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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.
Darlene Faye Andrews is an international development executive with a passion for effective management and leadership. She has over 35 years of experience developing implementation strategies and achieving results that ensure the highest technical and operational quality. She started at Panagora in 2019, as director, program management and staff development where she ensured effective project implementation through quality assurance, compliance, capacity building, and resource management. After being promoted to vice president of program impact in 2020, she built a team of Panagora professionals who currently manage contracts and compliance, training and capacity building, and program operations across the company. She is a native Washingtonian who loves to travel, learn new things, advocate for worthy causes, and vacation at the beach. Darlene has earned two master’s degrees, one in organizational leadership from Nyack College and the second in Christian counseling from Bible Faith Global University and she is also a certified life coach. She serves as an active company representative for the Small Business Association for International Companies (SBAIC).
Fernando Barragan is executive vice president of Panagora Group. He provides hands-on multidisciplinary guidance and supervision to senior leadership and collaborates with the CEO and others in the development and implementation of Panagora’s immediate and long-term strategies. He makes decisions regarding the allocation of corporate resources and identifies synergies across the organization to improve corporate performance in support of growth and continuous improvement. He brings more than 25 years of experience working in international development, with a successful track record leading the accounting, treasury, financial planning and analysis, and compliance functions of high-profile organizations with portfolios in more than 80 countries around the world. Fernando also served in senior positions on projects in Bolivia, Egypt, and El Salvador. He holds a B.S. in engineering and an MBA with a concentration in corporate finance from the Catholic University in Bolivia. He speaks Spanish and English.
Jennifer Brinkerhoff leads and manages the implementation of Panagora’s new business strategy. She has the ideal combination of long-term field and home office experience, serving 15 years of 30 in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Her new business work is informed by her extensive experience in program management including a deep familiarity with the program cycle, program design, and local partnership development—Jennifer thrives on designing programs that strengthen country capacity and ownership. She brings adeep knowledge ofall aspects of new business from capture to strategy to proposal writing to cost preparation. She is an experienced leader who has led cross-sectoral diverse teams both in the USA and overseas.
Since 2018, Jennifer has served as Panagora’s Director for Program Management and Quality Assurance. Before joining Panagora, she served as the director of new business for Land O’Lakes International Development (now Land O’Lakes Venture 37). She served in various field positions from 2005-2015, the latest field position where she served as a chief of party for a large challenge grants program supporting private sector engagement in Sri Lanka. Jennifer began her career in international development as community development volunteer for the Peace Corps in Batouri, Cameroon. 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. She speaks French fluently.
Aleksandra (Sasha) Belenkaya oversees Panagora’s global health practice, with responsibility over the global health business strategy, new business efforts, and successful delivery of multiple global health contracts. She brings over 20 years of experience in international development, having served in leadership roles in new business development, programmatic delivery, and client service. Aleksandra began her career in international development at Chemonics International, where she worked hand in hand with then the Chemonics’ Senior Vice President, and now the Panagora’s founder and President and CEO, Betsy Bassan. She was at the helm of launching Chemonics’ international health practice, taking it from a handful of small projects to a successful major business unit. During the following 12 years, Aleksandra worked in project management and business development, and held leadership positions, first at Booz Allen Hamilton, then at the American Bar Association, and finally at Chemonics again, returning to help stand up its wholly owned supply chain management subsidiary, Connexi. In these roles, she worked in international health, supply chain management, food security, democracy & governance, and rule of law sectors, and managed contracts and grants funded by USAID, Department of State, U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office, DFID, the World Bank, and private foundations. Aleksandra developed organizational vision and strategies, set financial goals and managed financial performance, designed and implemented impactful and sustainable international development programs, facilitated knowledge sharing, and managed and developed staff. Aleksandra holds a change management advanced practitioner certificate from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, a master’s degree in Slavic studies from Florida State University, and a bachelor’s degree from the Moscow State University of Education. She speaks English and Russian.
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.
Liliana Campos Dudley is an international development professional with over 20 years’ experience in contracts and grants management, compliance, and program operations. Liliana has extensive and in-depth knowledge of US Government regulations (CFR, FAR, AIDARS, CFR, ADS, and others), procurement processes, proposal development, strategic pricing, and cost volume preparation. She has served in senior roles for numerous contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements funded by the US Government, The Global Fund, the United Nations, and private foundations, performing these functions in diverse technical areas such as health and nutrition, humanitarian assistance, food security, biodiversity conservation, and education. With long-term on-site experience in Africa and Latin America, Liliana led numerous project start-ups, opened country offices, hired and supervised local staff, and designed innovative grant programs to leverage private sector funds. Liliana holds federal contract management-ESI, grantsmanship, and institutional management, from George Washington University and Pennsylvania State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Lima, Perú and a master’s in Latin American studies from the University of Florida. She speaks English and Spanish.
Gwyneth Cotes has spent more than 20 years supporting, designing, and leading health and nutrition programs around the world. She has a wide range of experience in the health and nutrition sectors, including emergency nutrition, child survival, infant and young child feeding, social and behavior change, sexual and reproductive health, and advocacy. Gwyneth has a strong interest in developing programs that effectively integrate health, nutrition, food security, and gender equality. Most recently, Gwyneth served as the country director for Helen Keller Intl in Cambodia and Indonesia. Previously, she led technical assistance for global nutrition programs as the director of global initiatives for the SPRING project, USAID’s flagship multi-sectoral nutrition program. Before that, Gwyneth spent 12 years living and working in multiple African countries as a technical advisor, program manager, and ultimately country director with various organizations, including UNICEF, the Centers for Disease Control, GOAL, and Concern Worldwide. Gwyneth holds an MPH in international health from Tulane University and a BA in international development from American University.
William Cartier serves as both MERLA director and IDIQ director of USAID/India’s CLAIM activity. 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. He has served as senior technical advisor and chief of party for USAID funded programs in Latin America, Asia and Africa in the field of democratic governance and led monitoring, evaluation and learning platforms in Bangladesh, Liberia and the Dominican Republic and served as chief of party of Panagora’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Platform with USAID/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.
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.
Alix Harou is both a domestic and global public health professional with more than 15 years of experience providing country-specific managerial and technical support for vulnerable populations. She has technical expertise in areas including multi-sectorial nutrition, WASH, social and behavior change (SBC), maternal child health, immunization, HIV/AIDS, emergency preparedness, and supply chain management. Prior to joining Panagora Group, Alix was a program management Director at Chemonics under the Global Health Division for the Global Health Supply Chain – Technical Assistance Program, Francophone Task Order, The Integrated Health Supply Chain-Technical Assistance Activity in Cote d’Ivoire Task Order, and GHSC-PSM project managing several Francophone country portfolios, such as Burkina Faso for which she also managed the implementation of Global Health Security Agenda activities. During her time at John Snow Inc. Alix worked as an SBC Specialist on a global nutrition USAID-funded project and managed the implementation of a community video approach to successfully promote the adoption of high-impact, nutrition-related behaviors, from pilot to scale-up in the resilient context of the Sahel. She also developed and facilitated several Training of Trainers for the DREAMS Innovation Challenge and the International Organization for Migration senior staff under the Expanded Vaccination Program. Alix is a certified yoga teacher, has a BA in psychology, a social work degree, and an MPH in community health education from the University of Massachusetts. She speaks French, English, and Spanish.
