Cathy Burke has been the Chief Executive Officer for The Hunger Project Australia for 10 years. Prior to working at The Hunger Project she worked in politics in a range of capacities including campaign manager for a successful Federal Senate campaign, lobbyist and policy strategist, as well as running her family business.
Dr. Badiul Alam Majumdar joined The Hunger Project as Country Director in Bangladesh in 1993 and was named a Vice President in 2003. He is the founder-Secretary of Shujan (Citizens for Good Governance), a civil society organization.
Since April 13, 2001 Pascal Djohossou has been the country director for The Hunger Project-Benin. He has a wealth of experience in grassroots mobilization as well as in the formulation of rural development policy.
Pascal Djohossou was born October 22, 1959 in the Mono region of Benin. He is married, and the father of three children.
Evariste Lébendé Yaogho, Country Director of The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso (THP-Burkina Faso), is from Bissiga, Boulgou Province in Central-Eastern Burkina Faso. He first joined The Hunger Project family in 1997 as Adjunct Director of THP-Burkina Faso, managing program supervision and fighting poverty and hunger in rural regions.
Malgorzata Smelkowska joined The Hunger Project staff in 1991 and was named Country Director in 1995. She is a graduate of the College of Economics and the College of Midwifery in Wroclaw, Poland. Prior to moving to Canada, she lived and worked in several countries in Europe gaining experience of different cultures.
Ms. Neguest Mekonnen has been a member of The Hunger Project (THP)-Ethiopia’s National Advisory Council since 2010, and as such, has excellent knowledge of THP’s vision, mission, methodology and the Epicenter Strategy. She joins THP after serving as Programme Manager and Economist at the French Development Agency in Ethiopia.
Rita Sarin, Country Director of The Hunger Project in India, leads a nationwide alliance of more than 60 organizations implementing strategies to empower women in local democracy. She has committed her life to igniting and sustaining the leadership spirit of elected women at the grassroots level in India.
Mr. Rowlands Kaotcha has served as Country-Director of The Hunger Project-Malawi since 2004, after having served as Program Officer since 2001. He provides country leadership to an Integrated Sustainable Livelihood program of THP-Malawi focusing on Food Security, Microfinance, Education, Health & Hygiene, HIV&AIDS and Gender Equality, Access to Safe Drinking water, and Environment.
Ms. Clara Gabriel De Oliveira joined The Hunger Project (THP) in February 2013 after serving as the National Coordinator of Economic Alternatives for Women, Youth and Vulnerable Groups program at ActionAid Mozambique.
Tarcila Rivera Zea is Executive Director of Chirapaq, our program partner in Peru. Tarcila is a Quechuan activist from Ayacucho, Peru who has devoted over 20 years of her life to defend and seek recognition and acknowledgment of Peruvian indigenous peoples and cultures.
Sara Wettergren was appointed as the Country Director for Sweden in May 2012. Sara has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors at the local and international levels. In her early career she was based in Vientiane, Laos for a year and a half, where she worked on a Social Fund project for the World Bank. She also conducted assignments in Zimbabwe and Egypt.
Evelijne Bruning was appointed as Country Director of The Hunger Project (THP)-Netherlands in November 2009. Bruning is very experienced in international diplomacy and collaboration, and her network and expertise will enable THP-Netherlands to reach their developmental goals.
Sophie Noonan will join The Hunger Project-United Kingdom as Country Director on March 10, 2014. Sophie comes to The Hunger Project with 20 years experience in raising funds, building sustainable teams and directing communications and media relations in support of hunger and poverty relief programmes.