Taroub Harb Faramand, MD, MPH
Founder and President
Founder and President of Women Influencing Health, Education and Rule of Law (WI-HER), Dr. Faramand brings close to 30 years of experience in the development and health sectors including MNCH, RH/FP, HIV/AIDS, ID, NCD and Gender to WI-HER. She is a versatile and proactive leader with extensive senior and board level management experience and has the technical expertise to design, implement, monitor and evaluate integrated health and education programs. Due to her deep understanding of USAID and the donor community, she has created numerous public/private partnerships, which have led to the procurement of numerous multi-million dollar donations. Throughout her career she has exhibited an ability to identify and capitalize upon opportunities due to her strong negotiation and interpersonal skills. Dr. Faramand has the expertise to organize country specific efforts that are adapted to a variety of settings including conflict and hard to reach areas. Because of her knowledge and work on development issues around the world, she has presented to the US Congress and the World Bank on numerous occasions. In 2002, the US Ambassador Martin Indyk presented her the Meritorious Award for her exceptional achievements in Public Health for Palestinians. She is fluent in English, Arabic, and Russian.
Allison Annette Foster
Allison brings over 20 years of experience in international development with significant expertise in the education, health, and trade sectors. She is a thought leader ,who has worked with both the private sector and government partners, including USAID, in designing, managing and implementing global development initiatives. Prior to WI-HER, Allison spent 10 years with the Pan-American Health Organization, where she was a Regional Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, and eight years working in health human resources and health systems with IntraHealth International and University Research Corp. Allison is an experienced researcher, has served on numerous research project advisory boards, and is published in several peer reviewed journals. Currently, Allison is the co-lead of the Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group of the CORE Group and leads a health system workstream analysis on social accountability. With a background in business management and communications, Allison brings not only technical development expertise but also entrepreneurial and innovative leadership to WI-HER.
Allison is passionate about creating equitable opportunities for empowered girls and boys. She serves on the Executive Board of The Journey Home Foundation; an organization that rescues and trains women and girls at risk in Nepal; and she serves on the Executive Board of the Big Big World Foundation, which supports orphans and vulnerable children in Vietnam.
Allison graduated with honors from the Plan II program, a challenging interdisciplinary curriculum, at the University of Texas. She completed her Masters in Business Management and Communication through the European Socrates Program at the University of Florence. She has had her coaching certification from CTI since 2005 and has led individual executive coaching and group capacity building for individuals and groups, including university groups, religious organizations, and various government agencies.
Operations, Compliance, and Risk Management
Razan Farmand joined WI-HER in 2018 and provides leadership, management and vision to ensure that the company has strong operational controls and oversight, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to effectively grow the organization and to ensure financial strength and operating efficiency. She has significant experience in the criminal justice system working with mentally ill populations and trafficking victims. Her training, life experience living in a conflict zone and her legal background bring new perspective and innovation to strengthen our team.
Razan received her Law Degree Magna Cum Laude from Florida Coastal School of Law and her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Augustana College. She is an active member of the Florida Bar. Razan is fluent in Arabic.