Our Team

Leadership Team

Ron

Ron Ashkin

Team Leader

Recognized as a Thought Leader in Health Markets by HANSHEP’s Health Systems Hub, Ron Ashkin is a highly capable leader of multifaceted development projects with complex technical components, multiple stakeholders from both private and public sectors, and large beneficiary portfolios. Known for effective implementation, he holds an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced in emerging economies as a result of his roles on M4P/market systems development, enterprise development, competitiveness and private sector strategy programmes worldwide for agencies such as DFID, EU, SDC, USAID and the World Bank. Ron has a private sector background underlying his extensive development experience; over the course of his career, he has worked in sixty countries and lived in ten. He holds an MBA the Wharton School and an AB Magna cum Laude from Harvard University.

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Beatrice Kinyanjui

Programme Director

Regional Manager for Cardno Emerging Markets (East Africa) based in Nairobi. She leads a diverse team that is implementing projects for donors, the private sector, and government. Her technical expertise focuses on microenterprise development and action research using a strong commercial and practical approach to integrate the poor into sustainable market systems. Previously, she was the Team Leader for the USAID/Nike Foundation Value Girls Program in Kenya. She has also served as the Regional Economic Strengthening Advisor for the Community Based Orphan Care, Protection and Empowerment (COPE) Project. She holds an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird, theSchool of Global Management in Arizona, USA.

Intervention Managers

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Dr Chris Masila

Strategic Communication Specialist

An experienced health and management professional who has run effective programs in both public and private sectors. He has a wealth of experience working with multi-lateral donors in the area of communicable and non-communicable diseases and health systems programming - he successfully managed a regional World Bank program in East Africa and worked with other development partner initiatives over the last ten years. He has an MBA from the Strathmore Business School and a B.Pharm Degree from UON as well as a post graduate diploma in Health Systems Management from Israel.

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Rachel Gikanga​

Intervention Manager

Currently undertaking Doctorate studies, Holds a Masters in Business administration, as well as a bachelor in Business Management, Ms. Gikanga a Springfield trained M4P specialist brings a wealth of experience on private health sector development in emerging markets with specific focus on Enterprise development, corporate relations management, value chain, network management, strategy development and international business management. Currently focused on action research - developing and piloting healthcare interventions that will advise how future development programs could be designed. Facilitating a portfolio of pilot interventions in partnership with private sector operators and investors to explore innovative, sustainable pro-poor concepts in health care delivery through market systems approaches.

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Dolapo Olusanmokun

Intervention Manager

A private sector development consultant with significant experience in the “Making Markets Work for the Poor” (M4P) approach on internationally-funded programs. She has worked on different M4P projects in Nigeria in the Construction, Wholesale and Retail sectors. Her experience spans both the public and private sectors in the USA and Nigeria. She worked as part of the project management team implementing the Nigerian Identity Management Program and later as an investment analyst in the financial services sector focusing on investments in Agriculture and Hospitality. She holds a degree in International Business from the State University of New York and an M.Sc. in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics

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Dr Dan Shikanda

Intervention Manager

A healthcare professional with vast experience in the pharmaceutical industry and hospital administration; in pharmaceuticals, Dan initiated and implemented marketing programmes which improved access to quality medications. Prior to joining PSP4H, he worked in the private sector as a hospital administrator, establishing new business by using creative and innovative business development initiatives. He holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery degree from the University of Nairobi and currently pursuing a certified professional manager’s course from James Madison University USA. Dan is a former Kenya International football star. He brings 17 years wealth of experience in dealing with major drivers in the healthcare sector.

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Mildred Kottonya

Intervention Manager

She has 13 years of vast experience in supply chain, business development, key account development and distributor management having worked for various high performance organizations in the pharmaceutical and FMCG industries. She has successfully spearheaded various supply chain models in the private sector which have served to enhance market penetration and deliver sustained growth in revenue and profits for the organizations in which she has worked. Ms. Kottonya holds a B.Sc. in Botany and Chemistry in addition to Master of Public Health with a specialization in Health Service Management and Economics (ongoing).

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Milicent Oketch

Intervention Analyst

Millicent has played key roles in the delivery of private sector health programmes including DFID’s PSP4H and ESHE. She was instrumental in starting up a functional pharmaceutical supply chain system for the Pharmnet network in Kenya. She represented Pharmnet at the UNDP Business Call to Action’s kickoff of the Sustainable Development Goals in September 2015. Under DFID’s ESHE programme, she undertook fieldwork on an M4P study of the FP supply chain in Kenya which encompassed conducting interviews, identifying strengths and weaknesses in the supply chain, and gap analysis. Millicent holds an MBA in Healthcare Management and Finance from Davenport University, USA and a BCom in Business Management from Daystar University.

Administrative Team

Nicki

Nicki Spence

Programme Manager

She heads up the Client Services and Project Management Unit in the Cardno East Africa Office. An experienced Programme Manager with solid technical skills in programme management, quality assurance, results monitoring, financial budge​​ting and monitoring, as well as significant research experience. She has managed and overseen numerous development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, working hand-in-hand with leading donors, including DFID, local governments and ministries. Nicki holds an M.Sc. in Sustainable Development and Natural Resource Management from SOAS, University of London.​

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Agnes Njeru

Finance and Administration Officer

She has a long track record as the backstopping financial agent on numerous projects across Kenya and East Africa for a range of clients. She has experience prepare monthly management accounts as well as annual statutory accounts; ensuring funds are available for the efficient implementation of projects; payments of consultants' fees and expenses; financial management for mobilizing project teams; local banking; and office setup and logistics. As Finance and Administration Officer, she is responsible for ensuring that costs incurred and services and goods procured secure Value for Money (VfM).

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Elizabeth Mwikali

Office Manager

She has 5 years experience in the hospitality industry and 11 years in the aviation industry. Excellent knowledge of logistical arrangement, aircraft handling. and flight operations. She was involved in a team that processed an expedited logistical support for over 64 military aircrafts which were instrumental during the largest Presidential airlift mission done in Kenya by the President of the united States.She organizes office operations and procedures, schedules meetings, workshops and forums. Manages contract, price negotiations and relationships with office vendors and service providers ensures that all items are invoiced and paid for on time. She organizes logistical arrangement for programme staff and visitors with emphasis on value for money.

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