Building Pathways to Self-Sufficiency

TEAM

Meet the people behind the work.

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.

Social Media and Communications Manager

Ryan Chase

Ryan serves as the Social Media and Communications Manager coordinating with ADP staff to expand the organizations online presence and developing marketing materials. Before joining ADP, Ryan worked with Africa Agenda promoting fair and balanced media reporting of Africa, additionally currently working with energy policy and development for the U.S. Department of the Interior. Ryan is interested in international affairs and development opportunities.

Ryan holds a Master Jurisprudence Energy Law from the University of Tulsa and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Colorado Mesa University. 

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. 

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, Uganda Program

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. 

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.

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 of Agrostudies from Kfar Silver Ashkelon University in Israel, and Diploma (A2) of Agriculture.

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).