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Sharon D'Onofrio, Executive Director

Sharon D'OnofrioSharon D'Onofrio is the Executive Director of the SEEP Network. Sharon leads the development and execution of SEEP's global learning strategy and oversees services to members and relationships with organizational partners. Sharon's 20 years of experience in economic development includes serving as a general manager for a microfinance institution in El Salvador and Regional Technical Advisor for Latin America with Catholic Relief Services. She possess extensive experience in developing and delivering knowledge management, training, and capacity building programs for development organizations and universities and has authored numerous technical guides on the subject of network development. Prior to assuming the position of Executive Director in 2011, Sharon served as Senior Advisor to SEEP’s Association Development Community of Practice providing strategic direction in SEEP’s service to its association members and overseeing the creation of a suite of association development tools.

Christopher AddisonProgram Assistant

Chris AddisonChris serves as the Program Assistant with the Member Affairs and Global Communications team. In this role, he supports membership services and outreach, data tracking, social media, and conference management. Prior to joining SEEP, Chris worked on programming for a Washington DC based international youth development organization. He has experience working with NGO capacity building initiatives as a Public Affairs and Civil Advocacy Intern for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Chris holds a Master’s degree in International Studies with a concentration in Economic Development from East Carolina University and a Bachelor’s in Political Science and History from Winthrop University.

 Mashal Amjad, Program Associate

Mashal AmjadMashal is a Program Associate with the Member Affairs and Global Communications team. In this role, she supports membership services and outreach, mass communications, social media, digital engagement and event management for SEEP programs and initiatives. Prior to joining SEEP, Mashal lent research and editing support to a variety of publications in international politics at Marquette University and was an integral part of the consular team at the Canadian High Commission in Islamabad. Mashal holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Marquette University in Milwaukee and a Bachelor’s in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan.


 Carly ChafeyProgram Assistant

Carly Chafey

Carly is the Program Assistant for Responsible Finance. In this role, she supports the development and operations of SEEP’s learning programs in responsible finance and financial inclusion, primarily focused on the Responsible Finance through Local Leadership and Learning Program.  Prior to joining SEEP, Carly served as a Program Coordinator for The Fund for American Studies’ Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service. Originally from Baltimore, MD, Carly graduated from Bucknell University with a BA in International Relations and spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique.

Carla de Chassy, Director of Member Affairs and Global Communications

Carla de ChassyAs MAGC Director, Carla ensures the implementation of SEEP’s member engagement strategies, organizational communication and marketing, and the development of strategic alliances with external stakeholders on a worldwide basis. Prior to joining SEEP, Carla served in the role of Employment Counselor and Bilingual Interpreter for asylum seekers at Northern Virginia Family Service. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, and has worked in the U.S., France and the U.K. in various capacities for the Embassy of France, Toulouse Business School, HEC Business School, ISL Marketing, Advantage International, RWS Group and Diageo. Carla has over 25 years of experience specializing in international trade, organizational development, member cultivation & partner relations, event planning & production, cross-cultural marketing & communications, and livelihoods development. She is a long-time activist and supporter of organizations dedicated to human rights, humanitarian assistance, and economic development. Carla has an MBA from HEC Business School and a BA in International Relations from Pomona College.

 Fabiola Diaz, Program Manager

Fabiola DiazFabiola Diaz is Program Manager for Learning and Dissemination. In this role, she is responsible for managing the Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Learning Forum and the MasterCard Foundation Savings Portfolio Partnership. She works with senior management to cultivate strategic alliances and support learning initiative design and implementation in the thematic areas of Women’s Economic Empowerment and Financial Inclusion through Savings Groups.

Fabiola is an experienced international development professional with a multicultural background and experience working in microfinance. Prior to joining SEEP, Fabiola worked at RESULTS Educational Fund as a Program Manager for the Microcredit Summit Campaign advocating for financial inclusion to improve the lives of the poor. She is originally from Venezuela and holds a BS and MS in Economics and Latin American Studies from the University of Cologne, Germany. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and German.

