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Environment and Natural Resources Specialists

    Amy Bodmann
    Director, East and Southern Africa

    Amy Bodmann is a community-based natural resource management specialist with experience in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Specializing in coastal resource management, she has contributed to natural resource management activities in more than 20 countries, including managing a biodiversity conservation program in indigenous-managed areas of northern Ecuador, and a community-based forest management project in the Petén region of Guatemala. She was the team leader of a participatory coastal management component of a post-tsunami reconstruction program in Sri Lanka. She also participated in a biodiversity assessment in Uganda and an environmental compliance audit of an alternative development project in southern Afghanistan. She earned an M.S. in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in international economics from Georgetown University. She is fluent in Spanish.

    Brian App
    Director, East and Southern Africa

    Brian App is an international natural resource management specialist with 15 years of experience working in the environmental sector. Currently project director for the South Africa Low Emissions Development Project, he served as Deputy Chief of Party for the Southern Africa Regional Environmental Program from 2011 – 2015. Brian has worked in over 15 countries contributing to environment and natural resource activities in the areas of biodiversity conservation, community-based natural resource management and climate change adaption. He has contributed to numerous FAA 118/119 biodiversity and tropical forest assessments and 22 CFR 216 environmental compliance related activities for USAID programing across multiple sectors. He holds a B.S. in Management Science from the School of Business at the State University of New York and an M.S. in International Natural Resource Management from the school of Forestry at the University of Montana.

    Carlos Quintela
    Chief of Party, Mozambique

    Carlos Quintela is a senior project manager and environmental policy specialist with more than 20 years of experience managing donor-funded regional and national environmental initiatives throughout Latin America, Uganda, and Afghanistan. Mr. Quintela currently serves as the chief of party of USAID's Mozambique Coastal City Adaptation Project, which supports the Mozambican government, local NGOs, and universities in climate change adaptation measures for vulnerable coastal cities through gender-sensitive programming. He has led gender-focused capacity development for strategic partners and affirmative action programs to ensure the participation of women in project-supported activities, such as the development of the National Forestry Policy and protecting the rights of indigenous women and the forest.

    Claudio Saito
    Chief of Party, Honduras

    Claudio Saito has 35 years of experience managing, implementing, and monitoring natural resources projects. He brings proven experience working with and effectively negotiating agreements among diverse parties, including local governments and communities, national agencies, the private sector, and local and international NGOs and donors. He is currently chief of party for the USAID ACS activity in Honduras. As chief of party for the USAID Sustainable Forests and Coasts Project, he led a collaborative effort between USAID and the Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment to conserve biodiversity in critical coastal habitats. As chief of party for the USAID Conservation of Central American Watersheds Program, he developed and applied sustainable livelihoods and environmental solutions to conserve biodiversity at the seascape and landscape levels and mitigate the principal environmental threats facing two of Central America’s most important transboundary watersheds. As chief of party for the USAID Community-Based Forest Management Project in the Petén in Guatemala, he established linkages with the private sector to ensure that community forest concessions were technically competent and financially profitable.

    David Fratt
    Director, Asia

    David Fratt is a senior manager with more than 20 years of experience in trade, infrastructure, and environment projects in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, South and East Asia, South America, and Central Asia and the Caucasus. He has managed and provided technical support to projects serving USAID, regional development banks, municipal governments, and private sector clients. He has also served as director for USAID-funded trade, tourism, residential heating, and environmental projects, and he directed an infrastructure support contract funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation. He served in Egypt as chief of party for the $58 million Cairo Air improvement Project (CAIP) and Egyptian Environmental Policy Program (EEPP)-Air activity. He has technical expertise in infrastructure and urban environmental management, with a focus on policy and planning, environmental information and communications, and institutional capacity building.

    Greg Minnick
    Director, Latin America and Caribbean

    Greg 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.

    Ibrahim Osta
    Chief of Party, Jordan

    Ibrahim Osta is an international tourism expert who is currently chief of party for USAID’s Jordan Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project and has led USAID tourism development projects in Jordan since 2005. As the chief of party for the Jordan Tourism Development Project and its successor projects, Mr. Osta managed a wide portfolio of initiatives aimed at enhancing tourism in Jordan. These include conservation and presentation of archaeological sites, such as Petra, Amman’s five-millennia-old Citadel, and the Roman city of Jerash; enlisting new UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as Wadi Rum; nature and cultural trail development; higher education and vocational training in tourism and hospitality; destination promotion; and visitor services programs. Previously, Mr. Osta was senior policy advisor for the Minister of Tourism & Antiquities and served as public affairs advisor for the Minister of Water & Irrigation. He has managed a USAID initiative to strengthen the management skills of Jordanian private sector leaders, supported trade and economic development initiatives like the Jordan-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, and built the capacity of the Jordan Tourism Board. He holds a master's in tourism administration from George Washington University and a bachelor's in business in managerial finance and economics from the University of Michigan.

