Our Senior Leadership
Senior Leadership Team
President and Chief Executive Officer
Since being named President and Chief Executive Officer in 2010 Charles Lyons has led the Foundation through significant changes to the programmatic and advocacy portfolio of work, including the organization’s transition from several centrally managed, global awards to managing a broad range of bilateral awards in a dozen countries. During his tenure, EGPAF launched an affiliate model of partnership with national organizations in Tanzania, Mozambique and Cote d’Ivoire, and provided leadership to catalyze action under global partnerships, such as the “Global Plan Towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections Among Children by 2015 and Keeping Their Mothers Alive.”
Lyons joined EGPAF after many years managing and developing programs for global organizations, including as director of special initiatives in the Global Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led a team dedicated to global poverty reduction. Prior to his work at the Gates Foundation, Lyons spent more than 20 years with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), to include program officer, UNICEF Mozambique; chief of staff to the executive director at UNICEF headquarters; and president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
A longtime advocate for global health, he has served as a member of the Human Rights Watch Health and Human Rights Advisory Committee and worked from its inception to develop the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), serving on the Board of the GAVI Fund and chairing its executive committee from 2004 to 2006. From 2015-2016 Lyons served as U.S. Representative to the Executive Board of UNICEF under President Barack Obama, and previously served as the U.S. Alternate Representative (2011-2015). He is currently a member of the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA).
Lyons studied political economy at the New School for Social Research in New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College in Minnesota.
Chief Operating Officer
Brad Kiley is responsible for overseeing and managing EGPAF’s business operations functions, and for translating the programmatic needs of EGPAF’s numerous field offices into deliverables. He has deep experience in operations and in the development of business models that are fit for the rapidly changing environment in which EGPAF works to eliminate pediatric AIDS.
Previous to his tenure at EGPAF, Mr. Kiley served as Assistant to the President of the United States for Management and Administration at the White House. As a member of the President’s senior staff, he directed the day-to-day management and operations of the White House Complex, and held responsibility for finance, budgeting, information technology, facilities management, human resources operations, and strategic planning for the Executive Office of the President (EOP). Earlier, in 2008, Mr. Kiley helped lead the transition team of then President-Elect Barack Obama in 2008, which built upon key operations positions he held in the Clinton White House and with the Democratic National Committee.
Mr. Kiley also has significant experience in the not-for-profit world as an original start-up staffer at the Center for American Progress, an educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action, and as an organizer of the International AIDS Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS globally.
TRISH DEVINE KARLIN
Executive Vice President, External Affairs and Business Development
Trish Karlin is the Executive Vice President, External Affairs and Business Development, for EGPAF. Trish leads a global team that directs business planning, resource development, marketing and communications for EGPAF’s international programs, which represented $140 million in HIV service delivery, advocacy and research in 2013.
Trish joined EGPAF in its early days, and has supported its exponential growth over the past 20 years, particularly in the development and successful implementation of international AIDS care and research programs in countries hardest hit by the pandemic. Since joining EGPAF in 1994, Trish has played a central role in the establishment of HIV prevention and care programs in more than 20 countries, including India, China, and multiple countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Trish holds a Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and a B.A. in Public Policy and Child Development from Hampshire College. Trish serves on the Advisory Board of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and on the Board of Directors of the John M Lloyd Foundation. Trish is a Senior Fellow at the USC Marshall School of Business Society and Business Lab.
ANJA GIPHART, MD, MPH
Executive Vice President, Medical and Scientific Affairs
Dr. Anja Giphart is responsible for providing technical leadership and direction for the long-term strategic vision for the Foundation’s implementation and research initiatives. She is responsible for furthering the Foundation’s leadership in pediatric HIV/AIDS by developing, maintaining and expanding the depth and breadth of relationships with key governmental agencies, multilateral organizations, and other strategic partners.
As a member of EGPAF’s team since 2004, Anja has served since 2010 as Vice President for Program Implementation, responsible for managing the implementation and programmatic operations in our country programs, overseeing the technical aspects of EGPAF’s in-country work, including monitoring and evaluation activities, quality assurance, country support, and technical assistance Previous to her role supporting global program implementation, Dr. Giphart worked for EGPAF in Tanzania, first as the organization’s in-country technical director and later as the country director. Prior to joining EGPAF, she worked as an international health specialist for Macro International, and held positions in Zambia and Mozambique providing and supervising clinic services at area hospitals. Dr. Giphart received her degree in medicine from Erasmus University, and her master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
LAURA GUAY, MD
Vice President, Research
Dr. Laura Guay serves a dual appointment as vice president of research at EGPAF and as research professor at The George Washington University (GWU) School of Public Health and Health Services. She received her M.D. from GWU in 1985, and went on to a pediatrics residency at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Guay was a visiting lecturer at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda from 1988 to 1991, and then returned to CWRU to complete her fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases. She then spent seven more years in Uganda, where she worked on the landmark HIVNET 012 trial, which determined the effectiveness of single-dose nevirapine in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Prior to joining GWU, Dr. Guay was a member of the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.Her previous research focused on identifying interventions to reduce the rate of HIV transmission in breast-feeding infants and on the testing of an HIV vaccine in infants. Her current work focuses on how to translate the key scientific breakthroughs in HIV prevention and treatment in women and children into the field in settings with limited resources and infrastructure.
Vice President, Awards, Compliance & International Operations
Doug Horner is responsible for leading EGPAF’s global contracts, grants and procurement functions; and compliance and risk management initiatives. He has over 20 years of experience in evaluating and administering publicly-funded programs. Before coming to EGPAF, Horner held senior management positions in two of the U.S. Department of Justice’s major grant-making agencies, reporting to Presidentially-appointed directors. He also served at the Government Accountability Office and the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. Horner earned a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and graduated with honors from Duke University with a bachelor of arts degree.
TAMI WARD-DAHL, SPHR/GPHR
Vice President, Human Resources and Administration
Tami Ward-Dahl is responsible for developing and managing the overall strategic human resource systems, practices, and approaches to support EGPAF’s organizational growth and development. Prior to joining EGPAF, she held executive positions at Ruesch International, IOMEGA Corporation, and OTC Division. Ward-Dahl is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, a Global Professional in Human Resources, and a Certified Compensation Professional.
STEPHEN LEE, MD
Vice President, Program Implementation and Country Management
Dr. Stephen Lee, is a Global HIV/AIDS expert. Dr. Lee is the Vice President, Program Implementation and Country Management, for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Dr. Lee manages the development and implementation of programs that provide prevention, care, and treatment services to individuals affected and infected by HIV/AIDS. Prior to joining EGPAF, Dr. Lee acted as senior advisor for HIV/AIDS care and treatment in the Bureau of Global Health at USAID. There, he supported HIV/AIDS care and treatment program development, evaluated existing HIV/AIDS programs and policies, and analyzed HIV/AIDS research. Additionally, he worked as an HIV/AIDS infectious disease advisor for USAID, focusing on disease prevention and monitoring throughout Europe and Eurasia. Dr. Lee has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Baylor University, a degree in medicine from Emory University School of Medicine, an MBA from Heriot Watt University and a post graduate diploma in health systems management from the University of London, School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Vice President, Finance and Accounting
Daniel Warco is responsible for leading EGPAF’s global finance and accounting functions. Prior to joining EGPAF, Mr. Warco worked in the audit practice of Deloitte and Touche in McLean, Virginia, specializing in audits of not-for-profit membership organizations and NGOs and also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Western Samoa. Mr. Warco is a certified public accountant in the state of Virginia and received degrees in music and accounting from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
NICHOLAS HELLMANN, MD
Strategy and Science Advisor
Dr. Nicholas Hellmann is responsible for providing strategic, programmatic, and scientific input for EGPAF’s initiatives, ensuring that children are at the forefront of scientific breakthroughs. Prior to assuming this role, Dr. Hellmann was the Executive Vice President of Medical and Scientific Affairs at EGPAF from June 2008 to April 2014 and had formerly played key leadership roles, primarily focused on HIV/AIDS, at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ViroLogic, Inc., Gilead Sciences, Roche Molecular Systems, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute. He received his M.D. from the University of Kentucky, completed an internal medicine residency and infectious diseases fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and served as an assistant professor in the Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases Division at UCSF.
JILL MATHIS, MPH
Vice President, New Business Development
Jill Mathis serves as the Vice President of New Business Development for EGPAF, where she is responsible for revenue generation towards achieving the organization’s mission to eliminate pediatric AIDS. Ms. Mathis leads a high-performing team responsible for business development, new program planning, and proposal design. Success in these efforts has ensured a high level of support and growth in funding for EGPAF’s critical HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs. Ms. Mathis also leads a set of structured program planning efforts that include donor trends analysis, business planning, and strategic resource mobilization planning. Prior to joining EGPAF, Ms. Mathis served in positions at USAID, Deloitte, and Cardno Emerging Markets. Ms. Mathis has a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a BA from Davidson College.
