Practical Action Consulting Latin America (Soluciones Prácticas Consultoría):


ELLA Programme DirectorMark Lewis, MSc Economics (LSE, UK), is a development professional with 25 years’ experience. An economist by profession, he has also worked extensively on governance and social issues. His career has spanned Latin America, Asia and Africa, most of this working for the UK Department for International Development. He joined Practical Action Consulting in 2010, to lead the ELLA programme. Mark.Lewis@solucionespracticas.org.pe

Mark Lewis


ELLA Project CoordinatorAlicia, MSc in Development Management (LSE, UK), is a communications and development specialist. She has worked on communication, public impact and citizen participation component of projects in thematic areas including governance, citizenship, health and rural development. She has implemented research projects about media, childhood and gender in Peru and co-authored a number of publications in those topics. Alicia is responsible for ELLA project management issues. Alicia.Quezada@solucionespracticas.org.pe

Alicia Quezada


Research Uptake AdvisorAndrea is a social psychologist with an MSc in Wellbeing and Human development from the University of Bath. She has a background in research(mainly education, wellbeing and development in GRADE, PUCP and the University of Bath) and has also worked in development projects focusing on improving governance, as well as research communication(CIES). She has also worked in the UK in the network of international development organization in Scotland (NIDOS) as effectiveness and fundraising advisor supporting INGOs in strengthening their good practice in development projects and internal governance.Andrea.Baertl@solucionespracticas.org.pe

Andrea Baertl


ELLA Programme AdministratorJacqueline Gotuzzo is a business administrator by profession (Universidad de Lima). She has four years of experience in the private sector and one year of experience in the academic sector. She has participated in projects related to process improvement and organization restructuring. In relation to the academic sector, she has coordinated a marketing master and implemented improvements related to international affairs in a well-known Peruvian graduate school. She joined Practical Action Consulting in 2013 as a Project Assistant. Jacqueline.Gotuzzo@solucionespracticas.org.pe

Jacqueline Gotuzzo


ELLA Programme CommunicatorGabriela is a major in Communications by the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. She has postgraduate studies on digital marketing and public relations. Over the last 5 years she’s had a range of experience in audiovisual production and communications, as well digital coms. She has worked at the local United Nations Information Center (UNIC Lima), the agency of promotion of Peru in exports, tourism and image (PROMPERÚ) and Kampangkis community radio in the amazon rainforest, trying to find spaces to work on development issues through creative media. Gabriela.Ramos@solucionespracticas.org.pe

Gabriela Ramos

Institute of Development Studies (IDS):


Research Methodology SpecialistDr Peter Houtzager received his PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and has been a fellow at IDS since 1999. He is a political scientist with broad training in comparative politics and historical-institutional analysis. Areas of specialisation include: urban governance; citizen-state relations; varieties of civil society and democratisation processes; social network analysis and multi-methods research; social movement theory, and political development in Latin America. P.Houtzager@ids.ac.uk

Peter Houtzager


Research Methodology SpecialistShandana Khan Mohmand is a Fellow in the Governance Team at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, and has a PhD in Development Studies. Her research is interdisciplinary and comparative, and she has conducted original research in a diverse array of countries in South Asia and the Western Balkans using varied methodological strategies. Her main area of interest is the political economy of public policy and service delivery. She has contributed to both policy and social science research in these areas. She has extensive training in multi-method research, and her work uses a combination of methodologies that include case study analysis, regression analysis, ethnographies, social network analysis and archival research. She collaboratively designed, developed and conducts a seven-module Mixed Methods Research Course for 40 mid-career researchers each year from various universities in Africa. S.Mohmand@ids.ac.uk

Shandana Mohmand


Research Methodology SpecialistDon Leonard is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy & Research in the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University in New Orleans and a Consultant in research design and methods for the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). His research interests include international and comparative political economy of developing countries, state development and distributional politics. He has a PhD in Government from Cornell University, and a MA in Economic and Social Development and a BA in Political Science from University of Massachusetts. donrleonard@gmail.com

