensuring compliance with Panagora’s vehicle use policies and procedures. Nyiko began his career as a Police Officer where he worked to prevent and investigate crimes as well as fleet management. He has a total of eight years’ experience in law enforcement, criminal investigations, visible policing environment, railway policing environment and logistics (fleet management) in the South African Police Service.

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Indira Nicanor
Training and Meetings Coordinator
CLAimDev, Philippines

Indira Nicanor works as a training and meetings coordinator supporting the USAID/Philippines Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Development Activity. She has over 15 years of work experience as an Administrative Assistant, working on namely USAID funded projects. These projects included: Program Management Technical Advisors Team (PMTAT), Local Enhancement and Development for Health Project (LEAD), Linking Initiatives and Networking to Control Tuberculosis (TB LINC) and Innovations and Multi-Sectoral Partnerships to Achieve Control of Tuberculosis (IMPACT). Indira holds a B.A. in mass communication from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. She speaks Filipino and English.

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Enitan Okediji
Knowledge Management and Communications Manager
GHSC-PSM, Nigeria

Enitan Okediji is a Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist with over eight years experience in international development as a media/communications professional and a certified Knowledge Manager. She has continuously offered solutions in supporting internal and external knowledge generation and dissemination. For USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, she supports the implementation of Knowledge Management processes, initiatives, project learning, and sharing. Previously, she worked with international development organizations to implement various projects aimed at addressing socio-economic development issues in Nigeria, including with the PIND Foundation, the Voices for Change programme, and GEMS 4 project, funded by DFID. She has a strong passion for improving the lives of women and girls. Enitan is a Commonwealth Scholar and is a Master’s candidate in the Program in International Development at the University of York. She has a B.Sc. Mass Communication from Covenant University in Nigeria and is an alumni of the Knowledge Management Institute in Washington, D.C., as well as the Lagos Business School Executive Management Programme.

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Grizeline Olaybar
Finance and Administration Manager
CLAimDev, Philippines

Grizeline Olaybar is the finance and administration manager supporting the USAID/Philippines Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Development Activity. She has 16-years of experience in finance, accounting, administration, and procurement in the Philippines development sector, significantly in budget and financial report preparation, and monitoring and supporting technical teams in managing their budgets. Her demonstrated history in finance and accounting led her to work with numerous development organizations in the Philippines such as Lutheran World Relief, JHPIEGO, Plan International, Save the Children, ChildFund Philippines, LGSPA, among others. Grizeline’s exposure to international NGOs and donor-funded projects like USAID, USDOL, CIDA, and AECI has distilled in her the values of transparency, accountability, and stewardship. Currently, she is pursuing a master’s in sustainable development studies in Mindanao State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University. She is fluent both in English and Filipino.

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Chima Onwe
Regional Officer, Learning Knowledge Management and Strategic Communications
GHSC-PSM, Nigeria

Chima Onwe brings his wealth of knowledge and experience to support the Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management program as Regional Officer, Learning Knowledge Management and Strategic Communication in Nigeria. He has extensive experience in creating strong, compelling messages in a variety of media and training others to do the same. Starting his career as a journalist in Nigeria, Chima has always wanted to apply his deep understanding of urban and international affairs, public policy and intercultural communication skills to promote the wellbeing of communities affected by poverty, inequalities and crisis. This pulled him to join the development sector, where he worked with international organizations including Search for Common Ground, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, Creative Associates International, FHI 360 and Norwegian Refugee Council provide service to people. He has led the development and implementation of advocacy, media and communication strategies in Nigeria for 12 years. He speaks English and Hausa.

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Olumide Oyebamiji
Learning and Strategic Communication Manager
GHSC-PSM, Nigeria

Olumide Oyebamiji is a strategic communication and certified project management professional with 11 years of experience in project development, communication, monitoring and evaluation, policy advocacy, and research. He has donor experience with various agencies including the United Nations, United States Department of State, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, DFID, and the European Commission. He has designed, managed, and evaluated aid programs in technical areas such as Agriculture and Food Security; Nutrition; Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning; Democracy, Rights, and Governance; Environment; Economic Growth; Energy; Stabilization; and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene. He maintains a proven track record of adhering to SOPs and collaborating with various teams and creates strong written content. He holds a Master’s of Science in development studies and a Bachelor’s of Science in international relations.

