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Managing Director Melissa Cook

Melissa Cook is an economic growth specialist with 15 years of experience in strategic planning, program development, capacity building, and systems strengthening. As Deputy Chief of Party on USAID’s E-PESO program in the Philippines, she designed and implemented USAID’s largest digital finance program. She currently leads Chemonics’ Digital Transformation team to create and implement a modern Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform, which will transform and automate key business processes, replace legacy business systems, and streamline project management. This initiative will support staff worldwide to go paperless and make innovation easier through a cutting-edge open-enterprise IT platform.

by Melissa Cook

For Technology Solutions, Design with the Field Office in Mind

Have you ever asked yourself “did the person who built this software system ever even remotely talk to anyone that has to use it?” I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you (like me) have. Digital transformation efforts are littered with cautionary tales of designing tone-deaf systems that don’t meet the…

Why Electronic Payments Will Support Inclusive Growth in the Philippines

People often give me puzzled looks when I try to describe my job here, and I don’t blame them. Since 2015 I have worked on an international development program that supports the Philippines’ shift from a cash-based economy to a cash-light economy, which will improve the livelihoods of Filipinos by getting more people involved in…