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In tens of thousands of communities around the world,
Pact's people are making an impact.

Across Pact, we're all inspired by the same vision.

Geeta Pradhan conflict mitigation manager, Nepal

“I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of Pact. Every day, I see the difference we’re making in people’s lives.”

Lauren Serpe

results and measurement advisor

Lauren Serpe is a research specialist in the democracy and governance field with expertise in quantitative and qualitative methods. As the Results and Measurement Advisor for Pact’s governance, civil society and peacebuilding programs, she provides technical assistance across eight countries and 15 programs in Africa and Eurasia. Her support includes creating performance monitoring and evaluation plans (PMEPs), logical and results frameworks, trainings, and research design and analysis for baseline studies and midterm and endline evaluations. Ms. Serpe also leads revisions of Pact’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MERL) Modules and other handbooks on governance measurement tools. She has an MA in International Politics from American University in Washington, DC.

Lauren Serpe results & measurement senior technical advisor, Washington, D.C.

Lauren Serpe

results and measurement advisor

Lauren Serpe is a research specialist in the democracy and governance field with expertise in quantitative and qualitative methods. As the Results and Measurement Advisor for Pact’s governance, civil society and peacebuilding programs, she provides technical assistance across eight countries and 15 programs in Africa and Eurasia. Her support includes creating performance monitoring and evaluation plans (PMEPs), logical and results frameworks, trainings, and research design and analysis for baseline studies and midterm and endline evaluations. Ms. Serpe also leads revisions of Pact’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MERL) Modules and other handbooks on governance measurement tools. She has an MA in International Politics from American University in Washington, DC.

“I believe wholeheartedly in Pact’s focus on results. It’s not enough to make people’s lives better. We have to make them measurably better.”

Yves Bawa

DRC, Rwanda and Burundi Country Director

Yves Bawa is the Burundi-based Pact Country Director for Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Burundi and the Pact Regional Program Director for the implementation of the ITRI Tin Supply Chain Initiative (iTSCi) program, the only due diligence and mineral traceability system in the region for conflict-free mining.

Not only does Bawa plays a leading role in the implementation of the iTSCi program in Africa’s Great Lakes region and related projects to strengthen governance, security, social development and conflict reduction in the mining sector, but he has over ten years of experience as a project manager in DRC. His expertise includes artisanal mining, governance, livelihoods, social and physical infrastructure, peace-building, food security, potable water and forestry issues.

Yves Bawa country director, DRC, Rwanda and Burundi
Yves Bawa head shot

Yves Bawa

DRC, Rwanda and Burundi Country Director

Yves Bawa is the Burundi-based Pact Country Director for Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Burundi and the Pact Regional Program Director for the implementation of the ITRI Tin Supply Chain Initiative (iTSCi) program, the only due diligence and mineral traceability system in the region for conflict-free mining.

Not only does Bawa plays a leading role in the implementation of the iTSCi program in Africa’s Great Lakes region and related projects to strengthen governance, security, social development and conflict reduction in the mining sector, but he has over ten years of experience as a project manager in DRC. His expertise includes artisanal mining, governance, livelihoods, social and physical infrastructure, peace-building, food security, potable water and forestry issues.

"What sets Pact apart is its focus on local solutions. We’re not about imposing our ideas on communities. We’re about listening and working together to find the best solutions.”

Leadership

Mark Viso

Mark Viso

president & ceo

Mark Viso is building on Pact's past to shape a future for the organization centered on locally designed solutions, partnerships and measurable impact. Under Mark’s leadership, Pact has established itself as a preferred partner for national aid agencies and corporations and embraced an integrated approach to development – one that blends improvements in governance, markets, local capacity, health, livelihoods and natural resource management. Before joining Pact in 2009, Mark served as senior vice president for international programs at World Learning. Before that he spent 12 years at World Vision, where he managed efforts in 80 countries as vice president for international programs.

president & ceo
Christian Loucq

Christian Loucq

chief operating officer

Christian Loucq is Pact's chief operating officer. A medical doctor and a native of France, he came to Pact from the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies, where he served as chief operating officer. Before that, he was the top executive at the International Vaccine Institute in Seoul, South Korea. He previously headed PATH’s malaria vaccine initiative. 

