Meet the Team

Hi! We are the HCDExchange team and are happy to meet you. Based around the world and with many different skills, we all share in our commitment to help integrate HCD into ASRH programs and practices. And don't forget to check out our Youth Advocates who are also a part of our team. 

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MaqC Eric Gitau, Director

MaqC Eric Gitau, as director, leads the HCDExchange core unit and works closely with its advisory committee, youth leadership hub, and community of practice. Over the last 20 years, MaqC has worked with the United Nations and civil society, philanthropy, management consultancy, media, and government agencies in more than a dozen countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Europe. He has worked mainly at the nexus between human-centred design, social and behavioral science, adolescent health, youth empowerment, and global development. MaqC has a PhD in social policy from Lund University in Sweden and an MA in communication and development from the University of South Africa. He is a non-executive board member and advisory board member in several nongovernmental organizations, and is a member of various inter-agency technical teams and working groups in global health, social impact, and development.

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Joram Njoroge Kibigo, Learning and Knowledge Management Lead

Joram Njoroge Kibigo, the learning and knowledge management lead, has nearly 10 years of experience in program development and quality management across the sectors of health, livelihoods, education, governance, agricultural value chains, and child protection. Joram has helped clients design and implement evidence-based programs to promote links between governments, investors, and vulnerable communities and populations. Joram has a BA in communications and community development and an MA in project planning and management from the University of Nairobi. He is also a certified PRINCE2 practitioner.

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Vicky Aridi, Youth Liaison and Advocacy Officer

Vicky Aridi is the HCDExchange youth liaison and advocacy officer. Her professional experiences includes Kenya coordinator for United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth; youth advocate for UNICEF Kenya; and project coordinator for the Millennium Campus Network, where she was involved in the coordination of an initiative to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents and youth from marginalized communities. Vicky was also a project coordinator for the Children’s Project for Strathmore Law Clinic, where she mentored adolescents who were in conflict with the law and taught law to prisoners in conjunction with Africa Prisons Project.

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Yasmin Chandani, Senior Strategic Advisor

Yasmin Chandani is the HCDExchange senior strategic advisor and CEO of inSupply Health, a JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) affiliate in Kenya. Yasmin has been involved in all aspects of supply chain management of essential health commodities for more than 20 years, supporting and advising national governments and nongovernmental organizations. Yasmin spent five years leading JSI’s Supply Chains for Community Case Management project, which worked at the community level strengthening supply chain systems and the global level on forecasting and market-shaping for health products. Prior to that, Yasmin worked on the JSI-managed USAID | DELIVER Project, designing and strengthening HIV supply chains to meet the needs of prevention, care, and treatment programs that emerged in the early 2000s.

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Anne LaFond, Senior Technical Advisor

Anne LaFond is the HCDExchange senior technical advisor and director of the JSI Center for Health Information, Monitoring and Evaluation. She has been involved with global health monitoring, evaluation, and learning for 30 years to maximize the use of evidence to mitigate health challenges for people in low-income settings. Anne was the senior advisor for the Innovations for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Initiative, and principal investigator for the African Routine Information System Essentials. Anne is a member of the board of advisors for the Design for Health community of practice; collaborates on MeasureD, a guide to integrate measurement and social design; and teaches monitoring and evaluation approaches to design students. She has a BA in comparative government and Arab studies from Georgetown University and an MSc in community health for developing countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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Christine Prefontaine, HCD Advisor

Christine Prefontaine is the HCDExchange HCD advisor and has 20 years of experience working in design, research, communications, and capacity building. Christine co-founded Loup in 2017, which built on Facilitating Change, an independent consultancy launched in 2005. She spent two years with the World Bank Group as an HCD advisor for the IFC’s Gender Secretariat, providing research and open innovation advisory services for the World Bank Innovation Labs and supporting leadership and learning initiatives. Christine is a certified design sprint facilitator and has an MA in public communication.

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Katie Cook, Communications Advisor

Katie Cook is the HCDExchange communications advisor. She has more than 18 years of experience working in website and knowledge management, communications strategy development, usability testing, e-newsletter development, and logistics management systems administration, analytics, and dissemination. At JSI, Katie has worked on international HIV, family planning, TB, and malaria projects. She is an expert in global health and knowledge management performance measurement metrics, U.S. Government accessibility requirements, and branding and marking.

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Maryann Wangari, Senior HCD Researcher and Product Design Consultant

Maryann Wangari is a senior HCD researcher and product design consultant based in Nairobi. She has six years of experience in the tech, entrepreneurship, social impact, and startup ecosystem in Africa. In her previous role, Maryann was a senior design researcher at IDEO.org. She has conducted design research projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, and Rwanda. Maryann runs an online community of more than 1,200 designers in Nairobi.

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Caddi Golia, Monitoring and Evaluation

Caddi Golia is a research, monitoring, and evaluation officer at JSI R&T Center for Health Information Monitoring and Evaluation and is supporting the monitoring and evaluation work for the HCDExchange. In addition to her extensive experience evaluating and documenting HCD interventions, Caddy has worked in the U.S. in maternal and child health and internationally in various public health projects ranging from HIV to water, sanitation, and hygiene. She has an MSPH in global disease epidemiology and control and a BS in community health.

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Oyudari Baatartsogt, Program Manager

Oyudari Baatartsogt is a program manager for the HCDExchange and is based in Washington DC. Previously, she worked at a global development management consulting firm providing project management and operations support for long-term field-based projects. Oyudari supported projects ranging from USAID’s flagship maternal newborn health activity in Indonesia to evaluation services in Haiti. She has a BA in psychology and an MA in international development from the University of Minnesota.

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