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.
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.
Megan Ivankovich, MPH
Senior Program Officer
Meg is a Senior Program Officer for WI-HER, responsible for providing technical, operational and development leadership and support to WI-HER activities. Meg has worked with community members, NGOs, and government partners in the U.S., Costa Rica, Cambodia, and multiple countries in Africa. With over 10 years of experience working in sexual and reproductive health, maternal health, gender-based violence, and HIV/AIDS, Meg brings experience in health education, community mobilization, research, policy development, strategic planning, and program design, management, and evaluation. Meg was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique, which sharpened her cultural sensitivity, resourcefulness, and understanding of the global world. She previously worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she collaborated across public health silos to advance dialogue and action on sexual and reproductive health in the United States. Meg completed her MPH in Global Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health where she focused on reproductive health and population studies, and received a BA from Boston College. In addition, Meg completed the Community Leadership in Sexual Health Scholars’ Program at the Center of Excellence for Sexual Health, part of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. She is fluent in English and proficient in Spanish and Portuguese.
Erin Taylor, M.A.
Erin Taylor provides technical and business development support to all WI-HER projects and activities. She is an international development professional passionate about gender equality and human rights with expertise in qualitative analysis, gender integration, and program design, management, and monitoring and evaluation. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine where she taught English and a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in Georgia where she built the capacity of a grassroots women’s rights organization. Previously, she served as a consultant assessing gender integration at the US Department of State. She has a Master’s Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy with a focus on human rights and a Bachelor’s Degree in international affairs from the George Washington University. Erin speaks French and intermediate Ukrainian and Russian.
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.
Damianos Odeh, PhD
An economist and development professional, Dr. Odeh has 35 years of experience in health, education and social development programs in countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. He worked at the World Bank for 25 years, UNDP for 2 years, and USAID for 8 years. Dr. Odeh has the ability to forge links between health, education, poverty alleviation and other social programs to achieve sustainable socioeconomic development. For 15 years he managed successful field programs in maternal and child health, reproductive health, health sector reform, health information systems, HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, health work force development and the care and support of orphans and vulnerable children. He has extensive experience in Health Sector Reform especially in settings of political unrest. He 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.
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.
Nasser El Kholy, MDA
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. Therefore he has collaborated with organizations and people at all levels- MOHP, NGOs, civil society, and universities. Dr. El Kholy is an expert in NGOs grants management, rehabilitation, health reform, and project management. He is fluent in English and Arabic.
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.