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Team Members

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Peter Lochery is an environmental engineer with over 30 years of experience in the water sector. He has worked in the private sector, with the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program and latterly with CARE. Since joining CARE in 1995, he has been responsible for providing leadership to CARE’s programming in water and sanitation and water resources. He has worked closely with major US foundations to develop long-term programs with a focus on learning and has facilitated relationships with the private sector to extend corporate social responsibility into the sustainable provision of goods and services that contribute to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.
Peter is a board member of three non-profits: Building Partnerships for Development in Water and Sanitation, the Millennium Water Alliance and Water Advocates.

Helen Pankhurst
Senior Technical Advisor

Helen Pankhurst is the Senior Advisor for the Water Team of CARE USA, based in the UK, with a remit of support to CARE’s water sector work internationally. She has been a voice and a public face for gender issues and women’s rights within and beyond CARE, serving as CARE UK’s campaign ambassador for the Voices Against Violence and most recently the Walk in Her Shoes Campaigns. Prior to her current position, Helen worked for three years as Country Representative for WaterAid in Ethiopia, for five years as Head of International Programs at WOMANKIND Worldwide, a women’s rights and development organization and for five years as the Regional Manager for the Horn of Africa at the Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD). Helen is also a trustee of WaterAid and Farm Africa.

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Malaika Cheney-Coker
Senior Learning and Influencing Advisor

Malaika Cheney-Coker is the Senior Learning and Influencing Advisor for the Water Team. Her work includes monitoring and evaluation, program management, research design and coordination, promoting reflective practice and providing technical guidance on learning strategies and activities. Malaika has served on the steering committee of the End Water Poverty Campaign and has worked previously in various capacities within the Emergency and Humanitarian Assistance Team (formerly Unit), as a Learning Fellow at CARE in Central America, within the Executive Office at CARE and as a reporter with the Southwest Daily Times in Liberal, Kansas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and French from Lebanon Valley College and master’s degree in International Affairs and Development from Clark Atlanta University.

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Misrak Fantaye Demissie
Grants and Finance Manager

Misrak Fantaye Demissie is Grants and Finance Manager for the Water Team (WT) of CARE USA based in Atlanta. In this role, Misrak provides managerial service to ensure effective and timely administration of grants, contracts and sub agreements through their life cycles. Prior to joining the WT, Misrak served as a Regional Grants Manager for the GWI’s East Africa Program based in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. She also worked for Bio economy Africa (as Administration and Finance Manager), International Livestock Research Institute (as Program Management Officer), and Marie Stopes International (as Grants Manager), all based in Ethiopia. Misrak holds a master’s Degree in Business Management (MBA), a bachelor’s degree in Literature and a Diploma in Office Management.

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Gender and Development Advisor

Sita Zougouri is a sociologist, anthropologist, and communicator by training and currently an African Fellow in Political Science within the American Political Science Association. She has worked and conducted research on different questions related to development issues, natural resources management, land and forest tenure and policies, decentralization and local governance, and water and sanitation. Gender has been a cross cutting issue in all of her research and work. She is currently working for CARE as Gender Advisor and Regional Program Coordinator for the USAID WA-WASH program.

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Stephanie Ogden
Senior Water Policy Advisor

Stephanie Ogden is the Senior Water Policy Advisor for the Water Team. In this role, she works with country offices and key programs to identify and develop strategic approaches for addressing policy gaps, and confronting WASH issues at the policy level in order to achieve more systemic and lasting impact. Stephanie is also responsible for engagement in domestic advocacy towards improved U.S. policies that enable sustainable water use and resource management. Prior to joining CARE, Stephanie was the WASH Advisor and WASH/NTD Coordinator for the Task Force for Global Health, where she worked to encourage joint efforts between the WASH and neglected tropical disease (NTD) sectors and incorporate WASH into strategies for the long-term control of the NTDs. Stephanie has worked in and with the WASH sector since serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural El . She has worked with organizations in Latin America, Africa, and Central Asia helping to improve the enabling environment for sustainable access to water and sanitation. Stephanie has a master’s degree in International Environmental Policy and a graduate certificate in Water Conflict Management and Transformation.