Alive & Thrive (A&T) is a global nutrition initiative to save lives, prevent illness, and ensure healthy growth of mothers and children. From 2009–2014, A&T demonstrated that rapid improvements in infant and young child feeding (IYCF) are possible in settings as diverse as Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Viet Nam. In 2014, A&T began working in Burkina Faso, India, Nigeria, and throughout the Southeast Asia region, expanding its scope to include maternal and adolescent nutrition, and using agriculture and social protection programs as delivery mechanisms for maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN). Currently, A&T is leveraging its robust network and knowledge base to strengthen systems and build capacity in these and other countries across Africa and Asia, and disseminate innovations, tools, and lessons worldwide.
The Alive & Thrive initiative, managed by FHI Solutions, is currently funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Irish Aid, the Tanoto Foundation, UNICEF, and the World Bank.
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Oromia Regional Senior Program Manager
Getu, A&T’s Regional Senior Program Manager in the Oromia Region, has over 23 years of work experience in managing health and nutrition programs at government organizations and NGOs, with particular focus in staff supervision and staff mentoring for improved performance. His prior roles include a Primary Health Care Unit (PHCU) Director in a Government Health System, a Regional Health Bureau Advisor for USAID’s Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance program, a Nutrition & HIV Specialist at the Federal Ministry of Health, and a National Nutrition Consultant at WFP.
Knowledge Management Specialist
Zewge brings his 10 years of multisectoral experience in communications, media, and international development to his role as a Knowledge Management Specialist in A&T’s Ethiopia Office. Holding three master’s degrees, in Journalism & Communications, Media Studies, and International Development, he has worked as an English Teacher, Scriptwriter, Copywriter, and Communications Manager in the public, advertising and NGO sectors, and previously wrote 36 nutrition-focused episodes of an SBCC-focused radio drama for Alive and Thrive.
Thomas Forissier, MBA
Thomas 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.
Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Advisor
Auwalu Kawu has proven expertise in Communications for Behavioural Impact (COMBI) who has taught and implemented behavior change communication programs for over 20 years. Auwalu guides the SBCC portfolio for A&T in Nigeria. Prior to joining the Alive & Thrive team, he had supported SBCC programs with organizations, including FHI360 through the GHAIN and SIDHAS programs, Conseil Santé, Pathfinder International, Johns Snow Inc., the World Health Organization, and John Hopkins. Auwalu holds Masters’ and PhD degrees in Sociology and Public Health, with diverse experience areas including maternal and child health, infectious disease, governance, and literacy. He is also an expert in media relations.
Karin Lapping, PhD
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.
Regional Senior SBC Advisor
Nathalie joined A&T in March 2019. She brings close to two decades of experience in the field of social and behavioral change. Prior to joining A&T, Nathalie worked with UNICEF as a communication for development consultant on the design of a regional exclusive breastfeeding campaign for West and Central Africa, implemented in partnership with A&T, and documentation of workplace breastfeeding SBC activities in Bangladesh and Kenya. Her previous experience includes working on SBC initiatives in a variety of sectors (RMNCH, immunization, TB for example), organizations, (WHO, MSI, and PSI) and on several continents, including Asia, Europe and more recently Africa.
Roger Mathisen, MSc, RD
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.
Victor Ogbodo, MSc
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.
Abdulaziz Ali Oumer, MD, MPH
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.
Dr. Priscilla Ravonimanantsoa is the Madagascar Program Director and joined A&T in November 2019. Dr. Priscilla is a physician with a specialization in public health. She has worked in nutrition for more than 15 years in Madagascar, Uganda, and Burkina Faso, with governmental and UN agencies and NGOs. She also held a variety of roles with the Linkages project including National Project Coordinator. Prior to joining A&T, she served as nutrition specialist with the National Community Nutrition Program (UPNNC).
Regional Director, Africa
Sandy has 30 years of experience in nutrition, food security, public health and program management. Prior to joining A&T, she was the Project Director for the FANTA Project. She also worked in Cote d’Ivoire as part of the PSI social marketing team on a USAID-funded Family Health and AIDS project and then with the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (B/PRM) as the Acting Regional Coordinator. She also worked for the US Department of Agriculture on child feeding and nutrition education programs. Sandy has a MS degree from the Tufts’s University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She was a Peace Corps fisheries volunteer in the DRC.
