U.S. Head Office
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.
Director of Regional Programs
Nazrawit (Naz) Medhanie
Nazrawit (Naz) Medhanie is from Eritrea but was resettled with her family in Sweden in the early 80’s at the height of Eritrea’s struggle for independence. She came to the United States to attend college at Duke University and was also a member of the women’s basketball team, reaching the national championship game in 1999.
Naz’s career in international development includes work on play-based holistic child development, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, and local stakeholder and key beneficiary partnerships in Ghana, as well as project management and performance monitoring work on Sub-Saharan Africa economic/enterprise development and trade projects in Washington, DC. In recent years, she has gained human resources and people operations, corporate social responsibility, organizational culture, and DEI leadership experiences from both the corporate and non-profit sectors.
Naz holds a Master of Arts in International Development from the University of Denver, Joseph Korbel School of International Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Area Studies and Russian from Duke University. Over the past 25 years, Naz has served as a mentor, basketball coach, and Board member. She currently serves on the Street Fraternity Board, serves as the Board Vice Chair for Project Worthmore; and formerly served as the Board Chair and Vice Chair for Sun Valley Youth Center. She is a member of the 2017 Leadership Denver class, and a proud Duke alumnus.
Resource Development Coordinator Volunteer
Patience Kamarunga Mugisha
Patience comes to ADP with 6 years’ of experience in Human Resources, Administration & Management. Patience currently works with Infectious Diseases Institute as a project Administrator for the Yellow Fever Study, under the Research Department.
She is a graduate of Social Sciences (Gender & women studies) from Makerere University and holds postgraduate degrees in Public Administration and Human Resources Management from Uganda Management Institute and London School of International Business respectively.
Patience is very passionate about children and community development on a whole, in an effort to pursue her passion, Patience authored an (ACABA) award winning book; Belonging– A tale of an orphaned girl, and proceeds from the book sales are channelled to building a belong home for the orphaned children in Uganda.
Her philosophy in life is that every person is unique and holds much more with in them, all they need is a little discomfort to release their full potential to the world!
Country Coordinator, Uganda Program
Amanda Kawaisolya Mucyo
Amanda serves as both the Country Coordinator and 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.
Vocational Program Coordinator, Uganda Program
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.
Sewing Trainer, Uganda Program
Gorreth is a Sewing Trainer under the Vocational Training Programs of Africa Development Promise in Uganda. She is a recent graduate of Tiner School of Beauty and Fashion Design, where she finished a tailoring course at the top of her class. She formerly worked with Kyaligonza Fashions, one of the best African fashion houses in Uganda, and draws on those experiences to train women to understand clothing fashion and design. Gorreth is passionate about her sewing students and aspires to teach them to be the best seamstresses in Uganda and beyond.
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.
Senior Field Agronomist, Rwanda Program
Moise (Moses) Tuyisenge
Moise is a skilled agronomist with over five years of professional working experience. He joined Africa Development Promise in 2018 as a field agronomist and provided technical advice to five ADP-supported agricultural cooperatives to improve their yields and economic position. In 2021, Moise took a year off to further his studies in horticultural sciences because he was selected to participate in a bilateral program between the Governments of Rwanda and Israel to meet the goals of the Rwanda Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy. Through the program, he worked as a field officer with a focus on vegetable production. In February 2022, he returned to ADP as the Sr. Field Agronomist. Prior to ADP, Moise worked with various private farmers supporting the development of kitchen gardens, fruit production, nursery vegetables, seedling nurseries, and greenhouses management in different locations in Rwanda.
Moise in currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Project Management (MSCPM) in University of Kigali, Rwanda. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture from University of Rwanda, a Diploma of Applicable Agriculture Practice from Kfar Silver Ashkelon University in Israel, and Diploma (A2) of Agriculture.
Cooperative Development Officer, Rwanda Program
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).