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ICMA International Staff

As the following profiles demonstrate, ICMA International staff come from many backgrounds, bringing a diversity of experience with donor organizations, research projects, and programs in the field. Individuals can be contacted at the e-mail addresses provided below. General questions about ICMA International can be directed to international@icma.org.


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David Grossman, Director, ICMA International

David Grossman brought 30 years of technical and managerial experience in international development to his position leading ICMA International when he took on that new position in January 2008. In addition to his experience in municipal development, he has expertise in such areas as finance, credit, and urban infrastructure. He began his professional career with the New York City Planning Commission, helping tenants to organize and maintain their buildings. After a year with the United Nations Development Program, he served for six years as a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Foreign Service Officer, in Honduras and Costa Rica. From 1984 to 1994 he worked in the USAID Office of Housing and Urban Programs, including serving as its chief operating officer (COO). He later held COO positions with USAID’s Global Bureau Environment Center and USAID’s Office of Development Credit. Most recently he served as the senior advisor for research and development for the USAID Development Credit Authority. During his years at USAID, he received Honor Awards and other citations for outstanding performance. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science/Latin American studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a master’s degree in international affairs, with a specialization in economics and urban planning, from Columbia University, in New York City. He speaks English and Spanish. Contact: dgrossman@icma.org


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Aileen Andres, Assistant Program Manager

Aileen Andres started with ICMA in November 2013. She has a bachelor’s degree from American University with a major in International Relations and a minor in Economics. In 2011, she spent time in Nairobi, Kenya, on an academic study abroad program. While there, besides running with giraffes and playing with elephants, she served as an intern for The Initiative for Community Action in Kibera, the largest slum in East Africa. At ICA, Aileen helped run both the Technology and the Girls Education programs. She has also worked with The Enough Project, a DC-based genocide and human rights advocacy group focusing on the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Before coming to ICMA, Aileen completed a fellowship at Usalama Reforms Forum in Nairobi, working on police sector reform. She speaks conversational Spanish and French and basic Swahili, and is learning Dinka. In her free time, you can find Aileen hiking, kayaking, dreaming of the Salish Sea, or cheering the Seahawks and Sounders on to victory. Contact: aandres@icma.org


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Isabelle Bully-Omictin, Director, Latin America & Caribbean Programs

Isabelle Bully-Omictin joined ICMA in 1997, and has since participated in local governance program design, management, implementation, and monitoring. She is in charge of managing programs, developing and guiding the implementation of business development strategies, and leading the writing and production of technical and cost proposals to international donors in selected countries and regions, in particular Latin America and the Caribbean. Isabelle also serves as the Director of the Municipal Partnerships for Violence Prevention in Central America (AMUPREV) program, a USAID-funded cooperative agreement designed to promote comprehensive local-level violence prevention strategies and programs and foster development of regional peer knowledge networks. She also manages other USAID-funded programs, including a youth-at-risk program in Panama, a crime and violence prevention program in Mexico, and a CityLinks Pilot Partnership in crime prevention through environmental design in Honduras. Isabelle has worked in Bolivia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, and the Philippines, developing and implementing programs with local governments in performance measurement, local government management, community development, information technology, and crime and violence prevention. Prior to joining ICMA, she managed USAID-funded urban environmental programs for Datex, Inc., and was a Local Planning and Development Coordinator for the Peace Corps in the Philippines. She has an M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. with Distinction in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. She is bilingual in French and English, is fluent in Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese and Cebuano. Contact: iomictin@icma.org


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Octavio Chavez, Director, ICMA México-Latinoamérica