Aita Sarr Cisse
Regional Senior MIYCN Advisor
Aita is a nutritionist with more than fifteen years of experience in coordinating, planning and implementing programs to meet the nutrition and food security needs of vulnerable populations throughout West and Central Africa. She provides both a strong scientific and technical nutrition background and management skills for multisectoral programs. Her research includes breastmilk intake using the deuterium dilution technique as well as the evaluation and assessment of nutrition programs. Prior to joining A&T in 2018, Aita worked as the Health-Nutrition-WASH Manager on the Resilience and Economic Growth In the Sahel-Enhanced Resilience (REGIS-ER) project in Burkina Faso and Niger.
Senior Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture Advisor
Dr. Mulugeta holds both a PhD and master’s degree in Food Science. Prior to joining A&T, he worked as a food, nutrition and postharvest researcher for the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR). He was part of an award-winning team for common bean technology generation and promotion as well as best maize technology development and dissemination. Mulugeta serves as A&T’s Senior Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Advisor, and works within the Federal Ministry of Agriculture.
SNNP Regional Senior Program Manager
Fesseha brings over 10 years of experience in public health, nutrition, and program management at INGOs to his role as Regional Senior Program Manager, working within the SNNP Regional Health Bureau. Prior to joining A&T, Fesseha worked in advisory and program management roles for FANTA III at FHI360, the USAID Food by Prescription (FBP) project with Save the Children International, the HCSP project with Management Science for Health (MSH), and High Risk Corridor Initiatives (HRCI) Project with Save the Children USA Ethiopia. Fesseha holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Rural Development.
Maurice Gerald Zafimanjaka, MBA, MPH, MSc
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.
Afar Regional MEL Specialist
Mohammed has been working in public health for over 10 years, bringing experience in Maternal and Child Health, HIV/AIDS, emergencies, and sanitation, both developing and managing projects. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a master’s degree in Public Health, he applied his skills in program development and MLE as an Advisor for UNICEF Collaboration with the Ministry of Health. Currently, he serves as the Regional MEL Specialist, working within the Afar Regional Health Bureau.
Oromia Regional FNCO Presidential Advisor
Girma brings over 27 years of government-sector public health experience to his role as FNCO Presidential Advisor in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia. He has served in the government public health, working within the Oromia Regional Administration President’s Office. Previously, Girma has held roles in the government as a Public Health Officer, District Health Office Head, Head of the Zonal Health Department, the Head of Addis Ababa City Administration Health Bureau, the Deputy Head of Oromia Regional State Health Bureau, and Senior Advisor to the State Minister. Girma’s focus has been on primary health care and health programs, including maternal and child health, and he holds a master’s degree in public health.
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).
Chan Myae Aung
Regional Technical Specialist
Chan Myae is a medical doctor with over ten years of experience in public health and development in Myanmar, primarily focusing on maternal and child health. At A&T, he provides technical support on policy advocacy, behavior change communications and breastfeeding-friendly health systems in Myanmar and other Southeast Asian countries. He hopes to establish Centers of Excellence for Breastfeeding in Myanmar. Chan Myae is based in Yangon, Myanmar.
Afar Regional Multisectoral Nutrition Coordinator
Mesfin’s 10 years of project management public health experience include managing multisectoral emergency response and development projects for NGOs, focusing on budget and resource management. He holds a master’s degree in public health, and currently works as Alive & Thrive’s Regional Multisectoral Nutrition Coordinator in Ethiopia’s Afar Region, working within the Afar Regional Health Bureau.
Sebanti Ghosh, MD
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.
SNNP Regional Multisectoral Nutrition Coordinator
Tesfaye brings over 10 years of experience in system strengthening and technical support to government multisectoral nutrition coordination to his role at A&T. Prior to joining A&T as a Regional Multisectoral Nutrition Coordinator, working within the SNNP Regional Health Bureau, Tesfaye held roles as a Regional Sustainable Under Nutrition Reduction in Ethiopia (SURE) Program Coordinator, a Zonal Health Extension Program Coordinator in Somali Region, and a Regional Emergency Nutrition Technical Advisor at SNNPR. He holds a master’s degree in Human Nutrition as well as a bachelor’s degree in Public Health Education and Promotion.