Lisa Igiehon is a senior human resources executive with over 20 years’ experience and has worked for non-profit and for-profit organizations with US-based and international employees. In her roles, Lisa has aligned corporate strategic goals with all aspects of Human Resources, including organizational development and culture, employee engagement, talent management, employee relations, HR policy and development and process improvement. Lisa holds a BSc in natural sciences from the University of the West Indies and a master’s in human resource management from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. Lisa has her PHR license, a graduate certificate in HR analytics from Cornell and is currently pursuing a chief human resources officer program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
Susan Minushkin is a Senior Program Director of the MERLA practice at Panagora Group. She previously served as 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. Prior to this, 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.
Madeleine Pryor is director of corporate communications at Panagora. She has over 12 years of experience in communications and visual storytelling for international nonprofits and social enterprises, with expertise in video production, photography, campaign management, branding and messaging, and writing. 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.
Amy Talbot is a global health professional with more than 12 years of experience designing, implementing, and monitoring USG-funded programs. She currently supports Panagora as program director for the GHSC-PSM activity, and previously was the 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.
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.
Majella van der Werf is a director at Panagora Group, focusing on monitoring, evaluation, research, learning, and adaptation (MERLA) and business development. She brings 22 years of experience including in the design and implementation of MEL systems as well as youth development, workforce development and violence prevention programming experience targeting high-risk youth. Majella has a track record leading evaluations and assessments, managing complex programs and achieving performance benchmarks in the areas of MEL, governance, youth development, violence intervention, workforce development and health. Majella is known for excellent working relationships with clients, partners and stakeholders and has multi-donor experience in Latin America; the Caribbean and North, West and Central Africa. She was also Assistant Director of Evaluation for a US-based NGO working in Baltimore, Maryland. Majella earned an MA in development studies at Erasmus University in the Hague, the Netherlands and speaks Spanish and French and is a native Dutch speaker.
Irene Velez is a director in the monitoring, evaluation, research, learning, and adaptation (MERLA) practice. Irene has over 12 years of experience designing and implementing impact and performance evaluations, spanning multiple sectors and their intersection with gender. She is an expert in quantitative and qualitative research methods, data collection and analysis, and has experience conducting economic assessments, including constraints analysis and cost-benefit analysis. She also specializes in leading impact evaluation design workshops, where she facilitates stakeholder engagement to build capacity on evaluation methods and strengthen buy-in for rigorous evaluations. Prior to joining Panagora, Irene worked at Management Systems International, where she provided technical leadership on dozens of evaluations, evaluation syntheses, and dissemination activities for USAID, MCC and USDOL, including leading the first quality review of impact evaluations at USAID. Previously, she worked at Innovations for Poverty Action, where she led the implementation of a large-scale randomized controlled trial to measure the impacts of microcredit for women in northern Mexico. Irene holds a masters’ degree in international development policy from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and a bachelors’ degree in economics from Wellesley College. Born and raised in Bolivia, Irene is bilingual in Spanish and English.
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.
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.
Laura Alexander brings more than a decade of experience in knowledge management, organizational learning, and program management to Panagora. Her previous work includes providing USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance with technical leadership and support in knowledge capture and dissemination; learning and knowledge sharing; and adaptive management. As program director of the Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Special Program Support Project, she provided learning and knowledge management services to the global F2F Program. She also facilitated organizational transformation at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania as program manager of a Feed the Future activity. Laura began her career in international development as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania, where she learned to speak Kiswahili. She holds a master’s of public administration and a M.A. in international relations from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, and a B.S. in communications from the University of Florida.
Lhundup Amdo, the assistant controller 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.
Diego Arias is a finance and accounting manager 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.
Milana Baish is a program associate supporting the South Africa TSS project at Panagora Group. Prior to working at Panagora Group, Milana worked with USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, the United Way of Central Massachusetts, and the American Red Cross. Her interest in international development began when she worked as an educator with the Peace Corps in Zambia on the Rural Education Development project. She is especially interested in the expansion of education access for women and girls all over the world. She holds a master’s degree in international development with a concentration in education, youth and development from Clark University and a bachelor’s degree in plan II honors, a prestigious liberal arts program, from the University of Texas at Austin. She speaks conversational Spanish.
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.
Kennedy Brooks serves as a program associate for the USAID CLAimDev, Philippines team. Before working at Panagora, Kennedy studied comparative women’s studies at Spelman College, focusing primarily on intersectionality and the effects it has on society globally. Kennedy went on to obtain her master’s from Georgetown University in engaged and public humanities where she focused on the impact of Black and Brown children receiving a quality education. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.
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.
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.
Sarah Fitzgerald supports Panagora’s program impact team as a program operations associate. Sarah has a range of research and project support experience in international development. Her work has primarily focused on gender issues in the context of conflict, peace, and security. Sarah has also worked in the private sector supporting quality management systems through compliance and quality assurance. Sarah has a B.A. in psychology and criminology from Hofstra University and an M.A. in international relations concentrating in global health and security from American University, where she worked on an M&E assessment of Theory of Change for the Mennonite Central Committee.
Rebecca Holland is a program associate supporting the GHSC-PSM and PQM+ AMTs at Panagora. Prior to Panagora, Becca was a consultant for the Muslim Women’s Association of Pittsburgh where she developed surveys, impact evaluation strategies, and designed a training program for members on survey development. Her passion for international development began when she worked at the Saint Michael’s Association for Special Education (SMASE) in the Navajo Nation as a Mercy Corps Volunteer. She holds a Masters in international development, focusing on governance and international public management from University of Pittsburgh and a BA in political science, sociology, and anthropology from Saint Michael’s College. During her studies, she did her research with United Nations Development Programme’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia Gender team. She used this research to work on the UNDP’s global report on Gender Equality in Public Administration (GEPA) and the Snapshot of Eastern Europe and Central Asia GEPA Report.
Cassidy Howell is a communications manager at Panagora specializing in external communications. Prior to Panagora, Cassidy was a manager for knowledge translation at the Sabin Vaccine Institute, where she transformed her technical background in global health and development into a talent for communications. Her international experience includes support for USAID-funded programs with International Medical Corps in Guinea-Conakry and as a Global Health Corps fellow in Malawi. Cassidy also has experience in social science research and qualitative data analytics. Cassidy earned her master’s degree in public health from the George Washington University with a concentration in global health program design, monitoring, and evaluation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of Florida with a concentration in medical anthropology and a minor in French.
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.