Dr. Chavez has been involved in local government management programs in Mexico since 1996 and environmental issues primarily focusing on the US-Mexico Border since 1990. He is the Director of ICMA’s office in Mexico, a self-sufficient bureau that focuses on fostering the professionalization of local government in Mexico and the region. ICMA México-Latinoamérica helps local governments strengthen their institutional capacity by promoting the adaptation of good management tools to improve their effectiveness and efficiency. Educational programs in performance measurement, finance, human resource management, ethics/professional conduct, leadership and transparency/accountability/anti-corruption are offered, as well as programs promoting institutional strengthening in finance, human resource management, planning and legal framework management. Previously, Dr. Chavez served as the ICMA Chief of Party for the USAID-funded US-Mexico Partnership for Municipal Development, a program that promoted democratic practices in the operation of the municipalities by encouraging citizen participation in local government decision-making processes, professionalism in the local government sector, improved financial administration, use of performance measurement and transparent governance. Dr. Chavez has worked as a researcher, university professor, and consultant in both the United States and Mexico. He also coordinated the efforts to produce the State of the Northern Border Environment Report for the US-Mexico border, which was funded by the World Bank and the Mexican government. This work complemented his previous efforts as co-author of Profile of the United States-Mexico Border (1996). He earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Chemical Engineering. Mr. Chavez is fluent in English and Spanish. Contact: ochavez@icma.org


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Jessica Cho, Program Manager

Jessica Cho joined ICMA in early 2012 as the CityLinks program manager after completing her Master of Science in Public Policy and Management degree from the H. John Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. While at Heinz College, Jessica was named a fellow with the Council of Women World Leaders. As a fellow, she worked in the Office of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago on gender and education issues. Prior to completing her degree, she worked for an international development organization supporting projects in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jessica’s technical competencies include the development and implementation of stability programming in post-conflict environments, monitoring and evaluation, report writing, donor compliance, and gender programming. She was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Jordan, where she served as an English teacher from 2006 to 2008. Jessica is originally from Denver, Colorado. Contact: jcho@icma.org


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Lauren Crawford, Program Manager

Lauren Crawford joined ICMA in 2010 with four years of combined local government experience in public works, city management, and parks and recreation. Her background includes direct involvement with street maintenance, animal control, recycling, water conservation programs, and sustainability and environmental initiatives. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Business from Texas A&M University in College Station and a master of public administration degree with an emphasis on local government management from the University of North Texas in Denton. She was selected by Rotary International for a group study exchange in India; has participated in a mission trip to Matamoros, Mexico; and has studied abroad in Germany, France, Belgium, and Luxembourg. In her capacity as program manager, Lauren provides support for ICMA International projects. Contact: lcrawford@icma.org


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Judit Deilinger, Director, New Initiatives, and Director, CityLinks Program

Judit Deilinger has more than 25 years of professional experience in municipal management, economic development, decentralization, and education and has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Her experience in designing and delivering public administration-focused workshops and training for elected local government officials in policy making, communication, and other leadership skills has given her a reputation as a proficient trainer and facilitator. Currently, she leads ICMA International’s new initiatives, including the ICMA China Center in Beijing, and directs CityLinks, ICMA's flagship partnership program. Among her previous positions are Deputy Chief of Party for ICMA’s Public Administration Project in Hungary, ICMA's regional representative for Europe, and Director of International Relations for the Partnership of Hungarian Local Government Associations. A native speaker of Hungarian, Judit is fluent in English and speaks conversational Russian. She holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Economics in Budapest, Hungary, and an M.A. in Education from the Kossuth Lajos University in Debrecen, Hungary. Contact: jdeilinger@icma.org


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Emily Elledge, Assistant Program Manager

After working several months as an intern for the International team, Emily joined the ICMA staff as a full-time employee in January 2012. Her interest for international development blossomed when she traveled to Costa Rica on a mission trip, where she taught English to school children, and helped repair old classrooms. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in Communications and History, and a minor in Spanish. During her sophomore year, she seized the opportunity to study abroad in Seville, Spain, where she learned how to cook tortilla de patatas and met the Real Madrid soccer team. After returning to the United States, Emily became actively involved with the international organizations on UNC’s campus, and she served as an ambassador to international students. Before joining the ICMA staff, she worked at a community center tutoring immigrant children from Africa and South America. She also interned at a global health nonprofit, Population Services International, in their Latin America department. In her free time, you can find her hiking in the mountains of North Carolina, baking, or watching Carolina basketball. Contact: eelledge@icma.org


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Nate Engle, Senior Program Manager

