Uganda Human Resources Manager
Lucy has worked within government and non-governmental organisations in Uganda. She joined GiveDirectly from Uganda National Health Consumers' Organisation. She previously worked with Posta Uganda and EMS Couriers as a manager. Lucy holds an MBA from Makerere University.
DRC Office and Procurement Manage
Fabrice has over eight years of experience working with different international non-governmental organizations in administration, operations and logistics. Before joining GiveDirectly, he worked with Virunga Foundation as the Head of Logistics and Management Systems International as the Operations Manager in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He holds a postgraduate diploma in Rural Economy and Financial management from Goma University in the DRC.
Kenya Associate Field Manager
Anne holds a degree in social work and social administration from Uganda Christian University as well as a certificate in HIV counseling and testing. Prior to her work at GiveDirectly, she coordinated the implementation of HIV programs at Impact Research Organization and Kisumu District Hospital. Anne is currently pursuing a degree program at the University of Nairobi in sociology and political science.
Uganda Finance Manager
Dorah is a professional accountant and a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom. She has over five years experience working as an auditor with Deloitte East Africa. Prior to joining GiveDirectly, she was a private consultant specializing in accounting systems development, accounting, and tax consulting. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Makerere University.
Theodora Angeline Ariim
Uganda Associate Field Manager
Theodora holds a B.A in organizational studies and philosophy from Makerere University as well as a postgraduate diploma in monitoring and evaluation from the Uganda Management Institute. She joined GiveDirectly after providing MERL support at Restless Development Uganda. Prior to that, she managed field research teams at Economic Policy Research Center and provided administrative support at IVAD International. Theodora is involved in development work within her community where she co-founded a women's tailoring and design project and youth group with three livelihood projects to date.
Malawi Country Director
Prior to joining GiveDirectly, Genevieve worked at the MIT Media Lab and the Open Society Foundations. She holds degrees in English Literature, International Relations and African Studies from the University of British Columbia and the University of Cambridge.
Uganda Office Administrator
Concy has over five years of experience working with different international non-governmental organizations in operations and program support. Before joining GiveDirectly, she worked with Mercy Corps and Invisible Children Uganda. She holds a postgraduate diploma in project planning and management from Uganda Management Institute and a bachelor's degree in procurement and supply chain management from Makerere University.
Director of Technology
Meylakh holds an A.B. in computer science from Harvard University. Prior to joining GiveDirectly, Meylakh spent just over two and a half years working as a technology associate at Bridgewater Associates.
Han Sheng Chia
Field Director, Disaster Response
Han Sheng holds a B.A. from Brown University in international relations. Prior to joining GiveDirectly, he was a consultant at Keystone Strategy. He previously co-founded the social enterprise MED International and has worked for the Singapore Army as a military reporter.
As Chief Operating Officer, Isobel Coleman brings management, strategy and emerging market experience to GiveDirectly. A former diplomat, Isobel served as U.S. Ambassador for Management and Reform at the United Nations, where she focused on improving peacekeeping effectiveness in Africa. Prior to that, she was a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her writings on foreign policy and economic development have appeared in publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The Atlantic, and she has authored several books. Isobel was formerly a partner with McKinsey and co-founder and CEO of a start-up healthcare services company. She holds a Ph.D. in international relations from Oxford University which she attended as a Marshall Scholar, and a BA from Princeton University.
Michael holds a B.A. in experimental psychology from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from King's College London. Prior to joining GiveDirectly, he spent six years at UK healthcare charity Marie Curie in impact evaluation, data analysis, and strategic development. He is also a Clore Social Leadership Fellow.
Liberia Country Director
Namita holds a B.S. in Business Economics & Public Policy and a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Namita joined GiveDirectly from the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency, where she worked as a project lead to design and operationalize public programs serving smallholder farmers. Prior to that, Namita was a consultant at Oliver Wyman.
Director of Growth
Katie joins GiveDirectly from Tictail where she was the Director of Growth. She has experience in data-driven strategies in organic, paid, and product-driven growth, specializing in shopper acquisition and retention. Katie holds a Bachelors of Economics and Bachelors of Psychology from Yale University.
Michael Faye is the President and co-founder of GiveDirectly, which has been ranked a top international charity by GiveWell, recognized by FastCompany as one of the top 10 most innovative companies in finance, and was said to be “sending shockwaves through the charity sector” by the Guardian. He's also the CEO and co-founder of Segovia Technology, which is making it easier for organizations to pay anyone, anytime, anywhere in the emerging markets. Michael’s work on international development has been published in the American Economic Review, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Foreign Affairs and he’s spoken extensively on development and philanthropy. This year he joined the World Economic Forum’s community of Young Global Leaders. In addition, Michael is a term member of the Council of Foreign Relations and was named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 leading Global Thinkers in 2013. He holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard, where he also studied Math and Classics.
East Africa Regional Director
Eric holds a B.A. in history from Yale University. He joined GiveDirectly from New Mountain Capital in New York, where he was a private equity associate. He previously worked in the financial institutions investment banking group at Credit Suisse.
Kenya Associate Field Manager
Salome holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Diploma in Project Management and is currently enrolled for a master's degree in Sociology at Maseno University. Salome has over 10 years of experience working in Research and Development projects where she has served as a Research Coordinator, a Project Officer and a Deputy Project Manager. She has been privileged to work at CARE Kenya, SWAP and the Aquaya Institute.
Malawi Program Manager
Omalha holds a Bachelors degree in Education Science from the University of Malawi. She has 10 years of experience in Field Operations from Major FMCG companies such as Airtel and Carlsberg Malawi. She joins Give Directly from One Acre Fund where she was a Program Associate in field operations in charge of Marketing and enrollment.
Liberia Program Manager
Sibongani is a mental health and international development professional interested in understanding the interaction between psychosocial factors and financial behavior. Sibongani holds a B.A in Psychology from the University of Zambia. Prior to joining GiveDirectly, Sibongani worked with innovations for Poverty Action (IPA).
Kenya Associate Field Manager
Peter holds a bachelor's degree in Applied Statistics with Information Technology from Maseno University, Kisumu. Before coming to GiveDirectly, he worked for Innovations for Poverty Action Kenya as a data entry officer, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics as a data entry clerk and the International Center for Reproductive Health Kenya as a county resident enumerator supervisor.
Maya holds a B.A. in Public Policy and Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago. Her thesis discusses the impact of Mexico's cash transfer program on women's empowerment. Prior to joining GiveDirectly, she worked for Accenture as a management consultant and the UChicago Urban Labs as a research assistant.
Melissa holds a bachelor's degree in organizational communication from the University of Central Florida. She has experience in managing account relations for companies ranging from small private businesses to global industry leaders. She previously worked at McKinsey & Company as an Executive Assistant to top level management.
Prior to heading GiveDirectly’s finance function, Joe spent 3 years managing operations for GiveDirectly in Kenya and Uganda. Joe joined GiveDirectly after working in the research and trading departments of the asset management firm, Bridgewater Associates. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College.
Rwanda Human Resources Manager
Raissa Kalinganire holds a masters in business administration with a specialization in human resources from Oklahoma Christian University. She has experience in human resources working with various Columbia University projects in Kigali, Rwanda. Prior to joining GiveDirectly, she worked in the HR Department at Ecobank Rwanda.
Kenya Office Administrator
Faustah joined Give Directly from Evidence Action, where she served as an associate office administrator. She has over ten years of experience in administration, serving in the private sector and in non-governmental organizations. She is currently pursuing a degree in procurement and contract management from Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology.
Malawi Office Administrator
Leo joined GiveDirectly after managing the procurement function of Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) in Malawi as Country Logistics and Procurement Officer for 10 years. He holds a BA (arts) degree and just completed an MBA.
Uganda Country Director
Michael joins GiveDirectly after consulting and entrepreneurial roles. He was a process innovation advisor at CVS Health on operational efficiency and cost reduction projects. Prior, he worked at Public Consulting Group advising state governments on improving social services programs. He graduated a Morehead-Cain scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Biology and Public Policy degrees. Michael runs UZURI, a healthcare startup.
Kenya Program Manager
Stephen holds a B.Sc. in foods, nutrition and dietetics from Egerton University and is currently a MPH student at Nairobi University, majoring in biostatistics. Prior to joining GiveDirectly he was a research analyst with IPA Namibia on the community-based rangeland and livestock programme. Previously he worked with IPA Kenya as a research coordinator in the Wash Benefits study. Prior to joining IPA Kenya, he worked as community research coordinator in an exclusive breastfeeding RCT with the universities of Egerton, Emory, and Toronto.
Victoria Allen Kumukyaya
Uganda Field Manger-Special Projects
Victoria holds a bachelor's degree in social work and social administration from Uganda Christian University and a postgraduate diploma in project planning and management from the Uganda Management Institute. She has over five years of experience working with international nonprofit organizations in Uganda focusing on project planning, fundraising, and policy formulation. Prior to joining GiveDirectly, she worked for the Prisons Fellowship – Uganda Chapter, Watoto Child Care Ministries, and Oasis Uganda in various management roles.