Mahboobullah Iltaf is an international development professional with experience in development, governance, and agriculture sectors. At Panagora, he is a program manager supporting Southern Africa’s Technical Support Services Activity. He joins the company with 15 years of experience in a broad spectrum of program functions, contracts, change management and capacity building, and peace and conflict analysis. His experience also includes project design, strategic planning, proposal writing, research development, monitoring, evaluation and learning, public financial management, and institutional assessment. Iltaf has contributed to several projects funded by USAID, USDA, DFAT, EUD, DFID and World Bank funded programs. He has experience working as A/COR with USAID/ Afghanistan, and he also has experience working with the UN and other international development stakeholders. He has excellent consulting and field experiences. Iltaf holds a master’s degree in post-war recovery studies from the University of York in the UK, 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 and Urdu as well as software languages and programs.
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.
Bernard X. James, II is a human resource associate supporting Panagora Group’s global team. Bernard uses over six years of expertise in entrepreneurship, strategy, project management, marketing, human resources, business development, organization design and development, team leadership, planning, and people management to assist Panagora in recruiting, DE&I, performance management, and other HR duties. Bernard obtained his bachelor’s degree in business management from Morehouse College and his master’s in human resources management from Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies.
Christine Juwle is a global health and international development professional with experience in program management and research. She currently supports the GHSC-PSM project and PQM+ activity at Panagora, 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.
Arif Kamawi is a program manager at Panagora Group supporting the USAID/Philippines Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Development (CLAimDev) Activity. Arif has been in the International Development sector for over 15 years, with hands-on experiences in program implementation, administration, management, and monitoring & evaluation, with programs funded by USAID, USTDA, UNDP, ICRC, and IOM. Before joining Panagora Group in 2021, Arif worked for USTDA programs evaluations in South and South-East Asia, and for a USAID program in Central Asia. Arif started working with USAID funded programs in 2008, with DAI, then I moved on to Creative Associates Intl., CHECCHI, and so on. Arif has a degree in political science, and speaks Pashto, Dari, and Urdu/Hindi.
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.
Bethlehem Mehirete is a global health and international development professional with experience on technical assistance programs, specifically health disparities, laboratory capacity building, and allocation of healthcare resources. She currently supports the 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 at Panagora. Bethlehem has over six years of experience working in international development and global health. Prior to Panagora, Bethlehem worked with various organizations that focused on health and international development. She has managed multi-million-dollar projects funded by PEFAR, CDC, USAID and Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master’s in global Health from George Mason University. She believes the future of global health is digital and enjoys learning new skills in information technology. She speaks fluent Amharic and Swahili.
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.
Tom Porter is the 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.
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.
Obaidur Rahman is a senior organizational development specialist at Panagora Group. He brings more than 25 years of experience in organizational development, change management and program evaluation in South Asian countries. He co-founded the Capacity Building Service Group in Bangladesh and worked as its chief executive for 12 years. In this capacity, he provided direct capacity building support to over 100 organizations and business networks through USAID, DANIDA, World Bank and DFID projects. He has trained many organizational development professionals through action learning and mentorship. He also worked on program evaluations in global health, human rights & governance, and social development work streams. His special interest areas include organizational asssessment, capacity strengthening, strategic planning and project cycle management. Obaidur has an MBA in development management from the Institution of Business Administration, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and trained internationally on organizational development. He is fluent in Bengali and understands Hindi.
Electra Reihel is a communications associate at Panagora Group providing support across the communications team, predominantly through social media and website management. She has a background in communications and marketing in international development contexts working with Meyers Global & Associates in impact finance, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICCWBO) Finance for Development Hub, and the OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate located in Paris, France. Prior to joining Panagora, Electra worked as a web-based marketing manager for Alliance BioConversions Company, an R&D company specializing in full-cycle biomimicry systems and sustainable infrastructure. She is a strong advocate for clean air, water, and food for all. Electra has a bachelor’s degree in international and comparative politics with a specialization in environmental science and international law from The American University of Paris. She speaks French.
Wassor Seck brings 15 years of experience in program operations, financial management, contracts, subcontracts, and grants management. He has managed numerous contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements funded by the US Government, the Global Fund, the World Bank, and the United Nations. He has performed these functions in diverse technical areas, including health, nutrition, humanitarian assistance, food security and education. He has in-depth knowledge of US Government regulations (FAR, AIDARS and CFR). He has extensive experience providing advice, support, and financial training to international development programs in Africa. Mr. Seck holds a B.S. in information systems management and a M.S. in financial management from University of Maryland University College. He speaks English and French.
Mickey Sobel is an international development professional currently supporting USAID/India’s CLAIM activity and DOS/INL Performance Measurement, Measurement, and Management Support program. While earning his undergraduate degree in history from San Diego State, he attended Semester at Sea where he lived and studied on a ship traveling across Asia, Africa, and Europe. After earning his undergraduate degree, he served in Peace Corps in rural northern Ghana for two and a half years as a health volunteer where he learned Dagbani and worked on health, water and sanitation, and agricultural projects. Mickey recently completed his master’s degree in international development from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England.
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.
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.
Sandra Wilson is a new business manager 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.
Anne Woodworth is a senior new business manager spearheading strategic portfolio growth and NB capacity building, along with daily operational support to capture and proposal teams. With nearly 20 years’ experience–traveling to 60 countries in the process–she brings to Panagora well-honed skills and a successful track record for winning new business from most USG agencies, and other public and private donors. Before joining Panagora, Anne worked at a handful of premiere companies in development and freelanced with others. At Creative Associates, Anne led teams to win large awards in education for children and youth, including crisis and conflict settings. At faith-based Adventist Development and Relief Agency, she won large agriculture/value chains, economic livelihoods, child labor prevention and education projects from USAID, USDA, and Depts. of Labor and State. At RTI, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and Planet Aid she focused on successful portfolio expansion and local capacity building in HIV/AIDS and other health areas, primarily with the Centers for Disease Control, State and USAID. At all companies she has led efforts to improve BD best practices, processes, and tools, as tailored for a company structure and program priorities, in all stages of the NB life cycle. She has alternated her employment with freelance stints to provide NB support (proposal writing, strategic analysis, proposal management, capacity building) at other top companies in the industry. Earlier in her career, Anne worked as a legal journalist covering federal grants and contracts administration and as a Communications Law attorney in Washington, D.C. She holds a BA in English and communications from Ursinus College, an MSA in international development from Andrews University, and a JD, certification in communications law from Columbus Law School, and Catholic University of America. She is a native English speaker and fluent in Spanish.
Henry Mateus Alfonso is a senior organizational strengthening analyst. He has 35 years of experience in social development, of which 20 have been with various USAID programs. Henry has extensive experience in organizational strengthening processes and citizen participation with a focus on population issues (Afro Colombians and Indigenous peoples), local and regional development, social control strategies for public management, and alliances between public and private sectors. He is skilled in facilitating pedagogical processes with the design of methodological tools for processes of organizational strengthening and citizen control. Henry has led the development of methodologies used by USAID Colombia like the ICOE (Index of Ethnic Organizational Capacities), the Guide “Let’s do Citizen Control”, and recently, the adaptation of the organizational performance index manual-OPI. He has a business administration degree from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and holds a master’s degree in planning and administration in regional development from the Universidad de los Andes.
