Team Category: Management Team

Abdoulaye Gounou

He is a senior M&E professional. He has been Director General of evaluation at the Prime Minister’s office, Benin and actually he is the Head of the Bureau of Public Policy Evaluation and Government Action Analysis at the Presidency, Republic of Benin.

He holds a diploma of Advanced Professional Studies from Senghor University of Alexandria, Egypt in business administration and project management, and a Master degree of Laws from the National University of the Republic of Benin.

He is involved in conducting process and impact evaluation of public policies, capacity development events and collaborative projects development and implementation, such as Twende Mbele, a Programme with South Africa and Uganda and WACIE Programme, the West Africa Capacity building and Impact Evaluation, a Programme with 3ie within the WAEMU1 countries in West Africa. The programme received the financial support from WAEMU Commission and BOAD2.

Previously, he acted as Technical Adviser to Ministers (Prime Minister, State Minister of Planning and Minister of Finance) from the Government of Benin for more than seven years, in economic strategy and reforms and private sector development.

Blessing Mhosva

Blessing Mhosva, currently serving as ICED’s Chief Finance and Operations Officer, is a finance and grant management expert, with over 12 years working experience in Finance, Audit and Planning, Grant management and budget tracking. She is a qualified ACCA (Association of Charted Certified Accountants (UK) accountant and holds a cum laude Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Blessing is trained on USAID grant award management and has experience of working across several African countries which include Kenya, Ghana, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. She has experience working with a various number of donors which include USAID, USADF, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, World Vision among others. Blessing has vast experience managing finance and operations and audit exercises in both for profit which include pharmaceuticals, mining, retail, and telecommunication sectors and not-for profit entities. She has interacted extensively with financial management solutions and systems as well as donor reporting platforms.

Seth Kugblenu

Seth Kugblenu is an Integrated Marketing and Communications Specialist with over 14 years of successful experience in Public Relations Management, Marketing, Brand Management, Advocacy and Corporate Communications. Recognized consistently for performance excellence and contributions to success in the ICT, Media, Hospitality, iNGO and Financial Service Industries, his strengths in Public Relations, Government Relations & Advocacy, Marketing, Brand Management, and Crises Communications Management have been backed by training in Communications and Global Marketing Management. Seth Kugblenu previously worked as a Program Manager‐ Advocacy &Communications at PAL Network. Prior, he has been an Independent Strategic Marketing &Communications consultant where he worked with Octagon Africa, Old Starehian Society (OSS), Cagerol General Insurance Company, Generation (USAID Funded), Afribright Risk &Insurance Brokers, The Energy Regulatory Commission (Kenya) and Africa Youth Trust. He was also the Head of Corporate Communications at Jubilee Insurance Company (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania Burundi, Mauritius), the Communications Manager for Nation Media Group, membership Manager at Capital Club East Africa, Key Account Manager‐Media Relations for Spice VAS Africa Pte and PR & Marketing Officer at Kenya Data Networks. Seth Kugblenu holds a Master of Science in Global Marketing Management from the University of Nairobi and a BA in Communications & Media Technology‐Public Relations Major from Maseno University.

Solomon Zena Walelign

Solomon Zena Walelign completed a double Ph.D. in Environmental and Resource Economics at the University of Copenhagen and in Forest Sciences at the Georg-August University of Göttingen. He holds part-time positions as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, as a Consultant at the World Bank. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Gondar. Previously, he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California Berkeley and the University of South Carolina, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Copenhagen, and an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Gondar. Solomon’s main research focus includes livelihoods, poverty, largescale land transaction, gender empowerment, and climate change resettlement. He conducted fieldwork in Nepal, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania.

David S. Ameyaw

Dr David S. Ameyaw is the President and CEO of ICED based in Nairobi and team leader. David has over 25 years of experience in leadership and practical experience in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and learning. He has served as the Head of Strategy, Monitoring and Evaluation at The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) based in Nairobi, Kenya. He has also served as the Senior Director for Monitoring and Evaluation at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Washington DC, as well as the Director for Monitoring and Evaluation and Acting Director and Food Security Specialist for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Headquarters in Silver Springs, Maryland, US. He is a Board Member of the Agriculture Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI), and a member of the Board of Directors of Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Assets and Market Access that operates in support of the United States Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Food Security.