Somali Regional FNCO Presidential Advisor
Ahmed brings over ten years of diverse experience in the humanitarian sector to his role as the Somali Regional FNCO Presidential Advisor, working within the Somali Regional Administration President’s Office. Prior to joining A&T, he received a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, a master’s degree in Disaster Risk Management, and worked for several years in different capacities with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
Oromia Regional Multisectoral Nutrition Coordinator
Prior to joining A&T, Tolessa worked as Nutrition Officer at JSI/Transform and at the JSI/WHO/ANI Project. He also worked as Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition Program Coordinator at WVE. He contributes his experience from these 10 years of nutrition work to his current role as Oromia Regional Multisectoral Nutrition coordinator, working within the Oromia Regional Health Bureau. Tolessa holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health in Epidemiology from Addis Ababa University and Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Jimma University.
Zeba Mahmud, MD
Senior Advisor, Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Leadership
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.
Finance & Operations Manager
Patrick Randrianasolo joined A&T Madagascar in November 2019 as the Finance and Operations Manager. Prior to joining A&T he was an accountant for several NGOs and led the Administrative and Financial Department at Action Intercooperation Madagascar. He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from INSCAE. His professional interests are in management, operations, and finance of projects in Health, Agriculture, WASH, and other sectors.
Harilalao Razafimandimby joined the A&T team as Project Coordinator in March 2020 and has more than 20 years of experience working in nutrition in Madagascar. Prior to joining A&T she was the Manager of Social and Behavior Change Communication with the government of Madagascar’s National Nutrition Office. She has a Master’s degree in social science and geography from the University of Antananarivo.
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.
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.
Manisha Tharaney, PhD
West Africa Director
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.
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.
Stephanie Dada is a certified program management development professional with more than 16 years of experience. She has expertise managing complex, international donor-funded projects, bringing extensive experience in program, project, and portfolio management. Her diverse background includes health financing and public health systems strengthening. Prior to joining the Alive & Thrive team, Stephanie worked as Associate Director, Program Management, on the USAID funded Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) Project. Stephanie Dada is an Alumni of Walden University, USA, where she obtained an MSc in Public Administration. She also has a BSc in Business Administration and an MA in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance.
Associate Director, Finance & Operations
Lucy is a professional accountant and tax practitioner, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, an associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, and a member of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria. Lucy Holds a B.Sc. in Accounting, an MBA, and a master’s in international cooperation and humanitarian aid. Her 15 years of experience have focused on financial and program management of INGOs. Prior to Joining FHI360 Alive & Thrive, she worked for Helen Keller International and Mercy Corps.
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.
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.
SNNP Regional MLE Specialist
Abebe has 20 years of experience in Monitoring and Evaluation on public health programs. His focus is on technical support for RMNCH activities, data for decision making, data quality and usage, M&E reporting formats, and capacity-building. In his current role as the Regional MLE Specialist, he works within the SNNP Regional Health Bureau. Prior to joining A&T, he worked as the Head of the Zonal Health Department, a Disease Prevention Coordinator and HC Head for a Government Organization, an M&E Coordinator and Project Officer at JSI/L10K, an Immunization Specialist at JSI/UIFHS, and as a Regional MEL Advisor at ICAP-MDTA. Abebe holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Health and a master’s degree in Health Monitoring and Evaluation.
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.
Ayele Bekele Agedo
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.
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.
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).
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.
Deborah Ash, PhD
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.
Regional MAIYCN Advisor, Oromia
Dereje holds a master’s degree in General Public Health and bachelor’s degree in Public Health. He has ample and diverse experience in managing successful programs in health system capacity building and system strengthening in Ethiopia, both at the national and regional levels. He worked for Save the children International, FHI360 and GOAL Ethiopia as Health and Nutrition Program Coordinator and Advisor. Currently he is serving Alive and Thrive Project in the capacity of Regional MAIYCN Advisor
seconded at Oromia Regional Health Bureau.
