Team - Lifeline Fund


Yoventino Oketch

Logistics Officer

Yoventino joined Lifeline in March 2021 as a logistics Officer. He holds a diploma in Procurement & Supply Chain Management from Makerere University Business School, Motivated and blessed with excellent custom compliance management, inventory controls, customer service, analytical and problem solving skills focused on strategically developing and implementing process controls and quality improvement initiatives that reduces organizational costs and increases efficiency. Yoventino has over 8 years experience in Procurement, Logistics and Warehouse handling and has demonstrated these in the private sector, government and NGOs/CSOs institutions. He has previously worked with Human Life International Uganda, Parliament of the Republic of Uganda and Tropical Heat Uganda Ltd. Yoventino is a committed and dedicated individual, God fearing and so passionate about humanitarian service. He enjoys sports and always a peace maker.

Isaac Ameny

Finance Assistant

Isaac is one of the beneficiaries of Educational Internship program at International Lifeline Fund. He joined Lifeline in 2019 as a trainee attached to Finance department. Following the successful conclusion of the program in 2020, the Senior Management team agreed to hire him as a Finance Assistant based at the country office in Uganda, Lira district. Isaac graduated with Bachelor of Business Administration from Lira University in Uganda. He enjoys working with the team and interested in learning more.

Jackline Lekuru

Warehouse Officer

Jackline is the warehouse officer for International Lifeline Fund, she has been managing stores with different organizations like Norwegian refugee council and medical teams international store assistant for the last 3 years after completing her bachelors in procurement and supply chain management up-to-date and she has also been a trainer of YWCONECT for youths on bar and liquid soap making in Refugee setting to uplift their standard of living. Jackline is passionate about the needs to achieve the goals and values of the Organization and she is open minded, team player hardworking, committed and venture in to new ideas and accepts challenges in work to build on her career. She has been coached and mentored by professionals of various capacities in stores of medicines and non-food items. Jackline enjoys her work with passion and have funs with friends and loves adventuring.

Cissy Otiti

Marketing and Sales Manager

Cissy is a business development specialist with 8 years of work experience in credit analysis and financial services, sales, marketing and vendor/client relationship management from two companies. The most recent of which has been with Fenix International, a global energy company as Area sales manager in Acholi sub-region where she increased access to clean energy for lighting and cooking impacting and changing thousands of lives rural people in northern Uganda.

Cissy graduated in 2013 with a bachelor of Economics degree from Makerere University and is currently at Uganda Management Institute pursuing a master of business Administration degree in the final year.

Ogwal Pius

Senior M&E Coordinator

OGWAL Pius joined International Lifeline Fund as a senior M&E Coordinator, with over 6 years’ experience elaborating evidence based accountability through a more elaborate participatory M&E approach. Prior to joining ILF in March 2021, Pius was the MEL specialist at CCVS in Uganda, and held the responsibility of establishing an M&E system supported by unique talents, which have been key to reflect the following key result areas among others-Conversion of in-depth analysis into valuable insights on client/beneficiary trends and behavior, blending a rigorous analytics approach with innovation to develop ground breaking plans and strategies, to support the M&E system, and capacity building and implementation of M&E methodologies, including emerging M&E technology on data management. His record is marked by successful team leadership, coordination of dissemination workshops at local and national level and providing project management insights to implementations, and M&E Partnerships, Quality Assurance

He holds a Bachelors degree of Economics and Statistics of Kyambogo University, a PGD in M&E of Uganda Management Institute (UMI), and is currently receiving supervision from UMI towards the attainment of a Masters in Management Studies, MMS(M&E) with a specialization in Monitoring and Evaluation.

Ismail Adaku Akanya

Senior Logistics Manager

Ismail Adaku Akanya joined Lifeline in February 2021 as the Senior Logistics Manager. Ismail has 20 years’ work experience in logistics and transport and previously worked at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) as Supply Chain Manager. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Uganda Management Institute (UMI) where he majored in procurement, transport, and project planning & management, along with a bachelor’s degree in procurement and logistics management from the Islamic University in Uganda. Professionally, Ismail is a member of Chartered Institute of logistics and transport International holding an international professional diploma in logistics and transport. He has extensive experience and skills in logistics planning and management creating efficiencies in the management of logistical resources. He collaborates with programs and partners, business associates, governmental authorities to ensure operations are well supported. Socially, Ismail is curious and performs well when working with people.