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Juan Camilo Paillié
Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Juan Camilo Paillié is the Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation (CLA) specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. With seven years of professional experience—four years of those years dedicated to international cooperation, and social and community project management—he specializes in building social dialogue and community involvement, and facilitating in difference and differential approaches. He holds a B.A. in psychology and a M.A. in systems thinking. He is passionate about listening, collaborative work, and reflection. He speaks Spanish and English.

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Amogelang Phaka
Project Specialist
Technical Support Services (TSS), South Africa

Amogelang Phaka is a Project Specialist assisting the senior leadership team with the implementation of project activities by providing programmatic and logistical support across both MERL and TSS activities for USAID/South Africa’s Health Office. Amo provides executive-level and advanced administrative support to program activities and supports the Panagora leadership team. Amo began her working career at Panagora South Africa where she started as an Operation Intern. She has recently completed her National Diploma in operations management with Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria. Amo speaks Setswana and Northern Sotho.

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Mafoko Phomane
Program Specialist
Technical Support Services (TSS), South Africa

Mafoko Phomane is a Project Specialist and assists with the implementation of the MERL project activities by providing programmatic and logistical support for MERL activities for USAID/South Africa’s Health Office. Under the direction of the Project Director, she provides executive-level and advanced administrative support to program activities and supports the Deputy Chief of Party and project manager. Mafoko is an Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity based at Tekano and is passionate about health advocacy and creating health solutions for communities in remote places. She holds a master’s in public health specializing in Rural Health from Wits University,  and a degree in psychology from the University of Cape Town. She has previously worked for the Ministry of Health in Lesotho in the field of District Health Management, HIV Prevention, HIV Treatment, Care and Psycho-social Support. Mafoko speaks Sesotho.

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Jennifer Pietropaoli
Communications Specialist
GHSC-PSM, Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Pietropaoli is a French-speaking global health and international development professional with experience in program management and communications. Her areas of focus have included global health projects for agriculture, maternal and child nutrition, and pharmaceutical supply chains; as well as cultural programs for language learning and education. She also has a clinical background as a SICU nurse. She has development experience in Francophone West Africa, Sierra Leone, and South Sudan, as well as humanitarian experience in Haiti, where she volunteered with a mobile clinic program. Jenny is currently the communications specialist for malaria programs with the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. She has a B.A. in French from the College of the Holy Cross and a B.S. in nursing from the University of Rochester.

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Maria “Pili” del Pilar Quintero
Human Resources and Contracts Manager
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Maria del Pilar (Pili) Quintero is the human resources and contracts manager for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has over 15 years of experience in business administration, human resources, recruitment, and hiring processes in the international development industry. She has a vast background in complying with rules and regulations, as well as executing contracts and conducting procurement for different activities. In her previous role, she was the Director of Human Resources at AECOM, where she thrived in recruiting, payroll, and budget management. Pili holds a Human Resources and Business Administration degree from Sergio Arboleda University. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks fluent English.

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Devison Ramirez
Administrative Assistant
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Devison Ramirez is the administrative assistant for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. He has five years of experience in business management, accounting, registration, and classification of financial documents. He is currently pursuing a business administration degree at the Universidad Central in Colombia. Spanish is his native language.

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Poelo Rangoako
Human Resources and Contracts Manager
Technical Support Services (TSS), South Africa

Poelo Rangoako is the human resources and contracts manager of Panagora’s Technical Support Services (TSS) activity in South Africa. In her 17 years of experience in operations and human resources generalist affairs, Poelo has gained extensive experience in employee recruitment and retention, staff development, mediation, conflict resolution, records management, policy development, and legal compliance at both middle and senior management levels. She holds a B.S. in public administration and sociology from the National University of Lesotho and a post graduate diploma in human resources management from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Poelo speaks Sesotho.

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Joy Rapola
General Assistant
Technical Support Services (TSS), South Africa

Joy Rapola is a general assistant supporting office operations by cleaning the office and supporting basic office management functions. As general assistant, she coordinates and manages clerical and cleaning services for the efficient operations for Panagora South Africa and maintaining attractive facilities for staff and clients.