Upazila Nutrition Extension Officer
Mr. Dukul Joined Alive & Thrive in June 2019 and manages the day-to-day execution of A&T’s MIYCN systems strengthening interventions at the upazila level. He has more than 20 years of experience in development, including six years of experience on nutrition services delivery. Prior to joining A&T he worked with UNICEF, JICA, Church of Bangladesh-Social Development Program, and CARE-Bangladesh.
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.
Director, Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation | Washington, DC
Sujata has over twenty years of international public health and development experience, with a focus on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and strategic information (SI). Her experience spans a broad range of health-related topical areas, including MCH, nutrition and food security, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, and health systems’ strengthening. She has helped build field-based/project level M&E systems, provided global M&E technical support, and contributed to global M&E forums and working groups. Before joining Alive & Thrive as the Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation Director, Sujata worked as the lead Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor on the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance (FANTA) Project at FHI 360
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.
Andres has more than 16 years of experience in finance, including nine years working at FHI 360. Andres is responsible for developing, coordinating, and maintaining 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.
Technical Specialist - Health System Strengthening
Sedtha develops and executes program work plans toward promoting a breastfeeding-friendly health system and establishing Centers of Excellence for Breastfeeding in Cambodia. Before joining A&T, Sedtha worked for more than three decades with governmental institutions, Unicef and international NGOs on maternal and child health, nutrition and HIV/AIDS prevention and care. Prior to that, she was a nurse midwife, equipping her with a strong understanding of early essential newborn care and breastfeeding counseling and support. She is based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Suronjit Deb Chowdhury, MSS
Upazila Nutrition Extension Officer
Suronjit joined A&T in January 2019 to execute program activities at the field level. He has 12 years of experience in supporting governments and building capacity of frontline health service providers in maternal/child health and nutrition, adolescent health, and women's reproductive sexual health, Prior to joining A&T, he worked with a variety of national and international development organizations, including DASCOH Bangladesh and CARE Bangladesh.
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.
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.
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.
Oromia Regional MLE Specialist
Serbessa brings over 7 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation in both governmental and non-governmental health programs and project to his role as A&T’s Regional MLE Specialist, working within the Oromia Regional Health Bureau. Prior to joining A&T, he has coordinated a variety of Health Extension Programs in Ethiopia and earned a both a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in public health.
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Beimnet is a monitoring and evaluation professional, with years of expertise in public health data. Prior to joining A&T as an MLE Specialist, he worked for ICAP CU Ethiopia, focusing on regional and zonal data monitoring and evaluation, and as a freelance data collector for Tufts University/Save the Children. Beimnet holds a master’s degree in Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in Health Education Promotion.
Jeanel Drake, MA
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.
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.
Vu Hoang Duong
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.
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.
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.
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.
Regional MAIYCN Advisor, Tigray
Amdom holds a master’s degree in Public Health from Mekelle University and a bachelor’s degree in Health Education and Promotion from Jimma University. He worked as Regional Nutrition Specialist at the Tigray Region Bureau of Agriculture and Rural Development in Early Warning Response and Food Security Sector Core Process/ Emergency Nutrition Coordination Unit. He served JSI-L10K as Regional Nutrition specialist.
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.
Somali Regional Multisectoral Nutrition Coordinator
Abdulahi is a Regional Multisectoral Nutrition Coordinator for the Somali region, working within the Somali Regional Health Bureau, a role in which he has developed and publicized the first contextualized MIYCN SBCC materials at the community level. He holds a master’s degree in Public Health in Nutrition from Haramaya University, and brings 6 years’ of nutrition-focused INGO experience. Prior to joining A&T, he worked as an Emergency Health and Nutrition Specialist and Nutrition Technical Advisor at Save the Children and a Regional Coordinator at CARE Ethiopia.
Md. Moinul Haque, MD, MPH
System Strengthening Advisor, Nutrition
Haque joined A&T in April 2019 and is responsible for the systems strengthening interventions for MIYCN. He is a medical doctor with over 22 years of experience in public health and nutrition, including health system strengthening, program planning, information system management, monitoring/evaluation, and design and facilitation of quality improvement approaches. Prior to joining A&T, Haque worked with the National Nutrition Services (NNS), NIPU, and Nutrition International. He has also worked on health and nutrition projects for WHO, CWFD, UNICEF, World Bank, UNFPA, IOM, Save the Children, Plan-Bangladesh, and with leading international NGOs in Bangladesh.
