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Meet Our Team


Dr. Beatrice Wamey

President and CEO

Dr. Wamey, is the founder and current president and CEO of Nascent Solutions. Doc, as she is fondly referred to by her colleagues, started Nascent 14 years ago with the goal of empowering the vulnerable. With her leadership, Nascent has partnered with several organizations including USDA, USAID, DOD, her co-parishioners at the Nativity Catholic Church in Burke, VA, and Books for Africa, to bring positive and sustainable change in the fields of Education, Nutrition, and Agriculture, to rural Africa. Doc holds two Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degrees, one in Education/ Instructional Technology and another in Instructional Systems Technology, both from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is fluent in English, French, Oku, Lamnso, Noni, and Pidgin. Doc enjoys a good game of scrabble in her free time and her grandchildren provide the perfect escape from work.


Dr. Lennox Graham

Board Chairperson

Dr. Lennox A. Graham is an innovative educator and practitioner with extensive experience in the design, delivery, evaluation, and enhancement of effective instructional programs and management assessment models. He is a highly articulate and effective communicator with excellent team building and interpersonal skills; working well with individuals at all levels to accomplish strategic goals. As an Associate Health Manager and Outreach Director, he developed and expanded programs for scientific research; assisted in the education of new doctors in teaching hospitals; developed procedures for quality assurance, patient services, medical treatments, department activities and public relations outreach; and he has also participated in fundraising and community health planning.


Dr. Emily Rutto

Program Director and Agriculture and Food Security Adviser

Dr. Emily Rutto is the Food Security and Agriculture -Technical Advisor at Nascent Solutions since Jan 2022. She is a soil fertility and nutrient management, agronomy, precision and sustainable agriculture, Geographic Information Systems (GIS),and natural resource management specialist with over 10 years’ experience in conducting research in sustainable agriculture and agriculture extension. Dr. Rutto is passionate about environmental conservation and empowering vulnerable households and individuals to sustainably improve food security and household incomes through adoption of inclusive, Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) technologies. Before joining Nascent, Dr Rutto worked in various capacities in the USA and Kenya. She worked as a collaborations coordinator and extension officer in AMPATH Kenya creating partnership between farmers groups and government institutions, private sector, and research institutions. Dr Rutto has also designed and conducted research on soil nutrient management and precision farming when she was a graduate research assistant and post- doctorate researcher at Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma, USA. Dr. Rutto completed a PhD in Soil Science from Oklahoma State University (OSU), USA. She also possesses a Master of Philosophy in Soil Science and a bachelor’s degree in forestry and natural resource management from Moi University, Kenya, and a graduate certificate degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing from George Mason University, USA. Outside her professional work, Dr. Rutto loves to travel, listen to music, read novels, and watch movies.

Robert Chizimba

Chief of Party-Malawi

As the Chief of Party for Malawi, Robert leads the implementation of Nascent’s program in Malawi. He ensures the coordination of all project functions, including program development and implementation, program finances and administration, outreach and reporting, and program monitoring and evaluation. Robert has over 20 years of experience in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating health and nutrition, HIV and AIDS, agriculture and social and behavior change communication (SBCC) projects in Malawi. He has overseen numerous million-dollar projects in Malawi funded by organizations such as the Global Fund, USAID, European Union, UNFPA and currently, USDA. He has strong expertise in forging strategic partnerships with local leaders, project planning and implementation, human resource and financial management, quality assurance, advocacy and communication. He holds a master’s degree in public health from University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and is fluent in English and Chichewa.

Mary Mpinda

Deputy Chief of Party-Malawi

Mary is a Public Health Specialist with Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Science Education backgrounds. Mary holds a Master of Public Health degree from the then University of Malawi – College of Medicine, Bachelor of Science (Health Science Education)-First Class from Mzuzu University, and Diploma in Nursing with Distinction and University Certificate in Midwifery with Credit from the then University of Malawi-Kamuzu College of Nursing.
Mary has over 27 years of experience working with government (Ministry of Health), government trust, and International NGOs. Before joining Nascent Solutions, Mary was working for Save the Children International as a Health and Nutrition Manager for a 75 million Dollar USAID-Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) funded Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA), Titukulane Project (of which US$16,252,595 was for MCHN component managed by Mary). Mary is a seasoned program manager who has largely worked in USAID/Food for Peace funded large food security programs (Multi-Year Assistance Program (MYAP, I-LIFE)-/Development Food Aid Program (DFAP, UBALE)/ Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA, Titukulane) on Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health and Nutrition (MNCHN); HIV and AIDS; and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR; and WASH integrated into the food security and livelihoods programs but also as independent projects. Mary has previously also worked with other organizations including the following: Ministry of Health as a State Registered Nurse Midwife and later Lecturer at Colleges of Nursing/ Health Sciences; Save the Children (US) as a Health and Nutrition Manager; World Vision Malawi as Health and Nutrition Specialist; National AIDS Commission as Grants Officer-Programs managing a portfolio of 11 organizations; Volunteer Services Overseas as Senior Program Manager-Health; Christian Aid as Senior Program Officer-Community Health and HIV; and Catholic Relief Services as Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Technical Integration Lead. Through these positions, Mary has amassed expertise in partnership building and management; program design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and learning; financial and grants management; overall leadership and coordination of large and complex programs; integration of programs; resource mobilization; curriculum development and operationalization; capacity strengthening; designing and implementing research studies; policy and strategic guidelines’ development and implementation; and provision of tailor-made technical support to implementing partners; among others. Mary has vast experience working with international donors including USAID, DFID (now called FCDO), Scottish Government, The Global Fund, The World Bank, The European Union, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation among others. Over the years of working with different organizations in various capacities, Mary has greatly contributed to health and nutrition policy and strategic guidelines’ development and implementation; capacity building of the Government of Malawi Ministry of Health’s, implementing partners’ staff and communities on health and nutrition programming; resource mobilization through proposal development and networking; and saving the lives of many people in need, particularly children and women, through overall strategic guidance and leadership in implementation of innovative and proven impactful interventions across several districts in Malawi.


