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Pact's people are making an impact.

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

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 deputy technical director, 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.”

Thiri San program officer, Myanmar

“Working at Pact means I get to put my energy every day into a program that is empowering people to overcome poverty and improve their lives.”

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.”

Lody Peng entrepreneurship manager, Cambodia

“What inspires me the most about working at Pact is empowerment. I truly experience that here. Everyone is equal and empowered to choose their own life.”

Leadership

Caroline Anstey
Caroline Anstey

Caroline Anstey

president & ceo

Caroline Anstey has more than 25 years of leadership experience in social and economic development in both the public and private sectors. After an 18-year career at the World Bank Group where she worked as Managing Director in charge of Operational Policy; Chief of Staff; and Vice President for External Affairs, she joined UBS AG as Group Managing Director working across Wealth Management, Asset Management and the UBS Investment Bank to spearhead the firms’ sustainability policy and investment products. She subsequently served as Senior Advisor to both the InterAmerican Development Bank and the World Economic Forum focusing on the future of development policy and the creation of sustainable markets. For five years, she served as Sherpa to the Heads of Government Meetings of the G7 and G20. She joined Pact in 2020.

president & ceo
Samantha Barbee

Samantha Barbee

chief financial officer

Samantha Barbee joined Pact in 2019, bringing significant experience in both finance and operations. She has spent nearly 20 years in senior leadership positions, both as a chief financial officer and executive vice president overseeing finance. Before Pact, Samantha served as chief financial and operations officer at Cesar Chavez Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she spent 16 years at the International Youth Foundation in Baltimore, serving as both CFO and executive vice president of finance, administration and information technology. While at the foundation, she led the financial, operational, compliance, human resource and information technology work of the global organization.

chief financial officer
Maria Barton

Maria Barton

general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer

Maria Barton joined Pact from the consulting world, where she skillfully served a variety of global nonprofits, including the Rockefeller Foundation and the Center for Reproductive Rights. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a JD from Yale, Maria spent more than 11 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. She went on to hold various prominent investigative roles, directing teams of lawyers, investigators and analysts in far-reaching inquiries. Following a personal passion to get involved in the global development world, she took on the role of legal counsel for the Independent Inquiry Committee for the United Nations Oil for Food Program. She then served on the Independent Committee for the World Bank Anti-Corruption Program, and later was named a court-appointed monitor of KPMG following their deferred prosecution agreement in 2005. Maria was highlighted in 2015 as one of the world’s 100 Remarkable Women in Investigations by the Global Investigations Review. 

general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer
Gloria Sangiwa

Gloria Sangiwa

vice president, 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, integrated program advancement
Kurt MacLeod

Kurt MacLeod

vice president, country programs and operations

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, country programs and operations
Bregeita Jefferson

Bregeita Jefferson

vice president, business operations

Bregeita (Bre) Jefferson is Pact's vice president for business operations. Before joining Pact, Bre worked at International Rescue Committee as vice president of awards management, where she managed several global teams. Prior to IRC, Bre served as the chief global compliance officer at PATH. She has more than 20 years of experience as an innovative, cross-functional leader with demonstrated expertise developing the global vision and strategies needed to help NGOs and mission-driven organizations build operational capacity, execute programs and maintain compliance with complex institution and funder requirements.

vice president, business operations
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
Karen Hayes

Karen Hayes

vice president, Mines to Markets

Karen Hayes is vice president for Pact's Mines to Markets program. An internationally recognized expert on artisanal and small-scale mining, Karen's experience includes both technical field work and strategic analysis of social development, conflicts, economics and private sector investment in the mining sector. She has worked on issues including security and human rights, governance and transparency, economic empowerment, sustainable enterprise and livelihood development, corporate responsibility and international best practice, mineral traceability and supply chain management, land access and rights, mining legislation consultation and dissemination, child labor and natural resource management. She has worked extensively on war economics with an emphasis on the role of formal and informal actors and trade in both contributing to conflict and enabling post-conflict reconstruction. Karen's experience includes cobalt, copper, diamonds, gold, tantalum, tin and tungsten.

