Founder and President of Lifeline, Dan graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1986. After serving two years as an attorney-adviser at the State Department, Dan has spent the last 25 years in private legal practice and spearheading a series of ground-breaking lawsuits on behalf of victims of governmental and corporate abuse. Dan has also donated his legal expertise to disadvantaged communities in Vietnam through the Legal Assistance for Vietnamese Asylum Seekers (LAVAS) project.
Wanting to give back further, Dan created the International Lifeline Fund (Lifeline) in 2003 to help individuals and communities gain access to clean drinking water and realize the benefits of clean cooking. Thus, Lifeline’s mission is not only to provide clean water and clean cooking to communities, but to do so in a sustainable manner so that each community’s quality of life is improved in a permanent way.
Since joining Lifeline in 2006, Vahid has successfully launched multiple operations to include Lifeline programs in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Sudan, Congo and Haiti. Vahid is a key contributor to the SAFE initiative and currently serves on the Strategic Advisory Committee for UNHCR’s Global SAFE Strategy. He also advises the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) on SAFE initiatives in humanitarian settings.
Vahid has extensive knowledge in program implementation, fuel technologies design, testing and M&E in both refugee and post conflict settings. Additionally, Vahid has performed consultancy work for several UN agencies, working to evaluate fuel technology programs and formulating country energy strategies throughout Eastern Africa and in Haiti.
Vahid received his B.A. in International Management from the University of Baltimore and holds a Masters Degree in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). In his spare time, Vahid enjoys traveling to exotic locations around the world in search of new spices and culinary delicacies.
Debbie is a freelance photographer whose images have been exhibited at the Lincoln Center in New York, The Institute for African Affairs at NYU and the Art Basel in Miami. In the early 1990s, Debbie established herself as a fashion photographer and music photographer in New York City. Since 2004, she has focused her creative energies on humanitarian photography. Debbie has participated on numerous missions to Africa for both Refugees International and Lifeline. Here, she has utilized her artistic vision to capture the desperate plight of refugees and other impoverished persons by uncovering the beauty of their everyday life in its simplicity and grace.
Heidi joined ILF in January 2013 with 20+ years of accounting experience in various industries. She has worked with Holiday Inn as an auditor, Eurpac, Inc. (a military brokerage firm) as a billing manager, Rockland, Inc. (textile manufacturing) as an accountant, Sprenger + Lang, PLLC (a law firm) as director of accounting and with Phi Sigma Sigma (a national women’s sorority) as the director of finance. Heidi got her degree from McConnell but continued pursuing her education at various colleges around the United States, depending where she was living at the time. She lived in Puerto Rico as a child but mostly grew up in Wisconsin. After which, she moved around the country until settling in Maryland. Heidi and her husband, Rich have one daughter who is married and has a beautiful granddaughter. She loves to ride her motorcycle and spend time with family and friends. After many years in the private sector, she is excited to be working towards making a difference in so many lives. She is focusing on improving the accounting and financial procedures, both at HQ and in the field.
Joining the Lifeline team in October 2013 and with 10 year of office management and HR experience, Sabrina currently serves as Lifeline’s Human Resources | Office Manager in its Washington, D.C based headquarters. Sabrina brings a strong background in recruiting, performance management, compliance, HRIS initiatives and compensation management. She joins Lifeline from her most recent tenure within the Facility Services division of ARAMARK.
A member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), Sabrina is also graduate of The State University of New York at Binghamton where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics & Law. The Brooklyn, New York native currently resides in Southern Maryland and enjoys spending her down time with her husband and son.
Alison joined Lifeline in 2016, where she currently serves as a Program Associate, assisting with donor relations, database management, and program operations for Lifeline’s cookstove and WASH initiatives. Prior to joining the team at HQ, she served as legal support staff for a private law practice in Washington, D.C. and as a research assistant comparing international legal scholarship at the University of Virginia School of Law. Alison graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Foreign Affairs and a concentration in Middle Eastern International Relations. Outside of the office, Alison enjoys playing soccer, crafting ‘zines, and exploring new cooking techniques.
Richard Myers is an Information Systems Engineer with extensive experience in the legal and healthcare industries. Similarly, he has worked extensively with small organizations helping to boost efficiency and IT capacities.
