Peter Capozza

Managing Director and President

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Mr Peter Capozza co-founded Khulisa Management Services in 1993. As Managing Director, he leads the company strategically and operationally.

From 1987 to 1993, Mr Capozza co-founded and managed Khalipha Investments (Pty) Ltd in Swaziland. Khalipha owned several firms, including a public sector management consulting company with numerous clients such as USAID, the European Union and the World Bank. In 1991, Mr Capozza also managed the USAID/Pretoria South African Private Sector grants portfolio.

He is a seasoned business professional, who has owned and operated several firms in Southern Africa. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, US.

Mr Capozza was a Board Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa from 1993 to 2000 and he is a life member of Young Presidents Organisation/World Presidents Organisation and currently a board member of the Johannesburg Chapter.

Mr Capozza is US citizen with permanent residence in South Africa.

Jennifer Bisgard

Khulisa Founder and Director of New Initiatives

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Ms Jennifer Bisgard co-founded Khulisa Management Services in 1993. An expert in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and organisational development, she leads evaluations and capacity building assignments in the Education, Economic Growth, and Media sectors.

Prior to establishing Khulisa, she was the Senior Education Specialist at USAID/Pretoria from 1988 to 1993. Ms Bisgard represented the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) on the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) board from 2013-2016. During this period, she co-chaired of the United Nations EvalPartners Task Team on Toolkits to support Voluntary Organisations for Professional Evaluators (VOPE). She is the former Interim General Secretary and Southern Africa board representative for 11 countries on the AfrEA board from 2012-2014 and the founding Chair of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA) from November 2005 to March 2007. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Change and Development from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University US. Ms Bisgard is US citizen with permanent residence in South Africa. She speaks fluent English and conversational French and Portuguese.

Michael Ogawa

Operations Director

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Mr Michael Ogawa joined Khulisa in 1995. He is the Khulisa Operations Director and manages the business intelligence portfolio with major projects in health, education, science and technology.

Prior to joining Khulisa, Mr Ogawa managed the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives (Canada Fund), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Education Assistance Programme, and the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Refugee Scholarship Programme in Swaziland.

He has a BSc in Mathematical Computing from the University of British Columbia. Mr Ogawa is Canadian with permanent residence in South Africa.

Mary Pat Selvaggio

Director of Health and Research

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Ms Mary Pat Selvaggio joined Khulisa in 1998. An expert in public health, research, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E), she leads evaluations, performance assessments and data quality audits, primarily in the health sector.

She has designed, implemented, managed, and evaluated international health programs since 1985. Ms Selvaggio took a sabbatical from Khulisa from 2004 to 2005 to set up the South African and Swaziland country offices for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Prior to joining Khulisa, Ms Selvaggio was the Health Officer for USAID in the Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland Missions from 1985 to 1998. She has Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota, US. Ms Selvaggio is a US citizen with permanent residence in South Africa</>br

Prof Rukudzo Murapa

Director Africa

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Prof Rukudzo Murapa manages several of Khulisa’s African projects, given his extensive experience in public administration, agriculture and higher education.

Prior to joining Khulisa, Prof Murapa was Executive Dean at CIDA in JohannesburgSouth Africa.  He was the founding Vice Chancellor and CEO of Africa University in Mutari, Zimbabwe. An expert in Peace and Leadership studies, Prof Murapa set up the Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance (IPLG) at Africa University. He also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Zimbabwe , and Inter-regional Advisor to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs from 1994 to 1998. In 2008, Prof Murapa was selected for the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Senior Scholar Fellowship.  Other awards include two Honorary Doctorate degrees from Hamline University (2000), St. Paul, Minnesota, USA and Kwansei Gakuin University (2004) in Tokyo, Japan. He was awarded the Presidential Medallion by Martin Methodist College (2009) in Pulaski, Tennessee, USA. Prof Murapa holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration, Comparative Politics and Economics from Northern Illinois University. Prof Murapa is a Zimbabwean citizen with residence in South Africa.

Helene Aiello

Director, Human & Social Development

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Dr Helene Aiello leads evaluations, assessment and curriculum development assignments in Human and Social Development, including education and agriculture related projects.

