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Water, Energy, and Sustainable Cities Specialists

    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. Mr. App currently serves as the home office project director for the South Africa Low Emissions Development and the Mozambique Costal Cities Adaptation programs, which work with municipalities in the two countries to plan and implement green growth and climate adaptation activities. Previously, he served as the deputy chief of party for the Southern Africa Regional Environmental Program (2011-2015) to build resiliency and improve management in the Okavango river basin. Mr. App has worked in more than 15 countries with a focus on environment, biodiversity conservation, community-based natural resource management, and global climate change. He has also contributed to numerous biodiversity and tropical forest assessments and environmental compliance activities for USAID programs 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

    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 chief of party of the SERVIR and Climate Services Support Activity, a joint development initiative of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and USAID. Previously, Mr. Quintela served as chief of party for the Mozambique Coastal City Adaptation Project, which works with two vulnerable cities to improve their municipal planning and resilience. He has led gender-focused capacity development for strategic partners and affirmative action programs to ensure the participation of women in project-supported activities and to protect indigenous women's rights.

    Jeffrey Wuorinen
    Senior Vice President, Middle East and North Africa

    Jeff Wuorinen is currently the senior vice president of the Middle East and North Africa region at Chemonics. Mr. Wuorinen joined Chemonics in 2011 and has served as a director in the Middle East and Southern Africa regions, as well as a director for Chemonics’ Water and Sanitation Practice. Mr. Wuorinen also successfully served as chief of party for Chemonics’ Water Infrastructure Support and Enhancement for Lebanon (WISE) project and Chemonics’ Egypt Water and Wastewater Sector Support (WWSS) program. Prior to joining Chemonics, Mr. Wuorinen helped lead a specialized public-private partnerships consulting firm and managed its integration into a major engineering and international development firm. Mr. Wuorinen received his bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies from Saint Louis University.

    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 among international organizations, local government departments, the private sector, NGOs, and community groups to design and implement cooperative strategic approaches to environmental conservation. Before joining Chemonics, Mr. Chitepo 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, Mr. Chitepo led programming to address issues surrounding 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 park management and established several forums on community engagement in Limpopo.

    Linda Manyuchi
    Chief of Party, South Africa

    Linda Manyuchi is the chief of party for the USAID South Africa Low Emissions Development (SA-LED) program. She has worked in the area of climate change mitigation and sustainable energy for 14 years. Trained as an environmental scientist, Ms. Manyuchi started her career as a researcher at South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. She also served as a deputy director and director for the Department of Science and Technology, working in the areas of environment, climate change, and energy. She was later the director of climate change and air quality with the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality. At the City of Johannesburg, she successfully managed a 15 million rand project funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA). The project retrofitted 700 houses in Cosmo City with energy efficient technologies. During a three year contract with the South African Local Government Association, Ms. Manyuchi managed an energy efficiency program that was funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and targeted at municipalities. Prior to her role as SA-LED chief of party, she worked as an independent consultant for a year.

    Maria Olanda Bata
    Chief of Party, Mozambique

    Maria Olanda Bata is a food security, early warning, and disaster risk reduction specialist with more than 15 years of experience in the development sector. She has worked with governmental, academic, and international organizations from Mozambique, southern Africa, and the United States. Ms. Bata currently serves as the chief of party for the Coastal Cities Adaptation Program (CCAP) in Mozambique, leading activities to increase understanding of urban adaptation issues and management options for urban adaptation. Prior to CCAP, she served as a country representative and national technical manager for USAID’s Famine Early Warning System Network project where she successfully managed several USAID issued projects on livelihoods, disaster preparedness, and disaster risk reduction. She also worked in partnership with governmental, non-governmental, and academic institutions to support policy formulation and guide the development agenda in Mozambique.

    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, in which he managed watershed management activities, including sustainable hillside agriculture, 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, he was vice president of ICF International. He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in economics from American University.

    Michael Ashford
    Director, Water, Energy, and Sustainable Cities Practice

    Michael Ashford is a senior clean energy and infrastructure professional with more than 20 years of experience working with USAID, the World Bank, and the International Finance Corporation, as well as private and non-profit organizations. For USAID and the government of Nepal, Mr. Ashford led assessments and training for a public-private partnership project that financed run-of-river hydropower. He also completed return-on-investment analysis and training for energy efficiency and demand side management programs in Senegal. In the energy efficiency and biological sequestration sectors, Mr. Ashford co-led a feasibility study for the World Bank’s Proto-Type Carbon Fund and for carbon financing of greenhouse gas reduction activities. For private sector clients, he assessed project investment opportunities for biomass-fired cogeneration and coalmine methane recovery and use. Mr. Ashford also worked with the International Finance Corporation and Global Environment Facility to evaluate global small and medium-size enterprise investments in commercial entities that are reducing greenhouse gas emissions through their businesses.

    Michelet Fontaine
    Director, West and Central Africa and Haiti

    Michelet Fontaine is an experienced water and natural resources management specialist with more than 35 years of experience in watershed management, agricultural development, environmental protection, conservation, biodiversity protection, international development, and socioeconomic development programs and initiatives. Most recently chief of party of the Haiti Improved Cooking Technology Program, he has also served as the director of the Haiti Feed the Future – West project and the Southern Africa Regional Environmental Program, where he coordinated and led technical and administration teams for multisectoral, multidisciplinary, and multinational programs. He holds an M.S. in watershed management from North Carolina State University and a B.S. in agronomy from Université d'Etat d'Haiti

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