    Jeffrey Wuorinen
    Senior Vice President, Middle East

    Jeffrey Wuorinen is a specialist in the development and management of water infrastructure and services. He brings nearly 15 years of experience in water sector restructuring, regulation, and private sector participation in more than 80 countries. He has led technical assistance projects in the water and urban services sector funded by USAID, the World Bank, UNICEF, DfID, and the Asian Development Bank. He has served as project director, chief of party, team leader, and water specialist on the Water and Wastewater Sector Support and Water Policy and Regulatory Reform programs for USAID/Egypt, USAID Lebanon Water Infrastructure Support and Enhancement program, USAID’s Sustainable Water and Sanitation for Africa program, Amman Water Management/Corporatization project for USAID/Jordan, and Assessment of Public-Private Partnership Options for the Alexandria Water and Wastewater Company project for USAID/Egypt. He holds a B.A. in political science and international studies from Saint Louis University.

    Karen Bennett
    Chief of Party, Maldives

    Karen Bennett is a senior manager, engineer, and environmental management expert with more than 20 years of experience in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. She has 18 years of project implementation experience in the water and/or engineering sector and expertise in water resource engineering, infrastructure development, and integrated water resources management. Ms. Bennett has developed partnerships and engaged complex coalitions of government, NGO, subcontractor, and international technical specialists. She has an MBA in public works and environmental management and an M. Sc. in water resource engineering.

    Kule Chitepo
    Chief of Party, East and Southern Africa

    Kule Chitepo, currently the chief of party on a resilience project in Southern Africa, is an expert in biodiversity and transboundary conservation with 13 years of experience in Southern Africa. He has built successful partnerships between international organizations and local government departments, the private sector, NGOs, and community groups to design and implement cooperative strategic approaches to environmental conservation. Before joining Chemonics, Kule served as chair of IUCN’s Southern Africa Sustainable Use Specialist Group, where he developed its discourse on the sustainable use of natural resources. While serving as the executive director of Resource Africa, Kule led programming to address issues of climate change adaptation, transboundary conservation, and biodiversity conservation. He also partnered with South Africa National Parks to develop the Social Ecology Unit, which engaged communities in the management of parks, and established several forums on community engagement in Limpopo.

    Mario Kerby
    Director, West and Central Africa and Haiti

    Mario Kerby has more than 32 years of experience in watershed management, integrated water resources management, agriculture and rural development, and environmental protection and management. He served as the deputy chief of party of Feed the Future Haiti Watershed Initiative for National Natural Environmental Resources (WINNER) in which he managed watershed management program activities, including sustainable hillside agriculture, governance, and partnerships to promote sustainable practices, disaster risk management, agro-forestry, soil conservation, and preparation of watershed management plans. Mr. Kerby has previously led agriculture and water management programs in Morocco. Prior to his work on USAID programs, Mr. Kerby was Vice President of ICF International. He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in economics from American University.

    Michael Brown
    Director, Latin America and Caribbean, Restoring the Environment through Prosperity, Livelihoods and Conserving Ecosystems IDIQ

    Michael Brown has more than 30 years experience in international development in diverse technical sectors in developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, South Pacific, South Asia, the Caribbean. including natural resource management, community based planning and decision making, community conservation, environmental compliance, strategic planning, NGO capacity building, conflict management, anti-corruption (and good governance), sustainable agriculture/livelihood and food security, and pastoral production systems. He is currently the director of the Environment and Natural Resources Practice and program manager for the REPLACE IDIQ. Prior to joining Chemonics he was president of Satya Development International LLC. He holds an M.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in literature and third world studies.

    Nkobi Moleele
    Chief Scientist, Botswana

    Nkobi Moleele is an expert in water resource management, biodiversity conservation, and environmental management. As chief scientist for the Resilience in the Limpopo Basin program, he works on trans-boundary watershed management with the governments of Botswana, Angola, and Namibia, balancing the needs of the protected areas and communal areas, and accommodating competing interests, including tourism, tribal rights, and livelihoods. He holds his Ph.D. in physical geography from Stockholm University, an M.S. in applied science from the University of Canberra, and a B.S. in environmental science from the University of Botswana.

    Peter Doyle
    Chief of Party, Colombia

    Peter Doyle has more than 25 years of experience in environmental management, alternative development, and social and community development. As the chief of party for USAID's Oro Legal program, he leads efforts to reduce the negative environmental impacts of unauthorized artisanal and small-scale gold mining operations in 20 municipalities in Colombia. In Colombia Mr. Doyle developed partnerships between government entities, three private mining companies, and 24 small miner associations, which formalized 83 illegal mines, improved environmental management, and restored degraded land. He led the successful international validation of a portfolio of eight voluntary REDD+ Projects to generate carbon credits for private sector investors in Colombia. Mr. Doyle previously led the USAID Alternative Development Program in Peru and the USAID-funded rapid response watershed rehabilitation and forestry program in Honduras. He holds an M.A. in economics from the University of Manchester and a B.S. in economics from City University in London.

    Steve Johnson
    Chief of Party, East and Southern Africa

    Steve Johnson is a natural resource management expert with nearly 40 years of experience managing and implementing environmental projects and initiatives in the greater Southern Africa region. As the chief of party for the USAID-funded Southern Africa Regional Environmental Program, he manages community-led water and sanitation interventions, including community led total sanitation (CLTS). He has extensive experience in community-based natural resource management, conservation, and trans-boundary work with diverse USAID, World Bank, and other donor-funded projects, including six years as the regional natural resources technical advisor to the Southern Africa Development Community. He earned his M.Ed. in environmental education from Rhodes University and a B.Ed. in adult education from the University of Zimbabwe.

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