Environmental Compliance Officers

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Agency Environmental Coordinator (AEC)
Agency–wide oversight and leadership in environmental compliance.

  • Victor Bullen

Bureau Environmental Officers (BEO)
Primary environmental compliance decision makers and leaders for their bureaus.

  • Africa Bureau – Brian Hirsch
    • Deputy Bureau Environmental Officer – Walter Knausenberger
    • Bureau Environmental Advisor – Allison Brown
    • Power Africa Environmental Advisor – Nonkululeku Khathi
  • Asia Bureau – Will Gibson
    • Deputy Bureau Environmental Officer - Mary Melnyk
  • Bureau for Food Security - Bill Thomas
  • Bureau for Policy, Programming and Learning – Dennis Durbin
  • Europe and Eurasia Bureau – Mark Kamiya
  • Latin America and the Caribbean Bureau – Diana Shannon
  • Middle East Bureau – John Wilson
    • Deputy Bureau Environmental Officer – Jeff Ploetz
  • Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance Bureau – Erika Clesceri
  • Economic Growth, Education and Environment Bureau –Teresa Bernhard
  • Global Health Bureau – Dennis Durbin
    • Environmental Advisor – Rochelle Rainey
    • Environmental Advisor - Elissa Jensen
  • Management Bureau - Dennis Durbin
  • Global Development Lab - Pallaoor Venkatesh Sundareshwar (Acting)
  • Office of Human Resources - Dennis Durbin
  • Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs - Chris Payne

Multilateral Development Bank Team 
Title XIII of the International Financial Institutions Act directs USAID to strengthen the environmental and social performance of multilateral development banks in which the U.S. is a shareholder. Although this work is separate, it leverages the procedures and experience of implementing 22 CFR 216 and draws upon the Agency’s environmental compliance officers in conducting pre- and post-approval field reviews of projects that are particularly likely to have substantial adverse environmental or social impacts.

  • Team Lead - Victor Bullen
  • Africa - Alexis Erwin
  • Asia - Chad Dear
  • Latin American and the Caribbean - Scott Lampman
  • Assistant: Chris Schmidt

Biosafety Review Advisor 
This function supports required USAID reviews of any proposal for research, testing or open release into the environment of bioengineered organisms (commonly referred to as Genetically Engineered (GE) organisms or Genetically Modified (GM) organisms ), as required under ADS 211. This requirement applies to proposed activities in agriculture, human health and other purposes. These reviews must be conducted in advance of and used to inform preparation of the environmental impact analysis required by 22 CFR 216.

  • Biosafety Advisor - Robert Bertram (Acting)

Regional Environmental Advisors (REA)
Support field offices in their regions and advise their BEOs on environmental compliance matters. Note: Not every region has an REA.

  • Asia
    • Central and South Asia and OAPA (based in Washington DC) Andrei Barannik
    • Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands (based in Bangkok, Thailand) - Shamenna Gall
  • Africa
    • East Africa (based in Nairobi, Kenya) David Kinyua
      • Regional Environmental Specialist - Vacant
    • West Africa (based in Accra, Ghana) – Chris Schaan
      • Environmental Compliance Specialist - Henry Aryeeteh
      • BS-40 NRM Officer -- Margaret McMorrow
    • West Africa for the Sahel (Senegal, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Chad) (based in Dakar, Senegal) - Samantha Wapnick
      • Deputy Regional Environmental Advisor - Abdourahmane N'diaye
    • Southern Africa (based in Pretoria, South Africa) – Jeanette Normand
      • Deputy REA - Vacant
  • Europe and Eurasia
    • Eastern Europe and Eurasia - Vacant
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
    • Central America and Mexico (based in San Salvador, El Salvador) – Georgina “Gina” Melendez
    • South America and Caribbean (based inDC) – Bethzaida “Betzy” Colon
  • Middle East
    • Middle East (based in Frankfurt, Germany) - Christopher Frey

Mission Environmental Officers (MEO)
Principle USAID environmental compliance advisors within a USAID field mission.