chief operating officer
Bruce Pankey

Bruce Pankey

chief financial officer

Bruce Pankey joined Pact in 2017, bringing decades of financial leadership experience from a range of organizations, including education institutions, private companies and a nonprofit. Before Pact he worked at Catholic Charities USA, where he served as senior vice president for finance and CFO. Prior to Catholic Charities, Bruce spent three years in the same role at the National Labor College in Silver Spring. Before that he served for 10 years as the director for finance at The George Washington University. Bruce’s private sector experience includes time at NCR Government Systems and Getronics Government Services. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Olivet Nazarene University and an MBA from Averett University.

chief financial officer
Dorothy Scheffel

Dorothy Scheffel

chief global programs officer

Dorothy Scheffel guides the operation and advancement of Pact’s programs around the world. She came to Pact from Asia, where she served as international programs director for World Vision Taiwan. In the U.S. and abroad, she spent more than two decades with World Vision, where she gained expertise in strategy development, program design and monitoring and evaluation. 

chief global programs officer
Gloria Sangiwa

Gloria Sangiwa

vice president for integrated program advancement

Dr. Gloria Sangiwa has more than 20 years of experience as a leader, technical expert and manager in global chronic diseases, HIV and AIDS, international public health programs, development, training and research, with a focus in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining Pact she served as a director and global technical lead for chronic diseases at Management Sciences for Health. She is a trained psychiatrist with a medical degree from the University of Dar es Salaam Medical School and post-graduate training in mental health. 

vice president for integrated program advancement
Kurt MacLeod

Kurt MacLeod

vice president, Asia Eurasia

Kurt MacLeod has been at Pact for more than 20 years. He was the organization’s first country director in Laos and in Myanmar. As Cambodia country director, he helped integrate international standards into national policies on anti-corruption, freedom of information and the rights of people with HIV/AIDS. As Asia’s regional director, he guided Pact’s expansion into six new countries. Among Kurt’s other achievements: He pioneered Pact’s first climate change initiative – the Reducing Emissions for Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) mechanism – and facilitated relief efforts after Myanmar’s Cyclone Nargis. As a program associate in Washington, he designed Pact’s first global management information system.

vice president, Asia Eurasia
Todd Malone
Todd Malone

Todd Malone

regional vice president, Africa, Latin America and global projects

Todd Malone joined Pact in 2009, serving as our country director in Swaziland and then Tanzania before his current role. He began his career working on disaster recovery and affordable housing in small communities in the United States prior to moving overseas to support teachers in Namibia under the country’s post-Apartheid education system. Nearly 20 years later, Todd has worked on education, health and child welfare projects across Africa in both technical and leadership roles. He holds degrees in education and public health. 

regional vice president, Africa, Latin America and global projects
Natasha Sakolsky
Natasha Sakolsky

Natasha Sakolsky

executive director, Pact Institute

Natasha Sakolsky has spent 25 years in public health and development, providing corporate-level leadership in strategic planning, organizational design and performance, and operations and change management. Before joining Pact, Natasha led a pioneering global chronic disease program. In previous positions she helped to lead the design of FHI 360 after its acquisition of AED, advanced country-centered program delivery, and served as the U.S. country director for a UK-based charity. Proficient in French, her international work has focused on HIV/AIDS and reproductive health in Africa, the Caribbean and other parts of the developing world. 

executive director, Pact Institute
Dan Jarman

Dan Jarman

executive director, Pact UK

Dan Jarman is executive director of Pact UK. He has more than 15 years of policy development and program implementation experience in the humanitarian and international development sector, working across the globe from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Dan has worked for major donors, including DFID; non-profits, including Save the Children and Care; and the private sector, including Adam Smith International. He is a graduate of University College London.

executive director, Pact UK
Fahmid Bhuiya

Fahmid Bhuiya

president & COO, Pact Global Microfinance Fund

Fahmid Bhuiya is president and chief operating officer of Pact Global Microfinance Fund. He has nearly three decades of microfinance and institutional development experience and has led PGMF, Myanmar’s largest microfinance institution, since 2011. He has worked with some of the world's most reputable microfinance and income generating NGOs, including BRAC, CARE International and Pathfinder International. He was a pioneer in introducing microfinance into Myanmar. He began with Pact in Bangladesh in 1995 and joined Pact in Myanmar three years later.