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Katie Reichert
Chief of Party
Technical Support Services (TSS), South Africa

Katie Reichert is the chief of party for Panagora’s Technical Support Services (TSS) Activity for USAID in South Africa. She is a highly skilled health and development professional with more than 16 years of experience in international public health, working with complex programs throughout Southern Africa, including six years of experience in senior management positions. Katie has demonstrated technical expertise in HIV & AIDS, OVC, and organizational capacity development, as well as a deep knowledge of PEPFAR. She has managed programs with multi-million-dollar budgets and supervised staff and consultants from all over the world, developing highly functional teams. She has extensive experience with M&E and communications, including leading qualitative and quantitative research teams, and supporting strategic information requirements. Katie has a master’s of public health from Boston University School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands in California. She speaks English and Spanish.

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Leslie Rider
Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Director
Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM+)

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.

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Ana Maria Rivera
Chief of Party
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, Colombia

Ana Maria Rivera is the chief of party for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She is an industrial engineer with more than 15 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation, designing and implementing projects striving for capacity building and community development. Focus areas include budget and core process management in Colombian public institutions and USAID projects. Her background and knowledge extend through assessing critical issues, planning, strategizing, monitoring and evaluating government and cooperation issues, budgeting, and reporting. Particular strengths include crafting policy reforms, establishment organizational structures, finding areas for systemic improvement, enhancing strategic support for processes, and evaluating structural design by assessing results, performance and impact indicators, especially in the public sector. Ana Maria holds an MBA from the University of Los Andes. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks fluent English.

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Javier Rodríguez
Qualitative Analysis Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Javier Rodríguez is the Qualitative Analysis Specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. Javier has more than four years of experience in qualitative research. He has been instructor on qualitative data processing using NVivo and ATLAS.ti, and has worked as a speaker on courses and webinars for universities, public servants and private entities in Colombia and other Latin American countries in the use of qualitative software. He has knowledge in designing, implementing and processing qualitative and quantitative instruments for data collection and in measuring quality of services perception. He holds a bachelor’s in psychology and currently is master’s degree student in public policy at Colombian National University. Spanish is his native tongue and he speaks English.

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Juan Guillermo Rubio
Monitoring and Research Advisor
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Juan Guillermo Rubio is the monitoring and research advisor for the USAID/Colombia Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity. Juan has more than 15 years of work experience, of which 12 years was in international development, monitoring and evaluation, security and rule of law, public policy, and regional governance. He has worked on implementing projects for different donors, including USAID, the Department of State (INL), IADB, and UNDP. Juan is a political scientist with a postgraduate degree in economics. He is a Spanish native speaker and he is fluent in English.

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Percival Abarquez Salting
Data Management and Analysis Associate
CLAimDev, Philippines

Percival Abarquez Salting is the data management and analysis associate for the USAID/Philippines Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Development Activity. Val is a mid-level statistician with more than 18 years of experience in all phases of survey generation, from the preparatory to post-enumeration phases. He has provided technical assistance for over a dozen surveys, including developing data collection instruments, generating tables, and disseminating findings and recommendations through reports. Percival has a strong knowledge of USAID evaluation requirements, having worked on the 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2011 USAID-funded Family Planning/Health Survey (FPS) and the 2008, 2013, and 2017 rounds of the National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS). He possesses a strong training background; conducted trainings, conducted workshops on data dissemination, data analysis, and infographic design in several regions. Percival has strong reporting skills and has written several chapters for the NDHS and FPS final reports. He holds a B.S. in agriculture and speaks English and Tagalog.

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Patson Shayamano
Accountant
Technical Support Services (TSS), South Africa

Patson Shayamano is a skilled accountant with eight years’ experience working for international non-governmental organizations, funded mainly by the US government. His experience includes producing financial reports, compliance and adherence to donor regulations and procedures, budgets and expenditure analysis, training staff on financial procedures, reconciliations payroll and statutory taxes. He is skilled in contracts and grants coordination, procurement, travel, logistics, and human resources. Patson holds a bachelor’s in financial accounting from the University of South Africa. He speaks English and Shona fluently.