Malawi Associate Field Manager
Linda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aquaculture and Fisheries from the University of Malawi. She previously worked with ADRA Mw as a Project Manager where she led the implementation team and contributed to the strengthening of community’s resilience to climate change. Linda is an alumni fellow of the YALI RLC SA, as well as the Community Solutions Program.
Kenya Country Director
Mark is GiveDirectly's Kenya Country Director. Prior to GiveDirectly, he was a management partner in Kenya's Ministry of Health, supporting community health scale-up goals. He previously worked as a consultant with McKinsey, and as a operations transformation coach in New York's public hospital system. He has a BA in Peace, War and Defense from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead-Cain scholar.
Finance & Operations Manager
Fiona holds a B.A. in political science from Columbia University. Prior to joining GiveDirectly, she was a business analyst at Deloitte Consulting. She has experience working in consulting and law in Shanghai, New York, and Taipei, and in human rights at a nonprofit organization in Geneva.
DRC Country Director
Alexandra joined GiveDirectly from primary research firm Third Bridge, where she was Vice President of Operations for European Private Equity. Prior to this, she managed their francophone research team, responsible for growth in France & Benelux. Alexandra holds a B.A. in Modern Languages at The University of Manchester.
Partnerships and Operations Manager
Paddy holds degrees in economics and arts from the University of Queensland and joined GiveDirectly after working as an Operations Coordinator for Uber. He has previous experience in education and consulting in Australia.
Chief Of Staff
Aleesha holds a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University. Prior to joining GiveDirectly, Aleesha spent two years at McKinsey & Company in New York, where she was a Senior Business Analyst.
Kenya Finance Manager
Edwin holds a certification from the Institute of Certified Public Accounts Kenya (ICPAK). He completed CPA VI from Times Training Centre and is currently pursuing his bachelor of commerce in finance at KCA University. He joined GiveDirectly from the Nairobi Hospital, where he was a credit officer in the credit control department.
Rwanda Finance Manager
Rudy holds a Masters in Business Administration with specialization in Project Management from Oklahoma Christian University. He has been working with NGOs for the last 10 years with extensive experience in financial management. Prior to joining GiveDirectly, he worked at Society for Family Health Rwanda (SFH) as the organization accountant.
Yvette Izabayo Mukagaju
Rwanda Associate Field Manager
Yvette holds a bachelor's of science in economics from the College of Business and Economics in the University of Rwanda. Yvette has knowledge and leadership skills acquired through training in Uganda, Kenya, and the USA. Before joining GiveDirectly, Yvette was working with a data, research, and advisory company called Laterite Ltd as an enumerator.
Piali holds a master's degree in public administration from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a bachelor's degree from MIT. She has extensive field experience working with non-governmental organizations in India, Nepal, Thailand, Zambia, and South Africa. Most recently, she worked for the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) managing a large-scale randomized control trial on anti-corruption measures in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.
Malawi Associate Field Manager
David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences majoring in Economics from Chancellor College, University of Malawi. He has worked as a research coordinator at Kadale Consultants Limited where he led research, monitoring and evaluation assignments.
Rwanda Field Director
Gloria joins Give Directly from the fields of IT Systems Integration and Internet Service Provision where she held executive roles and spearheaded nation-wide scale initiatives. She brings a 10 year track record working with the Rwandan private sector as a project manager, a sales and marketing director and a business entrepreneur. She holds a diploma from the School of ICT at the University of Rwanda, is ITIL certified, and is also currently pursuing a Portfolio Management Professional Certification (PfMP) with the Project Management Institute.
Rwanda Call Center Associate Field Manager
Jerome holds a B.Sc. in agricultural economics and agribusiness from the National University of Rwanda. Prior to joining GiveDirectly, he was a seed sector consultant and researcher at Center for Development Innovation, Wageningen University.
Rwanda Associate Field Manager
Cedric Ntwali holds a bachelor's degree in banking and finance from Mount Kenya University. Cedric joined GiveDirectly as a field officer and was recently promoted to associate field manager. Prior to GiveDirectly, he was working with Laterite Ltd., a research and advisory company based in Rwanda.
