To promote accountability, leadership, and innovation, our board of directors includes corporate executives, and field and external leaders.
Susanna Mudge, Chair
Since joining the firm in 1992, Susanna Mudge has served the company in many key leadership roles, including as president and CEO, executive vice president, senior vice president of the Latin America and Caribbean region, and as director of several of the company’s larger programs. She brings in-depth global expertise in strategic private sector development, organizational development, trade and investment promotion, and sustainable natural resource management. She views quality project management as “inextricably linked to business success because that is what differentiates us and makes us competitive.” Raised in Latin America, she began her career as a regional development and tourism specialist for the Organization of American States, then as a privatization specialist with Ernst and Young, responsible for managing marketing and investment projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Bisrat Aklilu, Vice Chair
Bisrat Aklilu is a senior advisor for sustainable development and fund management. He advises national governments and multilateral organizations, including serving on the Board of the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (2013 – 2019), Center for International Forestry Research (2013 – 2019), Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund (2018 – present) and serving as advisor to the Syria Recovery Trust Fund (2013 – 2019). Mr. Aklilu also worked with the UN for over 25 years, including as the Deputy Executive Director and Director of Operations at the UN Office of Project Services, and later as the Executive Coordinator of the Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) Office located in the United Nations Development Programme. Mr. Aklilu established and managed the MPTF Office, which when he left the UN in 2013, had a portfolio of over 100 trust funds valued at over $6 billion and is the first UN Office to introduce full public transparency through real-time financial data and narrative reporting. Mr. Aklilu holds a Ph.D. Economics and M.A. in Economics from Boston University, where he was also an assistant professor, and a M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Massachusetts.
James W. Butcher, President and CEO
Since joining Chemonics in 1998, President and CEO Jamey Butcher has served across a variety of roles and regions. Most recently, Mr. Butcher oversaw Chemonics’ global health and supply chain portfolio. In that capacity, he led efforts to implement sustainable supply chains, improve health service delivery, and scale up innovative approaches in developing country environments. He also championed the development of Chemonics’ knowledge sharing and learning hub that provides continual learning opportunities for Chemonics’ global network of more than 5,000 employees. Previously, Mr. Butcher served as senior vice president of the Europe and Eurasia, Global Health, Africa, and then East Africa business units. In addition to diversifying and expanding the company’s portfolio, he developed a quality assurance approach to new business and trained staff in innovative enterprise development methods. While providing strategic management and operational oversight of Chemonics, Mr. Butcher draws from experience as a private sector development specialist with more than 20 years of experience in Eurasia, Latin America, and Asia. He has conducted technical assignments on international trade, competitiveness, and micro-, small, and medium enterprise development. He also served as chief of party of the Armenia Micro Enterprise Development Initiative (MEDI). Mr. Butcher received an M.A. from American University in international political economy and a B.A. in political science from Colorado State University.
Fernando Calado, Board Member
Current COP and IDIQ Manager for the Venezuela Response and Integration/Migration Management Activity, Fernando Calado is a migration, peacebuilding, human rights, and conflict mitigation expert with 20 years of experience managing complex donor programs, including more than 15 years as COP and program director for USAID, the United Nations and other international donor-funded programs. He is a proven leader with a record of building government capacity to implement government reforms and strengthen service delivery and social inclusion to address urgent needs of groups affected by conflict. Fernando also has more than 20 years of supervisory experience and is skilled at mentoring and motivating high-performing teams. He is an expert in rapid startups and closeouts, situational analysis, grant development, and operations. He holds a Master of Public Policy in International Policy and Development from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. Fernando will serve on the Corporate Strategy Committee of the Board of Directors.
Phyllis Caldwell, Board Member
Phyllis Caldwell is an independent financial services professional and owner of Wroxton Civic Ventures, LLC. Ms. Caldwell has more than 25 years of experience in banking, finance, and housing, with previous roles with the U.S. Department of Treasury, Bank of America, and Ernst & Young. In addition to Chemonics, Ms. Caldwell also serves on the boards of One Main Financial and JGB Smith. She previously served on the board of Microvest, an asset manager and impact investor that invests in banks and small businesses in frontier and emerging markets. From 2013-2019, Ms. Caldwell was a member of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Board of Trustees, serving as Finance and Audit Committee chair and board vice chair. Ms. Caldwell received her M.B.A. from the Robert H Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, where she is currently an Executive-in-Residence, and holds a B.A. in sociology and urban planning from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Andrea Ledford, Board Member
Andrea Ledford is a strategic transformational leader skilled at designing and implementing human resources and corporate programs that accelerate the realization of corporate strategy, including revenue growth, margin expansion, talent development, employee engagement and change management. She is currently serving as Chief People Officer at IEX, a technology company that operates a stock exchange. Prior to IEX, she spent 12 years as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at NCR, a leader in hardware, software, and portfolio of services, in London, New York, and Atlanta. Her areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions integration, change management, organizational design and transformation, compensation and benefit plan design, leadership development, workforce planning and analytics, talent development, and executive recruitment. Andrea has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Colorado, is a C.P.A. in the State of Colorado, and received her Executive MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. Andrea will serve as chair of the Compensation Committee and will also be on the Governance Committee and UK Oversight Committee.