Nate Engle joined ICMA in August 2011 with more than seven years of experience in international affairs. At ICMA, he supports the organization’s activities in Afghanistan and Ethiopia, focused on municipal development, utilities commercialization and public administration reform and has contributed to several other ICMA mission-oriented activities. Prior to working at ICMA, he served for two years as the country representative for an international NGO in Southern Sudan and worked for a number of years in Madagascar as a Peace Corps volunteer and in the private sector. Nate's work has also taken him to the United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Kenya, Mauritius, and Canada. His professional interests include comparative politics and public administration, as well as issues surrounding land use, agriculture, and food systems. Nate earned a bachelor of science degree in urban and regional planning at Michigan State University and a master of public administration degree at Grand Valley State University’s School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Contact: nengle@icma.org


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Brancy Finkler, Director, Operations and Program Management

Since joining ICMA International as an intern in 1998, Brancy Finkler has made contributions to the larger organization as well as to the International Team. During her tenure at ICMA, she has managed a portfolio of programs, served on proposal development teams as the overall and cost coordinator, contributed to business development, and assisted with team operations. This has led to overseas travel to Albania, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Jamaica, and Mongolia and work experience with many countries. Currently, Brancy oversees the International Team’s annual grants and contracts portfolio and supervises project staff. She has also represented the International Team on a number of organizational “hot teams” and committees that focused on specific issues/topics such as contract administration, corporate culture, program management, and procurement. In 2000, Brancy received an award for Employee Excellence. Prior to joining ICMA, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan, where she taught English to students in grades five through ten. During her time in Central Asia, she established an after-school English club at both a school and a children’s activity center. In 1996, Brancy served as a White House intern in the Counselor to the President’s office. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Smith College and has a basic understanding of Uzbek and German. Contact: bfinkler@icma.org


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Damian George, Director, Europe & Central Asia Programs

Damian George has extensive experience in new business development, proposal and budget development, and program management, with a specialty in finance. Prior to joining ICMA in 2009, he was part of a team offering financial advisory and technical assistance services to international organizations, governments, and corporations in emerging markets countries. Funded projects on which he worked included establishing legal and regulatory frameworks for credit reporting; conducting a feasibility study for investment in urban transportation infrastructure; establishing financial and control policies for privatization of an airline; and conducting due diligence on a road proposal. He has worked in Cape Verde, Kosovo, Madagascar, Nigeria, Serbia, Tajikistan, and Tanzania, and provided home office support for a project in Burkina Faso. His career also includes employment with banks in Sofia, Bulgaria, and with the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation in New York City. Damian has an M.S. degree in international economic relations from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria, and an M.B.A. in finance from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is fluent in English, French, Russian, and Bulgarian. Contact: dgeorge@icma.org


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Laura Hagg, Director, Middle East & North Africa Programs

Laura Hagg joined ICMA in 2010 and began her professional career more than 20 years earlier as a management intern for the city of Westminster, Colorado. There, she learned firsthand about budgeting, code enforcement, emergency management, and other critical municipal services. Since then she has worked in a number of communications and policy capacities on energy, emergency management, and air quality issues. In 2001, Laura volunteered to help businesses in Omsk, Russia, create communications and public relations plans. This experience cemented her interest in working in the international arena. She then worked as an emergency management/business continuity consultant for two private-sector firms. On completion of a master's degree in international policy and practice from The George Washington University in 2008, she was selected to participate in USAID’s Emerging Market Development Advisors Program (EMDAP) and worked in Amman, Jordan, as a business development officer for the Jordan Inbound Tour Operators Association for ten months. She later worked as a communications manager on USAID’s Knowledge-Driven Microenterprise Development contract. Laura also holds a bachelor's degree in history from Smith College and a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Colorado-Denver. At ICMA, she is responsible for leading ICMA International’s Knowledge Network efforts as well writing proposals and identifying and tracking new business opportunities. She speaks English, beginning level Arabic, and French. Contact: lhagg@icma.org


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Shraddha Kharel-Pandey, Director, Asia Programs

