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.

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 Business Development Director 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

Andrew Karlyn

Chief Impact Officer

Andrew has a Ph.D. in Public Health Policy and has experience working at a senior level for an Agrifin program with Mercy Corps, was USAID DIV Africa lead, various digital consultancies, Country Director for Population Council in Nigeria and worked with the CDC as a Behavior Scientist. He has been working in Africa for over 20 years and together with his vast experience in technology, research, innovation, program design and partnerships will help Living Goods bring an even greater focus on strengthening the impact we deliver directly and when supporting others as we scale.

Maria Shipiri

Chief People and Culture Officer

Maria brings more than two decades of global human resources experience across various industries, including telecommunications, banking, pharmaceuticals, fast-moving consumer goods, and the development arena. As Living Goods’ Chief People Officer, she drives Living Good’s people and culture agenda across three countries. Maria holds a Master’s from the HEC Paris/University of Oxford in Coaching and Consulting for Change and a Bachelor of Education degree from Kenyatta University (KE). She is a qualified Executive Coach from the Academy of Executive Coaching (UK) and also holds a Higher Diploma in HR Management from the Institute of Human Resource Management (KE). She is a member of the Institute of Human Resource Management in Kenya.

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.

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.  

Emilie Chambert

Country Director, Uganda

Emilie is a passionate leader committed to influencing social and health changes. Since 1998, she has worked in leadership and management roles in both the private and nonprofit sector creating visions and strategies for organizations to enable them to expand health and social impact, foster innovation, grow and develop large professional teams and build meaningful and sustainable relations with government and key stakeholders. Working in South East Asia, Europe, and East Africa, she managed a diverse portfolio of projects including maternal, newborn, and child health services; reproductive health; social marketing; and fast-moving goods. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from EDHEC in Lille, France and speaks fluent English, French, and Spanish.

Alhassan Bah

Country Director, Sierra Leone

Alhassan Bah has an MBA from the Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) and is a chartered certified accountant (ACCA), with 17 years’ executive and senior management experience working with international NGOs and Financial Companies in 9 countries across Africa, Europe and Southeast Asia. Mr Bah has a successful history of developing and managing partnerships, inspiring high performing teams, and aligning organizational behavior with strategic objectives, with a view of attaining value for money. Prior to Joining Living Goods, Alhassan served as the Country Director for Marie Stopes in Kenya and Uganda, Regional Finance Manager for Save the Children UK in Dakar, and was the Finance Delegate for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the aftermath of the 2006 Pakistan Earthquake.


Kenya Country Team

Njuru Ng’ang’a

Deputy Country Director, Field Operations

As Living Goods’ Kenya Deputy Country Director for Field Operations, Njuru supports our rapid scaling, ambitious goals and strategic direction in Kenya. For 14 years, he implemented USAID-funded programs in COP/DCOP roles in public health and economic growth in the East and Southern Africa region. Prior, he worked in the private sector in Kenya and for the regional USAID office in Nairobi. Njuru has an MPH from the University of the Witwatersrand, an MBA from USIU/Africa and a B.A. from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. He is passionate about service to humanity and building stronger, more resilient communities.

Ruth Ngechu

Deputy Country Director, Community Health Partnerships

Ruth is a skilled public health specialist with extensive knowledge and skills in health policy, program management, knowledge management, community health programing, and health systems management. She has worked in both the public and private sectors and over the years has provided overall management and leadership in the development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of integrated health programs. She is a doctoral candidate in Health Communications at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and holds a Master’s of Science in Health Systems Management from Kenya Methodist University. She is an M&E Fellow.

Peter Maina Kamonde

Senior Manager, Technology

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.

Silas Murianki

Director of Finance, Kenya

Silas works with Living Goods’ Chief Finance Officer to provide support to the country finance teams by ensuring they achieve their reporting and management objectives. Since 2005, he worked in senior positions covering finance, grants, and administration at international not-for-profit organizations. Most recently he worked with Marie Stopes International as the Director of Finance and IT in Kenya. Silas is a qualified CPA and financial analyst (CIFA) in Kenya. He holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration from United States International University and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration at Kenyatta 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).  

Dr. Diana Nambatya Nsubuga

Deputy Country Director, Community Health Partnerships

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

Dr. Peter Kaddu

Director, Health

Peter manages the health portfolio for Living Goods. He brings expansive experience in public health, program management, and health systems strengthening to his work at Living Goods. Peter has worked with Nyenga Hospital, Kisubi Hospital, and Wakiso District Local Government. He provided technical direction to a multi-disciplinary team of 20 professionals at Protecting Families Against HIV/AIDS to implement EMTCT, Saving Lives at Birth (SLAB) and combination HIV prevention projects in 20 districts of Uganda. Peter is a visiting lecturer at the International Health Sciences University in Kampala and holds an MPH from the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in the Netherlands and a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree from Makerere University.

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.

Simon Mutama

Senior Manager, Technology and Innovation

Simon joined Living Goods with experience in using information technology (IT) to achieve business goals. He brings a broad background in IT, including enterprise application implementation, IT project management, database design, and IT training.  Most recently, Simon was Head of Touchpoints and Cards at Interswitch East Africa. Prior, he was IT Manager at Interswitch, IT Manager at the School of St. Jude in Arusha, IS Manager for DFID’s Government Aid Delivery Programme, and Head of IT at Uganda Microfinance Union, where he was responsible for implementing the transformation from manual to computerized information systems.