Don Leonard

Fedesarrollo, Colombia:


A Colombian economist, Leonardo Villar has been the Executive Director of Fedesarrollo since 2012. Previously, he was acting Chief Economist and Vice-President of Economic Development and Public Policies at the CAF-Development Bank of Latin America. Leonardo was a Member of the Board of Directors of the Colombian Central Bank from 1997 to 2009. He has also been Technical Deputy-Minister at the Colombian Ministry of Finance, Foreign Trade Advisor to the Colombian Government, Vice-president of Economic Research and Planning of the Colombian Foreign Trade Bank (BANCOLDEX) and Technical Vice-president of the Colombian Banking Association. He has taught at the Universidad de los Andes and several other Colombian universities and has published extensively in the areas of macroeconomics, monetary, financial and foreign exchange policy and foreign trade. He obtained a Magister in Economics from Universidad de Los Andes in 1983. Later he studied at the London School of Economics, where he received his MSc and pursued doctoral studies. lvillar@fedesarrollo.org.co

Leonardo Villar


Cristina Fernandez is a Senior Researcher at Fedesarrollo, and has extensive international experience form working for development institutions including CAF, IADB and IFC, where she worked as country economist for Colombia, South Asia and Central America. Cristina has a BA and MA in Economics from the Universidad the los Andes and an Economics MA from NYU. She has also worked at the Colombian Central Bank as researcher and advisor to the Governor. cfernandez@fedesarrollo.org.co

Cristina Fernandez

DPRU, Cape Town University, South Africa:


Morné Oosthuizen is Deputy Director of the Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) located within the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. He joined the DPRU as a researcher in 2002 and holds an M.Comm. degree in Economics from the University of Stellenbosch. His research interests include intergenerational transfers, poverty, inequality, and labour economics. Morné is currently completing his PhD at the University of Cape Town on the topic of intergenerational transfers and National Transfer Accounts in South Africa. morne.oosthuizen@uct.ac.za

Morne Oosthuizen


Kezia is a Researcher at the Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Her research interests include labour markets, youth unemployment and development economics. She has an Honours degree in Economics and a Masters in Applied Economics, both from UCT. Prior to joining the DPRU in 2015, she worked as a researcher at Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, also at UCT; as an impact evaluation manager; as an editor; and as an economics tutor at UCT. kezia.lilenstein@uct.ac.za

Kezia Lilenstein

GRADE, Peru:


Gerardo Damonte has a PhD in Anthropology from Cornell, USA. He works as a Senior Researcher at GRADE, and as a Associate Professor in the Social Sciences department at the Catholic University of Peru. Gerardo leads projects in three interrelated thematic areas: extractive industries and rural society, climate change, and water resources socio political issues. His work is geographically focused on Latin America, particularly in the Central Andes. He has several publications on his fields of interest. gdamonte@grade.org.pe

Gerardo Damonte


Manuel Glave, PhD. in Economics (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA), is a Senior Researcher at GRADE and a Full Professor of Economics at the Catholic University of Peru. He is a specialist in rural development, environmental and natural resources economy, and the analysis of public policies on agriculture and the environment. Among his principal investigations are those related to peasant production systems in mountainous ecosystems, community participation in protected areas, the social impact of large-scale mining in rural development, and the economic evaluation of biological diversity and environmental services. mglave@grade.org.pe

Manuel Glave

Tegemeo Institute, Egerton University, Kenya:


Lilian Kirimi has been a Senior Research Fellow at Tegemeo Institute since 2012 and was previously a Research Fellow. She is the Research Coordinator at the Institute and her research interests focus on poverty, food security, climate change and gender analysis. Prior to joining Tegemeo, she worked as a lecturer and assistant lecturer at Egerton University, and as a graduate research assistant at Michigan University, USA. Lilian has a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University, and an MSc and BSc in Agricultural Economics from Egerton University. lkirimi@tegemeo.org