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Cindy Shiner
Communications Specialist
GHSC-PSM, Washington, D.C.

Cindy Shiner began her career as a journalist in Washington, D.C., for Agence France-Presse and then moved abroad to work as a foreign correspondent. She lived in sub-Saharan Africa for six years, reporting for The Washington Post, National Public Radio, The Guardian, the United Nations and others. She also reported from Indonesia, Switzerland, Hungary and Macedonia. She has been working in global health for the past six years, developing communications strategies and products for large USAID programs. Cindy is currently the communications specialist for family planning / reproductive health for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management project. Cindy speaks French and Spanish and has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Maryland. She has also studied Spanish at the University of Barcelona, painting at Barcelona’s Escola Massana, and graphic design with The Graphic Design School.

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Noriel Sicad
Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
CLAimDev, Philippines

Noriel Sicad is the senior monitoring and evaluation (M&E) specialist supporting the USAID/Philippines Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Development Activity. He has more than 30 years of experience in development work at the national level in the Philippines and throughout the region, including in non-permissive environments. The majority of his work has been related to M&E, with emphasis on results-based M&E as well as development effectiveness and managing for development results. Noriel’s experience in a variety of development activities–including agriculture, disaster recovery, economic growth, education, environment and natural resources management, gender health, infrastructure, urban development–position well to lead M&E activities for CLAimDev, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, in the delivery of outputs towards the achievement of program and sector outcomes. He has a Master’s degree in business administration and a Bachelor of Science in agricultural engineering. Noriel speaks English, Filipino, Cebuano, and Hiligaynon.

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Crisanto Suguitan
Procurement Assistant
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Crisanto “Jay” Suguitan serves on the USAID Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Health (CLAimHealth) Activity as procurement assistant. He has over 10 years of USAID experience and began as a project accounting assistant for the Decentralized Shelter for Urban Development (DSUD) project with the Philippine Business for Social Progress. He has also supported other USAID funded projects such as the Linking Initiatives and Networking to Control Tuberculosis (TBLINC), Innovations Multi-Sectoral Partnership to Achieve and Control Tuberculosis (IMPACT), implemented by the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), LuzonHealth and ReachHealth. He has also served as a finance, administrative, and procurement associate for Research Triangle Institute (RTI). He holds a degree in business administration with a major in accounting.  He is fluent in Filipino and English.

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Johanna Theunissen
Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist
Technical Support Services (TSS), South Africa

Johanna Theunissen is a communications professional with 18 years of experience working with non-profit organizations in southern Africa. This includes management of a program providing community-based HIV and TB services in Tshwane, South Africa, as well as overseeing all project communications for three USAID-funded, health-focused mechanisms: two regional projects and one specific to South Africa. Her program experience has fostered an excellent understanding of health systems in the region, particularly at community level, as well as strengths and weaknesses at the national and regional levels—enabling production of a wide range of meaningful communications products for a variety of platforms and audiences. She is skilled in strategic thinking and communicating program results, lessons learned, and impact on beneficiaries in a compelling way. Johanna holds an MPH from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

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Tumelo Tlhabye
Office Manager
Technical Support Services (TSS), South Africa

Tumelo Tlhabye is experienced in office administration, including operations and logistics management for meetings and workshops, as well as staff air and ground transportation and accommodation. Having previously served as senior project associate at a donor-funded project spanning six countries in southern Africa, she is conversant with USAID rules and regulations and compliance requirements. As office manager, Tumelo provides day-to-day management and logistical support for our office in South Africa, a vibrant space that hosts multiple meetings every day. Tumelo holds a Certificate in Office Management from Academy International.

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Luis Toro
Monitoring and Database Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Luis Toro has more than 10 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation of social and rural development projects. His background extends to the formulation, monitoring, and evaluation of high-impact programs and strategies funded by International Cooperation, specifically USAID/Colombia. He is experienced in public policy planning, monitoring, and evaluating strong processes and database analysis for decision-making, as well as generating social, economic, financial, and management indicators. He holds a degree in Economy. Spanish is his native tongue and he speaks English.

