Taroub Harb Faramand, MD, MPH Founder and President Founder and President of WI-HER (Women Influencing Health, Education and Rule of Law), Dr. Taroub Harb Faramand brings more than 35 years of experience to the development sector. She is an outstanding mentor, entrepreneur and creative innovator who started her career as a service provider and then assumed senior leadership position as a direct USAID staff, Chief of Party, Director of Global USAID project, Senior Vice President and now runs her global development company, WI-HER, LLC. Dr. Faramand founded WI-HER to fulfill her vision of a world where women, men, boys and girls – of all color, shape, orientation, and background – would have opportunities to grow and thrive. She felt called toward this vision early in her career. Dr. Faramand committed her to life leading change toward real equality and lasting prosperity – within organizations, alongside national governments, and among global leaders. Recognized for her ability to build lasting partnerships, manage multi-million dollar budgets, and develop the professional growth of young professionals, Dr. Faramand’s achievements and tireless commitment to service have earned her the Meritorious Award for exceptional achievements, presented by US Ambassador Martin Indyk in 2002, and the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Emory University in 2008. In 2009, Dr. Faramand launched her own business. Leading WI-HER, she has continued her trajectory of success, leading WI-HER to grow ten-fold in size from one subcontract with URC under the USAID ASSIST Project with a staff of two to today’s multiple sub-contracts in health, electricity, infrastructure, and environment to name a few. Dr. Faramand takes pride in making real and sustained change in the programs WI-HER leads. Such programs enable individuals and organizations to exercise the power from within to address gaps affecting their livelihood. WI-HER has extended its own grants to seed-fund programs that empower young women to leverage economic opportunities so they become self-reliant and prosperous. Dr. Faramand is a versatile and proactive leader with extensive senior and board level management experience, and a deep understanding of USAID, MCC, the UN and the broader donor community. She has created numerous public/private partnerships, which have led to the procurement of multi-million-dollar investments and lasting collaborations that continue well beyond initial WI-HER-led interventions. Dr. Faramand attributes her success to her passion for justice, her compassion for the human condition, her business acumen, and her ease with moving among and across cultures, helped by her fluency in English, Arabic, and Russian. She also holds deep gratitude for her late mother, who inspired her to always strive and instilled in her discipline, determination, and hard work to achieve success.
Razan Farmand Senior Director – HR, Compliance, and Risk Management Corporate Monitor Razan Farmand joined WI-HER in 2018 and provides leadership, management and vision to ensure that the company has strong operations, compliance, oversight, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to effectively grow the organization and to ensure financial strength and operating efficiency. She leads talent acquisition, and manages staff onboarding, payroll, staff benefit plans, and employee trainings and maintains personnel records. She provides guidance to our executive team by researching, developing, writing, and updating policies, procedures, methods, and guidelines; communicating and enforcing organization values. She also ensures compliance with federal, state, and local legal requirements. 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.
Allison Annette Foster Vice President Allison brings over 20 years of experience in international development with significant expertise in the education, health, and trade sectors. She has built partnerships with donors from the private sector, including the Tribune Media Foundation and Johnson and Johnson, and with government, including USAID, DIFD, US Department of Commerce, and US Department of State. Prior to WI-HER, Allison spent five years with the Institute of International Education, 10 years with the Pan-American Health Organization, where she was a Regional Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, and eight years working with USAID implementing partners, including IntraHealth International and University Research Corp. Allison is an experienced researcher, has served on numerous research project advisory boards and review committees, and is published in several peer reviewed journals. Currently, Allison co-leads 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 marketing, Allison brings not only technical development expertise but also entrepreneurial and innovative leadership to WI-HER, having worked in management consulting for 10 years prior to entering development work. 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 Master’s Degree 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, co-creation events and skills building workshops for university groups, religious organizations, private companies, and various government agencies.
Priyanka Thakuri Senior Director of Contracts and Operations Priyanka Thakuri, Senior Director of Contracts and Operations who recently joined WI-HER, is a Contracts, Compliance and Operations professional with more than eighteen years of professional experience in the international development field, working with the private sector and .U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). As a Senior Director, she oversees the contracts and operations unit which has overall contractual administration, compliance, business proposal development and operations functions for the firm. Her experience included extensive involvement in implementing contracts for multiple clients, including the multi-donor agencies, General Services Agency(GSA) and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), with deep knowledge of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) regulations. She completed a master’s certificate in Government Contracting from George Washington University and has two bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance.
Alison LeFew Senior Director for Program Growth and Partnerships
Alison LeFew joined WI-HER in October 2020 as Senior Director for Program Growth and Partnerships. In this role she leads business development and strategy to expand the size, scope and impact of WI-HER’s portfolio of programs. She is a global health professional with 20 years’ experience spanning business development, project management and technical assistance. Alison launched her career in international development as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger and went on to work domestically and internationally (Ghana and Nigeria) with the Carter Center Foundation, Chemonics International, Abt Associates, and RTI International. She brings senior expertise in business development, partnership building, proposal writing, recruitment, project management lifecycle, budgeting and work planning, technical and financial reporting, client relationship management, capacity building, staff supervision and mentorship. At RTI, Alison co-led the RTI-Duke University Global Development Initiative, a corporate strategic investment effort that built working relationships among experts in key development sectors and provided support to facilitate new and improved partnerships between the organizations; until her departure from RTI, she led the RTI-Duke Global Health technical working group which served to propel joint proposals resulting in several new awards; innovative models for faculty and student engagement; and co-branded technical events and publications. Over her career, Alison has provided headquarters-based technical and management support to HIV and health systems strengthening projects in several countries across Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe. As an undergraduate, she studied Anthropology and Sociology at Emory University and she received her master’s degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with a focus on public health in developing countries. Alison is happily based in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina but, given her career initiation, she considers herself a fieldworker at heart. Opportunities to engage with people from other countries and cultures in designing and implementing programs continues to fuel her passion for development.