Prior to joining Khulisa in 1998, Dr Aiello was Director of Guidance and Assessment for Fairfax County Schools in Virginia, US. She also conducted research and taught assessment courses as an adjunct professor at George Mason University in Virginia in the United States from 1991 to 1998. More recently, she has taught Qualitative Research Methods for Research Psychology Dept for honours students at University of Pretoria.Dr Aiello led the Impact Evaluation of Takalani Sesame, the South African version of Sesame Street. Based on the evaluation findings, Takalani Sesame was awarded the prestigious Tokyo Award in 2004. Dr Aiello holds a PhD. in Education Administration from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, US. She is a US citizen with permanent residence in South Africa.

Mark Bardini

Senior Vice President, M&E and U.S. Operations

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Dr Mark Bardini joined Khulisa in 2015. He leads Khulisa’s U.S. office and evaluations in diverse fields such as youth, governance and global security, private sector development, health, and education.

Prior to joining Khulisa, Dr Bardini was the M&E Team Leader at the U.S. Department of State and Department of Defense for the Global Security Contingency Fund and led an innovative study on how to evaluate diplomacy.

Dr Bardini built international evaluation practices at three U.S. development firms between 2009 and 2015. Previously, he was an Associate Directorfor Monitoring & Evaluation and Education at the Millennium Challenge Corporation and a Senior Evaluation Officer at the World Bankand IFC.

He has conducted assignments in more than 60 countries and holds a Ph.D. in Educational Program Evaluation from The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, U.S.Dr Bardini is a US citizen.


Alycia Murugesson


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Ms Alycia Murugesson joined Khulisa in 2014, first as an Intern/Emergent Evaluator and was promoted to Associate in 2015.

Ms Murugesson plays a major role in education and media related evaluation assignments and Khulisa’s capacity building efforts.

Prior to joining Khulisa, Ms Murugesson conducted participatory research and fieldwork for SaveAct, in an agricultural community of Table Mountain, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. She also mentored students who were at risk of exclusion from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Ms Murugesson’s passion for improving data visualisation has led to a successful presentation at the South African Monitoring and Evaluation 2015 Conference.

She has completed her coursework for her Masters in Research Psychology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Ms Murugesson is a citizen of South Africa. She speaks English fluently and has conversational isiZulu, Afrikaans and French.

Belinda Prinsloo

Senior Bookkeeper

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Ms Belinda Prinsloo joined Khulisa in September 2009. She is responsible for financial and payroll administration.

Prior to joining Khulisa, she worked in industries such as management information systems, the motor industry, short term insurance and imports & distribution in the construction industry for 21 years. A citizen of South Africa, Ms Prinsloo speaks fluent English and Afrikaans.

David Ndou

Project Assistant, Health

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Mr David Ndou joined Khulisa in 2017 first as a contracted Project Assistant and was promoted to full time Project Assistant in May 2017.

Mr Ndou plays a supporting role to all health division related evaluation assignments. Prior to joining Khulisa, Mr Ndou was a part time researcher at Singizi consulting for two years. He is a recent graduate from the University of Johannesburg, obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Management and Governance in 2016. Mr Ndou is fluent in English and Tshivenda, plus conversational skills in isiZulu.

Ellena Meiring

BD & Proposal Co-ordinator

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Ms Ellena Meiring joined Khulisa in 2015 as BD & Proposal Coordinator.

Ms Meiring’s role is concerned with the coordination, management and tracking of new opportunities, processes and proposals for new business development for all divisions at Khulisa.

Prior to joining Khulisa, Ms Meiring was a Strategic Officer at an in-store marketing specialist, focussing on business development within the Sales divisions. She also managed the operations of a large independent South Africa music label for over seven years.

She has completed her Master’s in Business Administration through the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in 2015. She has been awarded a position on the Dean’s List for top academic achievements for her first year as MBA candidate.

Ms Meiring is a citizen of South Africa. She speaks Afrikaans and English fluently.

Erin Nealer


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Ms. Erin Nealer joined Khulisa as an Associate in 2017. She has a BA in International Relations and Economics from Wellesley College in Massachusetts .

Her over five years of research experience includes a background in economics, statistics, and international development issues and policies equip her with analytical, research, management, and data collection skills.

Before joining Khulisa’s Washington office, Ms. Nealer worked as a Research Assistant with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, where her research primarily centered on U.S. public and private sector development strategies and human rights issues, with a special focus on inclusion and empowerment of women and girls.

Ms. Nealer speaks fluent English and proficient Spanish, and resides in Maryland, U.S.

Katharine Tjasink

Associate Director, Human & Social Development

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Ms Katharine Tjasink joined Khulisa in 2012, as Regional Technical Coordinator on the Farmer Voice Radio project. In April 2014 she took up the position of Senior Associate in the Education and Social Development Division.

Ms Tjasink conducts and manages Monitoring, Evaluation and Research assignments for a number of clients. Prior to joining Khulisa, Ms Tjasink worked with a radio and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-based agricultural programme funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In 2013, Ms Tjasink was selected as one of four award recipients, from a pool of 60 applicants from 25 developing countries, to attend and present her unique “meta-story” evaluation methodology at the 27th annual American Evaluation Association (AEA) conference in Washington D.C.

Ms Tjasink holds a Masters Degree in Research Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is also ISO 9001:2008 certified in Data Quality Management Systems Assessment. Ms Tjasink is a citizen of South Africa. She speaks English fluently and has conversational skills in Afrikaans.

Kris Eale


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Mr Eale plays a major role in health and none health related Data Quality Assessments projects in Khulisa.

Prior to joining Khulisa, Mr Eale worked in Monitoring and Evaluation of health systems, Epidemiologic Surveillance and disease control (poliomyelitis, measles, HIV/AIDS) at national level for the National Project of Vaccination and Control of Children Transmittable Disease on behalf of World Health Organization in the DR Congo.

In South Africa, Mr Eale worked as a bilingual consultant (French-English) for different companies before joining Khulisa full time and initiated a children education support organisation, which is involved in extra-education activities with eight schools in Midrand.

Mr Eale is a Public Health professional, Holder of a Bachelor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2004) and a Postgraduate Diploma of Public Health from the University of South Africa and will complete his Masters of Public Health in 2016.

He is citizen of the DR Congo, a South African resident and speaks fluent French, English and Lingala, with conversational skills in Swahili.

Leticia Taimo


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Ms Taimo currently provides data collection/analysis and report writing support for a variety of evaluations in the education and media sector.

Prior to joining Khulisa, Ms Taimo worked for Coxswain Social Investment Plus (CSI+) on a variety of projects in social development, agriculture and health sectors in countries like South Africa, Uganda and Haiti. She also has research assistant experience in Mozambique on projects for Oxfam Novib and DFID.

Ms Taimo’s passion for Africa and its social and economic development has led to her being awarded a Mandela Rhodes Scholarship in 2013 and a Commonwealth Scholarship in 2014-2015.

She has recently completed her Masters in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Ms Taimo is a citizen of Mozambique. She is fluent in English, Portuguese and French.

Louise van der Merwe

Project & Finance Officer

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Ms Louise van der Merwe joined Khulisa in February 2016 to assist the Financial Department in the role of Project and Finance Officer.

Ms van der Merwe assists the Finance Department with Project Financial Reports, Proposal Budgets, Travel Expenses and other ad hoc reconciliations and tasks as required.

Prior to joining Khulisa, Ms van der Merwe worked for various International Global USG Funded Projects in the non-profit environment, gaining experience and skills in Fund Accounting in addition to her prior accounting and financial management experience in the for-profit environment.

Ms van der Merwe has travelled extensively throughout Africa, providing training, capacity building and mentoring in Financial Management and Financial Systems in more than 15 countries, in addition to g various CBO’s and NGO’s throughout South Africa.

She studied towards a degree in Financial Management at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Ms van der Merwe is a citizen of South Africa.

She speaks English and Afrikaans fluently.

Lynette Byrne

Finance Division Manager

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Ms Lynette Byrne joined Khulisa in 2012 as a Financial Analyst. She was promoted to Finance Division Manager in 2015.

She is responsible for supervising finance staff in Khulisa, budgets, cost control and other finance-related matters. Due to her superb analytical skills, she is often responsible for analysing complex data sets for Khulisa projects.

