Alive & Thrive (A&T) is an initiative to save lives, prevent illness, and ensure healthy growth and development through the promotion and support of optimal maternal nutrition, breastfeeding, and complementary feeding practices. Since 2009, A&T has demonstrated that innovative approaches to improving maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) practices can be delivered at impact and scale.

A&T has evolved from at-scale implementation work in three countries, to providing a robust and evidence-rich package of technical assistance in five countries and two regions. A network of local and national partners lends further voice and credence to the A&T initiative. Efforts to strengthen systems, empower policy advocates, and promote the strategic use of data provide the foundation for A&T to promote sustainable, evidence based strategies for MIYCN.

See What We Do and How We Work for more information.

Alive & Thrive is managed by FHI 360 with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other donors.

Bangladesh,India
Thomas Forissier, MBA
Regional Director
Thomas Forissier oversees A&T’s country programs in India and Bangladesh, as well as regional activities in South Asia. Thomas has over two decades of experience in strategy and management across public health and life sciences. Prior to joining A&T, Thomas served as Deputy Director for strategy, planning and management for Tuberculosis and HIV at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he also led an initiative to improve the use of cost effectiveness data in decision making. Thomas started his career as a strategy and management consultant to the life sciences industry.
Global
Karin Lapping
Karin Lapping, PhD
Project Director
Karin is a public health nutritionist who has spent more than 15 years working in international health, primarily with non-governmental organizations. Karin’s focus is on the prevention of chronic malnutrition in developing countries throughout Asia and Africa. Prior to joining A&T, Karin was the Senior Director of Nutrition at Save the Children, where she directed the global nutrition portfolio worth more than $200 million USD. In addition, she spent time in Viet Nam as the Country Coordinator for the World Bank-funded Mainstreaming Nutrition Initiative and then as the Asia Area Nutrition Advisor for Save the Children/US.
Southeast Asia
Roger Mathisen
Roger Mathisen, MSc, RD
Regional Director
Roger is an international nutritionist with two decades of experience working in non-governmental organizations, the UN, academic institutions, and the private sector. At A&T, he provides program and technical leadership, management, and coordination of A&T activities across Southeast Asia. Before joining A&T, Roger worked as a nutrition specialist for UNICEF in Malawi and Viet Nam. Roger is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Nigeria
Victor Ogbodo
Victor Ogbodo, MSc
Program Director
Victor has over 24 years of experience in the design, implementation, and management of social and behavior change communication (SBCC) programs in Nigeria. Prior to joining A&T, he worked with FHI 360 as the Senior Communication Advisor for the Liberia Teacher Training program, and as Chief of Party for C-Change Nigeria. At C-Change, Victor led the process of institutionalizing SBCC at the post graduate level in three Nigerian universities. His other achievements include helping to design and implementation of the SBCC component of the Niger Delta AIDS Response (NiDAR Plus) project and an award-winning drama series for a World Bank funded project in Enugu and Ebonyi States, Nigeria.
Ethiopia
Abdulaziz Ali Oumer, MD, MPH
Program Director
Abdulaziz is a public health and nutrition professional with 20 years of experience working with the Ethiopian health care system. He is a medical doctor by training but has worked at several international NGOs. Prior to joining A&T, Abdulaziz worked as the Chief of Party for the INSPIRE project at Save the Children, a $30 million multisectoral nutrition project that aims to improve maternal, infant and young child nutrition. Abdulaziz also served as the Project Director for the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III (FANTA III) project implemented by FHI 360. He has extensive experience providing technical assistance at national and regional levels and has contributed to several national guidelines, policy documents and training guides in the areas of nutrition, HIV/AIDS, and child health.
West Africa
Aboubacry Thiam
Aboubacry Thiam, MD, MPH-Ms MCH
Program Director
With over 30 years of experience in public health, Aboubacry has held positions at all level of the public health hierarchy in Senegal, from the district to the central levels. He has worked extensively on diarrheal, EPI, nutrition, child health, maternal health, family planning, and primary health care programs in Senegal. His previous experience includes work with The World Bank, USAID, and UNFPA. Prior to joining A&T he was the HKI Senegal Country Director, coordinating HKI work in Senegal in preventing malnutrition among children under five.
Burkina Faso
Maurice Gerald Zafimanjaka, MBA, MPH, MSc
Program Director
Gerald is a native of Madagascar, where he began his career working on various HIV/AIDS and nutrition programs. Gerald brings to A&T over 20 years of experience, including work in the Democratic Republic of Congo and West Africa. Prior to joining A&T, Gerald was the Chief of Party for a USAID/Food For Peace program in Burundi. Gerald has also served as Chief of Party for a nutrition and hygiene project in Mali, and as the Health and Nutrition Director for a program in Burkina Faso.
Ethiopia
Yonas Taffesse Asrat
Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
Yonas has over 20 years of experience in research, planning, monitoring and evaluation, and leadership. Prior to joining A&T, he served as the monitoring and evaluation director with Washington University International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) Ethiopia. Prior to I-TECH, he worked with the Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute (EHNRI) where he managed programs, finance, and monitoring and evaluation efforts. Earlier in his career, Yonas also worked for the Ethiopian Nutrition Institute (ENI).
Global
Joy Del Rosso
Joy Del Rosso, MS
Director, Knowledge Leadership and Learning
Joy has over 30 years of experience working on nutrition programs, starting her career in Latin America with Catholic Relief Services as the project manager for an integrated nutrition project, after serving in the Peace Corps in Africa. Prior to joining A&T, Joy was the Senior Director of Nutrition at Save the Children responsible for its global nutrition portfolio. She has also worked for the Manoff Group and the World Bank.