Waleed Ali is the ELA Specialist for the USAID/Sudan Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity. He has over 15 years of accumulated experience in the field of humanitarian assistance, development, peace building, democracy, and conflict mitigation with international organizations. In addition to solid program management experience, Waleed is also skilled in strategic planning, political analysis, proposal development, project design and implementation, and research. He has worked for the World Vision International, Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI/USAID), USAID/OTCM, National Democratic Institute, the Carter Center, Altai Consulting, UNICEF and Freedom House. Waleed holds a master’s degree in environmental technology. His native language is Arabic and he speaks English at a professional level.
Arwanih is the office assistant on the USAID/Indonesia MEL Platform. He has 24 years of experience as an office assistant and has worked for various organizations and internationally funded projects such as DFAT and USAID. Arwanih maintains and organizes the office space and serves as the delivery man for the MEL Platform. He speaks Bahasa Indonesia.
Gbaike Ajayi is a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) specialist for USAID’s Promoting the Quality of Medicines Plus (PQM+) program. She has nearly a decade of experience in global health providing technical assistance, program management, as well as research, monitoring, and evaluation support to projects. Prior to joining Panagora, she worked as a survey manager at the Demographic and Health Surveys Program where she provided technical assistance to countries conducting nationally representative household surveys. Gbaike holds a master of development practice (MDP) degree from the University of Minnesota. She has working proficiency in French
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.
Belinda Barcenas is an accountant for the CLAimDev activity. 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.
Roxanne Belen is a senior health, research, and learning specialist for the USAID/Philippines Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Development (CLAimDev) Activity. Roxy spent the first eight years of her professional career teaching microbiology and biology courses at the University of the Philippines, Los Baños and then shifted her research focus on public health related topics, such as maternal and child health, tuberculosis, hospital autonomy, among others. Since 2012, Roxy has devoted her time in project implementation, management, and policy analysis and development in the government, and non-profit organizations. She has held positions at the Department of Health, Zuellig Family Foundation, Access Health International, Chemonics, FHI360, and Management Sciences for Health. Roxy is also a trained restorative yoga teacher, and an avid meditation, and Vinyasa yoga practitioner. Roxy has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in microbiology from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños. Roxy is fluent in Filipino and English and is currently pursuing French fluency.
Elizabeth Boardman is a public health and health systems strengthening professional with 13 years of experience in project and programmatic coordination and management. She is experienced in reporting to USAID and PEPFAR, budgeting and financial oversight, and relationship management with a wide range of stakeholders including Implementing Partners, USAID/South Africa and Regional (including Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Regional Health Office) and South Africa National Department of Health. She has experience coordinating technical assistance and capacity building support, team management and oversight; programmatic planning and quality improvement. Elizabeth has managed multiple health-focused projects inclusive of point-of-care HIV diagnostics, HIV testing and counseling, social programs for children living with HIV; and managed a team of technical advisors. She is skilled in all aspects of project management, from work planning and budgeting to monitoring and reporting on implementation, and is well-versed in M&E for HIV programs, with experience developing and utilizing logic models and data collection tools with a particular interest in the use of qualitative research methods in reporting on programmatic successes and lessons learned. Elizabeth is fluent in English.
Diane Bool is the CLAimDev Activity’s monitoring and evaluation specialist. 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.
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.
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.
Adriana Calderón is an organizational strengthening analyst for USAID/Colombia’s Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity. A sociologist who specializes in political and rural sociology, Adriana has more than ten years of experience working with international cooperation agencies and the government of Colombia. This includes roles on projects addressing public policy, social organization support, project evaluation, and international cooperation. She is skilled in implementing, designing, analyzing, and managing projects, with a focus on monitoring and analyzing methodological tools. Additionally, she has experience managing interdisciplinary teams with different partners at the national and local level. Adriana holds a master’s degree from in interdisciplinary development studies, with a specialization in government and public policy.
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.
Rowena is a program management specialist with over 15 years of experience in program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. She currently serves as the deputy health program manager for the USAID/Philippines Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Development (CLAimDev) activity. Before joining Panagora, she worked at Investing in Women project as the Business Coalitions (BCs) operations manager where she provided operational and organizational development support among the BCs in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar working towards workplace gender equality. She also led the Health Program Portfolio of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and led projects implemented nationwide and provided overall supervision on work planning, monitoring and reporting. She also managed partnerships for collective engagement to mobilize resources for the projects and harmonize multi-sectoral initiatives. She holds a masters degree in development communication.
Maricar Canlas provides support to the whole CLAimDev, Philippines team as its Administrative Assistant. Before joining CLAimDev 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.
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.
Tamara Chilinkhwambe is a finance and operations director with over 15 years’ experience in financial management of donor funded organizations and USG rules and regulations. Tamara is currently working as contracts and grants manager at Centre for Communication Impact (CCI), which involves developing budgets, human resources management, procurement and purchasing, asset management, ensuring compliance, implementation of internal controls and coordinating both statutory and USAID audits. Her previous job as associate director of finance involved budgets, financial management, procurement and purchasing, human resource management and organizing and coordinating operations. Tamara is a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA qualified) with a master’s in commerce from the University of Cape Town.
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.
Vannah Cruz is currently the monitoring and evaluation associate for health (MEAH) for USAID/Philippines CLAimDev. She draws passion for development work through monitoring and evaluation. Vannah has four years of experience in projects funded by international donor agencies, gaining competencies in monitoring and evaluation, and in areas of rural development, organizational development, humanitarian efforts, and economic reforms. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Ateneo de Manila University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration at the University of the Philippines. Her professional experience and holistic education have equipped her with good communication skills in both Filipino and English. She is guided by her desire, dreams, and instincts to help create a kinder world for the marginalized through strengthening a culture of monitoring and evaluation.
Emillia Damayanti Nuraini is the procurement specialist on the USAID/Indonesia MEL Platform. Emillia has over fifteen years of experience working in various USAID positions, primarily in administrative and procurement roles, and has ten years of experience working in the private sector. Emillia has a diploma in financial management from the Economic and Banking School in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. She speaks Bahasa Indonesia and some English.
Dansira Soulakha Moussou Dembélé is a knowledge management and communication (KMC) specialist on the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) in Mali. Her responsibilities include the design, implementation, and management of the knowledge management and communications strategy, advancing the project’s vision, mission, and mandate utilizing various media formats targeting a variety of audiences. She is an information and communications specialist with 11 years of experience and started her career as journalist before moving on to development and scientific research in Mali and the West African region. She is experienced in the design and promotion of project oriented and scientific contents. She has worked for Blumont, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and Oxfam in Mali. Dansira holds a degree in English studies from the University Abdelhamid Ibn Badis at Mostaganem, Algeria. She is also a Mandela Washington Fellowship – Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) alumni having graduated with a degree in civic leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dansira is Malian and speaks fluent French, English and Bambara (national language of Mali.)
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.
David Doncel is a geographic information systems analyst for USAID/Colombia’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning activity. He has eight years of experience in geographic information processing, visualization, and analysis. He has predominantly worked in the public sector in the Bogotá’s Secretary of Planning and Bogotá’s Secretary of Environment, as well as participated in the implementation of different Land Use Plans in various municipalities in Colombia. He has experience teaching remote sensing and digital image processing at the Antonio Nariño University in Colombia. David holds a master’s degree in information and communication science from Universidad Distrital Francisco Jose de Caldas in Colombia, with a specialization in geomatics. In addition to his native Spanish, David speaks English.
