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.

Denise Stuckenbruck
Team Leader
Denise is Team Leader for the Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health Programme, based in Kenya. She has 20 years of international development experience, working in the design and delivery of complex and multi-country programmes to implement children’s rights. Before joining Options, Denise was a Principal Consultant at OPM, where she worked to strengthen the public sector’s abilities to deliver quality services to vulnerable children and women. Prior to that, she held various regional and global roles with organisations such as Save the Children and UNICEF across Latin America and East and Southern Africa. Her professional skills include strategic leadership and planning, negotiation, stakeholder engagement, technical assistance, quality assurance, research design and delivery, safeguarding and capacity building.
Dr. Vincent Ahonsi
Dr. Vincent Ahonsi
Country Lead, Nigeria
Vincent Ahonsi is the Country Lead for E4A-MamaYe in Nigeria and a Clinician that is passionate about maternal and child health, health systems strengthening as well as improved, accessible health service delivery, especially in Africa. With a career spanning over 25 years in countries like Zambia, Nigeria and the UK, Vincent has been involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of multi-country public health interventions in HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, RMNCAH, health informatics, health systems strengthening, logistics and supply chain management as well as in nutrition programme areas. Vincent has also led USAID and UKAid-funded projects.
Gladys Ngeno
Team Leader, MANI Quality of Care
Gladys is the Team Leader for the UKAid-funded Maternal and Newborn Improvement (MANI) Quality of Care project in Kenya, leading Options’ work at county-level health system strengthening in four counties – Kericho, Nandi, Kwale and Mombasa. She’s a public health specialist with 13 years experience in the health sector, both in development and humanitarian programmes in Kenya and South Sudan. She is zealous on improving women’s access to quality healthcare.
Krishna Sharma
Deputy Team Leader, NHSSP
Krishna Sharma has over 20 years’ experience in the development sector covering a wide range of interdisciplinary programmes. He is the Deputy Team Leader for the Nepal Health Sector Support Programme (NHSSP) and is currently working as Acting Team Leader. His experience includes leadership and management, OD/HR management, finance and administration, and partnership and sub-grant management. Krishna strongly believes in teamwork and transitional leadership.
Lamine Thiam
Regional National Ownership Lead, WISH, Nigeria
Mr. Lamine Thiam has more than 25 years’ experience in designing, implementing, and managing large complex country public health and development programmes, working with UN organisations and INGOs in Sub-Sahara Africa. He has nine years’ experience as West and Central Africa Regional Public Health and Nutrition Adviser. He has graduate degrees in Public Heath and International Management of Public Services Organisations and a diploma on Managing Public Health Programmes in Developing Countries. He is fluent in French and English. His skills include technical assistance in health systems strengthening, MNCH, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, and malaria control programming and advocacy.
Lyla Adwan-Kamara
Team Leader
Lyla is Team Leader on Ghana Somubi Dwumadie (Ghana Participation Programme), a four year disability and mental health programme. Prior to joining Options, Lyla was CEO at a User-Led Deaf and Disabled People's Organisation in London for seven years, leading policy work and advice and advocacy programmes, including hate crime prevention, for people with disabilities, including people with mental health disabilities. Lyla's previous experience spans both the corporate and development sectors, including living and working in Sierra Leone. Much of her work has focussed on encouraging participation and supporting people to speak up.
Marleen Vellekoop
Project Director, Evidence for Action (E4A)
Marleen has over 12 years of experience in strengthening health systems in Southern Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. She has held management, technical, team leadership and business development roles in projects funded by the Dutch government and UKAid. With a background in political science and public health, she has combined these areas of expertise for the design and implementation of high quality health sector programmes, with a focus on governance and accountability at all levels of the health system.

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