India
Sebanti Ghosh, MD
Program Director
Sebanti heads A&T’s program in India and provides overall technical and operational leadership to the program. Sebanti has over 22 years of experience as public health expert, specializing in nutrition, reproductive, maternal, new-born, child and adolescent health (RMNCH+A), gender, and reproductive health and rights. Prior to joining A&T, Sebanti was the Senior Technical Advisor RMNCH+A at John Snow Inc. She has also served in several leadership positions under the DFID supported Health Sector Reforms Programme in the states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and West Bengal. Sebanti has also held technical and consultancy positions with the WHO, UN, government agencies, and various NGOs.
Bangladesh
Zeba Mahmud
Zeba Mahmud, MD
Program Director
Zeba ensures technical excellence in the design, implementation, follow up, and analysis of A&T activities and partnerships in Bangladesh. Her previous experience includes working for the BRAC Institute of Global Health and the Micronutrient Initiative in Bangladesh. Early in her career as a medical professional, she performed preventative and clinical services in rural communities and has published several papers on nutrition.
Global
Marina Neresyan
Marina Nersesyan
Director, Operations
Marina oversees A&T’s global operations. She brings to the team over 20 years of experience in the design and management of international development projects. Prior to joining A&T in 2008 she worked on the USAID-funded LINKAGES and A2Z projects at AED. Her prior experience includes grants management, cost effectiveness analysis, and small and medium enterprise lending at Save the Children and ShoreBank.
Global
Tina Sanghvi
Tina Sanghvi, PhD
Director, Country Programs
Tina has more than 35 years of experience in international health and nutrition as technical advisor and director of country operations in international public health programs in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. She previously served for five years as A&T’s Senior Country Director in Bangladesh. Prior to joining A&T, Tina worked for 7 years at the global BASICS – Child Survival project and was the country director for A2Z, the USAID Micronutrient and Child Blindness Project. She is also the author of several books and published articles, including Nutrition Essentials – A Guide for Health Managers, on how to mainstream nutrition in health services.
Burkina Faso
Benjamin Sanou
Contracts Manager
Benjamin has over eight years of experience in procurement and contract management. Before joining A&T, Benjamin worked with Plan International and Save the Children in Burkina Faso.
Burkina Faso
Ramatou Sawadogo, MD, MPH
Advocacy and Policy Advisor
Ramatou has more than thirteen years of experience working in Burkina Faso's health system. As the former National Director of Family Health in the Ministry of Health, Ramatou gained extensive experience in maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health. Ramatou is now putting her skills to use as A&T's advocacy and policy advisor for maternal, neonatal and child health and nutrition.
Southeast Asia
Amy Weissman
Amy Weissman, DrPH
Regional Technical Director
Amy has more than 20 years of experience applying global evidence, and designing, implementing and evaluating public health policies and programs in the areas of maternal, neonatal and child health and nutrition; HIV/AIDS; and sexual and reproductive health. Amy is FHI 360’s Asia Pacific Regional Technical Director for Health, Population, and Nutrition, and works with A&T in the region to support strategic communications, research, and documentation. Amy is based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Ethiopia
Tadele Bogale Yitaferu, MD
Deputy Program Director
Tadele is a public health professional with more than 15 years of experience leading the implementation of successful programs. Prior to joining A&T, Tadele worked at Jhpiego Ethiopia, and has previously held positions at various donor (CDC) and other international organizations (JSI, and ORBIS International). Tadele began his career as a General Medical Practitioner, providing clinical services at rural health centers in southern Ethiopia and taking an interest in maternal and child health. Tadele has served in full-time and part-time faculty positions, and currently serves as an adjunct faculty at Addis Ababa University’s School of Public Health, and at Santé Private Medical College.
Bangladesh
Shak Mohammad Abdullah
Shak Mohammad Abdullah, MAT, MBA
Program Operations Specialist
Abdullah has been working with A&T since 2010 and he brings over 15 years of experience in contracts and financial management to the project. In his role with A&T he manages contracts, sub-grants, and procurement, while also supporting field operations and ensuring compliance with Government of Bangladesh policies and regulations. Prior to joining A&T he worked for USC Canada and the Coalition for the Urban Poor.
Ethiopia
Azeb Aberra
Administrative Associate
Azeb has more than 23 years of work experience working as as an invoice clerk, store keeper, and sales supervisor. She worked at the Misrak flour and bread factory for 16 years and for the General Service Office at the World Health Organization for three years.
Nigeria
Toyin Adewale-Gabriel
Toyin Adewale-Gabriel, MA
Policy and Advocacy Advisor
Toyin is an award winning creative writer with over 15 years of experience working on advocacy, communications, public outreach, and citizen participation in the Health and Democratic Governance sectors. Prior to joining A&T, Toyin served as the media expert for the UNDP Democratic Governance for Development (DGD) project, a large multi-donor project where she led capacity development initiatives and advocacy for peaceful elections with Nigerian government institutions, media unions as well as civil society. She has also previously worked for the Ford Foundation in West Africa, the Centre for Development and Population Activities and United Nations Office for Project Services.
Ethiopia
Ayele Bekele Agedo
Contracts Officer
Ayele has over 10 years of experience working in government and non-governmental organizations. He has worked as a loan distribution and collection officer in the Bureau of Micro & Small Scale Enterprise Office at the Woreda level, and as a teacher at Hossaina TVET College. He has also worked for World Vision International Ethiopia for over seven years as an accountant, finance officer, support services coordinator, and procurement officer, where he managed financial transactions, administrative, and procurement related activities.
