Country Director, Morocco
Jamila is one of the champions of AgTech revolution in Africa. She founded M-Farm - a company that helped smallholder farmers trapped in subsistence agriculture move into commercial farming by leveraging available mobile technology to provide needed real-time information and take informed decisions, resulting in improved farm productivity and access to market. She joined GiveDirectly from Wefarm where she was the Head of Growth and Country Manager.
Jamila is a 2017 Young Global Leader, an Ashoka Fellow, Aspen New Voices Fellow and a Quartz Africa Innovator.
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.
Uganda Associate Field Manager
Prior to GiveDirectly, Lydia was an area manager at Bridge International Academies ensuring effective management and running of multiple academies in Central, Northern and West Nile regions of the country. She previously worked as a child sponsorship and development assistant in World Vision Uganda connecting children, their families, and their communities to work towards child well-being outcomes. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Development studies from Uganda Christian University and a Diploma in Secondary school education from Kyambogo University-Kampala Uganda.
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.
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.
Uganda Associate Field Manager
Ivan joined GiveDirectly in 2015, from DFCU Bank where he held a managerial role managing staff across four DFCU bank branches. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture from Gulu University. Additionally, Ivan is a founder of RichMindsAfrica an organization that has empowered over 1000 young people through tailored motivational lectures, seminars and training across institutions of learning and communities in Eastern Uganda.
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.
Ashley holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA from Georgetown University. Prior to joining GiveDirectly she worked in policy communications and public opinion research for advocacy organizations and political campaigns.
Senior Manager of Compliance and People
Kim joins GiveDirectly from the Fund for Public Health in NY, a not-for profit focused on public health initiatives in NYC. She has experience in domestic and international project and grant management, compliance oversight and policy work. Kim holds an MPA from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Han Sheng Chia
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.
Chief Of Staff
Lakshmi comes to GiveDirectly from the Strategy Team at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where she spent 3 years working on local development projects. She previously worked in municipal finance at Morgan Stanley. Lakshmi graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
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.
Growth Marketing Manager
Heidi joins GiveDirectly from Good Eggs, where she helped to scale a variety of acquisition funnels, from email to partnerships to referral. She is passionate about growing socially-impactful organizations taking unusual approaches to affecting real change. She holds degrees from Wesleyan University in government and English and is a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs.
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.
Malawi Office Manager
Gibson Nyirenda joined Give Directly from Project Concern International, where he worked as Operations and Office Manager. He has over 10 years of experience in Office Administration, Contracts and Grants, Procurement, Logistics and Security. He has served in a number of different non – governmental organizations. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, a Diploma in Business Administration and a Certificate in Corporate Finance. He is currently pursuing MBA from Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI).
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.
Senior Manager, Uganda
Mark joins GiveDirectly from TechnoServe, where he worked with the Ethiopian government to develop a long-term coffee sector strategy before managing monitoring systems for coffee field teams throughout Africa. Prior to that, he worked for Google, Salesforce, and PepsiCo on operations and business development teams. Mark holds a B.A. in History from Amherst College.
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.
Liberia & Morocco Finance Manager
William holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Liberia and he is also part-qualified ACCA. He has extensive experience with both the private and public sectors in accounting, auditing, finance management as well as private consultancy. He joined GiveDirectly from his private consultancy work with small/medium sized businesses and local NGOs. Prior to private consultancy and his over two years with Checchi Consulting (a US based firm implementing USAID project in the judiciary sector), he was a Financial Analyst for five years and Chief Accountant for two years with USAID / Liberia.
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.
Annie comes to GiveDirectly after 2-years as a consultant in IBM’s Digital Strategy and Financial Services practice. Prior to that, she worked at Endeavor Argentina on the operations team and at the Danish Institute for Human Rights as an analyst in the business and human rights group. Annie graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, with a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs.
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.
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.
Liberia Field Director
Fiona holds a B.A. in political science from Columbia University. Fiona joined GiveDirectly in 2016 as Finance & Operations Manager before moving to Liberia. 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 UN-accredited 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.
Malawi Call Center Manager
Sithembile holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Malawi. She joins Give Directly from One Acre Fund where she worked as a Project Specialist. She has experience in field operations management, strategy formulation and capacity development.
Kenya Finance Manager
Edwin holds a certification from the Institute of Certified Public Accounts Kenya (ICPAK), and Bachelor of Commerce in finance from 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.
DRC Program Manager
Prior to GiveDirectly, Serge was an Urban and Rural National Governance Projects Lead at the Center for Environmental Research, Governance, and Human Rights. He oversaw regional interventions to integrate participation and social accountability into public services management. He also served in both the public and humanitarian sectors, respectively as project and associate program manager. He holds a Masters’ degree in International Treaties Law from the Catholic University of Bukavu and a certificate in consulting from MDF Training & Consultancy and Inter-American Development Bank.
Malawi Finance Manager
Grace holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Statistics and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Project Planning and Management. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K). Prior to joining GiveDirectly, Grace worked at KPMG Kenya for 5 years.
Yvette Izabayo Mukagaju
Rwanda Associate Field and Government Relations 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.
Humanitarian Field Director
Alex holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Political Science from Boston University. Prior to joining GiveDirectly, Alex managed the Basic Income project at Y Combinator Research. He previously worked as a research associate at Innovations for Poverty Action.
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.
Africa Finance Director
Denis has a bachelor of science degree in information sciences from Moi University and is pursuing an MBA at Strathmore Business School. 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.
Associate Field Manager, Uganda
Mackay Okiror, a social worker, secondary school teacher and administrator from Kyambogo University is proud to be associated with GiveDirectly for the last four years and rising from the ranks of Field Officer to Associate Field Manager on the Uganda Standard project. He is passionate about working with the disadvantaged and taking part in interventions that improve their livelihoods. Mackay thrives to see a poverty-free world. He is a lover of gospel music and football.
Kenya Call Center Manager
Brenda joins GiveDirectly after working in Telcos and renewable energy industries. She has over 8 years experience in call center management. Prior to joining GiveDirectly, Brenda worked for M-KOPA Solar, heading a telesales team and helping M-KOPA improve the lives of low income earners. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Counseling Psychology and is COPC certified.
Growth Marketing Manager
Harris focuses on organic traffic acquisition, conversion optimization, and donor retention. He joined GiveDirectly after working for three years as an independent marketing consultant. Harris holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Bryant University.
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.