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.

Azam Ali, PhD
Advisor, 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
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.
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 DFID funded projects.
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.
Nicole Sijenyi Fulton
Senior Programme Delivery Advisor
Nicole is passionate about improving women’s health and well-being, and building high performing organisations and teams. Her career has spanned 18 years in Kenya, Canada, and several other African countries. Nicole was Team Leader for the UKAid-funded Maternal and Newborn Improvement (MANI) project in Kenya, and led Options’ work to strengthen county-level health system performance, as well as the County Innovation Challenge Fund for maternal and newborn health. Prior to joining Options she was the Country Representative for mothers2mothers in Kenya, leading the organisation’s growth strategy and the national scale-up of the Mentor Mother model.

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