India
Rajeev Agrawal, PhD
Deputy Director, Uttar Pradesh
Rajeev has over a decade of experience in public health program management. His areas of focus have included systems strengthening for maternal health, and monitoring and evaluation. Prior to joining A&T, Rajeev worked as a senior consultant with the Maternal Health Division (Reproductive and Child Health Programme) of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW). Rajeev has supported several successful flagship programs of the MoHFW such as Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram (JSSK) and Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY). He has contributed to various technical Ministry guidelines and was involved in monitoring and evaluating several reproductive and child health programs.
Ethiopia
Tigabu Amebafrash, MPH, MBA
Amhara Regional MAIYCN Advisor
Tigabu is a public health expert with more than 17 years of experience, working in both government and NGOs. Prior to joining A&T he worked as the prevention of mother-to-child transmission regional advisor in Amhara with JSI/AIDSTAR-One Ethiopia. He has also served as a water, sanitation, and hygiene officer in Gamebela for a South Sudanese refugees’ emergency program with Lutheran World Federation (LWF).
Ethiopia
Samuel Asfaw
Deputy Project Director, Operations
Samuel manages finance and operations for A&T Ethiopia. He has over 17 years of experience in accounting and financial management with NGOs, including working at Fida International for over 10 years. As administration and finance manager for the AED/LINKAGES project, he was responsible for office setup, recruitment, and project close-out. Samuel also worked as a finance and administration director for Prison Fellowship Ethiopia and as finance and as the operations manager for EngenderHealth Ethiopia.
Bangladesh,India
Deborah Ash, PhD
Regional Senior MIYCN Advisor
Deborah provides technical assistance on MIYCN across A&T’s India, Bangladesh and SAARC activities. Deborah has over 20 years of experience in capacity building, policy, and research experience, including designing, managing and implementing large-scale global projects across a wide network of stakeholders. She has led technical strategy, program design and quality implementation of global nutrition technical assistance projects such as USAID’s FANTA-2 and FANTA III. She has worked with a multiplicity of partners, including the World Bank, WFP, WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS, FAO, and the Global Fund. Deborah is an expert advisor on the WHO Nutrition Guidelines Advisory Group and has served on several technical advisory groups and steering committees for global nutrition initiatives.
Bangladesh
Tofail Md. Alamgir Azad
Tofil Md. Alamgir Azad, PhD
Senior Social Behavioral Change Advisor
Tofil has supported the implementation of social behavior change (SBC) activities, ensuring consistency and quality, as well as coordination with the national maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) SBC strategy for the Government of Bangladesh (GoB). He has worked for the GoB, as well as a range of national and international non-government organization during his over 25-year career.
India
Poonam Sharma Bhambri, MBA
Senior Knowledge Management Specialist, MIYCN
Poonam leads the knowledge management function at A&T and is responsible for systematic documentation and dissemination of knowledge products aimed at strengthening MIYCN policies and programs in India. Poonam has over 15 years of experience in developing and implementing knowledge management, communications, and advocacy strategies. Prior to joining A&T, she led the knowledge management and communications component for projects funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) that supported the Government of India’s elementary (SSA) and secondary education expansion (RMSA) programs.
Southeast Asia
Jennifer Cashin, MPH
Regional Technical Specialist
Jennifer is a public health nutritionist and certified lactation counselor with a decade of experience supporting nutrition, food security, public health and development projects in Myanmar and Cambodia. At A&T, Jennifer focuses on strengthening the policy environment and breastfeeding-friendly health systems in Myanmar while also providing technical support to other countries in ASEAN. Her areas of expertise include research, curriculum development, and capacity building. Jennifer is based in Yangon, Myanmar.
Southeast Asia
Do Thi Chung
Do Thi Chung, MD, MPH
Technical Specialist
Chung is a public health professional who has spent about twenty years working in various projects for non-governmental organizations. At A&T, she manages human milk bank projects and Learning & Research Center in Viet Nam as well as provides technical assistance to other ASEAN countries. Before joining A&T, Chung worked with Plan International, the Committee for Child Care and Protection, and briefly as a pediatrician. Chung is based in Danang, Viet Nam.
Bangladesh
Mihir Kanti Das
Mihir Kanti Das
Senior Finance Manager
Mihir is responsible for managing the financial and administration operations for A&T in Bangladesh. Over his more than 25-year career, he has had numerous experiences in preparing financial documents and statements, management payroll and tax processes, and providing overall financial monitoring of projects. Prior to joining A&T, Mihir worked for more than 16 years with John Snow Inc. (JSI) Bangladesh, on a USAID-funded family planning logistics management project.
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Jeanel Drake, MA
Technical Writer
Jeanel supports Alive & Thrive's global communications to promote knowledge and learning. Jeanel has more than 10 years of experience strengthening community health initiatives in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, creative director for a firm in Uganda that develops innovative education and communications materials, and as a staff member at Partners for Health supporting maternal and child health programming.