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Alfredo Torres
Monitoring Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Alfredo Torres has over 15 years of experience working in monitoring and evaluation, including agricultural engineering in international cooperation projects. He has a background in planning, designing, and executing projects. Alfredo is also well versed in the development of high quality analytical documents, including Activity Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, Performance Management Plan, logical frameworks, work plans, good practice manuals and success stories, lessons learned, and documents related to evaluation of results, impact, and complexity. He also has a vast experience working in areas of conflict, with government, local and international projects. Alfredo holds a master’s in urban and regional arranging. Spanish is his native tongue and he speaks English.

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Sékou Touré
Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist
GHSC-PSM, Mali

Sékou Touré is the Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist with the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project in Mali. Before joining Panagora, he worked in organizations such as the Malian ICT Agency, International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), International Relief and Development (IRD), and the Feed the Future initiative with ACDI VOCA. Sékou has worked as a copywriter, communications consultant, knowledge and learning manager, and communications manager honing his skills in the design and implementation of communication and knowledge management systems. Sékou is also skilled in graphic design, web design, video editing, community management, and photography. Sékou speaks French, English, and Bambara.

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Priscilla Tsondai
Senior Clinical Cascade & SI Advisor
Technical Support Services (TSS), South Africa

Priscilla Tsondai is the senior clinical cascade and strategic information advisor at Panagora. A clinician by training, Priscilla is currently researching the characteristics and outcomes of young people living with HIV transitioning to adulthood across the various health care models within Southern Africa and she is part of the Global Framework of Data collection Used for Adolescent HIV Transition Evaluation (GRADUATE) project, which seeks to find ways of improving the measurement and documentation of adolescent HIV care transition-related processes and outcomes within low- and middle-income countries. Skilled in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, including data management and analysis of large cohort data. Priscilla previously worked as an Epidemiologist and Research Officer at the Center for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research (CIDER). Priscilla holds an MPH in epidemiology from the University of Cape Town and an MBChB in medicine and surgery from the University of Zimbabwe. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in public health at the University of Cape Town. She speaks English, Shona, and Ndebele fluently.

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Nomtai Tukura
Knowledge Management Specialist
GHSC-PSM, Nigeria

Nomtai Tukura is a seasoned communication​s and knowledge management professional with over 8 years of experience, ​including production of ​technical ​and financial reports, success stories, press releases, and other materials. Nomtai works for Panagora in Nigeria as a knowledge management specialist on the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. Prior to joining Panagora, Nomtai was a program officer for the Maternal & Child Survival Program (MCSP) where she facilitated planning, development, and implementation of behavior and social change communication materials. She also worked at the Targeted States High Impact Project (TSHIP) where she coordinated monthly and quarterly detailed reports, directed projects’ strengthened internal accountability systems as well as prepared annual activity reports, and prepared advocacy briefs as a valuable part of visits to traditional and political leaders. Nomtai holds an M.A. in Business Administration from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN, a Bachelor of Law from the University of Maiduguri in Nigeria, and has completed several certificate programs, including in journalism, project management, monitoring and evaluation, and TraiNet training from USAID.

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Emmanuel Ugobo
Learning and Knowledge Analytics Manager
GHSC-PSM, Nigeria

Emmanuel Ugobo is a certified knowledge manager and public health analyst with experience spanning over eight years delivering varied programmatic interventions in the development and humanitarian sector. Emmanuel currently serves as the manager of learning and knowledge analytics under the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project in Nigeria where he supports the technical team to proactively harness project-wide experience, data, and lessons into compelling communication products. He also works with the team to identify, coordinate, and directly draft learning, use case, and technical publications around best practices and lessons from the team’s work at state, regional, and central levels. Prior his engagement with Panagora, he has worked with other national and international organizations in Nigeria including Pathfinder International, Save the Children International, Heartland Alliance International, and Initiative for Peoples Good Health where he provided technical support in monitoring, evaluation, and research of public health interventions. His capacity to research, analyze, and synthesize information into compelling stories and comprehensive presentations have given programs more visibility and improved efficiency and effectiveness. Emmanuel is proficient in the use of DHIS2, SPSS, NVIVo, PowerBI, STATA, ODK, Epi-Info, and Python. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public health from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. Lokaa is his native tongue and he speaks English fluently.

