Our Leadership

Our senior leadership leverages a robust combination of public- and private-sector experience to ensure our organization and the programs we support are driven by results.

Global Executive Team

Liz Jarman

Chief Executive Officer

Liz joined Living Goods in 2014 as our Director of Product Strategy and was promoted to Kenya Country Director in 2015. She was instrumental in launching and scaling our operations in Kenya to reach more than 1.6 million Kenyans to date, while significantly strengthening community health systems through impactful partnerships with governments and other implementing partners beyond Kenya. At the end of 2017, she was promoted to Chief Strategy Officer, and was named CEO in June 2018. Born in Zambia, Liz spent a large portion of her career in the UK at Sainsbury’s, a $30 billion grocery business where she rose to Head of Product Development and led Sainsbury’s Fairtrade strategy. She ultimately decided to follow her heart and cross over to the social sector, moving to Kenya in 2012 to work with Fairtrade Africa before joining Living Goods.

Emilie Chambert

Chief Program Officer

As Chief Program Officer, Emilie reviews and refines Living Goods’ theory of change and helps ensure high-impact service delivery through strategic program design, innovation, monitoring, research, evaluation, and learning. She also oversees incubator stages of our new country operations so that they deliver desired results and ensures we effectively measure our work at each stage. Emilie joined Living Goods in 2014 and has held progressive leadership roles as our Uganda Operations Director, Uganda Deputy Country Director, Uganda Country Director and, most recently, Regional Director for Expansion. A leader committed to driving positive social outcomes and durable change, Emilie has more than two decades of leadership and management experience in the public and private sectors. She got her MBA from EDHEC in Lille, France and is fluent in English, French, and Spanish.

Molly Christiansen

Acting Chief Impact Officer

Molly is a senior public health professional with more than two decades of experience in global health and social enterprises. She joined Living Goods in 2008 as part of the early team that designed and built Living Goods’ community health model. She has been a key member of the senior leadership team throughout her tenure with the organization. In her current role, she provides technical and strategic guidance on program design, strategy, innovation, research, monitoring, evaluation, and learning. Previously, Molly held roles at Living Goods including Director of Advocacy and Impact and Director of Partnerships and Research. Earlier in her career, Molly worked with organizations including the Acumen Fund, IDEO.org, Vision Spring, ProWorld, and UCSF. She holds an MBA/MPH from the University of Michigan and a BA in Community Health from Brown University.

Sonja Kotze

Chief Financial Officer

Sonja brings more than 20 years of global experience in the private and non-profit sectors to Living Goods. She has executive experience overseeing financial, administration and operational functions. She has managed multi- and bilateral funding portfolios in excess of $100 million. Her expertise extends to running a shared services portfolio—including the development and realignment of operational and financial strategies to meet business needs, excellent skills in financial reporting and administration, corporate governance calibration, management of human resources, information technology, and facilities functions. She holds a post-graduate degree in Financial Management, Strategy and Corporate Governance from the University of South Africa, and an MBA  from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town. Originally from Namibia, Sonja’s international experience includes work in the U.S., United Kingdom, and various African countries.

Lisa McCandless

Executive Director, US

Lisa joined Living Goods in 2014 after five years at Chemonics International Inc., where she led strategy and design for large-scale development projects in Africa. As the former Chief Development Officer for Living Goods, she oversaw all business development for East Africa, managing relationships with donors, implementation partners, foreign governments, and the private sector. She secured USAID funding opportunities up to $50 million in value and coordinated programs for PlayPumps International and Save the Children. Lisa holds a B.A. in International Development Studies from UCLA.

Thomas Opiyo Onyango

Country Director, Kenya

As Living Goods’ Kenya Country, Thomas drives strategy, leads the development of the team, and promotes Living Goods to key stakeholders in Kenya. Prior to Living Goods, Thomas was the General Manager for Merck Health Care & Life Science in Kenya, where he focused on team/talent management, business development, and key stakeholder relationships. His experience includes building high-performing organizations from his previous roles leading multinational pharmaceutical companies. Prior to Merck, Thomas worked for Novartis as Franchise Head – English East Africa. He holds a Master’s Degree in General Management from Strathmore University.  

Christine Namayanja

Uganda Country Direcctor

Christine Namayanja officially joined our team as Uganda’s Country Director effective October 1st. Christine is a Ugandan national and a seasoned leader who brings more than two decades of senior-level experience. Before joining Living Goods, she worked for Abt Associates as the Chief of Party for the five-year USAID-funded Voucher Plus Activity. Prior to that, she worked with Marie Stopes Uganda for more than 16 years. She also held a range of consultancies working in Zimbabwe, Namibia and other countries on the continent. Christine is passionate about women and children. 