Southeast Asia
Do Thi Phuong Dung
Regional Finance and Operations Manager
Dung has been responsible for finance and administration management of programs in Viet Nam since 2009 and Southeast Asia since 2014. Prior to joining A&T, Dung worked for SMARTWork Viet Nam, a project focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention in the workplace, funded by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and USAID. She is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Southeast Asia
Vu Hoang Duong
Vu Hoang Duong
Technical Specialist
Duong has a decade of experience in policy advocacy on health financing, equitable domestic resources mobilization in health sectors, partnership building and project management. At A&T, Duong supports the development and execution of workplans for policy advocacy, strategic communications and breastfeeding-friendly health systems in Viet Nam. Before joining A&T, Duong worked with Oxfam as the Governance Program Officer. She is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
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Jillian Emerson
Jillian Emerson, PhD
Associate Director, Francophone Africa
Jillian is a public health nutritionist with strong program management and research background in Haiti and sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining A&T, Jillian worked as the Nutrition Technical Advisor for University Research Co., providing strategic and technical leadership to the organization’s nutrition portfolio. Jillian has also supported several nutrition programs in Haiti and South Sudan, as well as worked on an evaluation of a USAID development food assistance project in Eastern Congo, where she conducted her dissertation research on maternal mental health and its relationship to child feeding behaviors and maternal and child nutritional status.
Global
Jessica Escobar-Alegria
Jessica Escobar-Alegria, PhD
Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation Advisor
Jessica covers the South Asia and Southeast Asia portfolios for A&T, as well as spearheads A&T's work with its Stakeholder and Technical Advisory Group. Before joining A&T, Jessica supported a variety of global health initiatives, contributed to awarded grants for research and evaluation in public nutrition and health, and collaborated with Feeding America, Alive & Thrive India, and IFPRI India and Guatemala. Jessica worked in El Salvador for the United Nations World Food Programme and the Ministry of Health. Additional experiences with roles on monitoring and evaluation include serving as a technical officer at the Pan American Health Organization, and as a collaborator for the Micronutrient Initiative, the World Health Organization, and the United States Agency for International Development.
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Andrew Fine
Andrew Fine
Program Officer
Andrew is an operations and financial management professional supporting A&T's India and Madagascar programming. Prior to joining A&T, Andrew worked with FHI 360’s Social and Economic Development practice where he provided project coordination and operational support to a multi-country youth development initiative funded by USAID. Additionally, Andrew spent several years in Thailand as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer where he worked in partnership with Thai government officials to identify and address community-identified priorities to create sustainable grassroots youth development projects.
India
Archna Ghosh, MBA, MS
Senior Program Management Specialist
Archna Ghosh is responsible for overall program management of A&T’s India program. She has over 20 years of experience in the development sector across varied areas of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), health and nutrition and child rights. Prior to joining A&T, Archna served as Regional Advisor for South Asia with Save the Children Finland, leading projects on child rights and WASH. She has also worked for several other agencies such as UNICEF, UNWFP and Care India managing portfolios ranging from project coordination to technical specialists.
Nigeria
Sylvester Igbedioh
Sylvester Igbedioh, PhD
IYCF, Nutrition Advisor
Sylvester has nearly two decades of experience working on nutrition programming in Nigeria. Before joining A&T, he worked with UNICEF in Nigeria for 18 years as a Nutrition Specialist. He was also the consultant on Vitamin A food fortification and food and nutrition at various times. In addition, Sylvester has taught at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and the University of Agriculture in Makurdi.
Bangladesh
Santhia Ireen
Santhia Ireen, PhD
Senior Technical Advisor and Deputy Country Director
Santhia has over 12 years of research and program experience in public health nutrition. She supports the Country Director in developing and managing the A&T initiative in Bangladesh, as well as provides strategic technical assistance and facilitates partnerships with key stakeholders and the Government of Bangladesh. Prior to her time with A&T, she worked with icddr’b and Save the Children on implementation research and program evaluation in maternal and child health.
Bangladesh
Tohidul Islam
Tohidul Islam, MAcc
Program Officer
Tohidul has been working with A&T in Bangladesh for over seven years. Before joining A&T he worked as an accounting and finance officer at Technohaven Company Ltd. In his current role he provides financial, logistical, and administrative support to the project, while also managing the front desk and supporting staff needs. He assists the senior finance and operations managers in documentation and reporting.
Bangladesh
Md. Shafiqul Islam
Shafiqul Islam, PhD
Senior Monitoring and Data Systems Advisor
Shafiqul brings more than 30 years of experience in programming and research. Prior to joining A&T, he worked as Professor and Head of the Department of Epidemiology of the National Institute of Preventive Social Medicine in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He supports A&T and partner research activities including developing scopes of work, protocols, data collection instruments to conduct assessment/evaluation/implementation research, and reviewing tools and protocols.
Nigeria
Onoriode Iyeke
Onoriode Iyeke, MBA
Finance and Operations Manager
Onoriode is a professional accountant with over 15 years of experience in finance and administrative management. He has experience in grants and project management, management of nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, and coalition building. Onoriode has previously worked with the Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All where he managed a coalition of over 500-member organizations and several projects funded by international agencies, and was most recently at the Johns Hopkins University with the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative project.
India
Shailesh Jagtap, MD
Senior Technical and Program Advisor
Shailesh provides technical leadership to the A&T’s effort of building partnerships with Medical & Nursing Institutes and Professional Associations for adoption of MIYCN programming in their functioning – teaching & learning programs and service delivery componentsShailesh is a public health specialist with more than 10 years of experience in implementing health and nutrition programs at the district, state, and national level with organizations such as UNICEF, PATH, PHFI, and JSI. He has worked on both rural and urban projects across states and has contributed to the development of various policy guidelines and technical materials. He has also worked in emergency situations like floods and the Swine Flu pandemic.
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Kelly Josiah
Kelly Josiah, MS
Associate Director, Programs & Contracts
Kelly is responsible for managing contracts and procurement for A&T. She has been with FHI for over ten years. Prior to joining A&T in 2011, she managed the Child Blindness Grants Program for FHI’s USAID Micronutrient and Child Blindness Project and worked in the Contracts Department. Kelly has also served as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of International Affairs at the US auditing regulator, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.