Lilian Kirimi


Timothy Njeru has been a Research Fellow at Tegemeo Institute since 2013. His fields of specialisation include Microeconomics, Macroeconomic, Econometrics, and Development Economics. Previously he worked as a Senior Economist at the Macroeconomic Planning Directorate in the Ministry of Devolution and Planning and as a District Development Officer in various Districts. He has a PhD in Economics and an MSc in International Development from the National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies in Japan and a BA in Economics from Kenyatta University. tnjagi@tegemeo.org

Timothy Njeru

Grupo Faro, Ecuador:


An Ecuadorian economist, Juan José Herrera, has been part of Grupo FARO since 2011 and has been the Head of its Extractive Industries Programme since 2013. Previously he worked in the Catholic University, Petroecuador (a state owned company) and in the Central Bank of Ecuador. He has a Master’s degree in Social Studies in Energy Governance, from FLACSO and a Diploma in Extractive Industries, Monitoring and Sustainable Development from the Catholic University of Peru (PUCP). His research interest focus is in extractive industries and energy. jjherrera@grupofaro.org

Juan José Herrera


Marcela Morales is a researcher in the Extractive Industries Programme at Grupo Faro. She has worked on research projects relating to the extractive industries in Latin America, and economic integration opportunities for refugees. From 2008 to 2012 she worked in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Ecuador, in the Global Outreach and Campaigns Department at Transparency International, and in the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Germany. Her research interests include education programmes, extractive industries, human rights, intercultural communication, gender and social dynamics and research methods. Marcela has an MA in Intercultural Conflict Management from Alice Salomon Hochschule in Germany and a BA in International Affairs and International Trade from the Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE) in Ecuador. mmorales@grupofaro.org

Marcela Morales


Sebastián Jarrín has worked as a Researcher and Project Coordinator at Grupo Faro since 2011. Previously he has worked at the Catholic University of Ecuador and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Integration. His research focuses on the extractive industries. Sebastian has a Degree in Economics from the Catholic University of Ecuador and a Licenciature from the Economic Management at the University Pierre Mendes in France. sjarrin@grupofaro.org

Sebastian Jarrin

ACODE, Uganda:


Dr Elijah Dickens Mushemeza is an academic and author. He is a Professor of Development Studies and was previously the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Development Studies at Bishop Stuart University, Mbarara, Uganda. He holds a BA, in Social Sciences, an MA in Development Studies and a PhD in Political Science from Makerere University. He is a consultant on education, poverty, politics, conflict, forced migration, security and development issues in the Great Lakes region of Africa. He was previously a Coordinator of the MA programme in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies at Makerere University and has taught at Mbarara University. He has published widely in international journals. Outside University, Prof. Mushemeza is active in Ugandan politics. He was a member of the Constituent Assembly 1994-95 that debated, scrutinized, enacted and promulgated the Constitution of Uganda, and a Member of Parliament of Uganda in 1996. He is a Presidential Advisor at the level of a Senior Cabinet Minister and the Vice-Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of the National Resistance Movement, the ruling party in Uganda. emushemeza@yahoo.com

Elijah Dickens Mushemeza


John Okiira is a Research Officer at ACODE. An Economist by profession, his research has included land issues, education, health, social protection, local development planning and innovation. Before joining ACODE in 2014, he worked at the Policy Analysis and Developmental Research Institute (PADRI), and the Uganda National Council of Science and Technology (UNCST). John holds a holds a Master degree in Social Protection from Mauritius University and a Bachelors in Economics from Makarere University.john.okiira@acode-u.org


CIPPEC, Argentina:


Natalia Aquilino has been Director of Advocacy and of the Monitoring and Evaluation Programme at CIPPEC since 2012. Her work and key interests include evaluation institutionalization, evaluation systems and organisational performance. Prior to joining CIPPEC, she worked as National Officer for the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office and as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the United Nations Development Programme in Argentina. Natalia has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from National University of Rosario and a Masters in Labour Social Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires (on going). She teaches Political and Institutional Insertion of Evaluation at the postgraduate level at San Martin National University (Buenos Aires). naquilino@cippec.org

Natalia Aquilino


Julia Pomares has been Director of the Political Institutions Program at CIPPEC since 2010. Her research and work interests include analysis of Latin American party systems, political and electoral reforms, governance and public policy. Prior to joining CIPPEC, Julia has worked for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (UK), for the Electoral Technical Assistance Programme of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Guatemala City, and as an Advisor to the Argentine National Ministry of Interior. Julia has a PhD in Political Science and an MSc in Research Methods in Political Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her academic work has been published in Electoral Studies and Political Behaviour, among others. She is Professor of Electoral Technologies at the postgraduate level at San Martin National University (Buenos Aires). jpomares@cippec.org | @juliapomares

Julia Pomares

OSSREA, Ethiopia:


Paschal Mihyo is a Professor of Politics and Administrative Studies with LL.B., LL.M and a Ph.D. in public law from the University of Dar Es Salaam. He is the former Executive Director of the OSSREA. Previously he taught at the International Institute of Social Studies, at Erasmus University in The Hague, where he was also Dean of Studies. Paschal was then Director of Research and Programmes at the Association of African Universities in Accra, and briefly joined the University of Namibia before moving to join OSSREA in 2008. His social science research interests include including public sector reform, economic reforms, and social issues. He has published numerous books and articles on law, human rights and politics in Africa. mihyop@yahoo.com

Paschal Mihyo


Herman Musahara is a Rwandan national with a BA First Class and MA Economics from University of Dar es Salaam and a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Western Cape in South Africa. He is currently OSSREA Executive Director. Previously, he worked as Director of Research and Capacity Building of OSSREA and held several post at the National University of Rwanda such as Dean of Economics and Management, Director of University Consultancy, Director of Planning and Development, and Acting Vice Rector Academics and Research. He was also an Associate Professor in the College of Business and Economics of University of Rwanda. Besides teaching Development Economics, Poverty Analysis and Research Methodology at post graduate level, he has researched and published on poverty, human development, environment, land and land use, governance, post conflict transitions, entrepreneurship, SMEs, value chains and agricultural development. musahara@ossrea.net

Herman Musahara


Truphena E. Mukuna is a multi-disciplinary researcher with interests in disaster risk reduction, climate change, sustainable development, resilience, ICTs, social protection, gender studies, poverty, and natural resource management. She is currently the Acting Director of Research and Capacity Development of OSSREA. Previously, Truphena was a Research Associate in OSSREA. She has a decade’s experience of teaching at institutions of higher learning such as Masaai Mara University and Moi University in Kenya, a PhD in Education and Instructional Technology from Moi University and a Masters in Education from Maseno University. truphena@ossrea.net

MTruphena E. Mukuna

FundaUngo, El Salvador:


Ricardo Córdova is the Executive Director of FundaUngo. Ricardo has a BA in Sociology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and a MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He has been Professor of the MA Programme in Political Science, at the Central American University José Simeón Cañas, in El Salvador, and a Visiting Scholar at Princeton University and Visiting professor at Columbia University. He has taught and participated in research on comparative politics, international relations and democratization. His research interest includes democracy, peace processes, political culture, violence and insecurity. He has benefited from other many research fellowships and grants, from IDRC, USAID, UNDP, BID, and others. director@fundaungo.org.sv

Ricardo Cordova


Maria Elena Rivera has been Coordinator and Researcher of the Program of Public Policy Studies at FundaUngo since 2010. Previously she worked for El Salvador’s Social Investment Fund and has developed consultancies for international organism as the Inter-American Development Bank and think tanks as Latin American Faculty of Social Science El Salvador Program. Maria Elena has a BA in Economics and Business from the School of Economics and Business in El Salvador (ESEN) and a MA in Government and Public Affairs from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), Mexico. Her research interests are focused in social protection systems. me.rivera@fundaungo.org.sv