Micki Johns

Program Coordinator

Micki has worked in Uganda, Mozambique, Haiti, and Burundi in the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector, with a particular focus on clean drinking water. She earned a Master’s degree in Water and Sanitation for Development from Cranfield University and holds two Bachelors’ degrees, one in Environmental Engineering and one in Civil Engineering, from the University of Michigan.

Timket A. Biresaw

Uganda Country Director

Timket Biresaw is Lifeline’s Uganda Country Director, joining our team in November 2014 with over 10 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 this role, Timket was Lifeline’s Deputy Country Director in Uganda. Timket served as Country Director for Medical Emergency Relief International (“MERLIN”) in the Darfur region of Sudan before joining Lifeline. 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 Akello

Human Resources & Office Manager

Babra is the Office Manager at Lifeline’s offices in Lira, Uganda. Babra joined our team in 2015 with nine years of office management and operations experience, as well as excellent communication and organizational skills. Prior to her work at Lifeline, she 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. She is now pursuing a post graduate degree in Human Resources Management from the Uganda Management Institute.

Emmanuel Ojara “Sunday”

Senior Program Manager – WASH

Emmanuel Ojara – known to most as “Sunday” – joined the Lifeline Team in November 2015. Sunday brings solid leadership abilities, program management expertise and over five years of experience in the WASH sector. He also played a key role in the preparation and transition process ahead of the 2016 Lifeline and ClearWater Initiative organizational merger. Prior to his work with Lifeline, Sunday served as Country Director for ClearWater Initiative, a like-minded NGO based in Northern Uganda. 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). He also has 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

Dan Wolf

Founder & Executive Director

Dan Wolf is the Founder and President of the Lifeline. Dan created Lifeline in 2003 to help individuals and communities gain access to clean drinking water and realize the benefits of clean cooking. Prior to founding Lifeline, Dan served two years as an attorney-adviser at the State Department and 25 years in private legal practice, including work 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. Dan graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1986.

Deborah Terry

Co-founder & Board Vice President

Deborah Terry is one of the co-founders of the Lifeline. Debbie is a freelance photographer who has participated on numerous missions to Africa for both Lifeline and Refugees International. In the early 1990s, Debbie established herself as both a fashion and music photographer in New York City – her images have been exhibited at the Lincoln Center in New York, The Institute for African Affairs at NYU and the Art Basel in Miami. Since 2004, she has focused her creative energies on humanitarian photography. 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.

Jay Schulkin

Research Professor at the University of Washington

Jay Schulkin is a Research Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington, Behavioral Endocrinology Section at the National Institute of Mental Health and Director of Research, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Jay entered graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Philosophy on a full scholarship award and with an interest in pragmatism and the philosophy of science, but then transferred and eventually received a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at that same university. His numerous accolades include a MacArthur Foundation post-doctoral award through the University of Pennsylvania, a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Mental Health and a Program Project Award from the National Institute of Mental Health for work done at the University of Pennsylvania and Rockefeller University. Jay is the author of 300+ papers and books, including Roots of Social Sensibility and Neural Function and Rethinking Homeostasis (both from MIT Press), Neuroendocrine Regulation of Behavior and Cognitive Adaptation (both from Cambridge University Press), Bodily Sensibility: Intelligent Action (Oxford University Press); his most recent book is with Michael Power on the Evolution of Obesity (Johns Hopkins University Press).