Vice President, External Affairs
Clare oversees all external communications functions at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), to promote, enhance, and protect the organization’s global brand reputation. Clare manages the development, integration, and implementation of a broad range of communication products and activities and advances the EGPAF’s position with relevant constituents, to drive broader awareness of our impact and build stakeholder support for our mission. Clare joined EGPAF’s staff over a decade ago, and has held senior positions in Public Policy and the Office of the President. Prior to her work at EGPAF Clare served as Director, International Programs at the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and as Deputy Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill. She holds a Masters in Urban Affairs and Planning from Hunter College and a B.A. in Communication from Boston University.
CATHERINE E. CONNOR
Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy
Catherine Connor is Vice President of Public Policy at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation where she oversees both a domestic and global HIV and AIDS policy portfolio. Her work focuses on improving global HIV/AIDS financing policies and prioritizing pediatric HIV/AIDS within the global HIV/AIDS response. Specifically, Ms. Connor spearheads the Foundation’s U.S. legislative efforts and multilateral advocacy engagement on global health issues, including policies related to pediatric HIV/AIDS and prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programs. She also manages the Foundation’s global advocacy portfolio, working with field staff to advocate for the elimination of pediatric HIV and AIDS in individual countries and throughout the region.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2007, Ms. Connor worked at Patton Boggs LLP in Washington, D.C. as a lawyer and lobbyist specializing in U.S. health care law and public policy. Her clients included health care provider associations, patient and consumer groups, non-profit community organizations, and pharmaceutical companies. She earned her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, and graduated with honors from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degrees in political science and journalism.
SHABBIR ISMAIL ABBAS, MD, MPH
Senior Director, Strategic Information and Evaluation
Dr. Shabbir Abbas oversees program monitoring, evaluation, informatics, data use and quality management and improvement at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, managing standardization, development and operations of the organization’s data management systems and policies since October 2010. As the senior director, Dr. Abbas ensures that the Foundation’s Strategic Information Standards are met across all the country programs, including data collected from program sites are of optimal quality and are adequately utilized to continually optimize the Foundation’s programs. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Abbas led Harvard University’s Tanzania HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Program as the Assistant Country Director, where he provided technical oversight to the provision of HIV prevention, care and treatment services at more than 50 health facilities in Dar es Salaam. Previous to his tenure with Harvard University, Dr. Abbas served multiple roles at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) office in Ethiopia, most recently as Head of the Strategic Information Branch. In his earlier career, Dr. Abbas served as the Associate Professor of Public Health at Addis Ababa University. Dr. Abbas holds a medical doctors degree and a master’s degree in public health from Addis Ababa University.
Senior Director of Innovation
Jennifer Cohn, MD MPH, is the Senior Director of Innovation at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) and an infectious disease physician with a focus on HIV, TB and viral hepatitis. At EGPAF, she leads the EGPAF innovation unit in identifying promising innovations and developing and implementing innovative projects and programs. She has served on a number of steering committees and guidelines panels at the national and international level
Jennifer is an assistant professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and has provided clinical care to people living with HIV, HCV and TB in the US and Kenya. Her interests include work to link innovations and access for people living with HIV, TB and viral hepatitis and implementation research to speed the effective role out of promising innovations. She is published in peer-reviewed journals including Science, the Lancet, PLoS Medicine and JAIDS. Jennifer received her MD and did her infectious diseases sub-specialty training at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and her MPH at Johns Hopkins University.
Director of Development
Craig Evans oversees all private unrestricted fundraising in support of EGPAF’s core mission. Craig has worked in non-profit fundraising for over 20 years. He’s had the privilege of working with a variety of organizations including GLAAD, Parkinson’s Action Network, and Marie Stopes International. Craig has a Masters in Not-for-Profit Leadership from Seattle University.
