Meet our Staff

The following Lutheran World Relief staff members are key CORE project team members. Below are their brief biographies:

  • Nana Aminata Toure Sidibé, Regional Representative, West Africa
  • Marie Aughenbaugh, Deputy Regional Director, West Africa
  • Maurice Rouamba, Regional Finance and Administration Manager, West Africa
  • Jacques-Ahmed Hilaibi, Regional Technical Advisor for Monitoring & Evaluation, West Africa
  • Issa Konda, Country Director, Burkina Faso
  • Abdelah Ben Mabrouk, Country Director, Niger
  • Hazara Ouedraogo, Country Director, Mali
  • Mathurin Compaoré, Program Manager, Burkina Faso
  • Moumouni Wankoye, Program Manager, Niger
  • Angelica V. Ospina, Senior Technical Advisor for Resilience
  • Evariste Karangwa, Senior Director, Africa

Nana Aminata Toure Sidibé, Regional Representative, West Africa | NToureSidibe@lwr.org

Mrs. Toure has more than 20 years of experience in humanitarian and development projects and programs in the Sahel, focusing on agriculture, health and livelihood, climate change, resilience, emergency response, microfinance, gender, rural financing, organizational capacity building, and NGO security management, among others. Mrs. Toure built LWR’s Mali country program, serving as country director from November 2002 to December 2013. A multilingual (French, English, Sonrai, Bambara) native of Mali, Mrs. Toure oversees all LWR programs in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. Her responsibilities include:

  • Representing LWR’s regional office to donor agencies, peer organizations, U.S. Government authorities and national/regional organizations, churches and networks;
  • Effectively managing the regional office and leading the country teams in identifying and pursuing opportunities for strategic alliances and new business development;
  • Developing and managing annual budgets for the region, and
  • Ensuring staff comply with the rules and regulations of LWR, donors, and host governments, among others.

With a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Cadi Ayyad University, Mrs. Toure brings extensive post-graduate training in project planning, monitoring and evaluation, microfinance, and credit and savings management.

Angelica V. Ospina, Senior Technical Advisor for Resilience | aospina@lwr.org

Dr. Ospina is the senior technical advisor for resilience at LWR. Previous to her appointment, she held a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Manchester’s School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) in the United Kingdom, were she completed her doctorate with a focus on climate change resilience, and the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Her experience includes the design of RABIT: the Resilience Assessment Benchmarking and Impact Toolkit, tested in Costa Rica and with Ugandan coffee farmers. She has more than 10 years of experience in the management and implementation of applied research projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, senior project management and research positions with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Organization of American States (OAS), as well as consultancies and advisory roles for a number of international organizations. Dr. Ospina:

  • Coordinates LWR’s process to capture regional approaches to resilience, and facilitates the process of aligning and articulating a global approach;
  • Conducts capacity building of staff at HQ and in the field about the various technical aspects of effective, integrated resilience programming, from design to measurement;
  • Identifies, extracts and disseminates successful approaches, innovations, case studies, lessons learned and other relevant content to promote learning on resilience, and
  • Provides direct technical support on resilience to projects as needed, either during the start-up phase, implementation phase, or for mid-term or final evaluations.

Maurice Rouamba, Regional Finance and Administration Manager, West Africa | MRouamba@lwr.org

Mr. Rouamba has nearly 15 years of experience in budget management, administration and accounting on projects financed by the World Bank, the French Development Agency (AFD), and UNDP. Mr. Rouamba is highly skilled in financial planning and budget monitoring, accounting and financial reporting, equipment management, human resources and contracting. In his current role, Mr. Rouamba:

  • Consolidates accounting information for LWR country programs in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger;
  • Manages financial and audit report analysis for LWR sub-grantees in the region;
  • Supports and trains finance and administration managers based in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, and
  • Supports operational budget development and management for LWR country programs in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.

Mr. Rouamba holds a master’s degree in management sciences from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce et d’Informatique de Gestion in Burkina Faso.

Issa Konda, Country Director, Burkina Faso | ikonda@bf.lwr.org

Mr. Konda recently joined LWR as the Country Director for Burkina Faso. He brings more than 22 years of experience in rural development, including 14 years in food security, five years in natural resource management, and three years in the management of a commercial irrigated farm. Mr. Konda is a confirmed leader in staff management, team building, project monitoring and evaluation, gender, data quality assessment and reporting. Mr. Konda is responsible for the management of the LWR-Burkina Faso office. His responsibilities include:

  • Leading the country team in institutional capacity building for sub-grantees;
  • Facilitating in-country relationships with sub-grantees, peer agencies and donors;
  • Overseeing technical and financial management of projects, and
  • Leading budget management and strategic planning for the country team.

Mr. Konda holds Master of Science degrees in both agricultural engineering and agronomy from the University of Arizona.

Abdelah Ben Mobrouk, Country Director, Niger | abdallah@lwr.ne

Mr. Mobrouk has more than 16 years of experience in rural development, in particular food security, natural resources management, gender and capacities building. Before joining LWR, he was the agricultural advisor for AQUADEV in Zinder (funded by the Belgian Fund of Survey), chief of project for Care International in Dakoro (funded by the European Union) and head of the agriculture vulgarization service within the rural development project of Tahoua funded by KFW/GTZ. Mr. Abdallah is responsible for the LWR-Niger office management, as well as:

  • Leading the country team in institutional capacity building for sub-grantees;
  • Facilitating in-country relationships with sub-grantees, peer agencies and donors;
  • Overseeing technical and financial management of projects, and
  • Leading budget management and strategic planning for country team.

Mr. Mobrouk has a specialized agronomy diploma on land sciences from the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Agronomie de Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast.

Hazara Ouedraogo, Country Director, Mali | lwr_houedraogo@afribonemali.net

Ms. Ouedraogo has 20 years of experience in development with particular strengths in the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of rural development projects with a gender focus. Ms. Ouedraogo worked with LWR as a project officer in Mali from 2006 to 2012, then served as director for the Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD) in Mali from 2013 to 2014 before rejoining LWR as Mali country director in 2014. Ms. Ouedraogo is responsible for the management of the LWR-Mali offices, as well as:

  • Leading the country team in institutional capacity building for sub-grantees;
  • Facilitating in-country relationships with sub-grantees, peer agencies and donors;
  • Overseeing technical and financial management of projects, and
  • Leading budget management and strategic planning for country team.

Ms. Ouedraogo holds a Master of Science in veterinary medicine from the State Agricultural University of Moldova.

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