Mark Lampert

Founder and President of Biotechnology Value Fund

Mark Lampert is the founder and president of the Biotechnology Value Fund, L.P., a San Francisco-based private investment firm established in 1993. Mark was a Vice President at the investment banking firm Oppenheimer & Co. in New York and founded Biotechnology Royalty Corp., which pooled biotechnology patent royalties owned by universities. He also headed business development for Cambridge NeuroScience and served as Assistant to the President of the NutraSweet Company, a subsidiary of G.D. Searle & Co. Mark started his career at the Boston Consulting Group. He is currently a director of Acumen, Inc., Biotica Technology, Ltd, and Mendel Biotechnology and a trustee of the Lampert Family Foundation. Mark holds an AB Degree in chemistry from Harvard College and an MBA Degree from Harvard Business School.

Alexander Kunin

Vice President for Business Operations at DEXISIVE, Inc.

Alexander Kunin is VP for Business Operations of Reston, VA-based DEXISIVE, Inc., a professional services firm specializing in advance security operations and enterprise performance engineering within the government and commercial sectors. Prior to his work at DEXISIVE, Alexander was Account Director at OPNET Technologies Inc., where he had direct responsibility for multi-million dollar deal negotiations and deployments in support of major initiatives within the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Census, and United Nations. Prior to OPNET Technologies, Alexander worked as an executive at UPS Logistics focused around marketing and sales initiatives of global positioning and route optimization solutions to the commercial vehicle markets.

Harriet Isom

Former U.S. Ambassador (Cameroon, Benin and Laos)

For 35 years, Harriet Isom served with the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer in Asia and Africa. During her last 10 years of service, Harriet headed the American Embassies in Laos, Benin and Cameroon. She has received numerous accolades during the course of her career to include awards from the Oregon Commission for Women and the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce. Ambassador Isom holds a B.A. from Mills College and an M.A.L.D from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Since retirement in 1996, she is a “gentlewoman farmer” on her family ranch near Pendleton, Oregon.

Dr. F. Ronald Denham

Former Chair of the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG)

Throughout his career and in his capacity as WASRAG Chair, Ron Denham has supported a range of water and sanitation projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana and India. A published author, Ron is also a recognized authority on logistics management, with a specialized focus in supply chain logistics and operations strategies. His consulting career spans five decades and he holds a M.B.A in Business Administration from SUNY at Buffalo and a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Brett Freedman

U.S. Government Attorney

Former Board Chair of ClearWater Initiative, Brett Freedman currently serves as a government attorney specializing in international and national security law. A native of Swampscott, Massachusetts, Brett has worked on Capitol Hill and served as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Department of Homeland Security. He is a graduate of Boston University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and Suffolk University Law School.

John P. Brown

CEO of Blankit

John P Brown has nearly two decades of experience in cybersecurity, supply chains, and technology start-ups. A former Marine Corps officer based in northern Virginia, John builds technology companies and advises startups nationwide. Outside of tech, he has owned part of a restaurant and taught entrepreneurship at American University and American history while deployed on active duty. He has also volunteered with nonprofits helping homeless families and veterans, with fundraising, job search, and computer training. John holds an AB, MPA, and MBA from Harvard and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Neil Bellefeuille

Board Member

Neil is a partner and senior design strategist at BILD, an innovative consulting firm focused on the emerging Environmental, Social and Governance space (ESG). Previously, Neil founded and served as CEO of The Paradigm Project, a social venture company that worked to create sustainable social, economic and environmental value in the developing world, including through the distribution and marketing of high-efficiency cook-stoves. Prior to founding The Paradigm Project, he was a partner at Bulldog Drummond, a leading innovation and design company. Neil has two decades of experience as a management and marketing consultant leading teams in the creation of brands and business units for Fortune 500 clients including Nike, PepsiCo, VF Brands, Conoco-Phillips and World Vision.

Sheila Birungi

Board Member

Sheila Birungi holds a decade of experience in Supply Chain Management, specifically in Planning and currently works as the Planning Manager for Coca- Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda and with prior Supply chain experience in Diageo where she held several roles in Uganda and Guinness Ireland. She is a certified Supply Chain professional with professional membership under APICS (Global Association of Supply Chain based in Chicago) holding CPIM and CSCP certifications. She is currently pursuing her MBA with European Business School, Geneva. Sheila is also passionate about Innovations Management, which has seen her awarded Outstanding Innovation Lead for Central and East Africa by the Coca Cola Company in 2018. She also has received a top nominee position for Top 40 under 40 in Management in Uganda under the ‘The New Vision’.

