Greg MinnickGreg Minnick is a natural resources management and forestry specialist with more than 30 years of experience in community-based forestry and international development. His experience covers 18 countries and a broad range of ecological zones, from the Sahel in Western Africa to humid tropical forests and semi-arid high valleys in Latin America. He has worked in forest management with community and indigenous groups and the private sector, developing innovative market-led approaches to natural resource conservation that foster adoption of new practices and investment to improve the sustained use of native forests. He is fluent in Spanish, with a working knowledge of French.
Sergio Ramirez-MenaSergio Ramirez-Mena currently serves as the chief of party for USAID’s Zambia Strengthening Educational Performance Up, which partners with the Zambian Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training, and Early Education to improve learner performance. With more than 22 years of experience in international education, Mr. Ramirez-Mena is adept in collaborating with ministries on education management systems, particularly those integrating technology. Recognized as an experienced Education Management Information System (EMIS) specialist, Mr. Ramirez-Mena has provided consulting services to clients in Africa and Latin America. He has also led projects in Latin America and the Caribbean that focused on teacher training, literacy methodologies, and institutional capacity building. He has also worked on improving literacy in primary schools through active learning and updated teacher skills, as well as implementing education information systems for policy dialogue and institutional capacity building.