Stephen J. Nikrant, Board Member
Steve Nikrant is an experienced supply chain and operations executive with a proven track record of driving change and delivering results. Mr. Nikrant is currently Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain at Leviton Manufacturing Company in Melville, New York. Mr. Nikrant joined Leviton in 2011 as Vice President, Supply Chain, responsible for global sourcing, inventory management, logistics, distribution, customer service, packaging design, and e-commerce. Prior to Leviton, Mr. Nikrant worked at Eaton Corporation as Vice President, Supply Chain at the Hydraulics Business Group in Eden Prairie, MN. He also spent more than half his career at the General Electric Company. Throughout his career, he has held multiple supply chain leadership and operating roles including serving as director of commodity management, multi-site plant manager, and an ex-patriot assignment in Shanghai, China leading the GE Lighting finished product global sourcing operation. He has a B.S.B.A. with a concentration in procurement materials and operations management from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from Baldwin Wallace College. He previously participated on the supply chain advisory council at Bowling Green State University. He is currently on the school of management advisory council at the University of Iowa, School of Management.
Doina Nistor, Board Member
Current chief of party (COP) on our Moldova Future Technologies Activity, Doina Nistor is a private sector development specialist with more than 15 years of experience building large-scale public-private partnerships, deploying digital transformation, and promoting innovation-based entrepreneurship with an emphasis on the wine, tourism, light industry manufacturing, ICT, engineering, and creative sectors. An experienced COP on economic development projects, she has managed nearly $80 million worth of technical assistance, resulting in upgrades in technology, skills, market linkages, and business enabling environment factors which led to over $175 million in revenue growth for SMEs. She is skilled in local capacity building, building partnerships to develop innovation-based entrepreneurship-focused solutions, and has experience improving the competitiveness of value chains and leading policies in the ICT sector. Doina is a Ph.D. candidate in enterprise management from the Technical University of Moldova and holds a Bachelor of Arts and master’s equivalent in International Economic Relations from the Academy of Economic Studies in Moldova. Doina will serve on the Corporate Strategy Committee of the Board of Directors.
Valli Perera, Board Member
Valli Perera is a global leader with 40 years of professional services and corporate experience, including 25 years as a senior partner at Deloitte in the travel, hospitality, and consumer products industries. Skilled at achieving growth and strategic objectives for clients and global firms in mature and emerging markets, Valli has led complex transformation and cultural initiatives, successfully achieving growth, market share, and enterprise improvement. At Deloitte, Valli served as Managing Director for Global Services and Global Mergers and Acquisitions as a member of Deloitte’s Service Innovation Board, focusing on ensuring right “fit” and effective integration during acquisitions. She is passionate about furthering diversity and inclusion in the workplace and has served as a coach and mentor throughout her career. Valli holds a Master of Science in Taxation from Drexel University and a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University. Valli will serve on the Corporate Strategy Committee, Audit and Risk Committee, and Connexi Oversight Committee.
Christopher Scott, Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President Christopher Scott has more than 20 years of experience managing international development projects. Mr. Scott currently oversees Chemonics’ global health and supply chain portfolio. In that capacity, he leads efforts to implement sustainable supply chains, improve health service delivery, and scale up innovative approaches in developing country environments. Previously, he served as senior vice president of the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management Project (GHSC-PSM) where he provided strategic leadership to improve the availability of health commodities and technical assistance for supply chain system strengthening worldwide. Mr. Scott has served as chief of party for USAID projects in Ukraine and the West Bank and as senior vice president of Chemonics’ Middle East regional business unit. Early in his career, he acted as senior advisor and chief of party for projects in Belarus, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Yemen. Before joining Chemonics, he was a USAID democracy team leader in Jordan. Mr. Scott holds a J.D. from the John Marshall Law School and an undergraduate degree from Marquette University.
Anna Slother, Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President Anna Slother is an international development executive with 20 years of cross-cutting experience in operations, human resource management, and program management. With a breadth of regional and technical experience, she has served for nearly two years in Kosovo and conducted several short-term assignments throughout the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and Asia with focuses on supply chain solutions, economic growth, environment and energy, and overall project management. Prior to joining the executive team, Ms. Slother led all business operations for more than 500 staff in Chemonics’ Global Health and Supply Chain Office, including communications, talent acquisition, human resources, security, global information technology, ethics, and continual improvement. Anna’s other executive roles at Chemonics include serving as senior vice president (SVP) of the Supply Chain Solutions Division, SVP of Human Resources, and SVP of the Central and Eastern Europe Region. Ms. Slother has a bachelor’s degree in political science and Asian studies as well as a certificate in teaching English as a second language from Beloit College.