Shraddha Kharel-Pandey directs business development and program management for ICMA's Asia programs. She has more than ten years of international development and program management experience in Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Central America. Previously, she was a senior member of ICMA’s Afghanistan Team, overseeing ICMA’s portfolio of programs in that country. During her tenure at ICMA, which began in 2005, she also managed ICMA's signature CityLinks program and all aspects of the USAID-funded Afghanistan Municipal Strengthening Program, the FIRE III program in India, the MEGA Serbia program, the World Bank-funded Lebanese Local Economic Development program, and other programs in India and Sri Lanka. While a graduate student at the University of Louisville, where she earned a master's degree in political science with a focus on international studies, Shraddha was a member of the Management Team for the International Service Learning Program. She received a bachelor's degree from Tribhuvan University (Kathmandu, Nepal) and also worked in Kathmandu as a marketing officer at a prominent bank before coming to the United States. Shraddha has a PMP certification and she speaks fluent English, Nepali, Hindi, and Urdu. Contact: skharelpandey@icma.org


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Lindsay Kuhn, Assistant Program Manager

Lindsay Kuhn joined ICMA in 2013 with two years of experience as a program management and business development associate. Previously, she worked for International Relief & Development (IRD), a nonprofit international development nongovernmental organization; interned for the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and the Middle East Policy Council; and interned during the budget appropriations for the chair of the Finance and Appropriations Committee, Rep. Vernon Sykes (District 34), in the Ohio House of Representatives. She has assisted with the development of more than 30 proposals and the management of multiple programs in a number of conflict-affected and post-conflict countries such as Colombia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Her programs and proposals have included the areas of governance, civil society, advocacy, community engagement, service delivery, women and youth empowerment, and education. In addition, Lindsay is a part-time public relations assistant for the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center and prepares promotional materials for multicultural programming. She graduated with a dual B.A. in International Relations and Communication from Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio, where she also led teams in crisis simulations and participated in seminars as part of the Garfield Institute for Public Leadership. She has studied French, Arabic, and Mandarin Chinese and traveled on academic study trips to South Africa, Lesotho, Turkey, and Greece. Contact: lkuhn@icma.org


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Lisa Lau, Program Manager

Prior to joining ICMA in July 2010, Lisa Lau worked in the international field in Washington, D.C. for four years. She worked at World Links, an international education nonprofit, where she helped manage several programs in Asia and Latin America. She later moved on to the World Bank to be the publications manager for the Agricultural and Rural Development Department. There, she managed the editorial and production process of key publications that were disseminated to the field offices and the international development community. Besides chasing after authors and managers to hand in their manuscripts on time, she coordinated and participated in a Department Training on Fisheries and Aquaculture in Nha Trang, Vietnam, where she almost fell in a lobster cage while trying to document the training. She has also conducted research and has had various work experience in Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, and China. She graduated from Brown University with a double major in Anthropology and International Relations and attained her master's degree in International Education Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She speaks Cantonese (mother tongue), Mandarin, Spanish, and basic French. Contact: llau@icma.org


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Josephine Lee, Assistant Program Manager

Josephine Lee joined ICMA in early 2012, bringing experience in international and domestic educational programming and policy advocacy. Most recently, she interned for both the Institute of International Education headquarters in New York and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s Asia Pacific Monitoring and Evaluation unit in Bangkok, Thailand. In both roles, she provided research and programmatic support for government capacity building initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. Earlier, Josephine was involved as a teacher and programmer in various cross-sector initiatives; areas included English education in under-served rural areas of South Korea (Teach and Learn in Korea), HIV/AIDS education in Tanzania (Support for International Change), and higher education access and retention for immigrant communities in Los Angeles (Learn to Be Foundation; University of California, Los Angeles). She holds a Master of Science degree in International Educational Development from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Literature with a minor in Global Studies from the UCLA. She is fluent in English and Korean and has basic skills in Spanish and beginning Swahili. Contact: joslee@icma.org


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Joseph Lombardo, Director, Africa and Afghanistan Programs