Asif Akram

Chief Technology Officer

Asif brings extensive experience establishing, leading, and directing multi-disciplinary teams for global brand leaders and FTSE companies to Living Goods. Before his role as Living Goods’ Chief Technology Officer, Asif led technical aspects of various public health projects in Imperial College, London, and LKC School of Medicine, Singapore. He was part of the faculties of Cambridge University and Oxford University and contributed to various scientific and medical projects. Asif holds an MSc degree in Computer Science and BSc degree in Chemical Engineering.

David Ssegawa

Chief People & Culture Officer

David is a Ugandan HR professional with more than 20 years’ experience as a global business leader. He has led HR functions in a number of prestigious organizations, including African Development Bank, Airtel, the Coca-Cola Company, Unilever, and more recently, Oxfam. He holds a B.A. in Social Work and Social Administration from Makerere University and an M.B.A from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Applied Leadership at the Monarch University.


Kenya Country Team

Dr. Kezia K’Oduol

Kenya Director of Health

Dr. Kezia K’Oduol is a medical practitioner and public health specialist with over 18 years of experience in health program management, capacity building, project and knowledge management, research, and health systems strengthening. A passionate health and wellness advocate, Kezia’s work within the non-profit sector has yielded immense success in the setting up of comprehensive public health care facilities, implementation of health research initiatives, and training and mentorship of health care professionals. She has also managed partnerships with high-level stakeholders in government, academia and development circles to strengthen health service delivery. At Living Goods, Kezia steers the strategic direction of all health initiatives backed by a strong team to deliver high-scale public health impact, improve the health system and reduce maternal, neonatal and child mortality. Kezia holds a master’s degree in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Dr. David Ochieng Oluoch

Director of Community Health Systems Strengthening, Kenya

Dr. Oluoch’s experience encompasses 13 years in increasingly responsible managerial roles in National and County Government Departments of health. In his most recent position, he served as a County Director of Health Services-Kakamega County, where he was the overall technical lead of all health services in the county. He has significant experience in health systems strengthening and program management. He is resourceful, detail oriented and a meticulous planner with a high level organizational acumen. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Nairobi, a Master’s of Science degree in Applied Epidemiology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology and is completing an MPH in Monitoring and Evaluation from Kenyatta University.

Peter Maina Kamonde

Director of Infrastructure

Peter manages the technology portfolio for Kenya. He has extensive knowledge in implementation of various technology solutions acquired while working with major telecommunications and IT vendors. He has experience guiding technical teams through implementation of complex and integrated technology solutions that deliver value to businesses, and has previously worked with organizations to set up end-to-end IT delivery processes, tools, and systems to ensure technology products align with changing business priorities. He is passionate about best practices in project management as well as the development of business-minded engineering teams. Prior to joining Living Goods, he worked with Avaya, IBM, Ericsson, and Huawei in various positions to drive project execution across Africa. He recently completed his MSc in Information Technology Management at the University of Nairobi. He is registered as a PRINCE2 Projects Practitioner and as a professional engineer with the Engineers Board of Kenya.

Samuel Njoroge

Senior Manager, HR Business Partner

Samuel leads the design and implementation of the global talent sourcing strategy at Living Goods. Samuel has extensive human resources management knowledge in the telecommunications and NGO sector. His experience cuts across the entire human resource value chain including talent acquisition, performance management, learning and development, compensation and benefits, and organizational effectiveness. Previously he worked for PATH as a Regional Recruiter for Africa and worked at Safaricom Limited as a Talent Acquisition Manager, where he attracted and acquired the best talent into the organization.  Samuel holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, a Higher Diploma in Human Resources from the Institute of Human Resource Management, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource from Makerere University.

Sylvain Romieu

Director of Field Operations, Kenya

Sylvain heads Field Operations in Kenya and is responsible for overseeing existing field offices and opening new ones. He previously developed Grameen Danone’s sales, marketing and distribution of nutritional products through retail and agent networks in Bangladesh, managed a public-private partnership focused on nutritional product sales for Danone in Poland and has set up a startup focused on improving access to improved cookstoves in Uganda. Sylvain holds post-graduate degrees in International Business from Universite Paris Est and in Sustainable Development Management from HEC Paris Business School.


Uganda Country Team

Edward Zzimbe

Deputy Country Director, Direct Operations

Edward Zzimbe is a private sector and health markets expert with local and international programmes experience. He is currently the Deputy Country Director of Direct Operations for Living Goods in Uganda. He has successfully designed and managed several large and innovative donor-funded programmes for DFID, USAID, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNFPA, UNDP, the World Bank and the German Development Bank (KfW). He has an exceptional track record in delivering results and has previously served as the Technical Director & deputy to the team leader for DFID Kenya’s flagship family planning. He is an expert in external relations including working with governments, New business development, public relations and has represented Africa at the House of Commons (UK) and European Parliament (Brussels).  