Regional and Country Directors
Regional Director, Program Implementation and Country Management
Titus Syengo is the Regional Director, Program Implementation and Country Management in Africa. Previously, he was the Country Director for Kenya for two years. An executive with a wealth of experience managing large-scale international development programs, Mr. Syengo joined EGPAF as Deputy Country Director for Kenya in 2011, playing an integral role in the country program’s success and growth. Prior to joining EGPAF, Mr. Syengo worked for Pact Kenya for almost 12 years, where he served in several progressively more responsible roles. Most recently, he was Chief Executive Officer for Pact Kenya, where he managed several large programs funded by donors such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID), the European Union (EU), and Danida. Also with Pact Kenya, Mr. Syengo served as Director of Pact Sudan Country Program Operations, where he provided strategic leadership in conflict management, governance, and water and sanitation. He also served as Pact Kenya’s Strategic Communications Services Director and Information Systems Manager.
Regional Director, Program Implementation and Country Management
Martine Laney is one of EGPAF’s Regional Directors for Program Implementation and Country Management. Prior to joining EGPAF, Ms. Laney served as Director of Project Management at IBI where she oversaw IBI’s Project Management Unit and was responsible for the successful implementation, both technical and administrative, of all of IBI’s projects including the very complex $50 million USAID Liberia Governance and Economic Management Support Project (USAID-GEMS). Ms. Laney holds a Master’s degree in International Management and International Finance from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Strayer University. She holds a certificate in Human Performance Improvement (HPI), from the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and speaks fluent French.
Senior Regional Director, Program Implementation and Country Management
Jennifer Macias brings over two decades of leadership experience in managing international public health programs. Most recently, Macias developed expertise and experience in the analysis and strengthening components of complex national human resources for health (HRH) systems; complimenting her extensive experience in the strategic design and implementation of women’s health programs including prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS, family planning and reproductive health, maternal and neonatal health, and cervical cancer prevention programs. She brings extensive experience partnering with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) global, regional and bilateral health projects, collaborating with USAID missions, Ministries of Health and local not-for-profit organizations, especially in Africa. From 2009—2014, Macias was based in Tanzania leading a national HRH capacity-building program.
EDWARD BITARAKWATE, MD
Country Director, Uganda
Dr. Edward Bitarakwate is the country director for EGPAF in Uganda. Previous to his position leading EGPAF’s efforts in Uganda, Dr. Bitarakwate acted as the country program’s technical director, coordinating prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services and HIV care and treatment expansion efforts. Prior to joining EGPAF, Dr. Bitarakwate worked in various capacities with the Uganda Ministry of Health, participating in the national scale-up of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment services. Dr. Bitarakwate is a pediatrician and public health specialist by training, and has practiced clinical and community medicine since 1995. He received his master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.
JOHN DITEKEMENA, MD, MPH
Country Director, Democratic Republic of Congo
Dr. John Ditekemena is the country director for EGPAF in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In his role, he oversees EGPAF’s presence in DRC, leading programmatic and operational activities. Dr. Ditekemena joined EGPAF in 2009 as a prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) specialist, managing the implementation of PMTCT activities in four provinces in DRC. Prior to his tenure at EGPAF, Dr. Ditekemena worked as a PMTCT project manager at the Kinshasa School of Public Health, where he oversaw PMTCT services and conducted national and provincial technical trainings. Dr. Ditekemena received his degree in medicine from the University of Kinshasa, and his master’s degree in public health from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium.
JOSEPH ESSOMBO, MD
Country Director, Cote d’Ivoire
Dr. Joseph Essombo is the country director for EGPAF in Côte d’Ivoire. He is a longtime activist and expert in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and has 20 years of experience in care and community mobilization around HIV issues. Prior to joining EGPAF, Dr. Essombo worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Retrovirus Côte d’Ivoire project as the program officer for care and treatment and as coordinator for public-private partnership initiatives. Currently, he acts as a member of the International Committee of Sidaction, a French organization focused on raising awareness of and funds for HIV/AIDS. Dr. Essombo received a master’s degree in disease control at the Belgium Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, where he was granted the prize of best thesis.