Myanmar Country Team

Henriette Ceyrac

Partnerships Manager

Henriette works in Myanmar supporting our partner Population Services International to replicate and scale the Living Goods model. She began her career at Unilever where she managed project teams developing social impact innovations in emerging markets. At Unilever, she worked on water saving wash products and developed innovative business models to create livelihoods in Kenya. Henriette is French and holds a Master’s degree in Management from ESCP Europe Business School.


Global Management Team

Victor Chelule

Senior Manager, Software Engineering

Victor manages software programs and engineering in Living Goods’ Kenya office. Before joining Living Goods, Victor worked at Swahitech, Codemart IT solutions and Interned with Transparency International Rwanda and the Henry Jackson Foundation Medical Research Unit. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Egerton University and a Master’s in Software Engineering from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Molly Christiansen

Advisor, Impact & Research

Molly is a senior public health professional with nearly two decades of experience in global health and social enterprise. She was 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 10+ year 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 held roles at Living Goods including Director of Advocacy and Impact, Director of Partnerships and Research. Earlier in her career, Molly worked with organizations including 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.

Tanilee Eichelberger

Senior Manager, Finance & Grants

As part of the global management team, Tanilee established and oversees the grants management, proposal budgeting and financial reporting function at Living Goods to ensure all donor financial reporting and compliance.  Tanilee brings nearly two decades of financial planning, forecasting and grant management expertise within the international non profit sector across the Americas, (Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, United States) East Africa, (Kenya, Uganda) and Europe (Poland, England).  Prior to Living Goods, and in multi-country settings with Tech Soup Global and The Climate Policy Initiative, Tanilee has established financial reporting and compliance procedures to ensure fiscal donor reporting for DFID, USAID, Norwegian Agency for Development Corporation, The Ministry of Finance Indonesia, The Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and International Development Research Center.  In the Philanthropy sector, she worked for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation as the Grantmaking Operations Manager and was the lead compliance liaison between legal, program and grantmaking operations teams.  A certified International Development Project Management professional, she has managed grants, financial process, organizational forecasting and reporting and facilitated capacity building trainings in nine countries across four continents. Tanilee holds a Masters in International Management and Public Administrations from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and is a Cum Laude graduate from the University of California Los Angeles.

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.

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.

Crystal Lander

Director, Advocacy

Crystal Lander is a senior public health professional who launched the advocacy and global policy portfolios for two global non-governmental organizations. As the Director of Advocacy for Living Goods, she manages engagement on global health policy to drive the organization’s vision for lasting and systemic impact that will enable every family to access quality health care in the community in which they live. Prior to Living Goods, Ms. Lander led the advocacy unit at Management Sciences for Health (MSH) for more than seven years. Ms. Lander is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Economics and a Master of Public Health from Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with a degree in International Health Policy.

Serah Malaba

Senior Advisor to Government

Serah leads Living Goods’ strategies operations to strengthen our approach to technical assistance as well as our engagement with governments across the continent to influence community health policy, guidelines, and implementation of programs. Prior to Living Goods, she worked for Partners for Health and Development in Africa (PHDA), where she held the role of Head of NASCOP Key Populations Technical Support Unit. She also worked for Global Communities (formerly CHF International) in various roles including Head of Program Operations and New Programme Development and Senior Program Manager. She holds a Global Executive MBA in Health Leadership and Management from the United States International University – Africa, a PRINCE2 Practitioner certificate, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Consumer Studies from Kenyatta University. She enjoys mentoring new mothers, singing, and reading.

Caroline Mbindyo

Director, Digital Health Partnerships

Caroline leads Living Goods’ expansive digital health partnership portfolio. Since 1998, Caroline has worked in the technology sector. Most recently she worked at Amref Health Africa, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the organization’s eHealth programs including eLearning and mHealth across sub-Saharan Africa. She has extensive experience driving large-scale mHealth deployments in multiple countries, initiating learning opportunities to better inform ICT4D programs and policies, testing technologies and integration, and developing new business opportunities through public-private partnerships in emerging markets.

Jimmy Okutoyi

Senior Manager, Compliance

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.

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.

Anina Tweed

Senior Manager, Business Development

Anina scopes, shapes, and stewards partnerships with leading corporate and foundation donors to support the growth of high-impact community health systems. Prior to joining Living Goods, Anina worked in community development finance as a Development and Communications Officer for the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF)–a leading community development financial institution investing in building affordable housing, health centers, and schools in low-income communities within the US. While at LIIF, Anna worked closely with the Citi Foundation to implement Partners in Progress, a $5M five year initiative to spur collective impact for economic opportunity in 13 neighborhoods across the US. She also worked in women’s higher education at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh and in gender-based asylum efforts at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Gibran Visram

Director, Talent Acquisition

Gibran heads up our Talent Acquisition globally. Gibran has built his career in the talent industry, starting off in the agency side for several years in London, prior to transitioning to 4 years in the People Operations team at Google. Prior to joining Living Goods – Gibran led Global Staff and Engineering Talent Acquisition at Andela – designing and implementing global recruitment strategies, and overseeing hiring across Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and the USA.

 

Nayantara Watsa

Deputy Director, Business Development

Nayantara leads business development efforts to grow catalytic funding to help increase the scale and impact of the Living Goods community health model. She spent the last six years working at PSI leading strategy development global health projects across Africa, Asia, and Latin America including managing relationships with donors, partners and governments to successfully secure funding from bilateral/multilateral donors and foundations. She had a specific focus on fundraising for PSI’s social enterprises and designing a development impact bond on maternal and child health in Rajasthan, India.  Nayantara holds a dual Master’s in Public Health and Business Administration from Johns Hopkins.

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