Dr. Henry Njakoi

Chief of Party-Cameroon

As the Chief of Party, Henry leads the implementation of Nascent’s program in Cameroon. He oversees program finance and administration, coordinates all program activities, and liaises with local government, international partners, and other NGOs. He brings over 20 years of experience as an international development program manager with more than 15 years at the director level. Before taking over from Mr. Bernard Ndi, who had managed Nascent’s Cameroon country portfolio for more than 12 years, Henry served as Country Director for Heifer International in Tanzania where he grew the organization’s portfolio from $1 million to over $25 million with a local staff of more than 65 people. Henry has worked with a vast cohort of donors including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, International Fund for Agricultural Development, European Union, USAID, MasterCard Foundation, and the Starbucks Foundation. He has established partnerships with development INGOs in Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the USA. He holds a master’s degree in development management from the University of London in the United Kingdom and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Henry is fluent in English, French, Pidgin English, basic Swahili, and several national languages.

Patrick Gallagher

Senior Director- Monitoring and Evaluation

Patrick leads monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) at Nascent Solutions. He has worked in the public health, food security and nutrition, agriculture, and education sectors across sub-Saharan Africa, promoting MEL for organizational learning, evidence-based decision-making, and stakeholder accountability. Previously, he has worked with Abt Associates, the Carter Center, CDC, International Relief and Development, and the US Peace Corps. Patrick holds a Master of Public Health degree in global epidemiology from Emory University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame. In his free time, Patrick enjoys hiking and camping.
Eugene Da

Eugene Da

Senior Technical  Advisor- Literacy and Education

As the Senior Technical Literacy and Education Advisor, Eugene provides strategic direction and inclusive leadership in Nascent’s education portfolio, including quality supervision of Nascent’s programs and services to improve education outcomes. Eugene brings over 20 years of experience in international development in Africa, the Middle East, Haiti, and Eastern Europe, specializing in education, youth, and conflict resolution programs. Prior to joining Nascent, Eugene served as the Global Technical Advisor for education, gender and youth development with CARE USA where he successfully led the strategic planning process that resulted in CARE’s ten-year education strategy for girls. He holds a master’s in education sciences and a license in international law from the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso and is fluent in English, French, Bambara and Lobiri.

Regular Ndifor

Deputy Chief of Party-Cameroon

As the Deputy Chief of Party for Cameroon, Regular manages national programmatic planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting for Nascent. She has 14 years of experience in project management, capacity building for local organizations, agri-business development and agricultural extension. Prior to joining Nascent, she served as a consultant for prominent organizations such as Plan International Cameroon, World Wide Fund for Nature and SNV. She has also led women empowerment, agricultural, social welfare, environmental protection, and education initiatives with Strategic Humanitarian Services (SHUMAS) Cameroon. Regular holds a master’s degree in agronomy from the University of Dschang, Cameroon and is fluent in English and French.

Surabhi Bhattarai

Staff Accountant

As the Staff Accountant, Surabhi supports Nascent’s Finance and Accounting department by working closely for Corporate and Program side of activities. For the Corporate aspect, she assists the department by working closely with accounts payable, accounts receivable, procurement, month closings, yearend closings, tax fillings and preparation, external audit preparation, tracking of HQ staffs timesheets, accrued leaves and payroll. For the Program aspect, she works closely with our field offices to compile and prepare their monthly financial reports, track the field offices budget, donor tax, and quarterly donor reporting for all programs. She has over 10 years of experience in Accounting and Finance in both private and nonprofit sectors. Surabhi holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration as well as a Master of Business Administration in finance and accounting from the University of Central Missouri. She is fluent in English, Nepali, Hindi, and Urdu.


Francis Kamuhanda

Research and Project Assistant

As the Research and Project Assistant, Francis oversees policy research, data reviews, and provides administrative support for various assignments, including proposal development, outreach initiatives, and communication projects. He is a skilled researcher with over 15 years of experience in education, leadership, child protection, social inclusion and equity, youth, and community development. Prior to joining Nascent, Francis held various positions, including Student Data Analyst at Western Michigan University, Principal at Sure Prospects School and Project Coordinator with Africa Village Ministries. He holds a Master of Arts in Measurement, Evaluation and Research from Western Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Makerere University and is fluent in English, Swahili, and Runyakitara