AGNES MAHOMVA, MBCHB
Country Director, Zimbabwe
Dr. Agnes Mahomva is a specialist public health physician by training (MBChB, MPH) with over 20 years experience in managing and supporting public health programs at local and regional levels. She is the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) Zimbabwe Country Director since 2007 as well as the President of the Zimbabwe Medical Association (ZiMA) since 2014. Dr. Mahomva is a member of the Zimbabwe Public Health Advisory Board and also serves as a member of both the HIV/AIDS and TB technical committees of the Zimbabwe Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM). Dr. Mahomva has in the past served as a Regional Technical Advisor for EGPAF’s country programs in Africa. Prior to this, she spent four years as a Senior National Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) Technical Coordinator with the Zimbabwe MOH. During this time she was responsible for managing and directing the rapid rollout of the national PMTCT program to all 1,5000 + MNCH facilities in Zimbabwe’s 62 districts within a short space of time. Dr. Mahomva’s strong leadership qualities saw her receive a USAID – Auxilia Chimusoro leadership award in 2011 in recognition of her HIV program work in Zimbabwe. In 2015 she was also awarded the 2014 Director of the year award from the Zimbabwe Institute of Directors for the NGO and Parastatal category. Dr. Mahomva has over 20 publications in peer review journals.
Country Director, Lesotho
Ms. Ts’epang Mohlomi is the country director for EGPAF in Lesotho and previously served as the Director of Operations overseeing the financial, operational, and human resource aspects of the EGPAF’s work in-country. She has more than 15 years of operational and strategic leadership experience and is skilled in establishing and building public-private partnerships in the Lesotho health sector. Prior to joining EGPAF, Ms. Mohlomi spent more than a decade working in various capacities for the Lesotho Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and with the National AIDS Commission. Key accomplishments include overseeing a complex procurement operation for the Millennium Challenge Account – Lesotho (MCA-L), where she managed the procurement and implementation of nearly 60 goods and consulting services to ensure compliance with donor regulations as well as a smooth transfer of goods and services. Ms. Mohlomi received her MSc in Health Economics from the University of York in England with a focus on health financing in Lesotho.
JEROEN VAN’ T PAD BOSCH, MD, MPH
Country Director, Tanzania
Dr. Jeroen van’ t Pad Bosch is the country director for EGPAF in Tanzania. Dr. van’ t Pad Bosch joined EGPAF in 2005 as senior technical advisor of HIV programs in Rwanda. In 2008, he transitioned to the role of associate technical director of the Tanzania program, followed by a promotion to technical director. Dr. van’t Pad Bosch was promoted to country director of the Tanzania office in August 2010. Prior to joining EGPAF, he spent over a decade as a clinician and teacher, working for organizations in the Netherlands, Australia, and Malawi. Dr. van’ t Pad Bosch received his medical degree from Radboud University Hospital in Nijmegen, Netherlands, with a specialization in tropical medicine from the Netherlands Society for Tropical Medicine & Netherlands School of Public Health; he earned his master’s degree in Public Health and Health Systems Management from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Country Director, Zambia
ELIUD MWANGI, MD
Country Director, Kenya
Dr. Eliud Mwangi is a public health specialist with over 10 years of experience leading HIV programs in both the public and private health sectors. At ICAP Dr. Mwangi provided strategic direction in the design, planning, implementation and monitoring of ICAP Programs. Before joining ICAP, Eliud worked with the Kenya Ministry of Health where he trained and mentored health care workers on the implementation of HIV programs. At a national level, Dr. Mwangi is has played a critical role in HIV programming as an active and engaged member of various national technical working groups and as a national trainer and mentor. Dr. Mwangi has a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Nairobi. He also has a Master’s degree in Public Health and an Executive MBA from Jommo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
GREGORY JAGWER, MD
Chief of Party, Eswatini
Dr. Gregory Jagwer leads EGPAF-Eswatini programs and the AIDSFree team to support the Ministry of Health in improving HIV/AIDS patient outcomes in Eswatini. Jagwer brings a wealth of experience in HIV/AIDS programming; his involvement in HIV/AIDS activities dates back to 1993 when he managed and supported HIV/AIDS programs in Uganda. He brings in vast experience working in senior positions with the governments of Kenya and Uganda as a clinician and health services management.
A medical doctor specialized in Primary Health Care Management; and, Infectious Disease Control with over 20 years’ experience in international programs development & management, epidemiology, health and HIV & AIDS, TB and STI program service delivery in Africa and Asia.
Prior to joining EGPAF, Jagwer was responsible for the scale-up and quality of HIV & AIDS and TB programs in Africa and Asia while working for Save the Children. He also served as the Director (Office of Health and HIV/AIDS) at Africare Headquarters, responsible for the implementation of Africare global Health and comprehensive HIV & AIDS, TB and STI care, treatment and support programs. He was also responsible for a successful Africare HIV & AIDS comprehensive program in South Africa while working as the Chief of Party/Country Director.