Hasifa Naluyiga

Uganda Deputy Director, Community Health Partnerships

Hasifa Nalugiya leads engagement with the Ministry of Health and provides technical assistance to drive high-impact community health agendas, policies and efforts at the national level. Hasifa has 15 years of experience providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and engaging in advocacy for community-based programs on gender and reproductive health.  Her skills include monitoring and evaluation of programs, proposal development, training and coaching in advocacy, and gender and organizational development. Hasifa is committed to quality performance and is both people- and results-oriented. Most recently, Hasifa worked at PATH where she led on advocacy and capacity assessments together with Ministry of Health. She also led on advocacy for 35 civil society organizations (CSOs) under USAID’s “Advocacy for Better Health Project”. Prior to joining PATH, she worked with Reproductive Health Uganda as a Reproductive Health Commodity Security Advocacy Coordinator. In this role, she advocated for reproductive health (RH) supplies and engaged government to increase resource allocation for RH. She also coordinated sub-grants and provided technical assistance to Ministry of Health in developing national strategies. Hasifa has a Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda and a Bachelor of Arts in Education.

 

Evelyne Kusiima

Deputy Director, Field Operations, Uganda

Evelyne Kusiima started her career in 2005 with a Ugandan rural credit organization supporting women to acquire small loans for micro-enterprise development. She later served orphans and world’s most vulnerable children at ChildFund International and World Vision. She has over a decade of experience in people management and leading strategies for innovations, marketing, project design and implementation, and more. She holds an MA in Development Studies and a Bachelors in Psychology and Sociology, with additional post-graduate certificates in Grant Acquisition and Management, People Management, Finance Management, Child Protection, and Project Planning.

Juliet Najjuma

Senior Manager, HR Business Partner

Juliet is a seasoned HR professional with Living Goods in Uganda. She brings a wealth of experience to her role from previous roles at World Wide Fund for Nature, where she worked as a Country HR Manager;  World Vision Uganda as Regional People and Culture Business Partner; and International Rescue Committee, where she worked as a Regional Senior HR and Administration Officer for the Karamoja region. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Management Studies, with a focus on Human Resources Management and Development. She holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and Development from Uganda Management Institute, a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Makerere University and a certificate in Administrative law.

Brenda Nauma

Chief Accountant

Since 2005, Brenda has worked in finance, administration, and taxation across organizations ranging from private companies to internationally NGOs. She has worked with PANOS Eastern Africa, BBC World Service Trust (now BBC Media in Action), and Watoto Ministries. Brenda brings strong experience in managing audits, developing company finance policies and procedures, drawing and monitoring of budgets and data analysis.

Rose Mbaziira

Head of Finance and Administration

Rose joined Living Goods in October 2020 as the Head of Finance and Administration. Prior to joining Living Goods, Rose was working as Finance Management Specialist for International Conference of Great Lakes Region (ICLR) for five years. In the past, she worked as a Finance and Administration Director of TASO Uganda, Finance and Support Services Director for World Vision Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda, and held numerous other senior finance and support services leadership roles. She has extensive experience with multi- and bi-lateral funding, including World Bank, USAID, UNICEF, and AUSAID, to name but a few. Rose is a CPA and holds a Masters in Management Studies. She is passionate about servant leadership and building effective teams that empower leadership with information for strategic decision making.

Global Management Team

Miriam Awadallah

Senior Manager, Foundations and Corporates

Miriam Awadallah joined Living Goods in 2021 and is committed to ensuring that social impact organizations have the necessary resources to achieve their missions. She has experience in designing and executing shared value partnerships that unlock the full potential of private sector donors. Most recently, she served as the global lead for the International Rescue Committee’s corporate partnerships across the financial services sector and prior to that, she was a member of UNICEF USA’s foundation partnerships team. Miriam began her career in the development department of the OneVoice Movement, an organization dedicated to grassroots leadership in the Middle East, where she worked to nearly double the organization’s fundraising revenue. Her multi-cultural upbringing inspired her to pursue a BA in International Affairs and Middle East Studies from The George Washington University, and she holds a Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

Mohini Bhavsar

Global Head of Digital Health Partnerships

Mohini has 10 years of implementation and strategic partnerships experience where she has collaborated across the global health ecosystem, including NGOs, donors, private sector partners, philanthropic partners, technology providers, and governments to design and scale digital health programs for frontline health workers. Mohini sees herself as a bridge between health care professionals and technologists to achieve better quality of care for underserved communities. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences from McMaster University and is a 2022 candidate for the Global Executive MBA program in Healthcare Life Sciences at Rotman School of Management. Mohini speaks English, French, Spanish and Hindi.