Pilar Gómez Duarte is a collaboration, learning and adaptation (CLA) specialist for USAID/Colombia’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning activity. She has experience developing methodologies for peacebuilding and fostering dialogue, and implementing strategies focused on education. As an international cooperation consultant, Pilar has supported the design, facilitation, and implementation of meetings to promote learning and share knowledge. She emphasizes that psychology and creativity can be used jointly to promote mental, educational, community and organizational well-being. Pilar has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Pontifical Xavierian University in Colombia and a master’s degree in human systems intervention from Central University. Pilar speaks Spanish and English.
Jane Iris N. Dysuangco is the Administrative Assistant for USAID/Philippines Collaborating, Learning and Adapting for Improved Development (CLAimDev) Activity. She has over 7 years of experience as an Administrative Assistant from her previous projects namely GLOBAL FUND Advancing Client-centered Care and Expanding Sustainable Services (ACCESS) for TB deployed at the Center for Health Development Region IVB and USAID Innovations and Multi-Sectoral Partnerships to Achieve Control of Tuberculosis (IMPACT) both implemented by Philippines Business for Social Progress (PBSP). She holds a bachelor’s degree in Tourism from Centro Escolar University-Manila.
Elsadig Elhashimi is the senior monitoring and evaluation specialist for the USAID/Sudan Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity. Elsadig has 32 years of experience working with international NGOs, UNDP, USAID implementing partner-DAI, and running his own consultancy firm. Elsadig has worked in various sectors including emergency logistics, procurement, preparedness, programs, and monitoring and evaluation. He is also skilled in proposal and report writing. Elsadig holds a bachelor’s degree in pure economics and a master’s degree in development studies. Elsadig’s native language is Arabic and he speaks English at a professional level.
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.
Julieth Forero is a qualitative analysis specialist for USAID/Colombia’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity. She has more than five years of experience in qualitative research, specifically in the areas of discourse analysis and public policy. Julieth is knowledgeable in designing and implementing qualitative methodologies using specialized textual analysis software. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales in Argentina., and has a specialization degree in politics with a gender emphasis. In addition to her native Spanish, Julieth speaks English.
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.
Aurea Christie Galvez-Lumaad is the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator for the USAID/Philippines Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Development (CLAimDev) Activity. 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. Aurea has a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s in management. She is fluent in both English and Filipino.
Felix Gamana is the messenger/utility staff for Panagora’s Philippines office, supporting both USAID’s CLAimDev activity 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.
Marian Kaye Gamboa is a monitoring, evaluation and learning coordinator for the USAID/Philippines Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Development (CLAimDev) Activity. Prior to joining Panagora Group, she worked at the National Economic and Development Authority for nine years and was engaged in the monitoring and evaluation of major development programs and projects funded by official development assistance. She also provided operations and technical support in the processing and implementation of development projects at the Asian Development Bank. She earned her master’s degree in development evaluation and management from the University of Antwerp, and a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of the Philippines. She speaks English and Filipino.
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.
Amelia (Lia) Ginting is the program specialist on the USAID/Indonesia MEL Platform. She has over ten years of experience in administration and operation activities and served as health office secretary for USAID/Indonesia where she helped manage day-to-day administrative and operational activities in the office. Lia provided executive secretarial services and technical services support to teams focused on mother and child health, emerging pandemic threats, neglected tropical diseases, and tuberculosis. Prior to international development, she worked in energy, contracting, advertising, hospitality, and legal industries. Lia holds a master’s degree in business from Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom. She speaks Indonesian, English and some French.
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.
Irene Guevarra works as the Finance and Administration Manager with Panagora’s CLAimDev 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.
Felipe Guillen is an executive assistant for USAID/Colombia’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning activity. He has five years of experience working with consulting firms in areas of industrial engineering and designing. He is skilled in “Design Thinking” methodologies, project design, data analysis, and evaluation. As the executive assistant to Panagora’s chief of party in Colombia, Felipe provides support in operational and technical affairs. Felipe holds a bachelor’s degree in design from La Universidad de los Andes in Colombia. In addition to his native Spanish, Felipe speaks English.
Catherine (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 learning and capacity building to the USAID-CLAimDev activity and previously provided monitoring and evaluation support to the CLAimHealth activity . 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.
Retno (Dini) Handini is senior evaluation specialist on the USAID/Indonesia MEL Platform. Dini brings extensive experience in governance (including sub-national planning and budgeting), evaluation design, research, implementation, analysis, and report writing. She has worked on several evaluations and previously served for five years as an M&E specialist for the World Bank’s Public Sector Governance Practice in Jakarta. She has in-depth knowledge of Indonesian governance from assignments carried out for the World Bank, GTZ, CIDA and AusAID. Dini holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Indonesia and a master of philosophy in monitory economics and finance from the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom. Dini speaks Bahasa Indonesia and English.
Wisdom Hanson is a Communications Specialist with six years’ experience in development and humanitarian aids spanning across various donors like the USAID, FCDO, UNICEF and Ford Foundation. He is a certified Project Manager and highly adaptive in storytelling, visualization, and deploying digital channels for engaging vast audience. Under the USAID’s Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, he works as the Learning and Knowledge Visualization Specialist and is currently wrapping up a master’s degree in information management. Wisdom Speaks Efik, Igbo, and basic America Sign Language.
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 documentation and knowledge sharing for HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 programs. He previously supported 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. Previously, 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 15 years’ experience in public health supply chain management and has worked as a consultant for USAID programs for 17 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.
Claudine Hennessey is a senior clinical cascade and strategic information advisor at Panagora Group. She is a public health technical expert with 10 years’ experience supporting the largest global HIV/TB program through the design, implementation, and curation of the TB/HIV information system (THIS) and associated processes for the South African National Department of Health (NDoH). Claudine has extensive experience institutionalizing a culture of data use to support patient management in over 4,000 public health facilities. She possessed an aptitude to resolve challenges in administration and operations of health systems, and the comprehensive technical ability to capacitate administrative and clinical cadres to further understand and leverage health information systems, methods, and processes. Claudine is fluent in English with limited working proficiency in French.
Mutaz Ibrahim is the deputy chief of party for the USAID/Sudan Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity. Mutaz is a program and project expert with proven experience in monitoring, evaluation, and learning. He has 19 years of experience working with multiple UN agencies, the World Bank, USAID, DFID, FCDO joint projects, and programs in Sudan. Before joining Panagora, Mutaz worked on different projects that aimed to improve child protection, good governance, civic engagement, livelihoods, peace building, and the provision of basic services to the affected communities in areas of Darfur, South Kordofan, Blue Nile, and East Sudan. Mutaz holds a M.Sc. in public and tropical health from University of Medical Sciences and Technology. Mutaz’s native language is Arabic and he speaks English at a professional level.