president & COO, Pact Global Microfinance Fund
Tim Staffa

Tim Staffa

vice president, planning, quality & new initiatives

Tim Staffa is Pact's vice president for planning, quality and new initiatives. He has more than a decade of experience in the social sector, including in project implementation, business development, operations and leadership roles. Before joining Pact, Tim worked at PATH, a global health organization, and coordinated a public health outreach campaign funded by District of Columbia HIV/AIDS Administration. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations from American University and has completed executive education training at Harvard Business School.

vice president, planning, quality & new initiatives

Board members

Nancy Murphy, Chair

Nancy Murphy, Chair

Nancy Murphy is founder and president of the consulting firm CSR Communications. Her past posts include time at the Case Family Foundation, as an executive vice president with the consulting firm Metropolitan Group, and as policy director for the National Youth Leadership Council. At Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Nancy led the organization’s Scaling What Works initiative. At APCO Worldwide, she redesigned corporate philanthropy, employee volunteer and community relations programs for several Fortune 100 companies. 

James Bernard

James Bernard

James Bernard is an internationally recognized expert on multi-stakeholder partnerships. He currently serves as director of strategic partnerships at SSG Advisors, a consultancy focused on partnerships in international development, impact investment and frontier market expansion. Before joining SSG, James was senior director of global strategic partnerships for Microsoft's education group, where he led a team that was responsible for building partnerships with publishers, education technology companies and NGOs. In earlier roles at Microsoft, James worked on projects to bring technology such as low-cost PCs to people in developing countries. He also spent time as vice president of marketing and communications at World Learning, an international NGO. Before that, James spent eight years working in consumer marketing and public relations. 

 

Samantha Carey

Samantha Carey

Samantha Carey is a partner at Heidrick & Struggles, a global executive search firm. She works with company’s health care and life sciences and private equity practices. Before Heidrick & Struggles, she was a partner at a leading international health care executive search firm. She also spent time at MediMetrix, a boutique strategy consulting firm serving the health care industry. In 2008, Samantha was on Business Week’s list of the world’s most influential headhunters.

 

 

Michael J. Dahl

Michael J. Dahl

Michael J. Dahl is the executive director of Broad Street Ministry. Previously, he was a senior vice president with The Pew Charitable Trusts. He joined the NGO in 2001, bringing experience in strategic planning, public policy, health care and finance. His portfolio included program and institutional planning and evaluation, research and information technology. He has also served as Pew’s managing director and general counsel. Before Pew, Michael played integral roles at two business start-ups. Earlier in his career, he served as chief economic adviser and senior tax counsel to Senator Bill Bradley, later becoming a policy advisor during Bradley’s presidential campaign.

Mark Fitzgerald

Mark Fitzgerald

Mark Fitzgerald is a principal in KPMG’s international development assistance services practice, where he works with U.S.-based private foundations, international development organizations and public charities. Before KPMG, he was director of internal audits and investigations for the United Nations Office for Project Services. His clients have included the World Bank, various United Nations entities, the European Commission, DfID, DANIDA and USAID. He has assisted organizations in making grants and funding projects in more than 70 countries.

Nathalie Gabala
Nathalie Gabala

Nathalie Gabala

Nathalie Gabala is a partner and investment officer for Africa at Equator Capital. Prior to joining Equator, she spent 10 years with Standard Chartered Bank - Africa where she served as both head of financial markets and regional head in the Africa regional office. Nathalie has also worked with Citibank in Cameroon and Cote d'Ivoire and Credit Lyonnais in France.

John Grimes

John Grimes

With more than 35 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, John Grimes is currently president of Mission+ Strategic Solutions, where he works with social service providers, museums, arts organizations, foundations and educational institutions. His past positions include time as a vice president with CITC, deputy director at the Peabody Essex Museum and director of the Institute for American Indian Arts Museum in Santa Fe.

Raymond Guthrie
Raymond Guthrie

Raymond Guthrie

Raymond Guthrie is a senior partner on the Investment Team at GIF where he manages a team of Investment Directors and Associates and develops and structures both risk capital investments and grants to support innovative organizations striving to create measurable large scale impact in the developing world. His past posts include time at the Skoll Foundation where he served as a principal on the innovation investment team, as a Foreign Service Officer at USAID, and at Calvert Investments. 