Regional MAIYCN Advisor, Afar
Jemal holds a master’s degree in General Public Health from Jimma University and bachelor’s degree in Health Extension Program from Samara University. He worked as Health and Nutrition Specialist for Save the Children International where he played a vital role for program development and quality unit by leading baseline, end-line and final mixed type surveys. Currently he is serving Alive and Thrive Project in the capacity of Regional MAIYCN Advisor seconded at Afar Regional Health Bureau.
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.
Tohidul Islam, MAcc
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.
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.
Tika Jaishi-Neupane, MA
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.
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.
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.
Md. Rowshan Kabir
Senior Program Coordinator, Urban and MIYCN
Rowshan Joined A&T in May 2019 and is responsible for managing the day-to-day execution and monitoring of A&T’s urban MIYCN program. He is a public health nutritionist with 9 years of experience on the operationalization of nutrition services. Prior to joining A&T, he worked with UNICEF, WFP, ACF, and Muslim Aid. He has extensive experience in urban areas, in particular his work on the “Institutionalization of Urban Nutrition Reporting System through DHIS2 in Urban (Dhaka and Sylhet City Corporations)” project in Bangladesh.
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.
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.
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.
Md. Idris Ali Khan, MSS
Divisional Manager, Chattogram
Idris joined A&T in January 2019 and brings 25 years of experience in program management. Prior to joining A&T, he worked for the Divisional Program of Plan International Bangladesh. He has also managed projects for MaMoni and the Rural Urban Child Migration Migration Project (Save the Children), and the Community Health and Nutrition, Food Security, and Livelihood Projects (Concern Worldwide Bangladesh).
Gourob Kundu, MSS
Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation Specialist
Gourob has a strong professional and academic background in qualitative research. For over seven years he has been engaged with different global development and research organizations, including BRAC, BBC Media Action, and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). He has professional experience in activity and outcome monitoring of development projects, as well as experience in public health, communication, and social and market research. Gourob joined A&T in December 2018.
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.
Sarah Didi Kwasu
State Team Lead - Kaduna State
Sarah is a project management professional with over 17 years’ experience. Her diverse background focuses on capacity-building on health, nutrition and economic sustainability. Her expertise includes stakeholder engagement, community mobilization, child safeguarding, livelihoods strengthening, peacebuilding, gender-based programming, and theatre for development. Prior to joining A&T, she worked on a DFID-funded program, Voices for Change, as Kaduna State Coordinator. She has also worked the Links for Children project, funded by USAID and Save the Children. Sarah has also consulted for several government agencies and multilateral organizations in research, program development, data collection and capacity building. Sarah holds master’s degree in Development Studies.
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.
Associate Director, Communication
Joe has developed and implemented communication strategies for more than a decade on international development projects around the world. His work has focused on food security, economic growth and development, civil law, civic engagement, human rights, and peace and security.
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.
Nguyen Thi Dieu Linh
Regional Program Associate
Linh supports regional documentation and communication activities and execution of the workplan to improve infant and young child feeding in Viet Nam, particularly the establishment of “Centers of Excellence for Breastfeeding.” Linh brings five years of progressive working experience in the development sector to the team with a wide range of exposure to program management and implementation. Before joining A&T, Linh worked as a Program Support/Admin Officer for Oxfam. She is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
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.
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.
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.
Mackenzie is a global health professional supporting Alive & Thrive's Knowledge, Leadership, and Learning team as a Communications Specialist. She brings experience in managing communications in field-based public health and nutrition positions. Prior to joining A&T, she was based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as a Communications and Business Development associate in the country’s largest maternal hospital. Mackenzie has also worked supporting WFP’s maternal nutrition and emergency food aid programs in Yangon, Myanmar.
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.
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.