Prior to joining Khulisa, Ms Byrne was the Financial and Administration Manager at the Asbestos Relief Trust where she was responsible for claims management, operations and finance. The Asbestos Relief Trust’s main objective was to compensate ex-mine workers who had developed asbestos-related illnesses while working on the mines.

She has a Bachelor’s of Commerce Management Accounting Degree.

Ms Byrne is a South African citizen and speaks English and Afrikaans fluently.

Mark Griffiths

Financial Manager

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Mr Mark Griffiths joined Khulisa in 2008.

Mr Griffiths plays a major role in Khulisa’s finance division providing internal services to operations and the technical divisions, which includes financial oversight of projects & programming, budget/expenditure comparisons and financial systems management.

Prior to joining Khulisa, Mr Griffiths worked as a Financial Analyst for Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), an international NGO, and gained 23 years’ financial accounting experience in industries such as manufacturing & engineering, share transfer, human resources & information technology and management consulting. He has completed his B. Com Investment Management degree at University of Johannesburg, formerly known as Rand Afrikaans University, in 1990.

Mr Griffiths is a citizen of South Africa. He speaks English and Afrikaans fluently.

Nokuthula Mabhena

Data Visualisation Specialist/IT Administrator

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Ms Nokuthula Mabhena joined Khulisa in 2011, first as an Intern and was promoted to IT Administrator in 2012.

Ms Mabhena’s responsibilities include providing M&E related analytics and graphic design/data visualization as well as Khulisa IT support and administration. She has contributed numerous projects for clients as varied as USAID, UNICEF, South African Department of Basic Education, The South African Presidency and the South African national Department of Science and Technology.

Ms Mabhena’s passion for improving data visualisation has led to a successful presentation at the South African Monitoring and Evaluation 2015 Biannual Conference.

She has completed her Diploma in Information Technology – Programming from the Independent Institute of Education. Ms Mabhena is a citizen of South Africa.

She speaks English and isiZulu fluently and has conversational skills in sePedi and Afrikaans.

Puveshni Crozier


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Ms Puveshni Crozier joined Khulisa’s Health Division as an intern at the start of 2015. She is currently completing her Master’s in Public Health, specializing in the Management of Health System Strengthening through the University of Liverpool’s online platform, Laureate Online.

Prior to coming to Khulisa, she worked as a physiotherapist in South Africa’s public, mining and private health systems. She has experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.

Additionally, Ms Crozier has completed several research projects during her academic training focusing on, amongst others, the: Evaluation of Health Promotion Activities; Epidemiology of Obesity amongst Black South African Females; Evaluation of South Africa’s PMTCT Program; and, Comparative Influence of Social Policy in South Africa, Mexico and the UK.

Rouxna Hough

HR Manager

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Ms Rouxna Hough joined Khulisa in 2007 as a seasoned HR manager.

Ms Hough is responsible for consultant recruitment and all other HR functions at Khulisa. Prior to joining Khulisa, Ms Hough was a HR manager for a national retailer with over 250 staff. She also worked at SASBO, the Finance Union where she gained extensive experience in industrial relations with a focus on labour disputes, salary negotiations and job evaluation. She has completed her National Diploma in Personnel Management at the Institute for Personnel Management. She also completed an Advanced Labour Law Diploma at the University of Johannesburg in 2004. In 1992, she completed her National Diploma (Public Relations) at the Vaal Triangle Technikon. Ms Hough is a citizen of South Africa. She speaks fluent English and Afrikaans.

Salome Omolo

Associate Director, Public Health

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Salome Omolo joined Khulisa in 2008 as Associate Director in the Health Division.

Ms Omolo is a Senior Evaluator and Data Quality Expert, who manages a number of Monitoring ,Evaluation and Capacity Building assignments within the Health and Economic Development Sectors.

Prior to joining Khulisa, Ms Omolo was a Research Manager at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature in South Africa overseeing Project Evaluation Budget Analysis for Gauteng Government Departments, Agencies, Treasury and Department of Economic Development.

She successfully managed the USAID sponsored African Strategies for Health strand at the 2014 AfrEA Conference in Youande, which led to the publication of an online Health Evaluation Special Edition of the AfrEA journal. Ms Omolo holds a Master’s Degree in Economics. She is a Kenyan citizen with permanent residence in South Africa. She speaks English and Kiswahili fluently.