John Kohler

John Kohler

John Kohler is director of the Impact Capital Program at Santa Clara University's Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. He also serves as a mentor to social entrepreneurs at the Global Social Benefit Accelerator. John manages technology investments with Redleaf Venture Management, and he is currently pioneering a new investment vehicle, the Demand Dividend. John spent 20 years in executive-level positions at technology companies including Hewlett Packard, Silicon Graphics and Convergent Technologies/Unisys. He is a founding executive of Netscape Communications and co-founder and director of Toniic, a syndication network of impact investors. 

 

Bernhard Liese

Bernhard Liese

With more than 30 years of experience in health and development, Bernhard Liese is chair of the Department of International Health at Georgetown University’s School of Nursing & Health Studies. A long-time World Bank staffer, Bernhard worked in various policy and management roles at the agency, including as a health services director and a tropical disease specialist. He helped establish health lending at the World Bank and was its representative on multi-donor global health programs. As a senior HIV/AIDS advisor, he provided support to UNDP’s Global Health Program. Before the World Bank, he worked as a health project manager and director of a nursing and midwifery school for Cameroon’s health ministry. Bernhard also spent time as head of the health policy desk at Germany’s health ministry.

Xia Liu

Xia Liu

A chartered financial analyst, Xia Liu is vice president and CFO at Gulf Power. She previously served as senior vice president of finance and treasurer for Southern Company, heading the company’s treasury, strategic development decision support and enterprise risk management and playing a critical role in maintaining Southern's credibility with Wall Street and ratings agencies. Also at Southern Company, Xia served as director of financial and corporate planning and assistant treasurer for Alabama Power. She is an International Woman’s Forum Leadership Foundation Fellow and has attended executive programs at Harvard University and INSEAD School of France.

Mark Minelli

Mark Minelli

Mark Minelli is president and CEO of Minelli, Inc., a cultural brand consultancy. A frequent speaker on branding, he has presented at numerous colleges and universities and arts and education associations. Mark is an accomplished painter and a member of the Board of Overseers at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Kevin Mitchell

Kevin Mitchell

Kevin Mitchell is an executive with Breitburn Energy, a domestic energy company. He specializes in internal audits and risk management. Before joining Breitburn, Kevin spent time at Unocal Corp., Lockheed, Hughes and Deloitte & Touche.

Tamela Noboa

Tamela Noboa

Tamela Noboa is vice president of strategic partnerships at Discovery Communications as well as managing director at Discovery Learning Alliance, an international nonprofit. In her roles at Discovery, she manages an international team that has developed learning initiatives in 16 countries. Tamela was instrumental in the creation of the Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Ed), a platform for deepening private sector engagement in global education. She created and is currently leading a public-private partnership to improve learning outcomes for girls in Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria. Before Discovery, Tamela worked aboard a hospital ship based in West Africa, where she led a community health education team. She also spent time at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where she worked in public affairs.

Stephen H. Oleskey

Stephen H. Oleskey

A Pact board member since 2006 and a lawyer, Stephen Oleskey retired in 2012 from WilmerHale, where he was a partner. He is currently Of Counsel to the Boston-based firm Barclay & Damon. Earlier in his career, Stephen served as Massachusetts’ deputy attorney general. In 2007, he was recognized by the American Bar Association for his lifetime dedication to pro bono legal work.

Pamela Roussos

Pamela Roussos

Pamela Roussos works with early-stage software companies as a business and marketing strategy consultant. With more than 20 years of experience, she has spent time at both large and start-up firms, including Amdahl, Pure Software, Rational Software, 555-1212.com, Consera and Zend. She has served as a business unit manager, as a vice president of marketing, and as COO and CEO. In addition to Pact, Pamela serves on the board of the nonprofit International Enneagram Association.

Frank Sims

Frank Sims

Frank Sims retired in 2007 from Cargill Inc., where he worked for more than 30 years in numerous roles, including as president of the company’s North American grain division and as a corporate vice president. Frank earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration at Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas.

David Wilson

David Wilson

David Wilson is a partner at the law firm Thompson Hine, where he works on civil litigation, internal and government investigations and securities enforcement matters. David has extensive experience litigating in state and federal courts, before administrative agencies and in domestic and international arbitration forums. Before Thompson Hine, he was a partner at WilmerHale. Other posts include time at the Coalition of Northeastern Governors and on the staff of Congressman James Jeffords of Vermont. David is a member of the Massachusetts, Maryland and District of Columbia bars.