T V Balasubramanian

EcoEnergy Board Member

T V Balasubramanian is a Physics and Education graduate from Madras University, India with a master’s qualification in Finance and Management with specialization in Banking. He is a banking professional and worked nearly three decades in the field of banking, also well versed in finance and accounting areas. He served across many geographical locations with rich exposure in various aspects. Currently, he is serving in a leading Ugandan Bank. He believes in improving the lifestyle of Individuals by practicing impact finance. In continuation to his journey he is eager to join and support LEL in assisting its operational and financial efficiency with his great expertise to make it more vibrant in uplifting the lifestyle of humanity.

Vahid Jahangiri

Deputy Director

Since joining the Lifeline in 2006, Vahid Jahangiri 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 serves on the Strategic Advisory Committee for UNHCR’s Global SAFE Strategy. He also advises the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves 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. Prior to his work with Lifeline he has served as a consultant to 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 Master’s Degree in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Heidi Myers

Director of Finance

Heidi Myers is the Director of Finance for Lifeline, working on accounting and financial procedures at headquarters and in the field since 2013. Heidi has more than 20 years of accounting experience in various industries, including work 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.

Igor Markov

Director of Business Development

Igor Markov serves as Lifeline’s Director of Business Development in Uganda, following an international career in oil & gas drilling services. Igor has extensive experience in mechanical engineering, hands-on fieldwork, human resources, technical management, sales, line management and business consulting. He initially partnered with Lifeline in 2009, when he volunteered to start the ICSEA Carbon Finance program to self-fund Lifeline’s cookstoves and contributed his health, safety and environmental skills by providing in-house training for the Lifeline field teams. In 2014, he reconnected with Lifeline as a Senior Technical Adviser to transfer oil industry best practices to Lifeline’s WASH processes and helped develop the EverFlow repair and maintenance enterprise. Igor’s goal is to see Lifeline become the strategic partner of choice for individuals and organizations who want our most pressing human challenges to turn into opportunities to help people build resiliency while developing their solutions.

Alison Filler

Global Program Manager

Alison is the Global Program Manager for the Lifeline Fund, assisting with partner relations and development, as well as program operations for Lifeline’s energy and WASH initiatives. Prior to joining the team in 2016, Alison 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.

Rich Myers

Information Systems Engineer

Richard Myers is Lifeline’s Information Systems Engineer and has extensive experience in the legal and healthcare industries. Richard provides professional IT support to Lifeline’s HQ team and its international programs. His efforts allow Lifeline to stay up-to-date technologically, maximize its resources and maintain a high level of operational efficiency. Richard has over 30 years of experience on both Mac and Windows operating systems including desktops, servers and cloud systems. Similarly, he has worked extensively with small organizations helping to boost efficiency and IT capacities.

Benard Okollah

Senior Finance and Administrative Manager

Benard Okollah is a Certified Public Accountant and finance professional with over 18 years of work experience in the commercial, development and humanitarian sector. Benard offers leadership skills and enormous knowledge in finance and Administration, Organization’s-wide financial records, internal controls, budget monitoring, audit, HR, logistics and capacity building. Prior to his current role, Prior to his current role, Benard was Solidarity with South Sudan’s Country Finance Manager based in South Sudan, he also served as a Finance Consultant for Farm Africa and Danish refugee Council/ Danish Demining Group in South Sudan and Uganda. He worked in various industries, including work with Heritage hotels, Auditing firm, Transport and Logistics Company, clearing and forwarding/shipping co.

Norbert Busobozi

WASH Engineer

Norbert Busobozi has over 8 years of technical work experience working with a number of water projects in Uganda. Before joining International Lifeline Fund, Norbert worked with Uganda National Water & Sewerage Corporation and was in charge of Masindi district as the Area Engineer. During his role, he ensured efficiency and conformance to national and international standards. Norbert comes with extensive experience in pipe water system and water treatment.