With the advent of PEPFAR, Jagwer worked as the Director of Programs and Deputy Country Director for Columbia University’s comprehensive HIV & AIDS and TB in South Africa. He also worked in Tanzania as the Technical Director responsible for a large CARE (USA) USAID funded comprehensive HIV & AIDS, TB and STI program.
Country Director, Cameroon
Mr. Peter McOdida is the Country Director for EGPAF in Cameroon. Mr. McOdida has been working for the Foundation since 2009. Prior to his current position, Mr. McOdida served as a member of EGPAF Kenya Country program executive leadership team and Director of Strategies, Development and Partnerships where he focused on efforts to maximize project management capability, country program effectiveness and growing the country program. Before joining EGPAF Kenya program, Mr. McOdida held various leadership positions, including Country Director/Rep for International Medical Corps East Africa based in Kenya and Programs Director at Community Housing Foundation (Global Communities).
Mr. McOdida has postgraduate training in project management and 15+ years of progressive responsibilities in development program management including 14 years of senior leadership experience in the fields of HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, health systems development, maternal and child health programming, nutrition, NGO capacity building, and emergency programming. Mr. McOdida has throughout much of his career worked in HIV programming including transitioning former CDC-LIFE mechanisms to PEPFAR. Mr. McOdida has been a PI for various CDC /NIH funded awards. Mr. McOdida was also the global co-chair global Malaria Advocacy Working Group and co-authored the 2008 Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP).
He is married with two children.
Country Director, Mozambique
Mr. Amade Suca is the Country Director for EGPAF in Mozambique. Mr. Suca brings over a decade of policy experience and strategic engagement with Mozambique’s civil society specializing in NGO leadership and management, international development, conflict resolution, and democratic governance. Prior to joining EGPAF, Mr. Suca was with ActionAid for nine years in progressively responsible management roles. As a Regional Coordinator for Africa, he was actively involved in regional and international fora leading strategic discussions on food security across Africa, financing for sustainable development, and the generation of the sustainable development goals. Then, Mr. Suca served as Executive Director successfully restructuring the organization as a Mozambican NGO, maintaining a vast network of working relationships with the Mozambican government and managing the transition with staff and systems. Most recently, Mr. Suca was acting as Southern Africa Regional Director, ensuring adequate financial, management and leadership support was adequately provided to six countries. Mr. Suca received his Master’s degree in Agrarian Development from the Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique.
Acting / Interim Country Program Manager for Rwanda
Dieudonne Ndatimana has been working with the Foundation since 2008, and until his appointment was serving as Senior SI&E Manager. He has more than a decade of experience in development and utilization of strategic information systems, operations research, program assessments, and monitoring frameworks to strengthen program implementation and outcomes. Dieudonne played a key role in the successful implementation of Rwanda programs by providing leadership in the development of data management systems. Prior to joining EGPAF Dieudonne worked for National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda where he played a role in reinforcing data utilization in public sector. Dieudonne has a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the National University of Rwanda and bachelor’s degree in Demography from the Independent University of Kigali.
Country Director, Malawi
Veena Sampathkumar is the Country Director of our programs in Malawi. She is a versatile professional with sixteen years of experience, leading and managing complex country programs in development, humanitarian and post-conflict contexts in Malawi, South Sudan/Sudan, Zimbabwe, Somalia, and India. Prior to joining EGPAF, Veena was Country Director of mothers2mothers in Malawi. As a new mother herself (as of early 2012), she has been motivated by Malawi’s roll-out of Option B+ and has focused her work in HIV and public health. She has a Masters in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, Massachusetts.
Country Program Manager, Zambia
Elizabeth Chatora is passionate about holistic child development with particular interest in project implementation and management, leadership and staff development. She has more than 10 years of progressive management responsibilities including senior leadership experience in the fields of child development, regional migrant health and PMTCT – HIV/AIDS programming and has developed strong linkages with several ministries of the Government of Zambia. Previously Elizabeth worked with the International Organization for Migration where she successfully implemented the Zambia component of a regional capacity building program. Elizabeth Chatora joined the Foundation in 2014 and soon after managed a multi-partner PMTCT program in two provinces focused on strengthening HIV/AIDS program monitoring and evaluation through use of quality data and the national electronic health records system. She is currently managing the UNITAID-funded EID POC project as well as leading EGPAF’s presence in Zambia. Elizabeth has a Bachelors in Special Needs Education and Masters in Sociology.