Bri Fierro, Program Assistant

Bri FierroAs the Program Assistant for Working Group and Learning Initiatives, Bri supports the facilitation of SEEP initiatives in Women's Economic Empowerment and Financial Inclusion through Savings Groups. In this role, she supports the development and preparation of their respective projects and events, including conferences, trainings and webinars. Her current projects include the 2017 Women's Economic Empowerment Global Learning Forum and the Savings Groups Evidence and Learning Initiative. Originally hailing from Boston, MA, Bri graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in Political Science and Spanish, and a minor in Chinese Language and Culture. During her undergraduate education, she spent time abroad studying in China, Spain, and Ireland.

Straton Habyalimana, Senior Program Manager

Rebecca HessionStraton is the Senior Program Manager for the Responsible Finance through Local Leadership and Learning (RFL3) Program, based in Kigali, Rwanda. In that position, Straton is responsible for the programme activities, including stakeholder engagement, learning and knowledge exchange on consumer protection practices.

Prior to joining SEEP, Straton has led programs focusing on capacity building for local development actors in East and Central Africa (Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia). In his 20 years of experience, Straton has worked for well-established international NGOs where he contributed to projects and programs aiming at poverty reduction through microfinance, agriculture value chain development, and organisational development. He has also worked as an independent consultant, providing facilitations services to public and private institutions.

Straton has completed his MBA (Project Management) from the Maastricht School of Management outreach program in Kigali, Rwanda; and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Kigali Independent University, and an Associate Bachelor’s degree in Microfinance and Community Economic Development from Uganda Martyrs University. He is fluent in both English and French.

Ghassene Jerandi, Multimedia & Design Associate

Rebecca HessionGhassene Jerandi is the Multimedia and Design associate with the Member Affairs and Global Communications team. In this role, he provides design and visual communication support for the SEEP Network's various publications and editorial projects, web-based, social media and digital platforms. Ghassene, a Tunisian native, has lived within different cities and cultures, and has worked within various organizational settings, such as at the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Montréal-based La Presse news agency. He holds a BA from the University of Ottawa and is fluent in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish.

Bintou Ka-Niang, Director of Association Development

Bintou Ka-NiangBintou Ka-Niang is a Senegalese national with more than 20 years of experience in international development, 10 of which in the microfinance and enterprise development fields, working with organizations in the US, Africa, Central America, and Europe.

Formerly the Executive Director of the Switzerland-based Argidius Foundation well-known for its support to enterprise development, Bintou has also worked as the Technical Services Facility (TSF) Manager for AfriCap, a private equity fund targeting commercial microfinance institutions in Africa.  In that position, she was in charge of the facilitation and funding of all activities related to the building of investee’s capacity in order to increase their value, and the development and dissemination of knowledge of specific key areas within the microfinance sector in Africa

Prior to joining AfriCap, she worked as the Microfinance Technical Advisor for Save the Children/USA in Mali, responsible for the transformation and capacity building of their microfinance program into a local institution, and for Women’s World Banking in New York working on the provision of capacity building services to affiliates and on the coordination of the Africa Microfinance Network initiative.  She has also worked five years for USAID in Senegal first as a financial analyst responsible for financial aspects of several projects and then as manager of the $21 million PVO/NGO Support project providing and monitoring grants to local and international NGOs involved in development areas identified as key priority areas for USAID/Senegal.

Bintou holds a Master’s in Business Administration in Finance from the City University of New York and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of DC, Washington, DC. She is fluent in both English and French.


David PanettaProject Director

David PanettaDavid leads the Savings Groups Evidence and Learning Initiative – a learning initiative that aims to generate, curate, and share a growing body of information related to Savings Groups. With 12 years’ experience in international development programming and research, David has worked with numerous donor agencies, consultancies, academic institutions and NGOs in over 25 countries, focused on access to finance, inclusive market systems, and knowledge management.  He has led the development of Savings Group programs in 19 countries, with a cumulative outreach of over 800,000 members – working with the Aga Khan Foundation, DFID, Plan International, Mercy Corps, VSL Associates, World Vision, and over one hundred local NGOs. David has a Master’s in Economics from McGill University and is fluent in English, French, and Spanish.

Sonya SalantiSenior Program Manager

Sonya SalantiSonya is responsible for managing the implementation of learning and capacity building initiatives aimed at improving the effectiveness of practitioners working in fragile and conflict affected environments. The current portfolio of programs includes Disaster Risk Reduction for Financial Services, the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS), and the Livelihoods and Inclusive Finance Expansion (LIFE) project in Lebanon.

