Papy Kilongo MulailwaDemocratic Republic of Congo (Org: Partners in Health)
Dr. Papy Kilongo Mulailwa is a motivated general surgeon with more than ten years of progressive experience in clinical and programmatic medical practice. Dr. Papy currently works at Partners In Health in Sierra Leone as the Clinical Services Lead at Koidu Government Hospital. His responsibilities include coordinating all clinicians in the various clinical departments and program planning. Prior to assuming this position, Dr. Papy worked for more than four years as a consultant and chief of general surgery at this PIH-Sierra Leone supported hospital. He was instrumental in improving the surgical care of patients throughout their clinical course, building the capacity of the surgical staff, designing and implementing quality improvement projects, mentoring medical and paramedical staff, and building systems in this low-resource setting. Dr. Papy also served in various clinical and programmatic roles, focusing on quality patient care, mentoring, and capacity building. He worked as a consultant general surgeon in Manisa, Turkey, and as a medical officer in pediatrics in Bukavu, D.R. Congo. Papy holds a bachelor’s degree in medicine from the Bukavu Catholic University in D.R. Congo, and a specialty degree in general surgery from Aegean University in Turkey. Dr. Papy is passionate about making preferential healthcare accessible to the most vulnerable and marginalized patients, especially through specialized surgical treatments. Dr. Papy strongly believes that strengthening surgical and clinical skills through education, mentorship, and systems building is key to achieving this goal.
Eleanor ParkesNew Zealand (Org: ECPAT New Zealand)
Eleanor Parkes lives in Auckland, New Zealand and has a background in human rights and community development. With a particular passion for children’s rights, Eleanor is currently the Director of ECPAT Child Alert, working to end child trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children in New Zealand. This includes advocating for an end to underage forced sex work, domestic trafficking and the proliferation of online sexual abuse material. She has been in this role for three years, previously serving on the organisation’s Governance Board. Previous jobs include working as a Project Specialist and Frontline Campaign Coordinator at Amnesty International NZ and as the Youth Mentor with the Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute. Eleanor completed her undergraduate studies in Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland. She conducted research for her Masters thesis in Samoa in 2010, was awarded a BRCSS II Masters Field Research Award and graduated with a Master of Arts in Development Studies in 2011. Her research looking at disaster risk mitigation and comparing various development programmes in Pacific Island communities has since been published. Continuing to study part time, Eleanor completed a Certificate in Child Protection from Harvard by correspondence in 2019 and a Certificate in Tackling Human Trafficking from the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies.
Mpho MaroleLesotho (Org: Partners in Health)
Mpho Marole is a passionate professional with over thirteen years of experience and an unwavering commitment to gender equity. Mpho has been an instrumental change agent at Partners In Health in Lesotho (PIHL) since 2016. Initially, Mpho served as an Executive Assistant, responsible for high-level coordination with internal staff and external stakeholders. Her strong verbal and written communication skills fostered institutional transparency and cross-departmental collaboration. Thanks to her flexibility and innovation, Mpho has led PIHL’s communications department as Communications Officer since 2020. She is responsible for organizing and developing content for internal and external audiences, writing and publishing digital content, annual reports, and other marketing materials. Her passion for storytelling is evident in her photographic documentation of PIHL programs and projects. In 2012, Mpho earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Sociology and Social Anthropology. Mpho then joined the public health sector at the Elizabeth Glasier Pediatric AIDS Foundation as a Qualitative Research and Data Clerk. She then supported technical transformation at Ingcongwane Investment Holdings through detailed budget management, client relations and supporting operations management. At Bafokeng Consulting and Projects, she combined her interpersonal and technical skills to improve the company’s public relations and client relationships. Mpho understands the social injustices affecting her community. She believes that the intersections between women’s health and unequal socioeconomic opportunities are systemic and therefore require a horizontal systems change approach in which storytelling plays a key role. Mpho aims to raise awareness of the determinants of health faced by women in Lesotho and the changes needed to address these challenges.
Masalu LuhulaTanzania (Org: Landesa)
Masalu Luhula is a Land Tenure Specialist at Landesa’s Tanzania office and an advocate of the Supreme Court of Tanzania. He is the former coordinator of the National Working Group on Land-Based Investment in Tanzania. He has eight years of experience working on land rights, responsible investment in real estate and land, and has published on land rights and investment. Masalu is also serves as a lead ambassador for Tanzania for the Lex: Lead Group.
Jayashree SIndia (Org: Aravind Eye Care System)
Jayashree S. has four years of experience coordinating and managing research in ophthalmology and coordinating ethics committee activities. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology from Periyar Maniammai University in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. During her work as a coordinator, she had the opportunity to interact with research participants and listen to their needs. The role as Ethics Committee Coordinator motivated her to protect the safety, rights, and welfare of research participants. Through these experiences, she developed strong skills in project coordination, training, planning, monitoring, and reporting. Her desire to protect the welfare of participants has led her to advocate for sustainability. Jayashree is committed to identifying areas where a sustainable approach to healthcare is needed and finding a reliable and innovative solution to meet that need without compromising patient safety.
Justina HamaZimbabwe (Org: CAMFED)
Justina Hama is a statistician with seventeen years of experience in the field of monitoring, evaluation, and learning. She currently works as the Programme Director for CAMFED Zimbabwe. Previously, she served as the Head of Impact at CAMFED Zimbabwe, coordinating and leading the monitoring and evaluation of CAMFED projects, including formative investigation (pre-intervention), ongoing data collection, and summative research evaluation (post-intervention). She holds a master’s degree in Biostatistics and Epidemiology as well as an honors degree in Statistics.
