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Meet Our Team

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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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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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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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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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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.
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Frehiwot Tarekegn

Finance and Accounting Manager

As the Accounting and Finance Manager, Frehiwot handles the daily, monthly, and yearly accounting and finance operations for Nascent. She also oversees monthly reporting and consolidation for the finance teams in the field and provides capacity building trainings. Frehiwot has over 17 years of experience in financial management, reporting, budgeting, capacity building, and donor funds management for NGOs such as World Vision and Orbis International. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Indira Gandhi National Open University in India and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Frehiwot is fluent in English and Amharic.

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Surabhi Bhattarai

Staff Accountant

As the Staff Accountant, Surabhi supports Nascent’s finance and accounting functions by assisting with audits, donor budget reporting, accounts payable, tax filing and month and year-end close of books. She has over eight years of experience in accounting and finance in both the 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.

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Sonja Hunt

Human Resources and Administrative Officer

As the Human Resources Officer, Sonja oversees processes that support and nurture an environment of best practices within the workplace for Nascent’s HQ office and field offices. She has over 20 years of managerial experience and 10 years of human resources experience for both the private and public sectors, which includes a Fortune 500 client.  Sonja holds a degree in paralegal studies from American Institute of Paralegal Studies and is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Wilmington University. In addition, she holds four human resources certifications from Villanova University, including a Master Certificate in Human Resource Management.

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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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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.