Mohamed Imam is the director of finance for the USAID/Sudan Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity. He is a finance and administration professional with over ten years of experience in financial management and administrative support to international organizations in Sudan, the UN, and numerous international NGOs. In his role as the director of finance and administration, Mohamed oversees and implements all financial policies in compliance with Panagora policies, USAID regulations, and local laws. Mohamed holds an MBA in financial management, a B.A. in business administration, and a specialization in banking studies. Mohamed’s native language is Arabic and he has an advanced professional fluency in English.
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.
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.
Efrelyn Laluna is the receptionist for Panagora’s Philippines office, supporting both USAID’s CLAimDev activity 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.
Ermiwati (Emmy) La Imu is the office and human resources manager on the USAID/Indonesia MEL Platform. She brings eight years of experience supporting multiple international development projects. Starting in March 2014, Emmy worked on the USAID SIAP 1 Project implemented by Management Systems International and then assisted the USAID/Indonesia MESP. She has seven years of experience working for the French Red Cross where she supported emergency teams during the 2009 earthquake in Padang, West Sumatera, and Indonesia. Emmy holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with specialization in telecommunication engineering from Universitas Muslim Indonesia in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. She speaks Bahasa Indonesia and English.
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.
Odilyn Lazaro is CLAimDev’s Senior Monitoring and Evaluation 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.
Silvia Linares is an human resources manager for USAID/Colombia’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning activity, concentrating on evaluation interventions. She has more than 13 years of experience in administrative and logistics support, office and facilities operations, and expenditure management. Silvia previously worked on USAID’s Bioredd+ activity. She holds a degree in business administration from the Universidad Militar Nueva Granada in Colombia. In addition to her native Spanish, Silvia speaks English.
Efren Lubuguin is the deputy chief of party for the USAID’s CLAimDev 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.
Mayada Mahdi is the knowledge management and communications manager for the USAID/Sudan Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity. She has six years of experience in humanitarian work both inside and outside of Sudan. She has experience working as a mapping specialist, an information management officer, a water resources engineer, an integrated water resources management expert, a humanitarian information and MERL manager, and a program officer for UN IOM. She holds an M.Sc. and a B.Sc. in water resources engineering. Mayada’s native language is Arabic and she speaks English at a professional level.
Berhan Teklehaimanot Mebratu is the communications specialist on the Ethiopia GHSC-PSM project. She is responsible for developing communications strategies that help advance the Ethiopia GHSC-PSM project achievements and impact. These activities include publications, partnerships with membership organizations, web marketing, social media, media outreach, and conferences. Before joining Panagora Group, Berhan led public affairs at different NGOs, helping raise profiles and craft communication strategic plans. She also held regular presentations on strategic communications and published articles on project impacts and communications. She has a Masters from Bond University, Australia.
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.
Isabel Mejía is an evaluation specialist for USAID/Colombia’s Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity. She has 12 years of experience in research and analysis of economic data, as well as developing performance and impact evaluations, and the design of quantitative and qualitative instruments, field work, and index creation. She has professional expertise in team project management, as well as client relations, and in the development of project proposals. Aside from Panagora Group, she has worked for Econometria Consulting, Cifras y Conceptos, Fasecolda, Asobancaria and Grupo Bolívar in Colombia, the World Bank’s Impact Evaluation Unit (DIME) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, D.C. She holds a double major and Cum Laude in economics and political science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a master’s degree in international development policy from Georgetown University. Isabel is a Spanish native speaker and has advanced proficiency in English.
Antoinette Melnyk is the research/monitoring and evaluation (M&E) advisor for USAID’s Promoting the Quality of Medicines Plus (PQM+) program. As part of her deep experience supporting USAID-funded activities, Antoinette has provided monitoring and evaluation expertise to a livelihoods development program in Bangladesh and a teacher training program in Egypt. Antoinette has also taught development and international relations at the university level. She holds a PhD in international studies from the University of Miami (Florida) and is fluent in Spanish.
Reenas Mohamed supports Panagora’s Sudan MEL team as the Development, Outreach, and Communications (DOC) Specialist. Reenas has extensive experience in international development, most recently working at DT Global Sudan, where she led the offices communications and documentation efforts. Reenas has over six years of experience in the international development field primarily in Africa. Her skills include proposal writing, landscape research, project design, knowledge sharing and strategic activity planning. Reenas holds an M.A., from York University in development studies with a focus on transitional justice and a B.A., in political science and international development from the University of Toronto. She is fluent in Arabic and conversational French.
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.
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.
Reno Cartner Nalda is the Engagement, Learning, and Adapting Specialist on the CLAimDev 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.
Martin Nañawa joins us as communications specialist at the CLAimDev 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.
Thuliswa Nazo is Deputy Chief of Party (Operations) 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.
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.
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.
Pauline Njah is a senior communications specialist serving as the Knowledge Management and Communication Liaison for the Malaria Task Order under the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. Pauline brings over 13 years’ experience in international development, with expertise in strategic communications designing and implementing social behavioral change communication campaigns, health communication programs and social marketing campaigns. Pauline worked with the United Nations Office for Project Services to supporting the National Malaria Control Programs in Burkina Faso, Burundi, South Sudan, Haiti and Cameroon. Pauline has a master’s in integrated marketing communications. She speaks English and French.
Salome Nzuma is a communications professional with a breadth of communications experience in both local and international development. She serves as a country programs senior communications specialist supporting the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. Leading a community of practice, Salome supports the GHSC-PSM project, points of contacts in more than 30 country programs based in Asia, Latin America/Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa by providing in-person and remote guidance in strategy, project branding, program implementation, project storytelling, photography, document management, and other essential skills. Previously Salome has served as a Communications Specialist for Malaria Task Order, Global Heath Writer, and Communications Consultant for HIV/AIDS Task Order under the GHSC-PSM project.
Salome has over fourteen years’ experience in strategic communications, communication for development, advocacy and media relations and publication management including editing and writing. She is able to communicate and translate complex ideas into nominative and pristine information for a broad audience. She possesses strong work ethics and cross-cultural competency. Salome holds a M.A. in media and communication and a B. Honors in journalism and communication technology.
Olusola (Sola) Obajimi is a senior communications specialist for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, and serves as the HIV/AIDS liaison for KMC staff and points of contact in more than 30 country programs in Asia, Latin America/Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa. Sola is a development strategist with expertise in strategic communication, knowledge management, program design, effectiveness and learning, advocacy, and design thinking. Her experience spans over ten years of coordinating organizational knowledge management and communications as well as program management, innovation and learning for public and global health and humanitarian projects. Prior to joining Panagora Group, Sola was a senior program specialist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, where she led KMC strategy development, strategic communication, and donor/partner management for the portfolio of three BMGF-funded projects. She has also worked on projects funded by UKAid’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – FDCO (formally DFID), Center for Disease Control (CDC), Global Youth Mobilization, and other private donors. She has excellent transferrable skills in visual storytelling, brand management, strategy design and human centered design. She is known for her creativity and ability to innovate and develop excellent strategies for executing strategic communication campaigns in global health and development. She is a leader in Strategic Communications with certification from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs.