India
Praveen K. Sharma
Project Director, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar
Praveen K. Sharma is responsible for providing technical leadership, management, and coordination for A&T activities in the two states. Praveen has more than seventeen years of work experience in the public health and nutrition domains. Previously, he worked for various public health projects with WHO India, University Research Co, LLC (URC), Save the Children, AED, UNICEF and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Praveen had worked on technical assistance and policy development in India and South Asia in the domains of maternal, newborn, child health and nutrition. He also brings in the experience of working with the private sector, medical training institutions and professional medical associations to improve quality of care focused on Reproductive, Maternal Nutrition, Child and Adolescent Health.
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Kristen Kappos
Kristen Kappos, MPH
Associate Director, Asia
Kristen brings extensive experience with managing MIYCN programs in field-based and headquarters positions. Prior to joining A&T, she was based in Tamale, Ghana where she led the nutrition component of a USAID-funded multi-sectoral project aimed at reducing stunting and anemia. Kristen has provided technical, financial, and administrative backstopping to country programs in Ghana, Haiti and Uganda with the USAID-funded SPRING Project. She has also lived and worked on global health initiatives in India and Nepal.
Nigeria
Auwal Kawu
Auwal Kawu
Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Advisor
Auwal guides the SBCC portfolio for A&T in Nigeria. He originally joined FHI 360 in 2009 as the senior SBCC advisor for the USAID-funded Global HIV/AIDS Initiative Nigeria (GHAIN). Prior to joining FHI 360, he implemented behavior change communications programs for several development partners including Johns Hopkins University, John Snow, Inc. and the World Health Organization. Auwal has also taught sociology and development studies in Nigeria.
Ethiopia
Desta Kebebe
Associate Director, Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC)
Desta has 17 years of experience in SBCC. Since 2004, he has managed social and behavior change programs for FHI 360 ranging from HIV/AIDS prevention to reproductive health. Desta has overseen large-scale training and capacity building of partners (governments and NGOs), and has worked with communities in leading the development of curriculum and proven SBCC materials. Desta is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sociology.
Nigeria
Patience Kwada
Patience Kwada, MBA
Procurement and Contract Manager
Patience has over 12 years of experience working on grant management, finance, procurement, administration and programming. Prior to joining A&T, she worked as the Grants, Contracts, and Compliance Manger with Search for Common ground, and as the Acting Director of a local NGO, the League for Human Rights.
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Rabi Lamichhane
Rabi Lamichhane, MBA
Associate Director, Finance
Rabi is a financial management professional who has spent more than 20 years in project finance management. His experience is mainly on the US government funded projects in various organization including United Nations Agencies, SNV Netherlands Development Organization and other charitable organization like Water Aid and ActionAid. Prior joining A&T, Rabi was the Finance Manager for another large global nutrition project (FANTA) at FHI 360.
Southeast Asia
Tran Mai Lan
Tran Mai Lan, MPH
Technical Officer, Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation
Lan is seconded to A&T by the International Food and Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Lan assists with data analysis and development of various program reports, with a current focus on the Maternal Nutrition Feasibility Study in Uttar Pradesh, India. Previously, she worked on A&T’s program evaluation in Viet Nam and Bangladesh. Lan is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Southeast Asia
Phan Thi Hong Linh
Phan Thi Hong Linh, MBA
Regional Program Coordinator
Linh has two decades of experience in legal consultation, policy advocacy and project management. She coordinates the development and execution of A&T’s workplans across Southeast Asia. From 2010 – 2014, Linh was a member of the A&T advocacy team that were part of the multi-stakeholder alliance contributing to significant policy wins for maternal and child health and nutrition in Viet Nam, including six months paid maternity leave and a stronger national code on marketing of breastmilk substitutes. Linh is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Southeast Asia
Nguyen Hong Long
Nguyen Hong Long
Regional Finance and Administrative Associate
Long has worked in finance and administration for international companies and NGOs for more than five years. At A&T, Long provides finance, administrative, operational and logistic support to the Southeast Asia team. He is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
India
Versha Mathur
Associate Director, Finance
Versha provides overall financial management and operational support to the A&T India office. Her portfolio in the last 15 years has included managing sub-awards, finance, contracts, human resources and operations. Prior to joining A&T, Versha worked on the Essential Medicines project at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), where, in addition to financial management, she was responsible for partner evaluations, monitoring and training, and ensuring compliance. Versha has also worked with USAID’s Linkages project, the South Asia Regional Initiative/Equity project, the A2Z project and with the Diarrhea Alleviation through Zinc and ORS Therapy (DAZT) project.
Ethiopia
Sintayehu Mekonnen
Finance Manager and Senior Accountant
Sintayehu has nearly two decades of experience working in government and the Embassy of Ireland (Irish Aid). He worked as a budget and disbursement expert in the Bureau of Finance and Economic Development and as finance head, and auditor for the Sector Offices supported by Irish Aid, during the Area Based Program with Embassy of Ireland/Irish Aid – Tigray Liaison Office. Sintayehu also worked as finance and administrative officer in the Budget Support Program of Irish Aid.
Ethiopia
Amare Birhanu Mengistu, MSc
Amhara Regional Coordinator - SNNP
Amare has over 18 years of progressive experience in public health and nutrition. Prior to joining A&T, Amare worked for the SNNPR Regional Health Bureau seconded as the Global Sanitation Fund consultant in the Ethiopian Hygiene and Sanitation Improvement program (ESHIP). Amare has also served as a department head, instructor, and capacity-building coordinator for two Health Extension Workers Training Colleges, as well as the health center lead in Gamo Goffa Zone, SNNPR. Throughout his roles, Amare has helped improve the capacity of woredas and zones to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate public health activities.