Justin Otai

Senior Program Advisor – WASH

Affectionately known as “King Otai,” Justin Otai has served Lifeline as a Senior Program Advisor on various projects beginning in October 2014. Prior to his retirement, Justin served on the Ugandan Ministry of Health, as well 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 helped make sustainable development changes in vulnerable communities.

Patrick Ojok

Senior Program Officer – WASH

Patrick joined Lifeline in 2012 as a Sanitation and Hygiene Officer. Prior to working at Lifeline, he was a Public Health Officer for the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED), Outreach Supervisor for Medecins Sans Frontieres – Holland (MSF-H) and a Lecturer/Institute accountant for Fountainhead Institute of Management and Technology (FIMT). Patrick also worked as a Project Officer at Gene Community Development Association. He graduated from Makerere University in Uganda.

Jonas Bervoets

Senior Program Manager-Environment

Jonas Bervoets holds an MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology and in Cultures and Development Studies. He started his professional career with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 2015, working in FAO HQ in Rome on the Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) initiative. In 2017, he joined the FAO Emergency Office in Northeast Nigeria. In this conflict-affected area, Jonas acted as programme Manager for 2 resilience-building projects, focusing on the integration of climate change adaptation efforts in a complex emergency response situation. One of the main objectives of the projects was to build local capacity on energy-efficient technologies, in this way supporting the most vulnerable conflict-affected people to strengthen their resilience and rebuild livelihoods.

Rebecca Apicha

Senior Program Officer – Environment

Rebecca Apicha is Lifeline’s Senior Program Officer, holding several positions with Lifeline since joining the organization in 2013. Rebeca has wide-ranging experience in implementing environmental projects, disaster management and renewable energy. She began as an intern and soon transitioned to the roles of Commercialization Assistant and Commercialization Officer and also spent time as Acting Program Manager prior to her current role. Rebeca is a graduate of Makerere University with a B.A. in Environmental Management. Prior to Lifeline, Rebecca served in the Uganda Red Cross Society.

Kyobe Umar Ahmad

Institutional Stove Coordinator

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.

Anyango Paska Sizella

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Anyango Paska Sizella joined the Lifeline team in January 2013 and 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 holds a diploma in Environmental Management and a Certificate in Community-Based Rural Development. Prior to joining Lifeline, Paska worked with several notable organizations, including as Sanitation and Hygiene Supervisor with Action Against Hunger International.

Janet Betty Akol

Logistics Assistant

Janet Akol joined the Lifeline team in 2015. Since then, she has been providing seamless support to program deliveries. Through Lifeline’s employee capacity building scheme, Janet could earn a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Nkuma University in December 2018.

Jennifer Auma

Marketing Assistant-Environment

Since joining Lifeline in 2009, Jennifer Auma has been instrumental in establishing energy kiosks and in training private sector stove vendors in Uganda. She has a contemporary understanding of fuel efficient technologies and hands-on training skills on the promotion, marketing and distribution of fuel-efficient stoves.

Doreen Asio Faso

Project Officer-Environment

Doreen Faso joined Lifeline in 2018 as a consultant Liaison Officer attached to Lifeline’s WFP-SAFE project. Following the successful conclusion of the project in 2019, Lifeline’s management team decided to hire Doreen as a project officer based in our field office in the Moroto district Karamoja region. Prior to joining Lifeline, she worked as a Research Assistant with USAID, implementing school health and reading program (SHARP). Doreen holds a Master’s degree in M&E from Uganda Martyrs University.

Sandra Apio

Sanitation Officer-WASH

Sandra Apio has over seven years of extensive work experience in the WASH sector implementing various projects, including CLTS, PHAST and CHAST approaches in emergency, recovery and development context with both national and international organizations. Sandra holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a post-graduate diploma in project planning and management from Uganda Management Institute. As a Sanitation Officer, Sandra uses her skills and capacities in community engagement to promote the sanitation aspect of the project.