Our people

We are a technical consultancy but our business is about people – those we work with and those our work assists.

Our in-country programme teams and technical experts are supported by skilled managers and administrators who oversee our programmes around the world. We have an active database of over 1,500 consultants, including leading experts and individuals who are known for delivering results and achieving positive change.

Anne Austen
Team Leader, Nepal
Anne has over 40 years’ experience in leading and advising health systems strengthening programming in South Asia, Africa and the Pacific. She has significant developing country experience working both within national governments and with donor organisations. She worked for DFID for 15 years, in Nigeria, Ghana, India ,Pakistan and Malawi. Since then Anne has led DFID-funded technical assistance programmes, supporting state and national governments in strengthening their health systems in India, Kenya and Sierra Leone. She is currently the Team Leader for our Transition and Recovery Programme in Nepal.
Azam Ali, PhD
Team Leader, Bangladesh
For over 30 years Dr Ali Azam has played leading roles in public health and health systems strengthening programmes in Bangladesh and elsewhere in South Asia, with a particular focus on urban health care. He is the Team Leader of the DFID-funded Bangladesh Urban Health Systems Strengthening Programme (UHSSP). Azam has worked with DFID, ADB, CIDA, DANIDA, EU, GIZ, UNICEF, USAID, World Bank and numerous national and international organisations. His skills include health systems strengthening, strategic planning, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, assessment, policy advice and team and financial management.
Cindy Carlson
Team Leader, Malawi
Cindy has over 30 years’ experience in public health, working extensively in programme leadership, strategic planning and evaluation; institutional development; multi-donor/donor-government harmonisation; strengthening government systems; and health impact assessment, research and evidence-based practice. Prior to joining the MHSP-TA team in Malawi she worked as an independent consultant for a range of international organisations including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, UNAIDS, UNDP as well as the British and Australian Governments.
Dr Abubakar Izge
Technical Advisor, Nigeria
Dr Abubakar Izge is a public health physician and reproductive health programme manager. He has over 12 years’ experience in development work, including service system strengthening, reform programmes, service delivery and reproductive health planning and management, advocacy and capacity building. He is currently Integrated Service Delivery and Quality of Care Advisor for the MNCH2 programme. Dr Abubakar was previously the State Team Leader of PATHS2 in Kano and State Team Leader and Adolescent Health Advisor for COMPASS project, an integrated health and education program implemented by a consortium of nine partners.
Dr Babatunde Segun
Evidence for Action, Country Director, Nigeria
Dr Babatunde Segun is a public health physician with over 22 years' experience, particularly in adolescent reproductive health, and maternal and newborn health. He is Country Director for the Evidence for Action (E4A) programme in Nigeria, responsible for the effective coordination of efforts across evidence, advocacy and accountability in maternal and newborn health. Tunde has worked in collaboration with WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF, the World Bank, and various government ministries, as well as national and local NGOs. He is a member of various national coordinating bodies on maternal and reproductive health in Nigeria.
Dr Eman Alkubati
Project Director, Yemen
Dr Eman Alkubati has more than 15 years’ experience as an obstetrics and gynecological practitioner, and advisor to women’s and reproductive health programme planning with particular expertise in quality assurance. In Yemen, within the Ministry of Public Health and Population, she has led the women’s health and reproductive health programmes, before taking up the position with Options of Project Director of the voucher project for safe motherhood and family planning.
Faith Mwangi-Powell, PhD
Global Director of The Girl Generation
Dr Faith Mwangi-Powell spearheads The Girl Generation campaign’s global advocacy agenda, and supports the development of social change campaigns in ten countries across Africa. Prior to joining The Girl Generation, she was Chief of Party for a USAID-funded programme in Kenya. Faith was the founding Executive Director of the African Palliative Care Association, promoting palliative care across the African continent and internationally. Her expertise includes health systems strengthening, quality improvement, policy development, HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, human rights, gender, TB and other chronic illnesses.
Matthew Nviiri
Project Director, Malawi
Matthew Nviiri is a public health specialist who has spent the past decade working on results- and performance-based financing projects. He has designed RBF country strategies for Uganda and Rwanda. He is currently Project Director of our Maternal and Newborn Health Initiative, improving maternal and newborn health outcomes using innovative financing mechanisms. While in Uganda, Matthew worked closely with the Ministry of Health and played an important role in the implementation of the national health strategies.
Nicole Sijenyi Fulton
Team Leader, Kenya
Nicole has 15 years’ experience in the health sector, as a nurse in Canada, and as a programme and organisational leader in several sub-Saharan African countries. She is a public health specialist with experience in sexual and reproductive health (SRH), HIV/AIDS, maternal and newborn health and refugee health. Nicole is the Team Leader for the DFID-funded Maternal and Newborn Improvement (MANI) project in Kenya. Prior to joining Options, she was the Country Representative for mothers2mothers (m2m) Kenya, leading the organisation’s growth strategy and the successful national adoption and scale up of the Mentor Mother model.
Rachel Cullen
Programme Director, E4A-MamaYe
Rachel Cullen is a population and health specialist with 19 years’ experience providing monitoring, evaluation and research support to international and UK health sector organisations. She has skills in methodological design, data collection and analysis for the evaluation of studies ranging from small-scale pilots to large district-wide quantitative and qualitative surveys. She combines technical monitoring and evaluation skills with practical experience as a UK NHS commissioner, performance manager and trustee of health services and applies her understanding of the challenges in health service delivery in the UK to promoting improved quality of care in Africa and Asia.

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