Ilektra AntonatouGreece (Org: METAdrasi)
Ilektra Antonatou studied International Relations and Organizations at the Aegean University, and later earned a master’s degree in Geopolitical Analysis and International Security at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector and currently works as a Project Manager in the Interpretation Department of the Greek nonprofit organization METAdrasi – Action for Migration and Development. In her capacity, she ensures the provision of interpretation services to agencies, organizations, embassies and NGOs dealing with refugees and migrant populations. Key skills she has developed through her work include implementation and monitoring, as well as evaluation and reporting. Previously, she worked with projects supporting unaccompanied minors in Greece.
Mary HodgsonUnited Kingdom (Org: St Christopher's Hospice)
Mary Hodgson is a researcher and community development worker with an interest in social action to address inequality. She has worked in the nonprofit sector to partner with communities to bring about change in the areas of homelessness, place complexity and social innovation, and end-of-life inequities. Mary holds a PhD in Anthropology, which focused on the ways citizens describe and respond to inequalities. This interest in understanding how people describe the need for change and articulate ways to do so runs throughout her work. She has published in a number of areas or topics, with the common theme being how inequality manifests in people’s lives and how it can be addressed. Mary also has experience teaching, facilitating, and building capacity in grassroots organizations. Mary lives in London, has two children, and in her spare time volunteers on the leadership team of a weekly local free running event for children.
Khadija MrishoTanzania (Org: Landesa)
Khadija Mrisho is a lawyer with expertise in land tenure policy, legal and regulatory reform, customary land rights, land registration and titling, women’s and youth land rights, land-based investment, climate change, land-related institutional capacity building, conflict resolution, and project management. To promote the proper use of land and other natural resources through policy and legislation, Khadija conducted a number of interventions, such as youth land rights assessment to advance policy reforms in line with youth needs and priorities, and youth and climate change assessments. Furthermore, she assessed a range of proposed and existing laws and policies governing land and natural resources, as well as institutional capacity in managing bestowed resources. She also developed and implemented training materials on land rights, women’s and youth land rights, and the environment in general, and conducted capacity building trainings for youth, women, and communities on land rights. Khadija holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Dar es Salaam and a postgraduate degree in law from the Law School of Tanzania.
Fredrick IyamuNigeria (Org: SOS Children's Villages Nigeria)
Fredrick Iyamu is a planning, monitoring, evaluation, and program learning professional with more than eight years of work experience and demonstrated proficiency in results-based monitoring and evaluation, data and research analysis, and project management. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Benin and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Project Development and Implementation at the University of Ibadan. Fredrick is very interested in how data can play a critical role in the advancement of developing countries. He believes that data, when harnessed and used properly, can have a tremendous impact on the development of countries and provide a pool of information for evidence-based decisions, policies, and frameworks. While working at SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria as the Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Coordinator, Fredrick helped implement the results-based management approach, which involves making evidence- and outcome-based decisions in project initiation, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing. This has resulted in improved project performance, outcomes, and impact. Over the past eight years, Fredrick has gained extensive knowledge and skills in project planning and monitoring, research, and data analysis. He is experienced in using various data collection, processing, analysis, and presentation tools such as MS Excel, SPSS, ODK, Kobotoolbox, Google Forms, and MS Project, to name a few.
Hugo Rodríguez GutiérrezMéxico (Org: Heifer International)
Hugo Rodríguez Gutiérrez has over six years of experience in the development sector. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Mexico. Hugo has worked for Heifer International for three years, growing his position from Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator to Regional Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Coordinator for a coffee value chain project. Hugo’s work focuses on facilitating cohesion in the three countries where the intervention is implemented. Prior to his experience at Heifer, he worked for Chemonics International and Heartland Alliance International on projects related to crime prevention and labor rights with a gender perspective. While working with these organizations, he advised five social enterprises in the development of theory of change, and currently, he is a volunteer in a civil society organization in Mexico as an advisor on topics of M&E. Hugo is passionate about economic empowerment and poverty alleviation.
Ingrid ArinezBolivia (Org: Heifer International)
Ingrid Arinez has over a decade of experience in the non-profit sector. While studying for her law degree at Catholic University in Bolivia, Ingrid worked in the Center for Rights and Capacity Building (CDC), where she visited inmates in Bolivian prisons and advised them about their rights, which resulted in the creation of a permanent aid program to advise inmates about their litigation. Later, she joined the Bolivian Institute of Agricultural Reform as a consultant for the International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (World Bank), where she worked on educating dwellers in agricultural return issues. This effort prepared indigenous people and rural dwellers to better understand their land rights and be able to resolve land return issues. While in attending the University of Arkansas to pursue a Masters in Law and Public Policy Ph.D., Ingrid worked as a summer camp project director for Familia Corazon in Tijuana Mexico where she developed an educational/recreational long-term plan for children between the ages of eight to fifteen. The plan resulted in a new business collaboration between nonprofits and the private sector. After concluding her Ph.D. studies, Ingrid joined Heifer International, where she currently works as a Bilingual International Program Manager, guiding international offices through the project cycle by delivering technical assistance in project monitoring, reporting validation, and strategic planning, as well as leading multinational program and project initiatives, impacting a variety of sectors from gender equality, social justice, food security and business sustainability.