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Gender Specialists

    Anna Knox
    Chief of Party, Rwanda

    Anna Knox is a land tenure expert with more than 20 years of international development experience working in the property rights of women, vulnerable populations, and indigenous people; customary tenure, resettlement, and restitution of displaced people; conflict mitigation; and land titling and registration. She currently serves as the chief of party for USAID's Rwanda Land Project to assess outcomes and impact of systematic land registration on women’s legal rights and decision-making rights on land. Ms. Knox has published extensively on gender and land rights, property rights and technology adoption, integrating customary land tenure into statutory law, decentralization of authority over land in Africa, and participatory monitoring and evaluation. She has worked in Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Liberia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Angola.

    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.

    Kelly Cronen
    Director, Gender Practice

    Kelly Cronen has 13 years experience managing and implementing multi-million dollar international development projects for the federal government and private sector firms. Her technical expertise focuses on combating trafficking in persons, women's empowerment, community development, and youth civic engagement. She has extensive experience protecting vulnerable groups, assisting in victim rehabilitation, and working with youth and local communities at the grassroots level and working on civil society development programs in transition countries in Eastern Europe and in Afghanistan. Her management experience includes managing and designing development programs, overseeing complex program budgets, and managing culturally diverse program staff. Ms. Cronen is currently serving as the gender and outreach advisor for a local government project in Afghanistan and director for a legislative strengthening project in Vietnam. She previously served as chief of party on a Washington D.C.-based anti-trafficking project which provided technical support to USAID Washington and USAID field missions on efforts to combat human trafficking. She also served at USAID as the Contracting Officer's technical representative and activity manager on the largest bilateral anti-trafficking portfolio in the agency, comprised of two six-year anti-trafficking projects worth $10.5 million. As a result of her efforts, she was awarded the Department of State Meritorious Honor Award for Excellence in Anti-Trafficking Work. Ms. Cronen has ten years experience living and working overseas, with seven and a half years in transition countries of Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Her field work experience includes Albania, Afghanistan, Armenia, Bulgaria, Guatemala, Kosovo, Mexico, Moldova, Slovakia, and Ukraine.

    Mina Sherzoy
    Deputy Chief of Party, Afghanistan

    Mina Sherzoy is a gender activist with more than 25 years of experience in economic development and gender advocacy. She serves as a senior technical and gender advisor to the $78 million Financial Access for Investing in the Development of Afghanistan (FAIDA) project, for which she launched the Afghan Women Internship in Banking at AIBF. Ms. Sherzoy has extensive experience in capacity building and NGO development in Afghanistan, and has worked with the Afghan Civil Service Commission and other government counterparts to increase women’s participation in government. As an entrepreneur, Ms. Sherzoy served as a founder and advisor to the Afghan Women Business Federation and to the Ministry of Commerce to promote, market, and connect women-owned enterprises.

    Peggy Ochandarena
    Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

    Peggy Ochandarena is a lawyer and development specialist with more than 30 years of experience working for the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of government, civil society, and the private sector. Ms. Ochandarena also has 14 years of international experience in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Eurasia, and Latin America. She has overseen the development of gender assessments and strategies, led studies on gender participation in the legal sector, and strengthened gender participation in project activities. Ms. Ochandarena is a monitoring and evaluation specialist who has developed and delivered training for USAID and other U.S.-government staff on designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating development programs and gender sensitive indicators. She leads the Monitoring, Evaluating, and Learning Practice and overseas the development of project performance monitoring plans, often providing support to home-office and field-office monitoring and evaluation staff.

    Pham Hoai Giang
    Chief of Party, Vietnam

    Pham Hoai Giang is a senior program and organizational leader, and an experienced USAID chief of party with more than 30 years of work history with the Vietnamese government to increase citizen's participation, enhance women’s rights and welfare, and bring about social inclusion in policy formation and economic growth. Ms. Giang possesses a broad and deep personal network of policy-makers and implementers across the Vietnamese government and party structures. She served for 16 years as chief of the International Relations Department in the Vietnam Women’s Union, a mass organization with 13 million members across every province and layer of society. As an expert in crafting development models for disadvantaged, vulnerable, and at-risk populations, she influenced national legislation by identifying policy gaps in Vietnam’s labor laws and the revised Marriage and Family Law.

    Roselle Agner
    Manager, Gender Practice

    Roselle Agner is a program development and operations specialist with six years of experience implementing development projects, including USAID-funded and private sector-funded projects. Ms. Agner's service as a Peace Corps Volunteer and working with a women’s crisis center in Kyrgyzstan led to her to her career in international development with a focus on gender. She provides technical assistance in conducting gender assessments and developing gender action plans to further development impact. As the Gender Practice manager, she oversees knowledge sharing, conducts gender sensitivity training, and serves as technical resource for home- and field-office staff in project gender integration.

    Sarah Byrne
    Associate, Europe and Eurasia

    A gender specialist with more than 3 years of experience in gender assessments, project management, and proposal writing, Sarah Byrne currently serves as a senior associate on Chemonics’ Moldova Local Governance and Albania Justice Sector projects. Ms. Byrne applied her knowledge and experience to lead the development of an innovative gender strategy toolkit that will be used corporately. Additionally, she has researched for, written, and mentored others in developing gender sections for proposals, and currently serves as a gender focal point in her department. As an HIV/AIDS Educator with the Peace Corps, Sarah conducted a gender needs assessment which focused on the needs of commercial sex workers in a small rural town in Ethiopia. With a Master’s in International Development and a specialization in gender, Ms. Byrne wrote a thesis on the available resources for immigrant women experiencing violence against women in Worcester, MA, and participated in a student action research group in Chiapas, Mexico, involving a thorough analysis of the development of women’s microenterprises compared to the needs of women in a remote village.

    Terri Kristalsky
    Senior Vice President, Europe and Eurasia

    Terri Kristalsky is a senior banking, microfinance, and SME development specialist committed to women's economic empowerment. With nearly 30 years of experience in microfinance, commercial finance, business training, and project design and management, Ms. Kristalsky currently serves as senior vice president of the Europe and Eurasia Division at Chemonics. As chief of party on the Southern Africa Financial Sector Program (FSP), she used policy reform to stimulate access to finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and advised financial intermediaries on innovative financial products that have helped women-owned businesses. By integrating gender considerations into all aspects of the project, nearly 50 percent of the SMEs who collectively received Rand 1.7 billion in loans were women-owned. She has worked with Chemonics for the past 15 years in several other roles, including chief of party for USAID’s Rural SPEED program in Uganda and as microenterprise initiative team leader for USAID’s AMIR program in Jordan. On AMIR, Ms. Kristalsky designed and launched WAEDAT, a comprehensive training program for female entrepreneurs that is now a registered NGO.

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