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Sunita KishorSunita Kishor, Project Director—Dr. Kishor is a gender expert, demographer, and survey specialist with 20 years of experience in the collection of high-quality gender data in developing countries. She has been responsible for the design, implementation, and analysis of questionnaire modules on women's empowerment and domestic violence in population-based surveys. Dr. Kishor works with DHS staff and stakeholders to integrate gender into implementation and research activities, develops gender-sensitive indicators and dissemination materials, and helps develop and update the Gender Corner of the DHS Web site. She also co-manages the third National Family Health Survey in India, a DHS survey of more than 100,000 households, with 200,000 individuals interviewed in all Indian states. Dr. Kishor has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Maryland College Park.

Bernard BarrereBernard Barrere, Deputy Director, Survey Operations—Mr. Barrere is a demographer and survey specialist with more than 30 years of professional experience providing technical assistance in all phases of survey implementation, from questionnaire design and interviewer training to tabulation design, report writing, and data analysis and dissemination. He has been directly involved in the design and implementation of population-based surveys in 24 countries, including 8 surveys with biomarker testing such as HIV and malaria testing. He oversees survey operations for the DHS program, including monitoring the activities of staff involved in supporting surveys. Before being appointed Deputy Director, Mr. Barrere has coordinated all HIV-related activities for the DHS program, including development of indicators and survey instruments, HIV testing protocols, and analysis of HIV-related data. He has also coordinated with numerous international organizations in the field of HIV. Mr Barrere has a DESS in demography from the University of Bordeaux and a DEA in sociology from the University of Toulouse.

Fred ArnoldFred Arnold, Technical Deputy Director—Dr. Arnold is responsible for setting the overall technical direction for the population component of The DHS Program and coordinating the design of DHS questionnaires. He has coordinated technical assistance to four large-scale National Family Health Surveys in India, which have included interviews with more than one million women and men, working with more than 40 organizations (government ministries, funding agencies, international organizations, and implementing agencies) in the conduct of the surveys. He has been involved in the design and implementation of surveys in 15 additional countries. Dr. Arnold has a Ph.D. in economics/demography from the University of Michigan. He has authored more than 150 publications in areas such as malaria; HIV; maternal, newborn and child health; nutrition; son preference; international migration; and the value of children.

BibaAbibata Handley, Senior Advisor for Capacity Strengthening—Ms. Handley has more than 17 years of experience in designing and implementing training and capacity-building activities to support programs providing assistance in less developed settings. She has extensive knowledge of adult learning theories, including participatory methods, and has planned and/or conducted training activities using eLearning and online tools. As the Capacity Building and Trainer Advisor at Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Ms. Handley was responsible for supporting the development and implementation of a comprehensive capacity-strengthening program for the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Health Services (SIAPS) program. Ms. Handley has experience in working on capacity-strengthening and training programs in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. Ms. Handley has an M.A. in International Development and Intercultural Training.

Laurie LiskinLaurie Liskin,
Senior Advisor for Data Use—Ms. Liskin is a health communication specialist with 30 years of professional experience designing national and provincial communication strategies; implementing behavior change, dissemination, and communication programs; conducting needs assessments; and developing monitoring and evaluation plans in more than 30 countries. Ms. Liskin also has extensive capacity building experience in data dissemination and use, behavior change communication, family planning counseling, HIV counseling, and HIV multisectoral programming. For the DHS program, Ms. Liskin provides leadership in communicating DHS data to national and subnational policymakers, health sector program planners and managers, and other key audiences. She is also responsible for the overall management of global and country level dissemination of DHS data. Ms. Liskin has an Sc.M. in health communication from The Johns Hopkins University.

Paul Ametepi,
Senior Medical Advisor—Dr. Ametepi is a public health physician with more than 15 years of professional experience, including 10 years at The DHS Program supporting the collection, analysis, and use of information to assess health facilities' readiness to provide maternal and child health, reproductive health, malaria, and HIV/AIDS services. As Senior Medical Advisor he oversees The DHS Program's activities in the health area, including the collection and measurement of biomarkers, and the implementation of Service Provision Assessment (SPA) surveys. He has extensive experience in building capacity of host country counterparts to identify data needs, interpret survey data and write reports, and disseminate survey findings. Dr. Ametepi has an M.D. from Stavropol State Medical Academy and an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health.

tom2Tom Pullum, Senior Advisor for Research and Analysis—Dr. Pullum directs the research program, including the analysis of DHS data beyond the country reports, such as the analytical studies, comparative reports, further analysis studies, and methodological reports. He also has overall responsibility for the fellows program and workshops. Current interests include maternal mortality and the measurement of child vulnerability. A continuing effort is the adaptation of demographic methods to statistical frameworks and software. His work with DHS has included methodological reports on data quality. He joined the DHS staff in 2011, following a lengthy career in academia, primarily at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Pullum has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.

Gulnara SemenovGulnara Semenov, Regional Coordinator—Dr. Semenov is a medical doctor and public health and survey specialist with over 12 years of experience in providing technical assistance in all phases of population-based and health facility-based survey design and implementation, including surveys with biomarker testing. She has more than 17 years of experience in infant and young child feeding and mother and child care. Dr. Semenov also has considerable experience as a public health educator in Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia, Australia, and the United States, and she has contributed to more than 30 international workshops on public health. For the DHS Program, Dr. Semenov serves as regional coordinator and country manager for DHS and Service Provision Assessment (SPA) surveys. She works with survey stakeholders to develop the survey design and questionnaires, supervises survey staff to ensure timely and accurate survey results, and coordinates capacity-building activities for in-country survey staff. Dr. Semenov has a Ph.D. in medical science/hygiene from the Kazakhstan Academy of Nutrition and an M.D. in pediatrics from Alma-Ata State Medical Institute.

Jose Miguel GuzmanJose Miguel Guzman, Regional Coordinator—Before joining The DHS Program, Dr. Guzman was the Chief of the Population and Development Branch at UNFPA. Dr. Guzman brings to the regional coordinator role more than 25 years of experience in research, capacity strengthening, and data collection on population and health issues. Dr. Guzman has more than 15 years of experience in managerial and supervisory roles in international programs. Dr. Guzman has worked in more than 25 countries and has extensive experience in translating data for non-technical audiences.

Susan McInturff, Senior Administrative Officer
Guillermo Rojas, Data Processing Director
Albert Themme, Data Processing Deputy Director
Dean Garrett, Biomarker and Laboratory Advisor
Ruilin Ren, Sampling Coordinator
Trevor Croft, Capacity Strengthening Technical Coordinator
Joy Fishel, HIV Coordinator
Kia Reinis, Quality Assurance Coordinator
Clara Burgert, GIS Coordinator
Erica Nybro, Virtual Communications Coordinator
Shea Rutstein, Senior Research Expert


Email addresses for The DHS Program staff are in this form: first name + last name +@icfi.com (Example: Jane Doe, Jane.Doe@icfi.com)