  • Afghanistan and Pakistan
    • Afghanistan - Hameedullah Noori
      • Deputy MEO: Vacant
    • Pakistan - Asim Aziz
  • Africa
    • Angola – Domingos Menezes
      • Joana Cardao, Deputy
    • Benin – Ayoubah Kanneh
      • Henry Aryeetey
    • Botswana – Mercy Motladiile
      • Segametsi Duge, Deputy
    • Burkina Faso -- Abdourahmane Ndiaye
    • Burundi – Jean Damascene Nyamwasa  (acting from Rwanda)
    • Cameroon - E. Innocent Aboh
    • Cape Verde - Abdourahmane Ndiaye
    • CAR -- Diane-Elizabeth (Di El) Mbanzidi (acting from DRC)
    • Chad - Abdourahmane Ndiaye
    • Cote D’Ivoire - William Coulibaly
    • Comoros – Salohy Soloarivelo R (based at USAID/Madagascar)
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo – Diane-Elizabeth (Di El) Mbanzidi
      • Dieudonne' Mbuka, Deputy
      • Sabiti Kalindula, Alternate
    • Djibouti – Yitayew Abebe
    • Ethiopia – Yitayew Abebe
      • Dubale Admasu, Deputy
    • Gabon - Henry Aryeetey
    • Gambia - Abdourahmane Ndiaye
    • Ghana – Gloria Odoom
    • Guinea – Ibrahima Camara
    • Guinea/Sierra Leone – Ibrahim Fofanah
      • Mamy Keita (dMEO Guinea)
      • James Blackie (dMEO Liberia)
    • Kenya – Wilkister Magangi
      • Enock Kanyanya, Deputy
    • Liberia – Kokulo Y. Yorgbor
      •  Solomon Page, Deputy
      • Ian Winborn, NRM Officer
    • Madagascar (including Comoros) – Salohy Soloarivelo
      • Jemima Andriamihamina, Deputy
    • Malawi –  Robert Matengula
      • Linda Malilo, Deputy
    • Mali – Souleymane Sogoba (Acting intirim)
    • Mauritanaia -- Abdourahmane Ndiaye
    • Mozambique –  Eduardo Langa
      • Marcia Matenja, Deputy
    • Namibia – Shireen Strauss
    • Niger -- Abdourahmane Ndiaye
    • Nigeria – Oladele Kolade
      • Isa Iyortim, Deputy
    • Rwanda – Jean Damascene Nyamwasa
      • Matthew Jira, Deputy
    • Senegal – Abdoulaye Boly
      • Emilie Reyes, Deputy
    • Somalia – David Kinyua (based in Nairobi, Kenya)
    • South Sudan - Richard Nyarsuk
      • Emmanuel Dijango, Deputy
    • Southern Africa Regional - Vacant
    • Southern and South Africa (including Lesotho and Swaziland) - Vacant
    • Sudan - Amir Eltayeb
    • Tanzania – Dosteus Lopa
      • Rose Kyando, Deputy
      • Gilbert Kajuna, Alternate MEO, NRM Officer
    • Uganda – Jessica Okui
      • Shawna Hirsch, Alternate MEO, NRM Officer
    • Zambia – Mwewa Katongo
      • Byron Kominek, Deputy
    • Zimbabwe – Blessing Mutsaka
      • Adam Silagyi, Deputy
  • Asia
    • Bangladesh – Shaphar Selim
      • Emelda Mullick, Deputy
      • Muhammad Nuruzzaman, Deputy
      • Tarek Ahmed, Deputy
      • Shahadat Shakil, Deputy
      • Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, Deputy
    • Burma - Travis Guymon
      • Myint Myint Kyu, Deputy
    • Cambodia – Meglim Kim
      • Sopheap Sreng, Deputy
    • Central Asian Republics (Kazakhstan, *Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan) - Nina Kavetskaya
      • Aigul Berdygulova, Deputy
    • India –Monali Zeya Hazra
      • Chandan Samal, Deputy
    • Indonesia – Putu Kurniawan
      • Deputy, Vacant
    • Mongolia – Marian Cruz
      • Bobby Pierce - Deputy
    • Nepal – Shanker Khagi and Pragya Shrestha
      • Pragya Shrestha, Deputy
    • Philippines – Marian Cruz
      • Bobby Pierce - Deputy
    • Regional Development Mission/Pacific Islands - Bobby Pierce
      • Marian Cruz - Deputy
    • Regional Development Mission/Asia (RDM/A) - Laurie Frydman
      • Deputy, Vacant
    • Sri Lanka –Nihani Riza
      • Deputy, Vacant
    • Timor Leste - Flavia Araujo da Silva
      • Deputy, Vacant
    • Vietnam – Thang Nguyen
      • Vacant, Deputy
    • South Central Asia - Andrei Barannik, REA
    • East Asia/Pacific – Shamenna Gail, REA
      • Vacant, Deputy
  • Europe and Eurasia
    • Albania – Vacant
    • Armenia - Marina Vardanyan
      • Adam Stefan, Deputy
    • Azerbaijan - Tamilla Mammodova
      • Gocha Lobzhanidze, Deputy
    • Belarus – Larissa Piskunova
      • Tatiana Kistanova, Deputy
    • Bosnia/Herzegovina – Samir Dizdar
      • Mirela Hasimbegovic, Deputy
    • Georgia and Azerbaijan (Caucasus) –Gocha Lobzhanidze
      • Lauren Russell, Deputy
    • Kosovo – Perihane Ymeri-Ustaibo
      • Edmond Shyti, Deputy
    • Macedonia –Ivica Vasev
      • Vacant, Deputy
    • Moldova – Constantin Mihailescu
    • Serbia –Ivan Vukojevic
    • Ukraine – Tatiana Kistanova
      • Larissa Piskunova, Deputy
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
    • Barbados/Eastern Southern Caribbean (based in Barbados) - Vacant
    • Brazil – Patricia Benthien
      • Anna Toness, Deputy 
    • Colombia – Maria Elena Santana
      • Emily Waytoti, Deputy
    • Dominican Republic – Erick Conde
    • El Salvador  – Mary Rodriguez, MEO and Rosamaria Colorado, Deputy (bilateral),  and Mary Rodriguez, MEO and Margarita Diaz, Deputy (regional)
      • Rosamaria Colorado, Deputy
    • El Salvador (Regional) - Mary Rodriguez
      • Margarita Diaz, Deputy
    • Guatemala – Regina Soto
      • Teresa Robles, Deputy
    • Haiti – Abdel Abellard
    • Honduras – Peter Hearne
      • Sofia Mendez, Deputy
    • Jamaica –Vacant
    • Mexico – Enrique Reynosa
    • Nicaragua –Marcela Villagra
      • Mappy Cortez, Deputy
    • Paraguay – Shirley Zavala
    • Peru –Victor Merino
  • Middle East
    • Egypt – Soad Saada
      • Stuart Banashek, Deputy
    • Iraq – Vladan Raznatovic
    • Jordan – Haithem Ali
      • Farid Musmar, Deputy
    • Lebanon – Sana Saliba
      • Rami Wehbeh, Deputy
    • Libya – Anan Masri
    • Morocco – Fatine Bellamine
    • Tunisia – Anan Masri
    • West Bank/Gaza – Anan Masri
    • Yemen – Anan Masri

Last updated: March 19, 2020

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