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Rita Bonomally

Senior Program Officer, E/SE Asia
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    Languages Spoken: Creole, French, English and Mandarin Chinese

Rita Bonomally is the East & South East Asia Senior Programme Officer. Prior to joining EMpower, Rita worked at United Nations Office for Project Services in Geneva, managing large-scale sanitation programmes in Tanzania, Malawi, India and Nepal. Then with Wise Philanthropy Advisors, Geneva, overseeing project implementation in vocational training and access to health in Tanzania, Uganda, Laos, India and South Africa.

Rita’s previous experience in project development and management in Hong Kong, is with the Kadoorie Charitable Foundation, where she identified partner organisations in China, India, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and Nepal, and worked with them to develop projects in education, community health, small-scale rural development, environment and community arts. She particularly enjoyed monitoring and evaluating the projects with the partners, throughout the project cycle, providing opportunities to further improve the working relationship and ultimately the impact.

Rita’s rich experience of working with local organisations is deeply rooted in her time spent in rural Sichuan, China as a field worker, where she worked with the Development Organisation of Rural Sichuan; Using participatory methodologies, village development projects were planned and implemented together with the villagers. Living and working in the mountainous villages of rural Sichuan gave Rita her foundation in development work.

Rita has a Bachelor degree in Sociology from the Renmin University of China, and a Masters in Development Management from the Open University, UK.

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President and CEO

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Lee Colaluca (Takakjian)

Vice President, Global Marketing & Communications

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Theodoros Chronopoulos

Senior Program Officer, Africa & Russia

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Caitlin Mitchell

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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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Filiz Bikmen

Senior Program Officer, Turkey

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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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Rita Bonomally

Senior Program Officer, E/SE Asia

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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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