vice president, Mines to Markets
Brian Vo

Brian Vo

vice president, social investment & alternative finance

Brian Vo leads Pact Ventures, magnifying Pact’s global social impact by tapping impact capital. By structuring creative financing vehicles, Pact Ventures attracts public, private and social investment to Pact’s programs and related social organizations. Prior to Pact, Brian was a director at Quantified Ventures, where he designed outcomes-based transactions for non-profit and for-profit social enterprises. With McKinsey & Company’s Strategy/Corporate Finance and Public/Social Sector Practices, Brian advised clients on a range of topics including economic development, growth strategies, capital allocation, operational turnarounds and transaction structuring. Previously, he was with Macquarie’s Private Equity Group and Jefferies & Company Investment Bank.

vice president, social investment & alternative finance

Board members

Mark Fitzgerald, Chair

Mark Fitzgerald, Chair

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.

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.

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.

Andrew Kashangaki

Andrew Kashangaki

 Andrew Kashangaki currently works as a CSR manager for a leading natural gas company, PanAfrican Energy Tanzania, where he is responsible for an annual budget of more than USD $450,000 in corporate social responsibility projects in health and education in rural areas. He has worked in Tanzania on a World Bank-funded project as well as for a top gypsum company. Internationally, he worked for a leading infrastructure company in the United Kingdom.

Heidi Kujawa
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Heidi Kujawa

Heidi Kujawa is the CEO of ByFusion, an innovative manufacturing company dedicated to disrupting the recycling industry by reshaping the future of plastics. Heidi has extensive experience establishing, transforming and leading key functional areas in large corporations that helped set the stage for success across multiple startup ventures in real estate, cyber risk management and technology. She is profoundly passionate about mission-driven companies that care for people, profits and the planet.

Xia Liu

Xia Liu

Xia Liu is executive vice president and chief financial officer for CenterPoint Energy, Inc., overseeing the company's finance organization, including accounting, corporate strategy, financial planning, commercial risk, investor relations and more. Xia previously served in similar roles for Georgia Power and Gulf Power. Before that, she was 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 a chartered financial analyst and 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.

Musa Mwenye

Musa Mwenye

Musa Mwenye is founder and senior partner at Messrs Mwenye & Mwitwa – Advocates. He is immediate past Attorney General of the Republic of Zambia, by virtue of which he was principal legal advisor to the government and leader of the Zambian bar. He is also immediate past Solicitor General, having served from 2011 to 2014. Musa obtained his LL.b from the University of Zambia in 1998 and was called to the Zambian Bar in 1999. He was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, and he currently serves on the Pact Zambia Board of Directors.

Jeremy Ngunze

Jeremy Ngunze

Jeremy Ngunze is a Group Director at a leading commercial bank in Kenya, where he is responsible for corporate development and regional business. Jeremy has held several executive positions and has wide experience in financial services spanning over 30 years, across the Africa and Asia regions. He is a board member of various organizations and is passionate about sustainable finance.

Oksana Ruda

Oksana Ruda

Oksana Ruda is executive director of ASK Reform, a civil society organization that designs and provides effective solutions for government reform in Ukraine. She also has experience consulting for NGOs on organizational restructure toward hybrid funding models. She manages the School for Community Foundations program at the Pact local partner organization ISAR Yednannya.

Lisa Thomas
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Lisa Thomas

Lisa Thomas is the Founder and Managing Director of Samata Capital, a fund management company dedicated to making private sector investments in small and growing businesses in emerging markets that advance opportunities for women and promote gender diversity. Lisa has more than a decade of experience in venture capital and private equity investing, financial analysis, consulting, strategic planning, project management, governance and operations. She has worked with companies in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Caucasus, and is a recognized leader in the social impact space. Lisa is passionate about impact investing in emerging markets and has significant expertise in the financial inclusion space.

Ellen Varney
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Ellen Varney

Ellen Varney is a seasoned chief financial officer and risk management executive in healthcare, financial services and nonprofit organizations, with leadership and expertise in finance, audit, capital risk frameworks and enterprise risk management, regulatory compliance and corporate governance. Ms. Varney is a qualified financial expert. She has held executive roles in highly-regulated environments, including insurance, health care, brokerage and nonprofit/public charities. Ms. Varney has served in a number of board governance capacities.