India
Debasis Mohanty, MBA
Finance and Administration Officer, Bihar
Debasis is responsible for finance and operations of A&T office in Bihar. Debasis has nearly 20 years of experience in the development sector. Prior to joining A&T, he worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Oxfam GB, and Catholic Relief Services (CRS), where he played a significant role in budgeting, contract management, donor reporting, partner management and other financial and administrative activities.
West Africa
Amadou Mouctar Balde
Amadou Mouctar Balde
Finance and Operations Officer
Amadou brings 15 years of experience in the fields of accounting (operations), finance (financial reporting tools, budgeting, budget monitoring, bank reconciliation, financial analysis, tax, and social statements), logistics (workshops / seminars, airline tickets booking, vehicles, hotel arrangements), and human resources (management payroll, retirement and related services). He has worked as an accounting and finance officer with a range of government and non-government entities including the USAID, SOCOPAO, CLUSA, Millennium Villages Promises, Brooke West Africa and FHI 360.

Nigeria
Christopher Musa
Christopher Musa, MPH
State Team Lead – Kaduna State
Christopher is a public health practitioner with over 16 years of management experience in the public health sector. He has extensive experience working with a range of multilateral and bilateral donors, federal, state, and local governments, national implementing institutions, local authorities, and NGOs, including UNICEF and the European Union Partnership to Reinforce Immunization Efficiency (EU-PRIME). Christopher’s areas of specialty include healthcare program management and coordination, behavior change communication and community engagement, and health commodity management and logistics.
Nigeria
Fayman Omini
Fayman Omini
Zonal Coordinator-Cross River State (South -South)
Fayman has over 25 years’ experience in strategic communications practice and has provided leadership for large SBCC programs in HIV/AIDS and malaria in Nigeria. Prior to joining A&T, he worked as Assistant Director/Head of HIV prevention & SBCC Division in the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA). He implemented SBCC programs for several USAID funded projects including USAID/MAPS project, JHU/HC3 Nigeria Malaria project; PATH AIDSFree Nigeria project and FHI360’s SIDHAS project where he led the successful implementation of community engagement and mobilization activities to encourage citizens’ acceptance and participation in the activities of the AIDS indicator survey (AKAIS), in Akwa Ibom State. He also led the design and successful implementation of communication and community engagement processes for the ‘Base of the Pyramid’ (BoP) Diabetes Awareness Campaign project
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Lesley Oot
Lesley Oot, MPH
Associate Director, Programs
Lesley is a global health professional with 10 years of experience providing programmatic support and technical assistance to maternal and child health programs in Africa and Asia, with a specific focus on nutrition. Her technical expertise includes maternal, adolescent, and child nutrition, food security, and nutrition advocacy. Prior to joining A&T, Lesley was a technical officer for another large global nutrition project (FANTA) at FHI 360.
India
Dhiraj Padamwar, MBA, M.Com
Finance and Administration Officer, Uttar Pradesh
Dhiraj provides overall financial, operational, contractual management and administrative support to the A&T office in Uttar Pradesh. Dhiraj has over two decades of extensive experience in managing finance and administration. Prior to joining A&T, Dhiraj served as Project Manager-Finance & Administration at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) for Gujarat, beforehand he worked with FHI 360’s Urban Health Initiative (UHI) Project and CARE India’s various projects, where he played a significant role in budgeting, subgrantee management, donor reporting, contract management and other financial and administrative activities.
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Victor Pinga
Victor Pinga, MA, MS
Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture (NSA) Capacity Building Technical Advisor
Victor joins A&T after more than four years with the USAID flagship SPRING Project where he served as Agriculture Advisor in the project's agriculture-nutrition team. Prior to SPRING, he worked with Tetra Tech ARD, Counterpart International and OIC International in technical and management capacities involving agriculture, economic growth, enterprise development. and food security. His academic background is in agricultural economics out of Illinois and the University of the Philippines at Los Banos, and he has lived for long periods of time in Vietnam, Ghana, as well as his native Philippines.
India
Rajendra Prasad, MPH
Program Manager, Health, Uttar Pradesh
Rajendra provides operational and technical assistance in planning, implementation and supervision of A&T activities in Uttar Pradesh in coordination with government and other partners. Rajendra is a public health professional with over 15 years’ experience in systems strengthening and capacity development of government officials on health and nutrition issues working with international NGOs across India. Prior to joining A&T, Rajendra served as the State Consultant with UNICEF in Bihar (also working for UNICEF in Uttar Pradesh). Rajendra has also held positions at the Indo-Global Social Service Society (IGSSS) and with the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) on Vitamin A and Zinc programs in Bihar.
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Patricia Preware
Patricia Preware, M.Sc.
Associate Director, Country Programs
Patricia is a public health professional, specializing in the provision of technical, financial, and administrative management and support for donor-funded health projects in Africa. She has assisted in the administration of projects in Uganda, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Angola, Nigeria and Tanzania in the areas of malaria control and prevention, health systems strengthening, reproductive health, and nutrition. Prior to joining A&T, Patricia conducted organizational assessment for USAID-funded fellow placements, tracking program targets and deliverables, training staff, and managing client relationships with funding organizations, host-country Ministries of Health, and other counterparts.
