In Her Words - Zambia

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USAID’s mission in Zambia is at a unique moment in time with a significant number of women serving in leadership positions and directing the work that has immediate impact on the lives of people in the country. We reached out to a cadre of women who are on the frontlines and asked them to speak about their professional journeys to help encourage the continued diversity of future leaders in the development arena, and generate a deeper understanding that expertise, leadership, innovation, and passion are gender-neutral principles. We invite you to read their repsonses and hear their stories.

Last updated: May 10, 2022

March 29, 2022

The USAID Let’s Read Project works with the Zambia Ministry of General Education (MOGE) to improve reading outcomes for approximately 1.4 million children in pre-primary (kindergarten) through Grade 3 in public and community schools. Helping to manage USAID Let’s Read are Ms. Felistas Chuunga, Ms. Mbuwa Kabwe Chikula, and Ms. Maureen Simunchembu. 

March 29, 2022

Maureen Simuyandi is an international development professional with 20 years’ experience in multifaceted international development organizations financed by different donors including USAID, Global Fund, DFID and DANIDA. She has worked with different international private and not for profit non-governmental organizations such as John Snow Inc. (JSI) and Crown Agents in Central and East Africa.  She is well-versed in designing and implementing system strengthening programs, providing technical and programmatic support and public health supply chain management.

March 29, 2022

Dr. Picard has over twenty years of experience in international development, primarily in sub Saharan Africa. Her areas of expertise include artisanal mining and responsible supply chains (especially conflict minerals), clean cooking, community-based conservation and governance, strengthening local livelihoods, and the intersection of natural resources, business and human rights. She currently serves as the Chief of Party for the USAID Alternatives to Charcoal project in Zambia. Previously Dr. Picard oversaw a USAID-funded responsible minerals project in the DRC and a USAID biodiversity project in Madagascar.

March 29, 2022

Ms. Dwan Dixon has over 20 years of international development experience, managing and supporting large, complex USAID-funded programs. As Chief of Party for the USAID Supporting and AIDS Free ERA (SAFE) Project, she provides overall strategic leadership and oversight for the $142 million USAID-funded program, which ensures comprehensive HIV treatment for over 300,000 individuals.

March 29, 2022

With 30 years of experience in medicine, epidemiology, international health, and development Dr. Chikuba-McLeod (MBChB, MPH, MSc), has managed multiple public health projects, including four funded by USAID, providing support to governments, civil society partners, the private sector, and beneficiary communities.