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Paolo Ungson
Data Management and Analytics Specialist

Paolo Ungson is CLAimHealth’s Data Management and Analysis Specialist. Paolo conducts quantitative and qualitative research under the USAID funded Health Policy Development Program II (HPDP2) and the World Bank research on Health Financing Assessment and Local Service Delivery. In these assignments, Paolo crunches data for policy research and analysis. Prior to joining CLAimHealth, Paolo was part of the team commissioned by the WHO-Philippines that conducted an implementation review of the Philippine National Action Plan on antimicrobial resistance. A licensed nurse, Paolo’s interest in public health was sparked by his volunteer work at the De La Salle TB Research Unit program on multi-drug resistant TB funded by the Global Fund. Paolo is completing his thesis for his MA on Public Health at the University of the Philippines. He is fluent in both English and Filipino.

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Fenby Valbrun
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Dexis DOS INL, Haiti

Fenby Valbrun is the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) specialist for Haiti under the DOS INL/WHP project. He has 10 years of experience in M&E, also having worked on projects on health, nutrition, and local development. He is experienced in establishing data collection and data management processes, as well as carrying out participatory evaluation approaches for community consultations and context assessments. He has helped develop participant-focused evaluation methodologies, establish robust M&E systems and utilize data for programmatic learning and strategy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business management with the Haiti State University (Université d’Etat d’Haiti) in Port-au-Prince, and a master’s degree in management of development with the University of Turin. He speaks three languages including Creole, French and English.

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Elizabeth Velandia
Operations Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Elizabeth Velandia is the operations specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has over 10 years of experience providing legal advice, managing commercial contracts, preparing audits, and following selection processes for suppliers. She has a vast background in handling approvals and preparing payments for suppliers, corporate, and commercial service agreements; sending announcements for awarding contracts and donations; and managing budgets. She holds a law degree. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks English.

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Eveline Viegas
Chief of Party
Indonesia Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Eveline Viegas serves as the chief of party of the USAID Indonesia Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Platform. She has 20 years of experience in development and a proven track record of providing leadership, technical guidance, and project oversight to guide integrated and multi-sectoral MEL USAID-funded programs to success. In addition to MEL, Eveline brings expertise and technical experience in governance (capacity building, systems strengthening and decentralization) and civil society strengthening, community development, WASH, education, and infrastructure. She is fluent in Portuguese, French, and English and holds a master’s degree in international studies and diplomacy from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, UK.

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Murphy Wray
Senior Supply Chain Advisor
Seconded to USAID/South Africa

Murphy Wray is a pharmaceutical supply chain technical expert with more than 14 years of experience in the management of large-scale health programs across sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. She has served as Senior Malaria Technical Advisor to the President’s Malaria Initiative since 2007, coordinating supply chain activities in more than 24 countries to improve service delivery access. She is skilled in the provision of clinical pharmaceutical technical assistance and the implementation of strategies to enhance health systems performance and integrated programming. She has extensive experience facilitating high-level collaboration among public and private sector stakeholders to ensure product availability and relevant product impact. She is adept at interpreting complex technical materials and highly skilled in managing politically sensitive situations across high-level teams. Murphy holds a Pharm.D. from the University of Maryland and a B.A. of Biology from the State University of New York. She speaks English fluently and limited French.

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Andrés Zapata
Research Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Andrés Zapata is the research specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. Andrés has seven years of work experience, three of which have been in the international cooperation sector. As a social researcher, he has worked on several topics related to gender issues, renewable energies, historical memory, environment, agriculture, and fieldwork with local communities under the framework of Colombian armed conflict. He has led the recollection and processing of primary and secondary data for the formulation of public policies and the reinforcement of communitarian processes in peacebuilding and reconciliation. Andrés has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Pontifical Xavierian University and a master’s degree in economics of development with a specialization in econometrics analysis of development policies from the International Institute of Social Studies – Erasmus University Rotterdam. Spanish is his mother tongue and he speaks fluent English.