Senior MAIYCN Advisor
Birara holds a master’s degree in Applied Human Nutrition and bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Gondar University School of Public Health. He has worked for the Federal Ministry of Health in various positions for more than 10 years, including National Immunization Program Manager, Genera Public Health and System Strengthening Support Expert and National Nutrition Program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation expert. Currently, he is serving Alive and Thrive in the capacity of Senior MAIYCN Advisor seconded at Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health national nutrition case team, where he is responsible for providing technical and managerial support in the overall food and nutrition policy, strategy and program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
Amare Birhanu Mengistu, MSc
SNNPR Regional MAIYCN Advisor
Amare holds a master’s degree in Human Nutrition from Wolaita Soddo University and a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Gondar College of Medical Science. He has been providing advisory services to project woredas, zones and regional stakeholders, strengthening coordination, integration and networking among stakeholders. He was a seconded Global Sanitation Fund consultant at SNNPR Regional Health Bureau for the Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture (MIYCN-NSA) Project. He worked for SNV Ethiopia in the capacity as WASH Advisor for the “NUWI II Project” and project coordinator for the UNICEF and SNV College capacity building project. He previously served as Alive & Thrive's Regional Coordinator for SNNPR/ Hawassa.
Nguyen Thi Mien
Regional Procurement Officer
Mien coordinates contracts and procurement. She has been with A&T since 2010 and provided a range of support to the Initiative, including administration and translation, finance and operations, and program implementation and documentation. Prior to joining A&T, Mien briefly worked for the Hanoi International SOS Clinic. She is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Policy and Advocacy Advisor
Fanna holds a master’s degree in Project Management from Cambridge International College and bachelor’s degree in Information and Communication Sciences from Addis Ababa University. Fanna has over 16 years of experience serving the most deprived and needy community groups, including working with the John Hopkins University, Center for Communication Programs, Academy for Educational Development’s Communication for Change as Communications Manager, and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as communication for development specialist. She has worked with prominent media houses leading the development and dissemination of youth, HIV, Malaria, WASH and Nutrition focused programs.
Regional MAIYCN Advisor, Amhara
Tigabu holds a master’s degree in Public Health (Reproductive and Child Health) and in Project Planning and Management. He has more than 17 years of experience in governmental and non-governmental organizations in different capacities within the Ethiopian health system. For the last three years, he has been working for Alive and Thrive project as Amhara Regional Coordinator for IYCF project.
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.
Technical Advisor, Africa
Albertha has over 25 years of public health nutrition experience including technical expertise in micronutrient deficiency control with a focus on anaemia and vitamin A deficiency, maternal nutrition, infant and young child nutrition, integrated health systems development, strategic planning, and management. She has extensive experience in management of large-scale integrated nutrition and health programs in resource-poor settings in more than 20 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia including providing technical and managerial leadership to donor projects such as USAID and DFID. She was the Senior Nutrition Advisor on the Maximizing the Scaling up Nutrition Project (MQSUN) supporting SUN countries and was the Africa regional Advisor for the USAID Infant and Young Child and Maternal Nutrition Project for 4 years (covering 13 countries).
Duke Lawrence Ogkobor
Technical Advisor, Monitoring and Evaluation
Duke is an experienced health informatician with 16 years diverse technical and cognate experience. Prior to joining A&T, he worked with UNDP and the UNOPS, where he was responsible for management of water resource activities. He has also worked with the USAID, working on quality improvement and information systems for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis programs. Duke holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science, specializing in relational databases as applied to health data.
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.
Dhiraj Padamwar, MBA, M.Com
Manager - Finance and Administration
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bridget is a project management professional supporting A&T programs in Burkina Faso and Senegal. Prior to joining A&T Bridget worked with FHI 360’s Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance Project (FANTA) as a project manager, providing management, strategic, programmatic, and financial support to FANTA’s Uganda portfolio.
Uche Ralph-Opara, MS, MSc
State Team Lead – Lagos State
Uche is a Medical Doctor and Public Health Specialist with over fifteen years of diversified medical expertise, spanning from clinical practice and health services management to the design, implement, and management of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, MNCH, and Nutrition programs. Prior to joining A&T, she managed programs funded by USAID, the Global Fund, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, gaining experience partnering with donors, NGOs and private sector institutions to strengthen health systems in Nigeria at all levels. She holds an MBBS from the University of Port-Harcourt, Nigeria, and an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.
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.
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.
Courtney Shaw, MA
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.
