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Gritt Richter

Senior Program Officer for East & Southeast Asia
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    Languages Spoken: English, German, French

Gritt Richter serves as the Senior Program Officer for East and Southeast Asia in EMpower’s Hong Kong office. She develops and manages grantee partnerships in China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, and provides technical support. Gritt brings 16 years’ experience as a senior professional in international development cooperation. She joined EMpower in September 2015 from Plan International France, where she most recently was Head of Programs. Her professional focus has been on the promotion of child and youth rights, as well as gender equality to improve lives of young people. Her expertise includes education, sexual and reproductive health, youth development through market-led vocational training and skills-building. Before joining Plan International, Gritt worked with the German governmental cooperation agency GIZ, where she also spent three years as the Counselor for the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Mali, West Africa. As FGM-Coordinator with the pioneering German NGO TERRE DES FEMMES, she published numerous articles in professional journals and a book on FGM. Throughout her professional career, Gritt has worked extensively with community-based organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Gritt holds a diploma in Business Management from the Heilbronn University in Germany and the INSEEC Alpes-Savoie University in Chambéry, France, as well as a Master’s Degree in International Humanitarian Assistance from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany and the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands. She speaks fluent German, French and English.

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Cynthia Steele

President and CEO

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Nisha Dhawan

Country Director, India

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Theodoros Chronopoulos

Senior Program Officer, Africa & Russia

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Caitlin Mitchell

Manager, Programs & Learning

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Gritt Richter

Senior Program Officer for East & Southeast Asia

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Jayanthi Pushkaran

Program Officer, India

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Shelbi Goldman

Global Operations Manager

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Kayla Kohlenberg

Development Manager, Initiatives and Events

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Wilson Ventura

Director of Finance

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Jacqueline Chen

Hong Kong Development and Engagement Manager

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Daniel Parnetti

Senior Program Officer, Latin America

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Charlotte Tweedley

Global Programs Associate

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Francine de Boer

UK Development and Engagement Specialist

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Tanvi Mishra

India Communications and Operations Specialist

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Steffi Lee

Communications and Operations Assistant

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Alifya Loharchalwala

Senior Program Officer, India

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Larry Bloom

Vice President, Global Operations and Finance

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Kristen Woolf

Vice President, Programs

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Henna Hemnani

Corporate Development Manager

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Ricky Hui

Hong Kong Development and Operations Assistant

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April Yip

E/SE Asia Programme Associate

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Adam Heuman

Vice President, Global Development

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Sandra Costas

Senior Accountant

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Marli Gutierrez

Global Communications Specialist

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Prachi Gupta

Development and Engagement Manager, India

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Aissatou Bah

Director of Adolescent Girls and Gender Initiatives

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