Shane Jacobsen

IT Specialist

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Mr Jacobsen joined Khulisa Management Services in 2007 on the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) data warehousing project providing assistance to the development team as a consultant.

He later joined Khulisa full time as the IT Manager.He has fifteen years’ experience in the IT field and is responsible for maintaining Khulisa’s IT Systems. Mr Jacobsen came to Khulisa from Computronics in Swaziland.

At Computronics he assisted the technical director in launching Computronics’ Internet Service Provider division.

Mr Jacobsen is a citizen of South Africa. He speaks English fluently and has conversational skills in Afrikaans.

Wade Harker


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Mr Wade Harker joined Khulisa in 2015, first as a Project Research Assistant and was promoted to Associate in 2015.

Mr Harker plays a major role in education, environmental and agriculture evaluation assignments.

Prior to joining Khulisa, Mr Harker conducted work in climate change adaptation and mitigation at local, provincial and national government levels. He recently contributed to the South African 2050 Pathway Calculator Pilot project, implemented by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in partnership with the United Kingdom’s (UK) Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and the British High Commission in Pretoria.

Mr Harker’s passion for the environment has led to his inclusion as part of a team responsible for the exhibition of the South African 2050 Pathway Calculator Pilot project at the 2014 National Climate Change Response dialogue.

He holds an honours degree in Geography and Environmental Studies and is currently in the process of completing his Masters in Geography and Environmental studies.

Mr Harker is a citizen of South Africa and speaks English and Afrikaans fluently.

Wendy Magoronga


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Ms Wendy Magoronga joined Khulisa in 2016 as an Associate in the New Initiatives division.

Her duties include planning and managing M&E projects as well as data collection and analysis. Prior to joining Khulisa, Ms Magoronga worked as an analyst with NERA Economic Consulting, the Albright Stonebridge Group and Park Advisors LLC in the USA. She was also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Economic Policy Research Institute in Cape Town where she conducted research on a wide range of issues related to social security programmes. Ms Magoronga holds a Masters in International Relations and International Economics with honors from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C., USA, as well as a Bachelors in Economics with honors from Williams College in the USA. Ms Magoronga is a Zimbabwean citizen who speaks English and Shona. She is conversational in French.

Zanele Nkabinde-Maseko

Travel & Office Coordinator

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Ms Zanele Nkabinde joined Khulisa in 2000, first as an Receptionist and was promoted to Office and Travel Coordinator in 2009.

Prior to joining Khulisa, Ms Nkabinde worked for Incredible Connections as a Document Controller / Receptionist.

She provides a broad range of administrative and logistical support services to Khulisa projects operating throughout Africa.

Ms Nkabinde was recognised for long service to Khulisa in 2010.

She holds a Diploma in Executive Secretarial Services.

Ms Nkabinde is a citizen of South Africa. She speaks English, IsiZulu, SePedi, Setswana, Xhosa, Vhenda, Tsonga ,and Isi Ndebele fluently and has conversational skills in Afrikaans.


Janita Bhana

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A former staff member from 2005, South African Ms Janita Bhana, is now one of Khulisa’s associates providing periodic consulting services on public health M&E assignments.

She currently resides in Hong Kong and holds an M.Phil in Development Studies with a Post Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology.

Ms Bhana has worked in post-conflict and fragile states in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and is fluent in English and French.

Nicola Theunissen

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Ms Nicola Theunissen joined Khulisa in 2013, through her involvement with the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA).

She is currently responsible for all communication activities at Khulisa, including the publishing of the biennial corporate report.

Prior to Khulisa, she has been an editor for business-to-business magazines, and has freelanced for several publications since 2007. She continues to work as an independent communication specialist on various projects.

Ms Theunissen holds a Master’s Degree in Communication, and has been awarded a Safety, Health, Environment and Community Award at Lonmin Platinum for her role in establishing a sustainable stakeholder newspaper as part of her post-graduate internship.

Ms Theunissen is a South African citizen, fluent in English and Afrikaans, with conversational French.

Peter Njaramba

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A former staff member from 2004, Mr Peter Njaramba, is now one of Khulisa’s associates providing periodic consulting services on public health M&E assignments and data quality auditing.

He currently resides in Kenya and holds a Masters in Public Health.