Building Pathways to Self-Sufficiency

TEAM

Meet the people behind the work.

Founder, Board Member and Executive Director

Monica LaBiche Brown, MSM

Monica is from Seychelles, an African island nation in the Indian Ocean but spent her formative years in Kampala, Uganda. Living in both countries, she experienced first-hand the challenges that developing countries face, especially in rural areas. Wanting to make a difference, Monica focused her efforts on gaining experience in development practice. Her development career includes twelve years at the World Bank, eight years at Water For People and seven years with Africa Development promise – the organization she founded.

Monica holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from Regis University, a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Spelman College, and a Graduate Certificate in Development Practice from Regis University. She serves on the IEEE Smart Village Governing Board. In addition, she is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Rotary Club of Silicon Valley Smart Village.  

Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Amanda Kawaisolya Mucyo

Amanda serves as the Social Media and Communications Coordinator. She comes with 5 years of Media Communications work experience. Before joining ADP, Amanda worked for Danube Home Furnishing Company as a Communications Officer where she managed social media platforms and implementing comprehensive social media strategies that increased web traffic and brand awareness.

Amanda is a  graduate with an honor’s degree in Bachelor’s of Mass Communication at Uganda Christian University. 

Grant Writer Intern

Emanuel Mouganis

Emanuel is an economics and philosophy student at Gordon College hoping to bridge the gap between the why and how we enact change in the world. He draws incredible inspiration from those who have dedicated their lives to lifting up others and giving them the tools to make life their own. Hoping to follow in the footsteps of such people, he believes that the education and empowerment of women is one of the most important steps we can take to achieve worldwide human flourishing. Joining Africa Development Promise as a grant writing intern, Emanuel is excited to work with ADP towards women’s economic empowerment and learn more about sustainable development over the summer of 2020.

UGANDA

Country Director – Uganda Program

Joseph Kayongo

Joseph is an agribusiness technical professional. He comes to ADP with over 13 years of professional working experience from both the private sector and civil society supporting smallholder farmers in agriculture value chain development to enhance household income. He has worked with various multinational organizations and commercial banks holding different positions that include: Senior Business Advisor – Heifer International Uganda, Freelance Consultant with DEMIS Consult Limited Kampala, Business Advisor, Agriterra Uganda, Agribusiness Advisor, VSO Tanzania, Agricultural Loans Officer, Centenary Bank, Credit Officer, Finance Trust Bank, Agricultural Credit Supervisor-FINCA, Lead Business Advisor, TechnoServe Inc., Uganda.

Joseph has currently enrolled in the Master of Development Practice, a virtual-visual conferencing program through Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness Management from Makerere University, Kampala, and a Certificate in Coffee Quality Control from Uganda Coffee Development Authority.

Vocational Program Coordinator

Brenda Kemigisha

Brenda serves as the vocational program coordinator, where she oversees the computer literacy, sewing workshops, and business training programs for cooperative and community members. She comes to ADP with 5 years of teaching and administrative experience, including orientation and training, planning, design, implementation, and classroom management that she gained from different educational settings. 

As the Vocational Program Coordinator, she draws on her professional experience to develop partnerships with similar programs to share knowledge and resources. Brenda conducts workshops, works with schools, students, cooperative and community members to design programs tailored to their needs. 

Community Facilitator

Dieudonne Okeny Niyo

Dieudonne brings to Africa Development Promise 2 year work of experience in cooperative leadership along with strong experience in sales and marketing for business companies. He served as a chairperson of a community based youth group called Kyankyima in Gayaza. Dieudonne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Bio Chemistry from Makerere University Uganda. Joining ADP as a community facilitator, Dieudonne is excited to work with women in rural communities to bring positive change to their families.

RWANDA

Country Manager, Rwanda Program

Alice Nadine Kaneza

Nadine is a young development professional with a passion for impacting the way of life of rural women by addressing the barriers that limit their capacity.  She comes to ADP with over 7 years of working experience from different organizations that focus on the socio-economic development of rural communities. Prior to joining ADP, she served as Agribusiness Coordinator for Good Neighbors International – Rwanda and her professional interests focused on supporting cooperatives to develop business plans and strategies and income-generating opportunities.

She earned her Master’s degree in Global Development and Entrepreneurship from Handong Global University – the Republic of Korea, and a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness from the National University of Rwanda.

Agriculture Cooperative Officer, Rwanda Program

Eric Hagenimana

Eric comes to Africa Development Promise with over 7 years of work experience, having worked with different projects and NGOs aimed at improving farmers’ livelihood. His experience includes serving as District Coordinator at Sustainable Growers Rwanda a local NGO supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Training Facilitator at World vision Rwanda, Project Field Officer at  Integrated Project for Ecosystem Rehabilitation and Green village Promotion Project (IPERGP)  funded by National Fund for Climate Change, and District Forest Extension Officer at Participatory Forest Management project funded by Government of Netherlands.

Eric is currently working on his Masters of Business Administration degree specializing in the coffee value chain and women cooperative performance from Mount Kenya University- Rwanda. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Sciences from the University of Rwanda – College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM).