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
  • Jacques-Ahmed Hilaibi, Regional Technical Advisor for Monitoring & Evaluation, West Africa
  • Kouka Yameogo/Zoungrana, Project Director, West Africa
  • Issa Konda, Country Director, Burkina Faso
  • Hazara Ouedraogo, Country Director, Mali
  • Alkassoum Kadade, Country Director, Niger
  • Moumouni Wankoye, Program Manager, Niger
  • N’Tji Konare, Program Manager, Mali
  • Evariste Karangwa, Senior Director, Africa

Nana Aminata Toure Sidibé, Regional Representative, West Africa | NToureSidibe@lwr.org
Mrs. Toure has 24 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, Niger and Mauritania. 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
  • 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, credit and savings management and peace building.

Kouka Yameogo/Zoungrana, Project Director, West Africa | KZoungrana@bf.lwr.org

Mrs. Zoungrana has a Master degree in applied Biological Sciences, Ecology and Plant Biology, a specialized master in Integrated Water Resources Management and a Master in Innovation and rural development and over ten years’ experience in rural development with focus on food security and climate change project implementation and management, small farmers’ organizational capacity strengthening, participatory planning and monitoring and evaluation. She is based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso but travels frequently to Mali and Niger. Her responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating the overall project’s implementation
  • Monitoring the project progress
  • Providing technical assistance to the country teams and implementation partners to achieve results
  • Facilitating and coordinating the exchange of lessons learned between partners and the three countries teams

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.

Hazara Ouedraogo, Country Director, Mali | HOuedraogo@lwr.org

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.

Alkassoum Kadade, Country Director, Niger | akadade@lwr.org
Mr. Kadade He has 17 years of experience in international NGOs and projects, as well as experience working with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development in Niger. He has extensive operational and managerial experience in environment and decentralized management of natural resources, decentralization and local development, local economic development, humanitarian and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) / Integrated Disaster Risk Management and climate Change.Mr Kakade holds a BA in Agricultural Engineer and a Master (DESS) in “Environment protection and Improvement of the Sahelian Agrarian Systems”.

 

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