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.
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.
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.
Juan Camilo Paillié is the Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation (CLA) expert 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.
Mildred (Millie) Pantouw is the senior engagement, learning, and adapting advisor on the USAID/Indonesia MEL Platform. She brings 20 years of experience in international development, serving in many pivotal roles. Millie was a health specialist for UNICEF and worked directly with USAID and the United Kingdom Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office at the British Embassy in Jakarta, providing technical guidance and project management. She advised USAID/Indonesia on health, education, local governance, and WASH, spearheading the organization’s collaboration, learning and adaptation agenda to ensure access of essential services for marginalized populations in Indonesia. Millie brings technical expertise in health and education with a specific focus on systems strengthening, capacity building, adaptive management, cross-sector collaboration, and organizational development. Millie holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts, a master’s in public health from the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies in the Philippines, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Adventist University of the Philippines. She speaks Bahasa Indonesia and English.
Juan Carlos Parada Jaiquel is the deputy chief of party for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. He is an industrial engineer with a master’s degree in business administration – MBA and PMP certification issued by the PMI. Juan Carlos has more than 18 years of professional experience in recognized public, private and international cooperation organizations focused on operations management and management of investment projects in different economic sectors (Infrastructure, international development, finance, science and technology, consulting, among others).
Juan Carlos is an expert in business strategy and development and in managing projects and multisectoral programs. He has solid knowledge and experience in generating and improving processes for project management, strategic planning, management indicators and priority setting, monitoring and evaluation, contractual and budget management, spending management, analysis of financial information and generation of reports.
He is a visionary leader with exceptional skills for the management and loyalty of high-performance teams and a strategist focused on the attainment and achievement of objectives, with agility for risk assessment, good decision making and problem solving. Juan Carlos has excellent communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with government counterparts, private sector executives, and local and international organizations. Spanish is his native tongue, and he speaks fluent English.
Amogelang Phaka is a multiskilled program and operations coordinator, with experience providing executive level and advanced administrative support to Panagora South Africa since 2019. Amo is highly capable in managing end-to-end processes for in-person, virtual, and hybrid meetings and events at The Collaboration & Learning Hub, as well as external venues. She is a resource for the TSS team in the effective and efficient use of project management, communication, and knowledge management processes and platforms, including the Google suite, Monday.com, slack, and Mailchimp. Amo has demonstrated delivery of consistent, high-quality products, including program updates and action notes. She facilitates the implementation and communication of key operational processes and procedures, supporting compliance and consistency across TSS. Amo speaks English and Setswana.
Andersson Presiga is an accounting assistant for USAID/Colombia’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning activity. He has three years of experience with multinational companies, including in the areas of accounting, financial management, and tax management. He is certified in accounting and finance by Colombia’s Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje and holds a public accountant degree from the Politécnico Grancolombiano in Colombia. In addition to his native Spanish, Andersson is currently advancing his English skills.
Vasudev Ramkissoon is currently the in country monitoring and evaluation specialist for the Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Department of State (DOS) in Trinidad and Tobago. Vasudev has worked at the state level in the areas of M&E, Project/Program Design, Research and Project Implementation. Over the past 13 years he has been involved in the fields of education, ageing, public health, crime, intimate partner violence and vulnerable populations. Vasudev is holder of a Ph.D. and MSc. in sociology from the University of the West Indies with specializations in international relations, psychology, statistics and public policy.
Joy Rapola is a skilled operations professional with over 14 years’ experience in various organizations. She has excellent customer services skills gained from working in various retail and corporate organizations, and has extensive experience supporting logistics and administration in different organizations. Joy speaks English and Northern Sotho.
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.
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.
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.
Tifanie Robinson is a monitoring, evaluation, and research professional. She is the monitoring and evaluation specialist for Panagora’s DOS INL activity in Jamaica. She previously worked on projects in monitoring, evaluation, and research and community development at Cuso International in Grenada, and the Social Development Commission in Jamaica. She holds a B.S. in international relations and is currently pursuing an M.S. in development studies at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the University of the West Indies. She also speaks French.
María Paula Rodriguez is the administrative operations specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. Maria Paula has more than six (6) years of experience in operations, logistics, procurement, management, and support for social development projects, international cooperation, and humanitarian aid. She has worked in vulnerable areas and on armed conflict in Colombia providing solutions to humanitarian and development projects in the field and in offices in different zones of the country. She has a degree in international business and a postgraduate degree in planning, management, and control of social development. She speaks Spanish and English.
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.
Maryam Sadiq is a learning, knowledge management, and strategic communication officer for USAID’s Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. In this role, she supports efforts in three northern Nigerian regions to implement KM strategies and document supply chain interventions. She also concentrates on engaging local partners to disseminate communications products and create visibility for GHSC-PSM. A certified knowledge manager, Maryam’s wide range of additional skills include journalism, media relations, corporate communications, storytelling, community engagement and strategic planning. She previously applied these abilities to activities in maternal, newborn, and child health; immunization, and women’s empowerment. Maryam has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts/Drama from Ahmadu Bello University (Zaria, Nigeria) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Teachers Institute (Kaduna, Nigeria). She speaks Hausa and Yoruba.
Mutaz Ibrahim Ahmed Saeed is a program and project expert with experience in monitoring, evaluation, and learning. This is accomplished through his work with UN agencies, World Bank, USAID, DFID and FCDO joint projects and programs in Sudan. He recently worked with UNICEF Sudan in a joint program supported by FCDO and Canada to help improving knowledge and reduce the impact of social norms and harmful practices to children specially females. Before that he worked in different projects that aimed to improve the good governance, livelihoods, peace building, provision of basic services to the neglected communities as he was part of the teams that facilitated the conduction of these interventions in areas of Darfur, South Kordofan, Blue Nile and East Sudan. Mutaz has M.Sc in public and tropical health from University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Khartoum Sudan.
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.
Hendrik Sanabria directly supports the communications team as a graphic design specialist, with over 15 years of experience in advertising media. Hendrik is a highly experienced and talented graphic designer with a strong background in branding, advertising and digital marketing. He has worked on a wide range of projects for high-profile brands in multiple countries, demonstrating his ability to deliver effective and impactful design solutions. With a degree in graphic design and a master’s degree in digital marketing and web analytics, Hendrik possesses skills in combining analytical thinking and visual communication to produce extraordinary results. He has a keen ability to identify the key information to be conveyed and transform it into clear and compelling visuals that capture the audience’s attention. His expertise lies in his ability to synthesize complex information into easily digestible and aesthetically pleasing designs that tell a story. He is an expert at creating visually appealing infographics, presentations and images that effectively communicate the intended message. Hendrik also has a deep understanding of the unique needs of each project, allowing him to tailor his solutions to specific requirements. He possesses a keen sense of creativity and artistic talent, which allows him to produce relevant and unique visual designs. He is proficient in several complementary fields, such as copywriting and photography, making him a versatile and valuable asset to any project. Overall, Hendrik’s combination of experience, training and talent make him a true professional in his field. His native language is Spanish and he is fluent in English.