Rwanda Country Director
Ivan holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and an associate's degree in microfinance from Uganda Martyrs University. Prior to joining GiveDirectly he was the sales and marketing manager at Mobisol where he joined from Bharti Airtel retail and corporate manager at Bharti Airtel. Prior to that, he was operations manager at Hass Petroleum and supplies officer at Total Uganda.
Rwanda Office and Procurement Manager
Patience has a Degree in Finance and five years’ experience in administrative operations in NGOs. Before GiveDirectly, she was Administrator at WaterAid Rwanda and was also Finance and Administration Officer at Garry White Knight Audit Firm. Her skills include office management, customer care, logistics and general finance.
Malawi Associate Field Manager
Zondwayo holds a Diploma in Environmental Management from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources College. He has worked as a Field Director at One Acre Fund Malawi where he was responsible for contributing in planning of field activities.
East Africa Director of Finance
Denis has a bachelor of science degree in information sciences from Moi University and is pursuing an MBA (Finance) at the University of Nairobi. He is a certified and registered public accountant in Kenya. He joined GiveDirectly from Virunga Power, a renewable energy start-up where he was the Finance Manager. Prior to joining Virunga, he was a Senior Audit Associate at KPMG Kenya. He has extensive experience in financial accounting, reporting, financial controls, and compliance.
Kenya Field Manager
John holds a bachelor's degree in business and economics with IT from Maseno University. Prior to joining GiveDirectly, he facilitated digital empowerment programs and provided support to social enterprises in business and technology at Digital Opportunity Trust Kenya. John has experience in capacity development, entrepreneurship, monitoring and evaluation, and IT.
Kenya Call Center Manager
Brenda brings ten years experience in call center management to the team. Before joining GiveDirectly, Brenda worked for M-KOPA Solar, heading a telesales team and helping M-KOPA improve the lives of low income earners. Brenda is currently pursuing a B.A in counseling psychology.
Uganda Associate Field Manger
Emmanuel has prior experience in data related roles, team management, community mobilization, commodity handling and management, and working with local leaders. Prior to joining GiveDirectly he worked for ABMC, ACDI/VOCA – LEARN program and MYAP. Emmanuel holds a bachelor of arts degree in organizational studies and philosophy from Makerere University and a certificate in commodity handling and management issued by USAID.
Regional Director and Evaluation Lead
Mitch holds degrees in economics and law from the University of Queensland and a master's degree from the University of Oxford. He joined GiveDirectly in 2015 as a field director in Kenya before moving to open the Rwanda office as country director. Before joining GiveDirectly, he was a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York. He has previously taught economics and worked in state politics and law in Australia.
Kenya Human Resources Manager
Gladys holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a diploma in human resource management. She has over eight years of experience working in the IT, call center, and education industries in Kenya. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in human resource management. She joined GiveDirectly from Techno Brain Group where she was a Human Resource Manager.
Kenya Associate Field Manager
Lydia holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Egerton University. Lydia is GiveDirectly's longest-standing staff member in Kenya and has made important contributions to the growth of its field operations since 2011. She previously worked with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission as Voter Registration Assistant and Support Elections Trainer. She has also done field work for ChildFund International and CARE Kenya.
Kenya External Relations Director
Caroline holds an M.A. in development communication from Daystar University, a B.Ed. Arts English-major from Kenyatta University, and a diploma in gender and human rights from Uppsalla University. She joins GiveDirectly from Evidence Action where she worked as a Senior Program Manager of Kenya's National school-based deworming program. She has experience in program management and advocacy in government and NGOs in Kenya.
Kenya Associate Field Manager
Winnie holds a bachelor's degree in education from Moi University and is currently pursuing a CPA. Prior to joining GD, she worked at Nyamonye Girls' High School in Bondo where she taught and headed the counseling department, working hand in hand with the Impact Research Organization to ensure the quality of students' education and opportunities.
Director, European Partnerships
Rachel joined GiveDirectly from the Overseas Development Institute where she was Head of Strategic Partnerships for governance and climate change. Prior to this, she worked on climate change and sustainable development in strategy and partnerships roles with the New Climate Economy, the Global Green Growth Institute and the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change. She holds a BA from the University of Nottingham and an MA from the University of Leeds.
Liberia Human Resources Manager
Ron holds a B.Sc. in Accounting from Cuttington University in Liberia and is currently pursuing an MBA (General Management). He has over nine years of professional experience focused in General Support Services. Before Ron joined GiveDirectly, he worked with Concern Worldwide as the Country HR Supervisor. Prior to that Ron, was Head of Field Office for Danish Refugee Council in Northern Liberia.