Sonya has over fifteen years of experience designing, implementing and managing transformational programs in the fields of sustainable development, education, and health. Her professional expertise includes program development, program management and program evaluation, business development, communications,  and applied research on evidence-based solutions that drive behavior change. Her work and practical experience in these areas span several institutions including Chemonics International, CARE Ethiopia, World Learning’s/SIT Graduate Institute’s Certificate in Inclusive Security, University of New England’s Graduate Programs in Public Health, and Portland Energy Conservation Inc. (now CLEAResult).

Sonya holds a master’s in International Sustainable Development from the School of International Training’s Graduate Institute, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Portland State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Vermont College.

Robert Stubbs, Director of Finance/Senior Accountant

Robert StubbsRobert Stubbs has over 25 years of accounting and finance experience in a variety of sectors. Before starting at SEEP in 2010, he worked for two CPA firms and served as a controller for First Assist, a national staffing firm of nurses. In addition, he has worked as a controller of The Retina Group of Washington, a large medical group serving 20 ophthalmic surgeons. At SEEP, Robert manages financial operations for the entire organization. He graduated from Mt. Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland and he is a licensed CPA in the state of Maryland.


Alayna WilliamsAnnual Conference Intern

Alayna WilliamsAlayna serves as the Intern for the 2017 Annual Conference. In this role, she assists SEEP’s Member Affairs and Global Communications team, primarily supporting event planning, volunteer management, web development and logistical coordination. Prior to joining SEEP, Alayna served as an intern at Black Sash, a human rights organization in Cape Town, South Africa. She will return to South Africa on a Fulbright in 2018 after completing her internship with SEEP. Originally from Macon, GA, Alayna graduated from Mercer University with a BA in International Affairs, Spanish, and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Senior Advisors

Linda Jones, Senior Advisor

Dr. Linda Jones is Senior Advisor to the SEEP Network and Director of SME/Investment at MEDA with expertise in inclusive private sector development and market systems approaches (value chain, M4P, market development). Linda was Senior Technical Advisor at Aga Khan Foundation in Geneva, Technical Director at MEDA in Canada and Director of the Centre for Women’s Leadership at the Coady International Institute. She has contributed to the overall advancement of the pro-poor economic development field through positions such as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the SEEP Network and as Editor of the Enterprise Development and Microfinance Journal. Linda has published extensively, and has been a facilitator/trainer with the Southern New Hampshire University, the SEEP Network, the Boulder Institute, and the International Labour Organisation, among others. Linda was a Commonwealth Scholar and holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from McMaster University and a diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from Conrad Grebel College.

David Myhre, Senior Advisor

David MyhreFor more than 25 years, David has worked to promote sustainable, equitable development, primarily in Latin America. From fall 2008, as Director of Microfinance at the MasterCard Foundation, he helped launch a grantmaking program to extend financial services to the poor in Africa. In mid-2010, he returned to his primary interests in Latin America as a consultant on migration and development, financial inclusion and strengthening rural communities. David previously served as Program Officer (2001-2006) and Senior Program Officer (2006-2008) for Development Finance and Economic Security in the Ford Foundation’s Office for Mexico and Central America, based in Mexico City. His grantmaking focused on promoting rural microcredit and savings programs, as well as the strengthening of microfinance networks.

Candace Nelson, Senior Advisor

Candace NelsonCandace Nelson is the Co-facilitator of the Savings-led Financial Services Working Group at SEEP. Candace is an accomplished writer, trainer, curriculum designer, researcher, and grants manager. In recent years, she has pursued two passions - savings groups and financial education. She has written and edited a number of key publications including the book, Savings Groups at the Frontiers, developed curriculum modules including Young People: Your Future, Your Money and Risk Management and Insurance: Protect Your Family’s Future, trained trainers in French and Spanish, and outlined national strategies for financial education. Candace has a BA in history from Smith College and an MS in rural sociology from the University of Wisconsin.

Sarah Ward, Senior Advisor

Sarah WardSarah is a post-conflict/post-disaster market systems specialist with more than 17 years technical experience adapting market development approaches to some of the world’s most challenging contexts. She is currently an independent consultant supporting economic resilience and recovery and recently the Technical Advisor for Enterprise Development at the International Rescue Committee as well as the Director of Market Development for Mercy Corps’.

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