Somali Regional Senior Program Manager
Hashim is the Senior Regional Program Manager for Ethiopia’s Somali Region, working within the Somali Regional Health Bureau. His diverse expertise includes both clinical and public health experience, with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s in public health. Prior to joining A&T, Hashim worked for eight years with INGO’s, focusing on nutrition, including as a Health and Nutrition Manager for Save the Children, a Senior Program Manager for the ENGINE Project, and a Nutrition Activity Manager at MSP Spain. He has also worked as a clinician in a governmental hospital.
Human Resources Officer
Rahel holds a master’s degree in Human Resources Management and bachelor’s degree in Administrative Service Management from Addis Ababa University School of Commerce. She has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She had been working as Program Administration Assistant for a development program focusing on food security with CARE International in Ethiopia. She also worked as Administration and Human Resources in the GOAL Ethiopia field office and head office. Currently she is serving Alive and Thrive Project in the capacity of HR Officer.
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.
Nutrition and Health Manager
Fikru holds a master’s degree in Public Health and Nutrition. He worked as Deputy project director for FANTA and program manager in different International NGOs. He has led, monitored and coordinated project activities, surveys, researches and participated in different learning for a; supervised team members and worked on system strengthening. Currently, He is serving Alive and Thrive in the capacity of Nutrition and Health Manager seconded at Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health, where he is mainly engaged in strengthening multisectoral coordination for nutrition across different sectors, mainstreaming nutrition in different departments of FMOH, and participating in food and nutrition policy implementation.
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.
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.
Binh Ta Thi Thanh
Program Officer - Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation
Binh provides technical support for program activities in Viet Nam and supports Measurement, Learning & Evaluation efforts for a number of Southeast Asian countries. In Viet Nam, Binh contributes to workplan management and implementation for the Centers of Excellence for Breastfeeding and Human Milk Bank initiatives. Prior to A&T, Binh worked in public health and clinical research for three years, with numerous studies published in reputable medical journals. Binh is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Senior Technical Advisor, Agriculture
Kebede holds a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Wye College of London University and a bachelor’s degree in Plant Science from the former Alemaya College of Agriculture. With over four decades of experience in rural agriculture extension service, agricultural product marketing, project management, food security and nutrition and livelihoods, he served as a managing director of the Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture (Livelihood component) of Save the Children’s ENGINE and GtN projects. He was a
national project coordinator and senior program officer in food security focused on asset protection, livelihood diversification, resilience and nutrition specifically for chronically and transitory food insecure households.
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.
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.
Amy Weissman, DrPH
Deputy Regional Director, Asia Pacific Regional Office
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 the Deputy Regional Director for the FHI 360 Asia Pacific Regional Office, and works with A&T in the region to support strategic communications, research, and documentation. Amy is based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Social and Behavior Change Communication Consultant, Indonesia
Putu has two decades of experience throughout Indonesia, with strong capacity in designing, managing, monitoring, and evaluating public and private sector programs including public health and development projects. He coordinates A&T’s ongoing technical assistance to the stunting reduction campaign of the Government of Indonesia and serves as country focal point for A&T’s policy advocacy support to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding and complementary feeding. Putu is based at the Helen Keller International Office in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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.
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.
Terefe holds a master’s degree in Supply Chain Management from LeadStar College of Management and bachelor’s degree in Procurement and Material Management from Jimma University. He has more than seven years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He worked for World Vision Ethiopia as Procurement Officer and Administrative Supervisor.
Abeba holds a Level II Diploma in IT Support Service. She has nine years of experience in different governmental and other organizations in different positions.
Solomon holds a Level III Diploma in Automotive Engine and a Grade 4 Driving License. He has more than 20 years of experience in different non-governmental and other organizations as a Driver/Mechanic.
Somali Regional MLE Specialist
Abdisalan is a monitoring, learning, and evaluation specialist for A&T’s activities in the Somali region, working within the Regional Health Bureau. He brings five years’ experience working for NGO’s, including Action Against Hunger, Islamic Relief, and Oxfam, as well as the regional government system. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Axum University.
Program Officer | Washington, DC
Kevin is a public health professional providing administrative, programmatic, and financial support to A&T’s ASEAN and Madagascar programs. Prior to joining A&T, Kevin supported other USAID-funded programs in Burkina Faso and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso, working on social and behavior change and malaria projects.
Nanmwin-None Some, MBA
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.