Who are the people behind the Grandmother Project

Judi Aubel, Executive Director
Judi has 20 years of experience working with community health, education and child protection programs primarily in Africa but also in Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. Her training is in anthropology, public health and adult education.
Her interest and expertise is in development of community programs that build on socio-cultural roles and realities and that empower communities to promote their own wellbeing.
Global Thinkers Forum Award – 2017 Award in Positive Change
BBC – 2016 Inspirational & Influential Women 
Ashoka Fellow – 2015

email: judiaubel@grandmotherproject.org


Mamadou Coulibaly, Program Manager
Mamadou has many years of experience as a teacher and community developer in Senegal. He holds a masters degree in education and his training is in education, health and community development. His interest in in building projects that empower communities and build on community strengths.

email: mamadoucoulibaly@grandmotherproject.org



Khadidiatou Leye Cisse, Administration and Finance Assistant
Khadi’s training is in social work, financial and business administration. Her interest is in the management of community programs.

email: khadycisse@grandmotherproject.org




Falilou Cisse, Community Development Coordinator
Falilou has over 20 years of experience as a community development facilitator in Senegal, Somalia and Djibouti.

email: faliloucisse@grandmotherproject.org



Board Directors

President Mark McEuen – Dexis Consulting Group, Washington, D.C.
Secretary Lillian Baer, Retired Director of ACI (Dakar, Senegal), Seattle, Washington

  • Judi Aubel, Executive Director, Grandmother Project, Rome, Italy and Mbour, Senegal
  • Pranay Ranjan – Coca-Cola, Atlanta
  • Bethany Brown – Human Rights Watch, New York
  • Devika Gupta – Pfizer, New York

Board Advisors

  • Susan Anderson, Founder & CEO, ArtReach Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Carolyn Long, Senior International Development Manager, Former Vice President of InterAction (American Council for Voluntary International Action), Washington, D.C.
  • Banda Ndiaye, Deputy Regional Director for Africa, Nutrition International, Nairobi
  • Pape Sene, Community Development Specialist, Dakar, Senegal

Team Members

  • Judi Aubel, Executive Director, Rome, Italy
  • Mamadou Coulibaly, Program Officer, Velingara, Senegal
  • Falilou Cissé, Community Development Coordinator, Velingara, Senegal
  • Khadidiatou Leye Cissé, Administrative and Financial Officer, Mbour, Senegal
  • Ndéye Rama Balde, Community Mobilizer, Vélingara, Senegal
  • Mariama Kande, Community Mobilizer, Vélingara, Senegal
  • Ouley Aw, Community Mobilizer, Velingara, Senegal
  • Fatoumata Balde, Community Mobilizer, Velingara, Senegal

Volunteers and Consultants

  • Hamidou Soukouna, Education sector specialist, Dakar, Senegal
  • Khadidiatou Diallo, Sociologist, Thiès, Senegal
  • Francesca Lulli, Anthropologist, Research Consultant, Rome, Italy
  • Malang Sagna, Education Sector Consultant, Velingara, Senegal
  • Mamadou Sow, Education Sector Consultant, Velingara, Senegal
  • Abdou Faye, Education Sector Advisor, Velingara, Senegal
  • Elizabeth Arif-Fear, Translation coordinator, London
  • Tiziana Mattioni, Rome, Italy
  • Alice Orecchio, Social Media Assistant, Rome
  • Alyssa Rychtarik, Social Worker and Program Development Specialist, Barcelona, Spain
  • Mamadou Seye, Financial Consultant, Montreal
  • Vicky Dupont, Translations and Editing, Rome
  • Anneke Newman, anthropologist, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Jitendra Joshi, Volunteer Webmaster, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
  • Larry Anderson, Volunteer Legal Advisor, Lindale, Texas
  • Angele Manè, Gender specialist, Velingara, Senegal

Advisory Group

  • Mohamed Ag Bendech, Regional Nutrition Advisor, FAO, Accra, Ghana
  • Gretchen Bloom, Senior Gender Consultant, Retired World Food Program and USAID, Washington, D.C.
  • Sandy Callier, Project Director, Hygiene Imporvement Project, Family Health International-360, Washington D.C., USA
  • Bill Clay, Retired Chief, Nutrition Service, FAO, Florida, USA
  • Margie Clay, Training & Curriculum Development Specialist, Florida, USA
  • Mouctar Coulibaly, Nutritionist, Rural Technical INstitute, Koulikoro, Mali
  • Frank Dall, Special Advisor on Education, retired UNICEF, Washington D.C., USA
  • Marta Escobar, Medical Anthropologist, Quito, Ecuador
  • Abou-Bakari Imorou, Socio-anthropologist, Assistant Professor, Université du Benin, Director of LASDEL, Benin
  • Judith Justice, Anthropologist, Retired Professor, School of Medicine, Univeristy of California San Francisco, USA
  • Memuna Kadie Sawi, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Home Sciences, Njala University, Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • Makane Kane, Retired UNFPA, Dakar, Senegal
  • Gertrudis Medrano, NICASALUD, Managua, Nicaragua
  • Jacqui Patterson, Special Advisor on Gender and Women Leadership Development, NAACP Washington D.C.
  • Joyce Olenja, PhD, School of Public Health, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Gretel Pelto, Department of International Nutrition, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
  • Assia Saou Musoko, Evaluation Consultant, Dakar, Italy
  • Betsy Stephens, Retired Health Planner, Institute of Science and Technology, Washington D.C., USA
  • Karen Z. Waltensperger, Health Advisor for Africa, Save the Children, USA
  • Marian F. Zeitlin, Retired Professor, Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Dakar, Senegal

Volunteer Translators

  • Alessandra Norbis
  • Arif-Fear Elizabeth
  • Bel-Kefir Rym
  • Bickel Amanda
  • Bounoura Ashey
  • Brayton Cassandra
  • Brookshaw Sarah
  • Couellet-Dumont Christine
  • East Suzy
  • Frost Miriam
  • Genuard Michele
  • Ghiachetti-Halm Angelique
  • Haynes Karen
  • Hicks Ima
  • Inman Jess
  • Jinkins Petek
  • Lévêque Chiara Maria
  • Mangtani Anisha
  • Marceau Kevin
  • McFadden Joseph
  • McGivern Vanessa
  • Merfeld-Langston Audra
  • Nkanza Nsondi Fridolin
  • Pairoux Patricia Marie
  • Palmer Noelle
  • Philipps D.
  • Rouwens Julien
  • Todd Elizabeth
  • Scrogham Ron
  • Vaczy Caroline
  • Young Will