Our multicultural team is comprised of Masters- and Doctoral-credentialed public health, medical, legal, policy, development, and international relations professionals who possess extensive experience working in a broad range of technical and programmatic areas. Our team has a wide range of experience working for public and private partners in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East, and can successfully work at community, national, and international levels.
Esther Karamagi Nikolo
Esther Karamagi Nkolo, WI-HER’s Technical Director, works out of WI-HER’s Uganda office. She brings 15 years’ worth of knowledge and experience in public health, specializing in health systems and service delivery. Esther’s has worked in a broad range of health areas including HIV, Tuberculosis, RMNCH, and NCDs. She has led large-scale projects for USAID and she has worked with national government to achieve policy change toward health reforms. Esther serves as a director on the board of University Research Collaboration Uganda, a local non-government organization working to support Uganda’s health care system to adequately and effectively respond to existing and emerging health threats. She is also a director on the board of Silver Bolt, a not for profit company that enriches the national curriculum for kindergarten to university students in education Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Esther has a Master’s Degree in Infectious Diseases from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a Bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery (MBChB).
Damianos Odeh, PhD
An economist and development professional, Dr. Odeh has 35 years of experience in designing and implementing economic development programs, including poverty alleviation programs, social safety nets, health financing and micro credit. He worked at the World Bank for 25 years, UNDP for 2 years, and USAID for 8 years, leading numerous socio-economic development initiatives across Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Asia – with particular experience working in fragile environments and conflict situations. Dr. Odeh has the ability to forge links between private and public entities and across sectors to achieve sustainable socioeconomic development. Dr. Odeh received the World Bank’s Good Manager Award for effective strategic direction, team building and innovative implementation of health projects. He earned his Ph.D. from Ohio State University and received the Outstanding Student Award. Dr. Odeh is fluent in English, Arabic, Spanish and French.
Paula Majumdar, M.A.
Paula Majumdar is a Gender Specialist at WI-HER with extensive experience in project and proposal management in areas of social inclusion, capacity building, and gender-based violence. Prior to joining WI-HER Paula worked as at Palladium on the Health Policy Plus (HP+) project, where she managed a sustainability and transition portfolio in El Salvador. At Palladium Paula designed a Gender Equality and Social Inclusion tool and developed a process by which to integrate GESI into various project designs. Paula has experience working with a wide variety of donors including the Global Fund, USAID, and the Department of State, while working at organizations such as IREX, the Global Gender Program, the Global Women’s Institute, and Banyan Global. She has also worked as Managing Editor for Global Health and Diplomacy News where she wrote pieces for both print and online magazine. Recently, Paula completed the GenderPro Capacity Building course created by UNICEF and George Washington University. She has also volunteered as a Crisis Intervention Advocate at the D.C. Rape Crisis Center. Paula holds an M.A. in Gender and Development from George Washington University as well as a B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. She speaks fluent Spanish, English, and Bengali.
Kenneth Goughnour is a Program Coordinator for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion. Kenneth has over eight years of multi-sectoral international public health experience, which includes a blend of gender and social inclusion, maternal and child health services, and the integration and translation of global, evidence-based health strategies to national and sub-national realities. Kenneth’s brings experience in monitoring, evaluation, analysis, and qualitative and quantitative assessment. Prior to his position with WI-HER, Kenneth worked with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and most recently with the WHO/PAHO Department of Noncommunicable Diseases. Kenneth served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, has a BA in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and holds a Masters Degree in Public Health with a focus on Maternal and Child Health and Gender and Global Health from Emory University. He speaks English and Spanish.
Maddison Hall is a Program Coordinator at WI-HER. Maddison has four years of experience in program design, coordination, and monitoring, evaluation and research, spanning youth development, gender and sexuality awareness, gender-based violence prevention, refugee resettlement, maternal and child health, and HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care. Maddison brings her strengths in both qualitative and quantitative analysis, capacity building practices, and mobile data collection techniques along with her global public health experience. Maddison is trained and certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid and CITI Basic Human Subjects Research Protection (Social/Behavioral Focus). Prior to joining WI-HER, Maddison worked with several nonprofits in the area of maternal health and refugee resettlement. Maddison served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana and Liberia where she worked with youth and community members to build knowledge and awareness around HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, and gender and sexuality. Maddison has a Master of Public Health degree in Global Sexual and Reproductive Health and Population Studies with a certificate in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from Furman University.