Sarah Cramer

Deputy Director. Major Gifts

Sarah joined Living Goods in 2020, bringing her 10+ years of nonprofit fundraising and communications experience to our Major Gifts fundraising program. Prior to joining Living Goods, she worked for several international organizations, most recently International Rescue Committee, where she focused on high net worth individual philanthropy. Sarah received an M.B.A. from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where she concentrated her studies on social impact opportunities. She also holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University.

Mandy Folse

Global Advocacy Director

With over a decade of experience in global health policy and advocacy, Mandy brings significant expertise in advocacy strategy development, policy analysis, communications, and coalition building to her role at Living Goods. She previously served as the inaugural Director of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition at IntraHealth International, where she positioned the coalition as a leading voice in global health workforce advocacy.  Prior to this experience, Mandy served as Head of Policy and Advocacy at WaterAid America, where she developed the organization’s first policy and advocacy program in the U.S., focused on global water and sanitation issues. She also worked as Associate Director of Policy and Advocacy for Save the Children, leading the organization’s advocacy work on global health and development issues, including nutrition, HIV/AIDS, and education. Most recently, Mandy led fundraising as the Chief of Strategic Advancement for a New Orleans-based non-profit organization, securing over $70 million to support local education initiatives. Mandy received her Master’s in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jennifer Foth

Deputy Director, New Country Expansion

Since 2011, Jennifer has worked in health systems strengthening, providing technical assistance to governments and multi-cultural teams all over the world. Prior to joining Living Goods, Jennifer worked for the Clinton Health Access Initiative on its Global Vaccine Delivery team, providing technical assistance and strategic guidance to teams across seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia on improving immunization program planning, budgeting, and accountability. She has also worked with the Millennium Villages Project in Malawi, where she supported the implementation of CommCare and a new supply chain management system at the facility level, and in Ethiopia as a Child Health Program Advisor for the Global Family Initiative. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Middlebury College and a Master’s in Public Health from the Boston University School of Public Health.

Jennifer Hyman

Director, Communications

After starting her career at Human Rights Watch, Jennifer spent three years as a Beijing-based journalist with the South China Morning Post, where she wrote extensively about health and human rights issues. Her first role after returning to the U.S. was serving as the managing editor of the Global Health Council’s magazine Global AIDSLink. Since 1994, she has held tenures leading global communications for several NGOs, including Global Communities (formerly known as CHF International), Land O’Lakes International Development, and the International Women’s Media Foundation. She has an M.A. in International Policy and Practice from The George Washington University and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Columbia University. She has worked and traveled in around 50 countries and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Amy Kakiza

Senior Manager, Business Development

Amy joined Living Goods at the beginning of 2021, bringing on board over 21 years of experience in Business Development, Strategic Partnership, and Policy and Advocacy. Most recently, Amy was the Regional Business Development Manager at VSO for five years, and prior to that, the Senior External Relations Manager at Marie Stopes Uganda. She began her international development work with CARE USA, in Major Gifts, where she worked for nine years, securing unrestricted funding, and was Director of Development for the Southwest Region. In 2011, Amy led the establishment of the African AIDS Vaccine Partnership – a network of African HIV vaccine stakeholders, under WHO leadership. Amy is passionate about community-driven development solutions and believes that strategic partnerships across governments, private sector, donors and implementers, is pivotal to addressing today’s development challenges. Amy has a degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College, Los Angeles and certification in Nonprofit Leadership and Strategic Management from San Francisco State University.

Nicholas Kasidhi

Director Talent & Capability Management

Nicholas joined Living Goods from East Africa Breweries Limited (DIAGEO), where he was the Head of Talent Engagement for East Africa. He has extensive experience working across Africa and the Middle East to champion talent programs and HR engagement initiatives that enable people and businesses to succeed in demanding, complex environments. Prior to DIAGEO, Nicholas worked for Genesis Consult as their Senior Partner for Executive Search and at General Electric as their Regional Talent Sourcing Lead for Eastern Africa. He has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from the College of Human Resource Management, Kenya.