Nigeria
Uche Ralph-Opara
Uche Ralph-Opara, MS, MSc
State Team Lead – Lagos State
Uche is a public health physician with over 12 years of diversified medical expertise, from clinical practice to health services management under a health insurance platform. She has coordinated and implemented high quality HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis (TB) programs under various USAID and Global Fund projects including FHI360’s GHAIN and SIDHAS projects, and Pathfinder’s E2A private sector project. In previous roles, Uche has worked directly with and supported federal, state, and local governments to effectively scale up prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and antiretroviral therapy services in high burden communities in Nigeria.
India
Yashoda Rawat
Senior Finance and Administration Officer
Yashoda has over 15 years of experience in various capacities in finance, administration, and human resources, and is responsible for local procurements and preparing and processing all sub-contracts, consultant, and vendor payments at A&T. Prior to joining Alive & Thrive, Yashoda worked with the Diarrhea Alleviation through Zinc and ORS Therapy (DAZT) project with the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies for over eight years.
India
Ruchin Sharma, MA
Social and Behavior Change Technical Advisor
Ruchin provides technical leadership, management, and coordination of A&T’s SBC activities in India. Ruchin is a Communication for Development/SBC professional, with over 17 years of experience in developing, leading, and implementing strategic and result based C4D/SBC program in increasingly complex social development, response, relief and humanitarian (fragile) contexts, in South Asia, South-East & Pacific Asia and Africa, within UN and (I)NGOs. He has proven technical knowledge in multiple sectors, including integrated community development, public health, nutrition, WASH, DRR, Ebola, etc. Prior to joining A&T, Ruchin led the national social and behavior change efforts for emergency polio outbreak response in Lao PDR with UNICEF.
India
Vishal Shastri, PhD
Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation Advisor-MIYCN
Vishal leads the monitoring, learning and evaluation function in India. Vishal is a demographer/bio-statistician with nearly two decades of experience working at various UN agencies, government, and NGOs, including FHI 360, JHUCCP, and BBC Media Action. Prior to joining A&T, Vishal was a Senior Advisor with the William J. Clinton Foundation. Vishal has also authored several journal articles, book chapters and scientific reports, and serves as reviewer of several international journals.
Global
Courtney Shaw, MA
Administrative Associate
Courtney has extensive experience providing administrative and project support, as well office management services, in a variety of nonprofit and corporate settings. Prior to joining A&T, she worked as a Development Associate for a nonprofit focused on after school programming for low-income youth in Southeast DC. Courtney's unique skill set includes a graduate degree in Understanding and Securing Human Rights and her thesis on climate change-related displacement.
Bangladesh
Saydur Rahman Siddiquee
Saydur Rahman Siddiquee, MGM, MPH
Government Liaison & Partnership Specialist
Saydur has over 16 years of work experience public health nutrition, maternal and child health, and health systems strengthening programs in Bangladesh. His previous experience includes working on programmatic and operational support for health and nutrition projects for the World Health Organization and FHI 360. In his current position, he serves as a key liaison and manages relationships between A&), the offices of the Government of Bangladesh, development partners, and other stakeholders. He works to ensure that A&T is an effective technical assistance provider in Bangladesh.
India
Anupam Srivastava, PhD
Senior Program Manager, MIYCN, Bihar
Anupam Srivastava is based in A&T’s office in Bihar and is responsible for supporting and sustaining partnerships with the government, medical colleges and hospital, private health facilities, medical associations and State Rural Livelihood Mission program in the state. Anupam has more than two decades of experience in program management in public health and nutrition. Prior to joining A&T, Anupam served as Senior Program Manager in program management in Maternal and child health and Nutrition for Care and UNICEF. Anupam started her career as a trainer on community health and community nutrition.
India
Rachna Sujay, MS
Senior Technical Advisor - Diffusion States
Rachna provides technical support for strengthening and expansion of MIYCN programs, contributing to diffusion of A&T global and national learnings with state government departments and implementing partners. Rachna is a public health and nutrition specialist. She has 20 plus years project management expertise directing high impact programs working with INGOs, research institutions, corporates and a medical college, directing diverse portfolio of programs on nutrition and cross cutting issues. Rachna has received several awards, including the prestigious Health and Population Innovation Fellowship in 2005 for Leadership Development, managed by the Population Council and supported by The MacArthur Foundation.
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Manisha Tharaney
Manisha Tharaney, PhD
Deputy Director, Country Programs
Manisha is a public health professional with 15 years of work experience in Asia and in Africa in technical areas such as nutrition, health systems strengthening, and gender. She started her work in primary health care in India and has continued to work at all levels of the health system, from community to district to national on nutrition and maternal and child health issues. Prior to joining A&T, Manisha worked as the anemia team lead on the Strengthening Partnerships for Nutrition Innovations Globally (SPRING) project.
Southeast Asia
Nguyen Thanh Tuan
Nguyen Thanh Tuan, MD, MSc, PhD
Technical Specialist, Measurement, Learning and Evaluation
Tuan provides strategic technical leadership for monitoring, learning, and evaluation activities. He has more than 20 years of experience in conducting and supporting studies in 20 countries around the world. His research areas include maternal and child health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, health disparities, nutrition policies, health system strengthening, food system, economics, and gender. He is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Ethiopia
Tamirrat Tafesse Walissa, MPH
IYCF Nutrition Technical Officer
Tamirrat has over 10 years of experience in the areas of health and nutrition. Prior to joining A&T, he worked as a social and behavior change specialist with the International Medical Corps for USAID’s Livestock Market Development project. He has also worked as an IYCF coordinator with World Vision Ethiopia.