Sarah Eissler, PhD
Sarah specializes in monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) and gender. She provides technical advice on women’s empowerment, gender-sensitive MEL, gender-mainstreaming, social inclusion, gender and agriculture, and mixed method research designs. She has worked on several qualitative process and impact evaluations that utilize the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) to measure sex-disaggregated empowerment outcomes. She has worked with community members, NGOs, research institutions, and partner governments on projects in Indonesia, Costa Rica, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, the Philippines, Cambodia, Benin, among others, as well as with various funders, including USAID, FAO, IFAD, and the Gates Foundation. She often works with private-sector partners on gender- and empowerment-focused development initiatives. She holds dual PhDs in Rural Sociology and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment, where she focused on issues related to gender and women’s empowerment, climate change, and small-scale agriculture in Indonesia. She also holds dual M.S. degrees in Rural Sociology and International Agriculture and Development from Penn State University. She is proficient in French and has various levels of competencies in Spanish and Portuguese.
Reem Salah Morsi, M.A.
Reem Salah Morsi has over 15 years of experience in corporate social responsibility, international development, information technology and communications. She specializes in strengthening private-public sector partnerships for better outcomes. Reem has worked with multinational companies such as Bristol, Myers Squibb, Merck Sharp and Dohm; and government agencies including USAID in various capacities. Most recently, she was the Deputy Director in International Relations sector at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, in Cairo, Egypt. During her ten years at the Ministry, she worked closely with the Minister of Communications and created a variety of opportunities through partnerships with governmental entities as well as regional and international organizations such as the World Bank and UNDP. She spearheaded various initiatives in an effort to create a culture of information security awareness and innovation. Reem has a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt and a Master of International Business Administration, Arab Academy, Cairo, Egypt. She is fluent in Arabic.
Helen John is the Gender, Social Inclusion and Community Engagement Advisor for the USAID-funded Integrated Health Program (IHP) in Bauchi State, Nigeria. She is also a project management, community engagement, and education programming professional with over 15 years of experience, serving and supporting education and social inclusion endeavors. Helen has worked with community members, NGOs, and government partners across Nigeria. She has wealth of experience in community engagement, education in emergency, sexual and reproductive health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), gender-based violence, gender mainstreaming, and social inclusion programming. With extensive experience in community engagement initiative in North-east Nigeria, Helen has recorded successful coordination between communities, local, and national government levels in Nigeria providing technical support to country staff and local stakeholders to ensure the integration of gender and social inclusion into their efforts. She is also accomplished in employing systems thinking approaches to project implementation, project management, mentoring, and team building skills. Prior to her joining WI-HER, Helen worked and collaborated with local and international organizations such as WATERAID, UNICEF, and other USAID-funded projects. She is fluent in English and proficient in Hausa.
Aisha Ahmed is the Gender, Social Inclusion and Community Engagement Advisor for the USAID-funded Integrated Health Program (IHP) in Sokoto State, Nigeria. An economist and development professional, Aisha has 13 years of experience in health, education, and social development programs in Nigeria. She has worked at different local and international organizations to reduce maternal mortality, child morbidity, improve girl child education, and provide support to other social programs to achieve sustainable socioeconomic development and reduce poverty. For 7 years Aisha managed successful field programs in maternal and child health, reproductive health, health sector reform, health information systems, HIV/AIDS, and the care and support of orphans and vulnerable children. She has extensive experience in community mobilization, stakeholder engagement, advocacy, sensitization, project design, and management. Aisha holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Bayero University Kano Nigeria.
Stella Abah is the Gender, Social Inclusion and Community Engagement Advisor for the USAID-funded Integrated Health Program (IHP) in Kebbi State, Nigeria. She is a community engagement, demand creation, gender and child protection expert with excellent policy analysis skills. Stella has over 10 years of experience supporting projects associated with USAID, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, JSI, and Global Affairs Canada, on health programming that includes MNCH, Malaria, Family Planning, Sexual Reproductive Health, Nutrition, and Routine Immunization amongst others. In addition to strong skills in gender integration and social inclusion in project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, Stella is a strong human resource in community development activities, community mobilization, and coordination, focusing on innovation and strategic direction in capacity building, social behavior change communication, and advocacy, and has contributed immensely to improve health outcomes and empowerment for women, men, girls, and boys particularly in the North West region of Nigeria.