Richard has over 30 years of experience on both Mac and Windows operating systems including desktops, servers and cloud systems. He provides professional IT support to Lifeline’s HQ team and its international programs. Richard’s efforts allow Lifeline to stay up to date technologically, maximize its resources and maintain a high level of operational efficiency.
In his spare time Richard, affectionately known as “Rich”, enjoys riding motorcycles, tinkering with gadgets, playing poker and traveling with his wife Heidi.
Joining the team in July 2015 and with over 17 years of professional experience in the international development sector, Jimmy Bruce currently serves as Lifeline’s Operations Manager for its fuel efficient stove program based in Port-au-Prince Haiti. Jimmy brings a solid background in both finance and operations management most recently serving as a Strategic Business Development Consultant for a privately owned Haitian security transportation organization.
Jimmy’s professional experience also includes management of several large scale projects to include roles as the HIV Program Manager with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and post-earthquake emergency response Operations Manager for World Concern Development Organization (WCDO). Jimmy is also the Founder and National Coordinator of the non-profit entrepreneurial organization, Young Americas Business Trust (YABT).
Jimmy, a native of Haiti, currently resides with his family Delmas and enjoys traveling the world, immersing himself in different cultures and biking.
Allan joined the Lifeline team in June 2014 with 35 years of manufacturing experience. Allan currently serves as Lifeline’s Senior Production Advisor for its fuel efficient cookstove program based in Port-au-Prince Haiti. With several years spent as the Director of Manufacturing for Formost/Fuji Corporation, Allan offers a solid background in all aspects of manufacturing management. Prior to Lifeline, Allan worked as a Production Specialist Consultant for the Chemonics/USAID Improved Cooking Technology Program in Haiti.
Allan is also the Founder and President of Vre Lavi Ayiti, a Haitian based non-profit organization dedicated to the encouragement, education and empowerment of the people of Haiti to ensure success and self-sustainability. In his spare time, Allan works with the local community to identify means by which the people of Haiti can lift themselves out of poverty .
Timket joined the Lifeline team in November 2014, bringing over ten years of international finance and program management experience. Highly respected in the development sector, Timket offers solid leadership abilities and vast knowledge in budget preparations, systems of internal controls, donor relations and program management. Prior to his present role as Country Director, Timket was Lifeline’s Deputy Country Director in Uganda.
Prior to joining Lifeline, Timket served as Country Director for Medical Emergency Relief International (“MERLIN”) in the Darfur region of Sudan. He is a Certified Accountant with a professional membership from the UK based Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (“ACCA”). He received his B.A. in Accounting from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and his B.S. in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brooks University in the United Kingdom.
Babra joined the Lifeline team in November of 2015 and currently serves as Office Manager at Lifeline’s offices in Lira, Uganda. Babra brings close to 9 years of office management and operations experience as well as excellent communication and organizational skills. Prior to Lifeline, Babra held positions as Office Manager with Invisible Children and as Operations Associate with ClearWater Initiative.
Babra received her Bachelor of Office and Information Management from Makerere University. Presently, she is pursuing a post graduate degree in Human Resources Management from the Uganda Management Institute. Babra is passionate about having a sustainable impact on communities through her work with Lifeline. In her downtime, she enjoys baking, reading and making new friends.
Rebecca Apicha joined Lifeline in June of 2013. A highly committed employee, Rebecca has held several positions with Lifeline during her tenure. She began as an intern and with hard work, soon transitioned to the roles of Commercialization Assistant and Commercialization Officer. Additionally, Rebecca spent time as Acting Program Manager prior to her current role of Project Officer.
Rebeca is a graduate of Makerere University with a B.A. in Environmental Management. She has wide-ranging experience in implementing environmental projects, disaster management and renewable energy. Prior to Lifeline, Rebecca served in the Uganda Red Cross Society. When she isn’t working she is exploring her passion for nature and the environment through travel.
Sarah Nakate Ssekandi serves as the Head of Marketing (Stove) for Lifeline’s programs in Uganda. Sarah joined the team in late 2016 with a strong marketing background previously holding positions with Ugastove and Bison Consult International.
Sarah holds a B.A. in Social Science and A Master’s Degree in Public Administration. In her down time, Sarah enjoys swimming traveling and making new friends.