Maria Elena Rivera


Alan Melara is currently working as a researcher at FundaUngo as part of the Democratic Governance Program before that he did it from 2011 to 2013; in between he worked as the technical assistant of the Director of Democratic Security office at the General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System in 2013. His research interest and experience include Crime and Violence Prevention and Citizen Security, the Central American Security Strategy and Democratic Governance. He has a Law Degree and MA studies in Political Science from Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (UCA). alan.melara@fundaungo.org.sv

Alan Melara


Estela is currently working as a researcher at FUNDAUNGO as a part of the Democratic Governance Program. She has experience as a consultant for the UNDP in El Salvador in the field of citizen security. Se has a B.A in criminology and courses in statistics and social research. Also has an advance course on public security and criminology. She has experience in all research phases as design, field work and analysis in violence and crime themes. stlarmijo@gmail.com

Estela Armijo

Department of Communication and Language, Ibadan University, Nigeria:


Ayobami Ojebode has been Head of Department of Communication and Language Arts at Ibadan University since 2011, and a Senior Lecturer since 2008. His research interests focus on the media, violence, political systems and reform. Previously he was a lecturer, assistant lecturer, and teaching assistant at Ibadan. Ayo also works in a wide range of consultancy and community assistance positions. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English Education from the Obafemi Awolowo University; and a Master’s in Language Education and PhD in Development Communication, both from the University of Ibadan. ayo.ojebode@gmail.com

Ayobami Ojebode


Babatunde Raphael OJEBUYI obtained a PhD from the Department of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 2012. There he also also teaches and conducts research in Media Studies and Journalism, Social Media/Online Journalism, Media Theories and Ethics, Communication Research Methods, Development Communication, and Reading. He has published well researched articles in reputable local and international academic journals. He won a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Communication, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, North-West University, South Africa. ojebabson@gmail.com

Babatunde Raphael OJEBUYI

Fundar, Mexico:


Cecilia has a Master’s degree in Human Rights from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico. She is a researcher and expert on gender issues, domestic violence and children’s rights. Before joining Fundar, she worked in the legislative branch of the Mexican Government, at the Mexican Congress as policy advisor and as Chief of Staff at the North American Relations Committee of the Mexican Senate. cecilia@fundar.org.mx

Cecilia Toledo


Cecile has a PhD in Law from the Institute of Latin American Higher Studies, Sorbonne University, France. She is a researcher on human rights, specialised in indigenous rights and gender issues. Prior to her time at Fundar, Cecile worked at the Centre for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology in Oaxaca, and as a consultant for the UN High Commisisoner for Human Rights, working on access to justice for indigenous people in Oaxaca. cecile@fundar.org.mx

Cecilie Lachenal

CEGENSA, University of Ghana:


Akosua K. Darkwah is the Director of the Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Ghana. She has also been a visiting scholar at Duke University. Her research interests focus on the sociology of economic change, organisations, gender and work. In the past ten years, her research has centred on women in the informal economy, specifically traders in global consumer items and domestic workers. She has a PhD and MSc in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in Sociology and Psychology from Vassar College. akosuadarkwah@gmail.com

Akosua K. Darkwah


Mansah Prah is an Associate of CEGENSA. She has previously worked as a Professor at the University of Cape Coast and she has performed as a teacher and researcher in religion, gender, and development issues. Mansah has taught in several universities in the US and Lesotho, and examined for universities in Rwanda and Botswana. From 2006 to 2009 she was Dean of Faculty of Social Science at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. She has also worked on many consultancy assignments and undertaken public service work. Mansah has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Frankfurt and MA in Sociology from Heidelberg University. m2prah@yahoo.com

Mansah Prah