Chamuel Michael Joseph Santiago is the monitoring, evaluation, and learning coordinator for health for the USAID/Philippines Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Development (CLAimDev) activity. He has more than five years of experience in the development sector. Before joining Panagora’s CLAimDev, Cham worked as a technical consultant for the USAID’s Health Policy Development Program Phase 2 (HPDP2) project. Cham also worked with the USAID’s Health Project Whole-of-Project Evaluation (WOPE) as a coordinator/technical assistant and with the USAID’s Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) program as a technical advisor. Cham is a nurse by profession and has a master’s degree in business administration from De La Salle University (DLSU) Manila. He is fluent in Filipino and English.
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.
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.
Irma Suzanna Sitompul is a program specialist on the USAID/Indonesia MEL Platform. Irma has more than seven years of experience implementing projects for international development organizations, including ADRA, Mercy Corps, Coca-Cola Foundation Indonesia, and Management Systems International. She served as one of Mercy Corps Indonesia Response Team members and deployed to respond to disasters during her employment with the organization. Irma holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Sumatera in Indonesia. Bahasa Indonesia is her native tongue and she also speaks fluent English.
Maulyati Nuraini Slamet is the knowledge management and communications specialist on the USAID/Indonesia MEL Platform. She has over 21 years of experience providing communication and documentation support for the socialization and dissemination of data and results. Maulyati is familiar with various technical reporting requirements and standards, including for the World Bank, the Australian Government (DFAT), USAID, and the Indonesian Government. She has extensive experience developing communications collateral and implementing communications plans to support project efforts to increase the utilization of data for decision making. She wrote and implemented a regional communications strategy across six countries and with three different environmental civil society organizations. Maulyati worked on the evaluation team of a successful two-year qualitative study to evaluate the effectiveness of a DFAT-funded education program (ACDP) in Papua, Indonesia as it has been taken up as evidence basis for the local provincial government’s education policy. She represented Wetlands International as a member of the state delegation in the 6th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) and the 2018 Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) and presented the institutions’ work. She is finalizing a master’s degree in communications, with a focus on corporate public relations from Moestopo University in Jakarta, Indonesia. She speaks Bahasa Indonesia and English.
Crisanto “Jay” Suguitan serves on the USAID CLAimDev 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.
Ken Jon Tarnate is the data management assistant for the USAID/Philippines Collaborating, Learning and Adapting for Improved Development (CLAimDev) Activity. He has over seven years of practical work experience in data management and engineering in both business and academic settings and has published several research articles on artificial intelligence and management. He holds a degree in information technology education from Philippine Normal University in Manila, Philippines. He speaks English and Filipino.
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.
Tumelo Faith Mokgoko 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.
Dr. Priscilla Tsondai is a Deputy Chief of Party (Technical) 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. She is also 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. She is 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). She holds an MPH in epidemiology from the University of Cape Town and an MBChB in medicine and surgery from the University of Zimbabwe. Priscilla is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in public health at the University of Cape Town. She speaks English, Shona, and Ndebele fluently.
Nomtai Tukura is a seasoned communications 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 learning and strategic communications manager 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.
Uchechi Sophie Uduma is a strategic communication professional with over 10 years of experience in international development and humanitarian aid. Prior joining Panagora, she worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), where she was responsible for leading communication activities in the South-South and South-East of Nigeria. She was Communications Specialist at Cuso International, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Cassava: Adding Value for Africa Project. She has also practiced journalism for a few years with LEADERSHIP Newspaper in Abuja. Sophie has rich expertise in designing, planning, implementing communication and media strategy, branding, content development, documenting success stories, advocacy, facilitation, and capacity building, strengthening institutional collaboration, and networking with diverse stakeholders including government, private sector and partner organizations. She currently works for Panagora as a Learning, Knowledge Management and Strategic Communications Regional Officer with the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM). She holds a BSc in mass communication from Abia State University, and is currently undergoing MSc in international development at the University of Edinburgh.
Paolo Ungson is CLAimDev’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.
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.
Virginia Vallejo joined the Panagora team in June 2022. She holds eight years of experience in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) social projects funded by agencies such as USAID, PEPFAR, USDA, DHAPP, among others. She brings more than 15 years of experience in designing quantitative and qualitative research tools, data collection logistics, data quality control, statistical analysis, and data process capability through statistics programs. She holds a Master of Arts degree in computational statistical information processing. Virginia’s native language is Spanish and speaks English fluently.
Nathan Vasher is as a senior malaria technical specialist on the GHSC-PSM project. He brings nine years of professional experience strengthening HIV/AIDS and malaria supply chain programs focusing on strategy development, project management, performance management, change management, training, and business process design. He has experience working with the PFSCM/USAID Supply Chain Management Systems (SCMS) project and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. He has also provided technical assistance to strengthen PEPFAR and PMI programs in multiple countries, including South Africa, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, and Cote D’Ivoire. Nathan holds an MA from the University of Denver in Global Finance, Economics and Trade
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.
Ida Yamaswari is the learning and capacity building specialist on the USAID/Indonesia MEL Platform. She has over eight years of experience leading and training others in monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL) on environmental, poverty alleviation, health, and basic services projects for various donors. Ida has extensive experience producing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks, leading the collection of M&E information and data by developed framework and indicators, implementing work plans, and producing key deliverables. She has worked on several learning events and dissemination activities where knowledge products and project achievements are shared with broader stakeholders. Ida holds a master’s degree in international development and management from Lund University in Sweden. She speaks Bahasa Indonesia and English.
Vladislav Yashkov serves as the deputy chief of party on the USAID/Indonesia MEL Platform. He has more than 25 years of experience working for USAID and USAID’s implementing partners in financial management, procurement, auditing, and overall project administration. Vladislav has worked extensively in Russia, the Middle East, and Africa on a wide variety of projects. He holds a master of economics degree from the Higher School of Economics University in Moscow, as well as a master of aerospace engineering from the Moscow Aviation Institute. He speaks Russian and English.
Minan Yousif is a program cycle specialist for the USAID/Sudan Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity. She is a development practitioner with five years of experience in the humanitarian and development field. Minan focuses on supporting developmental and humanitarian interventions through research, evaluation, and program design support. Her diverse experience includes monitoring and evaluating humanitarian interventions, working on conflict related projects, and democratic transition support activities, among others. She has supported activities run and funded by a range of international and local actors including UNOCHA, USAID, and Chemonics. Through contributing to various aspects of program cycles, Minan has informed relevant, evidence-based, and impactful programming in various areas of the country, including Darfur and Eastern and Northern Sudan. Prior to joining Panagora Group, Minan conducted information analysis and research to inform programming and strategy design on a democratic transition support program funded by USAID and implemented by Chemonics. Minan holds a master’s degree in International Development from The London School of Economics, a Bachelor of Law, and a legal practice license from the Sudanese Bar Association. She speaks fluent Arabic and English and strives to learn French. Minan hopes to contribute to Panagora Group’s efforts in the Sudan MEL activity through her diverse experience and unwavering passion for achieving meaningful programming in Sudan.
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.