Anne Kpason is WI-HER’s Gender, Social Inclusion and Community Engagement Advisor in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Nigeria. She is one of five WI-HER staff providing cross-cutting technical assistance in gender equality and social inclusion to the USAID Integrated Health Program Project in Nigeria. Anne is a proficient program management professional with over 15 years’ work experience in both development and humanitarian contexts across Nigeria. An advocate for women’s, girls’, and children’s rights, Anne has championed the rights and well-being of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), young women and adolescent girls (YWAC), children living with HIV, unaccompanied and separated children (UASC), survivors of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV; boys and girls) and children of internally displaced persons (IDPs). Anne brings technical expertise in governance, organizational development, quality improvement, economic development, gender and social inclusion, and multiple focus areas in health, including HIV/AIDS, maternal & newborn, and child health (MNCH), nutrition, health systems strengthening, and sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR). Anne has contributed to development of a number of national and international policies, which are currently in use by ECOWAS, AU and FMWASD. Anne is a Nigerian citizen and is well-versed in working across multiple partner and stakeholder groups, including national and state government ministries and agencies, national and international NGOs/CSOs, UN development partners, and local stakeholders. Anne was a former Chief of Party for USAID’s OVC Links for Children (LFC) project and gas held other senior management positions across various organizations. She is the founder of Aweezie Foundation, which aims at improving the quality of lives of girls and women in hard to reach communities.
Emilia Eyo Okon
Emilia Eyo Okon is WI-HER’s Gender, Social Inclusion and Community Engagement Advisor for the USAID-funded Integrated Health Program (IHP) in Ebonyi, Nigeria. Emilia is an expert in gender mainstreaming, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and youth participation and entrepreneurship development. With over 10 years’ experience, Emilia has trained and mentored over 1000 young girls and 300 teachers in Nigeria and has led numerous sensitization activities and advocacy efforts, including her recent contributions to the development of the Cross River State Gender Policy and her leadership of activities for Cross River State’s International Women’s Day, 16 Days of Activism, Day of Women’s Health, and The Day of the Girls Child in Cross River State. Emilia has served in leadership positions in numerous local and global organizations, including as fellow of the African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperation and a founder of the Girls’ Power Initiative Alumnae Association, and is a strong advocate for youth as both a radio and television presenter with the Cross River Broadcasting Corporation (CRBC). Before coming to WI-HER, Emilia worked as a gender specialist on the ‘Saving Mothers Giving Life’ (SMGL) project and on the ‘Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture’ (CNFA) project and as a youth counselor on Gender Based-Violence at the GPI Counseling Center.
Nasser El Kholy, MDA
Professor Doctor Nasser El Kholy, Consultant of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with Ain Shams University hospitals MBBCh MCh MD Fellow of Leeds University for IVF and ICSI Fellow of Johns Hopkins University International Maternal Health Advisor United Nations Member of the European Society of Aesthetic Gynecology Services: antenatal care and delivery, Infertility management, IVF and ICSI, gynecological tumors, laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, and sexual disorders. As a clinician with over 25 years of international health experience, Dr. El Kholy has played a crucial role in the implementation and evaluation of multi-disciplinary public health programs focusing on RH/FP, MNCH including polio eradication, STIs, breast feeding, health reform and family medicine. He uniquely involves civil society support and institutional strengthening in all his projects. Additionally, Dr. Kholy is an expert at incorporating qualitative and quantitative measurements in monitoring and evaluation systems. Not only was he the Senior Technical Advisor for numerous CME programs for physicians and nurses but he also has worked for USAID funded programs for over 20 years. Dr. El Kholy is fluent in English and Arabic.
Ghassan A. Faramand, PhD
Dr. Faramand is the Founder of the Institute of Law at Birzeit University in the West Bank. Highly respected, versatile and proactive professional passionate and driven to deliver quality results. More than twenty five years of experience in judicial and legal training in the West Bank and Gaza. Extensive experience in drafting legislative proposals, manuals, and bylaws. Extensive senior level management experience including training and team building skills including mentoring of young lawyers and professionals. Deep understanding and experience working with national and international organizations such as UNDP, USAID, UNRWA, UNSCO, EU, and the Governments of Denmark, France, and Sweden. Until recently, Dr. Faramand was the Director of the Institute of Law at Birzeit University and led it to remarkable success. During his tenure, the Institute became an internationally recognized, credible institution providing technical assistance and legal reform advice to a variety of institutions locally and internationally. Ghassan has keen and practical understanding of development issues and international standards of law and justice in areas of conflict. Extensive Middle East experience especially knowledge of the Palestinian legal framework, particularly related to judiciary, prosecution, and judicial education. He demonstrated his ability to work with diverse organizations and serves in senior positions on committees such as the Goldstone Report Palestinian Committee, the Governance and Legal Framework for Higher Education in the Palestinian Territory, and the Presidential Committee on the legality of the Palestinian legislative counsel. He is fluent in Arabic, English and proficient in French.