Joseph Lombardo joined ICMA in February 2012 with more than three decades of experience in international development, including 22 years with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Joe has held senior management positions with USAID, international development NGOs, and local governments in the United States. His areas of expertise include urban and regional development; decentralization policies; local government management; conflict and stability operations; international development policy; strategic planning, project development, and performance management policies and systems; operational and program management assessments; organizational change management and capacity building; curriculum design and training; strategic gaming and simulations; and public-private partnerships. He is knowledgeable in the full range of program areas encompassed in the fields of public management, including development and municipal finance, education and workforce development, and building local organizational capacity for sustainability. In the course of his assignments as a private consultant and his work in senior positions with USAID, Joe has worked in more than 25 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean. His work with USAID earned him numerous honors and performance awards. He has a B.A. degree in sociology and psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a master of science in educational psychology and statistics from the State University of New York at Albany, and a master of regional planning with a concentration in international development policy, planning, and management from the Maxwell School for Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. He is fluent in English and Spanish. Contact: jlombardo@icma.org


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Carlos Loría-Chaves, Governance and Economic Advisor

Carlos Loría-Chaves joined ICMA in 2010, bringing more than 25 years of experience working at the local and national levels in his home country of Costa Rica and elsewhere in Latin America and Eastern Europe. In his work he has conducted, designed, and implemented programs to strengthen transparency and public finance, support economic reforms, and promote efficient and effective government management. He has served for many years in technical positions providing support to the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly and has more than 10 years of experience working on USAID-funded policy reform, municipal development, public budget analysis, and fiscal programs. Carlos formerly served as Chief of Party for the USAID/Guatemala Decentralization and Local Governance Program (2005-2008). He has a B.A. degree in Economics from the Universidad de Costa Rica and an M.B.A. degree with a major in Finance from the Universidad Interamericana in Costa Rica. He has been short-term consultant for ICMA since May 2009, serving as Regional Program Manager on the USAID-funded Municipal Partnerships for Violence Prevention in Central America program and as the Governance Advisor on the Communities Youth-at-Risk program in Panama. He also provides support to the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility Program to improve the creditworthiness of municipalities in Costa Rica and Argentina, among other business development tasks. Carlos is based in Costa Rica. He speaks Spanish and English. Contact: cloria@icma.org


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Colin McCabe, Program Manager

Colin McCabe joined ICMA in November 2013, bringing seven years of international program management, business development, and operations experience. His professional experience includes implementing cultural and educational programs in ten countries spanning five continents for International Seminar Design, Inc.; among other countries he has worked in Morocco, Turkey, Romania, and China. Prior to and during graduate school, he served in short-term positions with Solimar International and ECODIT, Inc. Colin’s technical competencies include climate change adaptation, sustainable tourism development, and educational travel seminars. He holds a bachelor's degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University, and a master's degree in Sustainable Development, International Policy and Management from the School for International Training’s Graduate Institute in Washington, D.C. Colin speaks fluent Italian, intermediate French and Arabic, and survival-level Spanish. He enjoys running, biking, skiing, cooking, and family trips to Vermont and upstate New York. Contact: cmccabe@icma.org


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Brooke Moore, International Recruiter

Brooke Moore began working with ICMA in May 2012, bringing nine years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Before coming to ICMA she worked on the recruiting team doing international proposal recruiting for FHI 360, a nonprofit human development organization, and before that she helped recruit full-time international volunteers for Catholic Volunteer Network’s 200 member programs. Brooke holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of D.C. Brooke’s interest in serving the international world started with a three-month trip in 2004 to Haiti, where she volunteered with special needs children. She returned to Haiti for six months in 2007 to teach English at a boarding school near Port au Prince. Brooke has visited 17 countries and hopes to continue seeing the world and learning about other cultures. She speaks moderate Spanish and Creole. Contact: BrookeMoore@ICMA.org


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Lianne Romahi, Business & Proposal Manager

