Robert Brookes Director, Health Practice
Robert Brookes, the current managing director of Chemonics’ health practice, is a public health and project management specialist with 10 years of experience. Mr. Brookes leads efforts to improve corporate relationships with health organizations and experts, strengthen the internal capability in health programming, and contribute to the global health agenda.. Prior to joining Chemonics, Mr. Brookes conducted research on vaccines for cancer and bacterial infections. He also served as a U.S. Crisis Corps Volunteer in El Salvador, working with Project Concern International as a project supervisor within their earthquake response program, and as a U.S Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, working primarily with teachers in rural settings to integrate health education into schools’ curricula. Mr. Brookes has a MPH and MBA from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s Degree in biology from the University of Mary Washington.
Steve HawkinsSteve Hawkins is a highly skilled program manager and supply chain expert with over 30 years of project management, oversight, and technical design experience, 20 of which has been overseeing or working on large, complex, multi-country USAID health projects. Mr. Hawkins is currently serving as the chief of party on the Kenya Pharma project, which established and currently operates a sustainable, ISO-9001 certified pharmaceutical supply chain management system that improves forecasting and planning commodity procurement needs, reduces costs, increases local resources for quality assurance, and ensures that supplies reach remote areas. Originally trained as a transportation engineer, rigorous academic training has provided Mr. Hawkins with powerful quantitative problem-solving tools while broad health program management experience has provided a systems-level appreciation for the role of the supply chain. Mr. Hawkins’ management skills were recognized within USAID in 2000 when selected as a “Project Management Exemplar” for both the design and delivery of the Global Health Bureau’s course on project management. He is widely recognized within USAID for clear and articulate presentations of complex issues such as USAID’s budget process and contractor cost structures, and was consulted within USAID on implementation of programs involving ADS 312 Restricted Commodity Procurement and Commodity Eligibility. Mr. Hawkins was the design- and management-team leader or co-leader on two of the largest central supply chain support mechanisms put in place by the Agency – FPLM/DELIVER and SCMS. He received his MEAd in Business Management from The George Washington University, and a BSCE from the University of Miami.