Eva Joined the Lifeline team in early 2017 serving as Procurement Officer in Uganda. Eva came onboard with several years of experience, holding membership to the Institute of Procurement Professionals of Uganda (IPPU). She received a B.A. in Procurement and Supply Chain Management and is currently working towards her Master’s degree in the same field. Prior to Lifeline,
Eva worked with Save the Children-Uganda and as a Procurement Assistant at Ndejje University. In her free time, Eva is an avid reader and also enjoys sports and travel.
Kyobe Umar Ahmad joined the Lifeline team in Uganda in November 2016 as the Head of Operations-Stoves. Umar has over a decade of experience within the stove sector. Prior to joining Lifeline, Umar held several positions with Uganda Stove Manufacturers Limited including Operations Manager and Acting General Manager.
Umar is a graduate of Makerere University Business School with a diploma in Business Administration. In his downtime, Umar enjoys meeting new people and swimming.
Kayeswar Sulpya joined International Lifeline Fund as a technical consultant on fuel-efficient stove program. Prior to joining Lifeline, Kaye served as an Inventory Manager at Agrolabs Inc. in Texas, as a Technical Consultant to GERES in Cambodia, as a Lecturer and Researcher in a Research Center for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST) at Tribhuvan University in Nepal, and has been involved with several NGOs doing consultancy work. Kaye received his Master degree in Science in Botany from Tribhuvan University in Nepal and received training on energy efficiency and management from various institutions from the UK and The Netherlands.He enjoys travelling and working in remote areas, serving disadvantage communities.
Affectionately known as “King Otai”, Justin has advised Lifeline on various projects beginning in October of 2014. Prior to his retirement, Justin dutifully served on the Ugandan Ministry of Health. He has also served as the Senior Health Environmentalist/Focal Point Officer for the Uganda Sanitation Fund (USF).
Highly respected as a community leader, “King Otai” has a wealth of knowledge and training in WASH capacity building, community participatory approaches, community based development initiatives, WASH in school activities and public health engineering. Throughout his longstanding career and his advisory work with Lifeline, Justin’s passion has been to make sustainable development changes in the vulnerable and needy communities. Outside of his work, Justin is a soccer enthusiast and enjoys reading and travel.
Emmanuel Ojara known to most as “Sunday”, joined the Lifeline Team in November of 2015. Prior to Lifeline, Sunday served as Country Director for ClearWater Initiative a like-minded NGO based in Northern Uganda. Sunday brings solid leadership abilities, program management expertise and over 5 years of experience in the WASH sector. Sunday also played a key role in the preparation and transition process ahead of the 2016 Lifeline and ClearWater Initiative organizational merger.
A native of Uganda, Sunday holds a Bachelor degree in Public Administration from Gulu University and a certificate in administrative law from the Law Development Center (LDC). Similarly, Sunday has also received training and certifications from various other local and international institutions including NGO management training from the United States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Sunday’s work with Lifeline fulfills his teenage dreams of transforming the lives of the underprivileged and promoting sustainable change. In his downtime, Sunday enjoys adventuring to the unknown and making new friends.
Anyango Paska Sizella joined the Lifeline team in January 2013. She presently serves as Lifeline’s Sanitation & Hygiene Officer in Uganda. Paska has extensive Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) experience with prior specialized training in CLTS, PHAST, and CHAST methodologies. Paska also holds a Diploma in Environmental Management and a Certificate in Community Based Rural Development.
Prior to joining Lifeline, Paska held positions with several notable organizations including her role as Sanitation and Hygiene Supervisor with Action Against Hunger International. When she isn’t working, Paska enjoys traveling and reading.
Following an international career in oil & gas drilling services, Igor currently serves as Lifeline’s Senior WASH Adviser in Uganda. Educated at Universidad Simón Bolívar (Venezuela), Igor brings a wealth of knowledge in the area of mechanical engineering. Further, Igor has extensive career experience in hands-on field work, human resources, technical management, sales, line management and business consulting.
Igor initially partnered with Lifeline in 2009, when he volunteered to start the ICSEA Carbon Finance program as a means to self-fund Lifeline’s cook stoves. He has also contributed his health, safety and environmental skills by providing in-house training for the Lifeline field teams.
In 2014, Igor reconnected with Lifeline as a technical adviser in order to transfer some of the best practices from the oil industry to Lifeline’s WASH processes. In doing so, his goal has been to see Lifeline become the gold standard for delivering access to safe water to Northern Uganda.