Lianne Romahi brings 10 years of experience in project management, proposal writing, socio-economic and capacity building impact assessments, and performance monitoring plans for numerous donor organizations, including USAID, the European Commission, the Millennium Development Challenge, and the Global Environmental Facility. Her global experience has focused on the Levant region, Afghanistan, and Iran. Lianne previously served as a Grants Officer for the Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, and Jordan portfolio at the Foundation for the Future and carried out numerous short-term assignments in business development, proposal writing and impact assessments. Lianne is particularly interested in the empowerment of women and marginalized groups. In 2006, Lianne led the development of Fair Trade Jordan, and in 2009, Lianne cofounded a website that provides counseling and legal support to victims of sexual harassment at the workplace. Lianne holds a Master’s degree from Imperial College of London for Science and Technology, University of London and an undergraduate degree from the University of Edinburgh. She speaks English and Arabic fluently, and basic French. Contact: lromahi@icma.org


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Klaudia Taylor, Program Manager

Klaudia Taylor joined ICMA in June 2013 and brings seven years of global experience with governmental and nongovernmental organizations, for which she designed, managed, and implemented international projects. Her knowledge of United States Government business practices, as well as experience formulating and managing complex budgets and technical activities, is a great asset to the organization and the International Team. Klaudia’s most recent experience includes a long-term assignment in Afghanistan, where she supported assessments of the local labor market, revisions to vocational curriculum, and the delivery of short-term training programs accompanied by job placement services for the workforce development program. Klaudia’s field experience also includes short-term technical assistance to projects in Uganda, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Jordan. Her business development efforts include technical design, research, and identification of public-private partnerships. Klaudia also has extensive experience working with youth and for youth-related projects. She drafted proposals and sought funding for youth empowerment training in Sierra Leone and organized panel discussions on the importance of education for children in conflict areas. She also provided behavioral support and assisted with academic progress for juvenile delinquents in Washington County, Maryland. Klaudia holds a Master’s Degree in International Development with a focus on workforce development from American University’s School of International Service. Contact: ktaylor@icma.org


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Eva Travers, Senior Program Manager

Before joining ICMA in September 2012, Eva Travers worked in the international field for six years. During that time she served as a program manager and proposal writer with an economic development consultancy that fulfilled donor-funded projects in Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Asia. In 2010-2011 she spent some time in Afghanistan implementing a portfolio of USAID and World-Bank-funded projects aimed at local capacity building, community development, and infrastructure improvement. In addition, Eva has two years of experience in technical writing in the area of international labor law and benefits. She designed employer’s country manuals for Afghanistan, Russia, Lebanon, and Kazakhstan covering the primary aspects of existing social security systems, applicable labor laws, and current benefits market trends. She obtained her master’s degree in linguistics from Far Eastern Federal University (Vladivostok, Russia) and also worked for two years as a translator before coming to the United States. She speaks fluent Russian and English. Contact: etravers@icma.org


Ziauddin Zia, Chief of Party, CAWSA

Ziauddin Zia is chief of party for ICMA's USAID-funded Commercialization of Afghanistan Water and Sanitation Activity (CAWSA) program. Previously, he served as deputy chief of party for the Regional Afghan Municipalities Program for Urban Populations (RAMP UP) and as chief of party for the Afghanistan Municipal Strengthening Program (AMSP). His professional career includes experience in strategic planning, general management, project management, human resources and administration, training, quality management, and local governance. He has held positions with the Afghanistan Justice Sector Support Program (U.S. Department of State), the USAID Local Governance and Community Development project (working with a private consulting firm), the United Nations Development Program’s Afghanistan National Development Strategy project, the Ministry of Finance on the UNDP-funded Making Budgets Work and Aid Coordination (MBWAC) project, and FINCA-Afghanistan, a microfinance institution. He also served fourteen years with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Training Agency (META), United Nations Mine Action Program for Afghanistan, where he developed training materials and delivered training in management and mine action related activities and assumed progressively responsible positions, serving as deputy director of the agency. He holds an MBA degree in general management from Preston University in Peshawar, Pakistan, and a “mini MBA” in general management for senior managers with a focus on strategic thinking and planning from Cranfield University, Swindon, U.K. An Afghan national, he is fluent in Dari, Pashto, Urdu, and English. Contact: zzia@icma.org