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Our Team

Meet Our Leadership Team

Across operations- at headquarters and in the field- Nascent staff are committed and dedicated to the mission of promoting sustainability and self-reliance in our impact communities. Our diverse technical team possesses a deep fund of specialized knowledge and experience in the African context particularly suited to executing programs in a consultative and integrative model, which builds capacity and self-reliance.

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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.
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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.
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Dr. Truphena Choti

Director of Education

Dr. Choti is the Director for Education and Literacy at Nascent Solutions. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in teaching, applied research and international development. She has taught at all levels of education, from kindergarten to graduate school. She has provided technical assistance in early grade reading, teacher professional development and girls’ education to several sub-Saharan African countries, collaborating with Ministries of Education, teachers’ unions, and other civil society organizations under a diverse array of donors. Dr. Choti holds a doctorate degree in international education policy and a master’s degree in education policy both from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is fluent in English, Swahili, and Kisii. In her free time, Dr. Choti enjoys camping, reading and working with the youth.
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Patrick Gallagher

Director of 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.
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Michael McCusker

Executive Director of Programs

As the Executive Director of Programs, Michael serves as the principal representative for Nascent’s entire program team and portfolio. Michael oversees a team of five technical specialists in HQ as well as Nascent’s country offices and teams. In this capacity, he leads the team on all matters related to program strategy, quality assurance and implementation of Nascent’s multi-sectoral portfolio. Michael provides strategic and operational leadership to advance Nascent’s goals, drawing upon extensive leadership experience in the humanitarian and development sector with large NGOs overseeing multimillion-dollar portfolios.
Michael has led large-scale, complex humanitarian action in some of the most notable crises of the past decade. Some of his response leadership experiences include: West Africa Ebola outbreak (2015), DRC Ebola outbreak (2018), Rohingya refugee response in Myanmar, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, large conflicts such as Yemen, Iraq (Mosul), C.A.R and South Sudan, among many others.
Michael has extensive experience working with a wide range of donors, governments, NGOs, UN agencies and with communities affected by outbreaks, conflicts and natural disasters. He has a proven ability to effectively communicate and advocate with key stakeholders, global audiences and affected communities by drawing upon his deep knowledge of the global humanitarian and development architecture system. Michael has significant experience establishing agency strategy and managing multi-disciplinary teams/programs funded by USAID, ECHO/DFID, United Nations, private sector and large foundations. He is currently completing his Master of Public Health in Global Communicable Diseases at the University of South Florida and is fluent in English and French.
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Naisiadet Mason

Maternal & Child Health & Nutrition Specialist

As the Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Specialist, Naisiadet provides leadership, support, and strategic direction for Nascent’s maternal and child health and nutrition programs. She has extensive experience in promoting public health policy and facilitating solutions to global health issues, such as maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health. Early exposure to significant prevention and health initiatives ignited her passion in public health making it her life’s mission.
During her tenure with the World Health Organization as a Human Rights Advisor, she worked tirelessly to ensure equitable access of antiretroviral drugs for women and children. As the Senior Advisor PMTCT at UNICEF ESARO, Naisiadet designed and fundraised $2 million to implement the Male Plus PMTCT Champions Project with a goal of scaling up prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV in Burundi, Kenya, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
She has dedicated her life to providing strategic guidance to ministries of health in African countries on the importance of integrating HIV/MNCH/SRH for best outcomes for women and children as well as providing technical assistance to NGO’s implementing health programs that impact women, youth and children.
Naisiadet has a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Studies and a Maternal and Child Health Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. She is a proud recipient of the Bush Fellowship Award.

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Anne Naggayi

Food Security and Agriculture Specialist

As the Food Security and Agricultural Specialist, Anne provides leadership, strategy and technical support to Nascent’s food security and agriculture programs. Anne brings more than 10 years of experience in project design, technical support, and management of agriculture development projects. Prior to joining Nascent, Anne provided strategic leadership in food security and agriculture programs for notable organizations such as Africare, the Alliance to End Hunger, and International Relief and Development. Anne has worked in many African countries, including Malawi, Tanzania, Cameroon, South Sudan, Zimbabwe and Zambia. She holds two master’s degrees in adult and extension education as well as professional studies, community and rural development from Cornell University, New York and is fluent in English and Luganda.
Eugene Da

Eugene Da

Literacy and Education Specialist

As the Literacy and Education Specialist, 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.
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Ayaan Moussa

Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist

As the Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist, Ayaan provides leadership in the development and implementation of a strategy for integrating gender equity, women’s empowerment, and social inclusion into Nascent’s programs. She brings over eight years of experience working in women and gender, girl’s education, economic empowerment, refugee resettlement, and conflict resolution. Prior to joining Nascent, Ayaan worked with the Ministry of Women Development and Family Affairs in Somalia as a Senior Gender Advisor and Strategic Consultant where she helped secure financial sustainability for women in the region. She holds a Master of International Affairs in Women and Gender from George Mason University and is fluent in English, Somali, and Arabic.
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Wilfred Ballah

Program Manager-Liberia

As the Country Program Manager, Wilfred oversees Nascent’s strategy development and program implementation in Liberia. He has over 15 years of experience in program management, grants management, capacity building, and program monitoring, evaluation, and research. Prior to joining Nascent, Wilfred held leadership roles with prominent organizations such as the Open Society Initiative for West Africa-OSIWA, Geneva Global, Jhpiego, Right to Play, Plan-International and the Norwegian Refugee Council. He has also served as a psychosocial agent at the Center for Victims of Torture in Sierra Leone. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Sierra Leone and a diploma in grants management, program management and monitoring, evaluation and research.
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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.
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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.
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Emily Maosa

Deputy Chief of Party-Malawi

Emily provides technical expertise and strategic management of Nascent’s program in Malawi. She has 20 years of experience managing projects supported by a variety of donors, including USDA, USAID, PEPFAR, Pfizer Foundation, and Crown Foundation. Her portfolio includes overseeing projects in food security and nutrition, education, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and livelihood. Her success forging partnerships with local government has resulted in an increase in reproductive health services and HIV testing and treatment for adolescents in some districts in Malawi. She holds a Master of Public Health from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom and is fluent in English and Chichewa.
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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.