Southeast Asia
Christina Wong
Christina Wong
Scientist, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
Christina is a behavioral scientist with more than two decades of experience in public health research. She serves as principal investigator on a variety of qualitative research studies including the use of qualitative methods in formative research and applied programmatic research. In addition, Christina provides training to build capacity to conduct research and behavior change interventions not only within the organization but with partner organizations, ministries of health, universities and hospitals. She is based in Singapore.
Ethiopia
Tewodros Wuletaw
Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
Tewodros has more than 10 years of experience in research, monitoring, evaluation, and knowledge Management. Prior to joining A&T, Tewodros was working for Oxfam Intermon as the Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor on projects dealing with food security, livelihood, and WASH. Prior to Oxfam, Tewodros provided monitoring and evaluation leadership for numerous nongovernmental organizations on various health related projects, including Westat Inc., Engender Health, and JSI. Tewodros has also worked as a Researcher and Statistician in the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia.
Southeast Asia
Paul Zambrano
Paul Zambrano, MD, MSc
Regional Technical Specialist
Paul is a medical doctor and public health nutrition specialist with a decade of experience in maternal and child nutrition, humanitarian coordination, and management of acute malnutrition. At A&T, Paul provides technical support to strengthen the policy environment and breastfeeding-friendly health systems, and social behavior change strategies in ASEAN, as well as manages the global e-learning project. Before joining A&T, Paul worked with UNICEF Philippines and Myanmar, Save the Children, and WHO. Paul is based in Quezon City, Philippines.
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Elena Albanes
Elena Albanes
Senior Financial Manager
Elena is the financial manager for A&T at FHI 360. Prior to joining A&T, she worked at FHI 360 in the area of financial management for USAID-funded programs. Elena has also worked for the Regional Office of the Controller/USAID, in El Salvador, where she was responsible for financial analysis, accounting, and the coordination of audit-related activities.
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Andres Chavarriaga
Andres Chavarriaga
Finance Officer
Andres Chavarriaga has more than 16 years of experience in finance, including nine years working at FHI 360. Andres is responsible for developing, coordinate, and maintain financial budget reports for all countries. Prior to joining A&T, he managed finances for the Head Start project Region XI and XII, and the “las Manos de Apa” project. Andres also has experience working in banking in Colombia and the United States.
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Kristina Granger
Kristina Granger, MPH
Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Advisor
Kristina has proven expertise in designing, implementing, and evaluating behavior-centered interventions to improve maternal, infant, and young child nutrition globally. She has worked across sectors to integrate nutrition SBC within WASH, agriculture, early childhood development, and reproductive health programs. Her diverse background includes marketing and communications, project management, human resources, partnership building, and infant and young child nutrition. Prior to joining A&T, Kristina supported the USAID-funded SPRING Project where she managed a diverse portfolio of global SBC research and learning, capacity building, and country-level SBC activities.
Southeast Asia
Nguyen Thi Mien
Nguyen Thi Mien
Regional Program Associate
Mien has been with A&T since 2010 and provides a range of support to the initiative, including administration & translation, finance & operations, as well as program implementation & documentation. Prior to joining A&T, Mien briefly worked as a receptionist/customer service representative for Hanoi International SOS clinic. She is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
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Kathleen Pellechia
Kathleen Pellechia MS, RDN
Nutrition Knowledge Management Specialist
Kathleen has over 14 years of experience working in nutrition and public health informatics for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as nutrition organizations and small communications firms. She has managed a number of federal, state, and local nutrition and health communications and technology initiatives – with a strong emphasis on women’s health and is active in the nutrition informatics work of the Academy of Nutrition Dietetics.
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Zoe Stathopoulos
Zoe Stathopoulos, MA
Communications Specialist
Zoe develops communications strategies and manages A&T’S website and social media channels. Zoe joined FHI 360’s Corporate Communications team in 2011 and was most recently responsible for providing day-to-day communications management and support for 20 FHI 360 offices in Africa. Zoe also supports A&T’s global policy advocacy efforts, with a special emphasis on breastfeeding promotion and support.
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Lina Constien
Lina Constien
Program Officer
Lina provides financial and administrative support to A&T’s programs in Bangladesh and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining the A&T team, Lina worked at another NGO, providing project support for the Strengthening Uganda’s Systems for Treating AIDS Nationally (SUSTAIN) project, funded by USAID, as well as other USAID and Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) funded projects located in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Zambia. Lina was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and has served in the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
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Tika Jaishi-Neupane
Tika Jaishi-Neupane, MA
Program Officer
Tika is responsible for programmatic, financial, and administrative backstopping of the Ethiopia and other A&T programs. She has 18 years of experience in program administration and finance with the United Nations and various non-profit organization within the US and overseas. Prior to joining A&T, Tika worked with the AED-ARTS Accounting Department, Global Health Council in Washington DC, UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia, Kathmandu, DFID-Nepal Program, Kathmandu, OXFAM-Nepal, and Action Aid Nepal, Kathmandu.
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Jack McLaughlin
Jack McLaughlin
Program Officer
Jack provides administrative, programmatic and financial support for headquarters and country staff. Prior to joining A&T, Jack was a project associate at RESULTS Educational Fund, an anti-poverty grassroots advocacy nonprofit where he supported the work of the Executive Director, acted as the staff liaison to the board, and served as a policy support for his supervisor’s role on the board of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria. Before that, Jack worked for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition as an Outreach Associate organizing grassroots support for diplomacy and international development.
Burkina Faso
Nanmwin-None Some, MBA
Administrative Associate
Nanmwin has worked in both the public sector for the Ministry of Higher Education, and the private sector. Before joining A&T, she worked on FHI 360’s WASHPLUS project as Program Assistant.