Benjamin Lambert

Senior Manager, Communications and Knowledge Management

Ben served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, and subsequently held positions at Samsung Electronics, where he headed marketing for their Africa office, and Bain & Co. Before joining Living Goods, he worked at the Clinton Health Access Initiative, evaluating new health technologies. He holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Dr. Diana Nambatya Nsubuga

Regional Deputy Director, Policy and Advocacy

Dr. Nsubuga is an accomplished public health professional with expansive experience in health systems strengthening and community health programming in ten African countries, including Uganda and Ethiopia. She has developed partnerships with more than 40 organizations. Prior to joining Living Goods, she served as the Country Manager for Global Health Corps. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Health and has won several leadership awards. She has also served as an Honorary Associate Professor at Makerere University as part of her community service. Diana is the Living Goods representative for UHC2030

Jimmy Okutoyi

Director, Compliance and Grants

Jimmy Okutoyi is a financial, risk, and compliance expert with over a decade of experience. Jimmy worked as the Finance and Operations Manager at a $38m USAID-funded program as well as a finance management specialist for an FP2020 program targeting ten countries. He has successfully participated in the management of other large and complex global/regional programs funded by DFID, USAID, UNDP, World Bank, European Union, among others. He is an expert in the management of complex programs, supporting internal audit functions, business development, management of commercial and non-commercial contracts, grant management, development and implementation of compliance programs, supporting anti-money laundering and diversion program, Identification, measurement and assessment of compliance risk, and staff capacity building.

Allan Oginga

Advisor, Health Financing

Allan has over 17 years of experience in the health sector, having worked in senior positions in several organizations, including the Fred Hollows Foundation, IntraHealth International, AMREF Health Africa, and as the CEO of the Community Health Financing Association for Eastern Africa. His key competencies are in health systems strengthening (health financing/human resources for health). Allan began his professional working life in the banking sector with Citibank N.A. in the mid-90s and brings on board his diverse experience to support Living Goods efforts to strengthen sustainable, performance-based financing of community health services.

He holds an Msc. in Social and Applied Economics and Econometrics, from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, USA. He is a member of the Institute of Economic Affairs Kenya and the Africa Economics Research Consortium. Allan enjoys, swimming, watching football and rugby and supporting community projects in his home county.

Sarah Riczo

Senior Manager, Business Development

Sarah joined Living Goods at the beginning 2021, after six years with Heifer International. As Project Manager for the Hatching Hope Global Initiative, co-created by Cargill and Heifer, she oversaw projects in India, Mexico, and Kenya. Sarah has extensive resource mobilization experience with on bi- and multilaterals, corporations, and foundations. Sarah has worked with Global Giving, Creative Associates, and co-founded a non-profit based in Ghana, which worked to engage Ghanaian and American youth around global current events. Sarah holds a Master’s in Public Administration from American University, a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Arizona State University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Sarah Schwimmer

Director, Business Development

Before her time at Living Goods, Sarah was most recently at the United Nations Foundation, where she oversaw the institution’s fundraising efforts with foundation and bi/multilateral donors. Sarah has also served at Rare, World Wildlife Fund and Innovations for Poverty Action – and has worked extensively in Indonesia, Ghana, the Philippines, and Micronesia. She is experienced in designing, implementing and managing resource development strategies with government donors, philanthropic and corporate foundations, and high net worth individuals. Sarah holds an M.P.A. in International Policy and Management from New York University and a B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University.

Tom Sessions

Deputy Director, Foundations and Corporations

Tom leads the Foundations and Corporations business development team at Living Goods. He is a strategic social innovator with 16 years’ experience in the not-for-profit, commercial and philanthropic sectors. Tom is interested in co-creating relevant and responsive partnerships for the future. He has a wealth of experience engaging businesses around shared value—a core business approach to drive sustainable impacts for both positive commercial and social outcomes. Tom led several funding and partnerships teams across CARE International, working globally with businesses, governments and foundations. He has also worked for UNICEF, small national NGOs and the private sector. He holds a Master’s in Business Management and Sociology from the University of Glasgow.

Evelyne Wekesa

Senior Manager, Technology Operations

Evelyne Wekesa joined Living Goods on 1st February 2021 as a Senior Manager, Technology Operations. She is responsible for establishing, planning and administering the overall policies and goals for the IT department in Kenya as well as overseeing all technology projects, operations and manage the country’s IT department. Evelyne Wekesa joins us from Five Forty Aviation Ltd (FLY540) & East African Safaris Air Express Ltd where she held the role of an ICT Manager for over 10 years. She was responsible for System and Network Administration, Network Security, Data Security, General ICT Technical Support and ICT Project Management for both companies. She brings on board a wealth of experience in Hardware and Software Engineering, Review of Security Policy and Controls, Project Management, Budgeting and Technology Analysis. She likes jogging, travelling, and passionate about improvement of WASH facilities in the rural areas.

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