Davis Wilson Rumisha – MBChB, MPH
Dr. Rumisha is a long-time local associate in Tanzania and partners with WI-HER as one of the leads of the HODO Quality and Performance Improvement Associates. He is a public health management specialist with over 40 years’ experience working at the district, regional and national levels in over 19 Sub-Saharan African countries – 8 years leading quality improvement programs in Tanzania where he guided implementation of the USAID Health Care Project (2009 – 2012) and the current USAID Applying Science to Improve and Strengthen Systems Project (2012 – to date). Previously, Dr Rumisha worked as a regional advisor in health services management for a $10 million project in Namibia, as a Sub-Regional WHO/AFRO TB/HIV Advisor in Zimbabwe for 14 Southern African countries, in Lesotho as Co-Leader for European EDF $2 million Euro Project on Health Sector Reforms, as a project manager for a $3 million Euro Ireland AID project in Lesotho, and as an M&E Advisor in the World Bank Health Sector Reform Project in Lesotho. Dr Rumisha is fluent in Swahili and English. Rumisha and the HODO QPIA team are seasoned implementers and project managers with deep expertise in service delivery and performance improvement at all levels of care.
Emily Treleaven, MPH
Emily is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her research focuses on demographic and social influences on child health care seeking and equity in Southeast Asia. She also supports reproductive, maternal, and child health research and evaluation projects in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her research expertise includes quantitative and qualitative methods. Previously, Emily worked for the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI). Under HCI, Emily led gender integration efforts for the 28-country quality improvement project, working closely with WI-HER to develop policies and guidance for staff in field offices, and designed gender integration activities. Emily completed her MPH at UNC in Maternal and Child Health, and received a BA from Georgetown University. She is fluent in Spanish and speaks beginning Portuguese and Khmer.
Yuliya Zinova, MPH
Yuliya Zinova provides technical and program support to WI-HER for multiple business development opportunities. Yuliya is a public health professional with more than 10 years of work experience in health policy, health systems analysis, data collection, evaluation design, and reporting in Ukraine and other former Soviet Union countries. During her career, Yuliya has coordinated and administered different European, UN- and USAID-funded health activities in the fields of HIV/AIDS, TB, substance abuse, and mental health. Yuliya has extensive experience in reviewing, accessing and developing business opportunities for various international organizations. For example, an analytical situation assessment she conducted and composed for Pact was used in Pact’s successful proposal to USAID that resulted in a new $22 million HIV/AIDS project in Ukraine in 2012. Yuliya holds Masters Degrees in both Political Science (received in the US) and Public Health (received in Israel). Yuliya is fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, and semi-fluent in French.
Mellen Duffy Tanamly, MSA
Mellen is a former Foreign Service officer and public health expert with extensive knowledge in epidemiology, nutrition, food security, health and development. She has worked on MNCH, FP/RH, HIV/AIDS and NCD projects for 40 years. Ms. Tanamly has held leadership and management positions with USAID, managed USAID health portfolio in Jordan and Egypt, and served as a health advisor in both LAC and Africa. As a result, she is culturally sensitive and has the ability to work in difficult environments and with hard to reach populations. Her project designs are unique and always responsive to the local setting. She also possesses the skill to meet donor requirements and apply SOTA solutions in a simple and effective way. Ms. Tanamly authored a chapter entitled “The Nutrition Transition: Changes in Eating Patterns and the Relationship to Chronic Illness” for Essentials of Public Health Biology: A Companion Guide for the Study of Pathophysiology. She speaks English, Spanish, French and Arabic.
Yerisoibiba Chidi, PhD
With over 20 years of experience in HIV/AIDS, RH, MNCH and democracy and governance programs in Nigeria, Dr. Chidi brings expertise in strategic design and planning, behavior change communication, and program management including research, monitoring and evaluation. As the project manager of the Ibanise HIV/AIDS Initiative, she designed and implemented a 5-year HIV response program. Her ability to link the oil and gas companies with local partners initiated HIV treatment, counseling, and testing campaigns. She utilized a similar skill as the Senior Program Officer of the Family Health International Global HIV/AIDS Initiative Nigeria Project, where she forged over 35 sub agreements with local private and public sector partners. Dr. Chidi is experienced with behavior change and was the Behavior Change Communication Advisor for the John Snow Inc. Making Medical Injections Safer Project and staff of JHU/CCP Nigeria where she collaborated with the Federal Ministry of Health to draft the Behavior Change Communication strategy for the National Reproductive Health plan. She also has the unique skill of incorporating the rule of law in efforts. At JHU/CCP, she led a national mass media campaign focused on democratic participation, women’s empowerment and civil society strengthening.