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Staff

Our staff members are located in IDRC’s Cairo, Nairobi, and Montevideo regional offices, and at IDRC’s head office in Ottawa. 

To contact IDRC staff based in Ottawa, dial the main number shown below and the extension of the person you wish to reach.

By phone:              +1 613-236-6163
By email:                sig@idrc.ca
By mail:                  PO Box 8500
                              Ottawa, ON K1G 3H9
                              Canada
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Staff Directory
 
Name Title​ Phone number
Arjan de Haan
Ottawa, Canada
Program Leader
613-696-2351​
Iris Boutros
Cairo, Egypt
Senior Program Specialist
+20 23336-7051
ext. 7132
Francisco Cos-Montiel
Ottawa, Canada
Senior Program Specialist 613-696-2209
Ben Petrazzini
Montevideo, Uruguay​
Senior Program Specialist​ 598-2-709-0042
ext. 3223​
Edgard Rodriguez
Ottawa, Canada​
Senior Program Specialist​​ 613-696-2318​​
Martha Melesse
Ottawa, Canada​
Senior Program Officer​​ 613-696-2016​
Paul Okwi
Nairobi, Kenya​​
Senior Program Officer​ 254-20-271-3160/61
ext. 3405​
Carolina Robino
Montevideo, Uruguay
Program Officer 598-2-709-0042
ext. 3210​
Flaubert Mbiekop
Nairobi, Kenya
Program Officer 221-33-864-0000
ext. 7733
Dominique Garro-Strauss
Ottawa, Canada
Program Management Officer​ 613-696-2077
Nadia Sohier Zaman
Ottawa, Canada
Program Management Officer​ 613-696-2077​
Hanan Abdulkarim
Cairo, Egypt
Program Assistant +20 23336-7051
ext. 7144
Thanya Bastien
Ottawa, Canada
Program Assistant 613-696-2253​
Nancy Ndung'u
Nairobi, Kenya
Program Assistant +254-20-271-3160/61
ext. 3412
Pratiba Shukla
New Delhi, India
Program Assistant 91-11-2461-9411
ext. 7606
Kui Wagacha
Nairobi, Kenya​​
Program Assistant +254-20-271-3160/61
ext. 3426
Keenara Khanderia
Ottawa, Canada​
Research Award Recipient​​ 613-696-2118​​

Arjan de Haan
Program Leader

Arjan de Haan is the Program Leader of the Supporting Inclusive Growth program. Before joining IDRC, Aryan worked at the Institute of Social Studies (Erasmus University Rotterdam) in The Hague, where he was convenor of the master’s program in social policy and led the development of a database called Indices of Social Development. Before that, he worked for 10 years with the UK Department for International Development in London, India, and China. He also managed the Poverty Research Unit at the University of Sussex (UK). He has published widely and is co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies. Arjan holds a PhD in social history from Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands).

Iris Boutros
Senior Program Specialist

Iris Boutros is the Senior Program Specialist based at IDRC’s Regional Office in Cairo. She holds degrees in biology and international health and a doctorate in applied economics from Harvard University. Before to joining IDRC, Iris worked for the World Bank. In addition to advisory experience at the South African Treasury and Competition Commission, she gained private sector experience by working with Cairo Financial Holding, a private sector investment firm co-managing the Government of Egypt’s small and medium enterprises private equity fund.

Francisco Cos-Montiel
Senior Program Specialist

Francisco Cos-Montiel is a Senior Program Specialist with the Supporting Inclusive Growth Program. Francisco has worked extensively in Mexico, including as Director General for the Government of Mexico’s Gender Planning unit.  He has also worked as a consultant to the World Bank, the UN Development Fund for Women, and the Pan-American Health Organization. He has published articles in English and Spanish on poverty, child labour, governance, and mainstreaming gender in policy development. In 2005, he was selected for an IDRC Professional Development Award and posted to IDRC's regional office in Latin America and the Caribbean to work on gender issues. Francisco holds a PhD (gender studies) and an MSc (social policy and planning in developing countries) from the London School of Economics (England).

Ben Petrazzini
Senior Program Specialist

Ben Petrazzini is the Senior Program Specialist based at IDRC’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining IDRC in 2002, Ben worked with the United Nations as advisor to its ICT agency, the International Telecommunication Union. He also has taught at the Business School of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, served as an advisor to Argentina’s National Congress, and taught at the National University of Buenos Aires. As a consultant, he has been a resource to government and private enterprises on ICT matters, and he has published extensively on the subject. Ben holds a PhD in communications from University of California San Diego (USA).

Edgard Rodriguez
Senior Program Specialist

Edgard Rodriguez is a Senior Program Specialist with the Supporting Inclusive Growth Program. Before joining IDRC, Edgard worked for multilateral development organizations and the Canadian public service. He evaluated small-enterprise development programs in Asia and Latin America for the World Bank in Washington, DC, and worked with the Asian Development Bank on lending and technical assistance for business development in the Philippines and Indonesia. Edgard also worked on local economic development with the Canadian International Development Agency, and undertook research on inequality, productivity, and investment in Canada at the Department of Finance in Ottawa.  He regularly lectures on evaluation and economic development in local universities. Edgard holds a PhD in economics from the University of Toronto with specialization in economic development and labour economics.

Martha Melesse
Senior Program Officer

Martha Melesse is a Senior Program Officer with the Supporting Inclusive Growth Program. Since joining IDRC in 1993, she has worked in various programs covering issues of poverty, trade policy, social policy, equity and health. Martha holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Carleton University in Ottawa with specialization on health financing reform. She also holds a graduate diploma in international development and co-operation from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from the United States International University.



Paul Okwi
Senior Program Officer

Paul Okwi is a Senior Program Officer with the Think Tank Initiative and the Supporting Inclusive Growth program based at IDRC’s Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa (Nairobi). Prior to joining IDRC, Paul worked for the World Bank in Kampala, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi and was a lecturer at Makerere University. Paul has a PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town, and an MA in Economic Policy and Planning from Makerere University. He has published extensively on welfare and income inequality, poverty mappings, geographic determinants of poverty, and natural resource economics.

Carolina Robino
Program Officer

Carolina Robino is a Program Officer with the Think Tank Initiative and the Supporting Inclusive Growth program. Based in Montevideo at IDRC’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Carolina’s interests lie in  poverty and inequality analyses, decentralization, participation and local development, the research — policy interface and the policy formulation and implementation process. Prior to joining IDRC, she worked as a researcher and visiting lecturer at the Department of Development Studies of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa and at the School of Economics at the Universidad de la República (Uruguay). She holds a BA in economics from the Universidad de la República in Uruguay, an MA in Latin American social and political studies from the Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Chile, and a PhD in development studies from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Flaubert Mbiekop
Program Officer

Flaubert Mbiekop has a Diplôme d’études approfondies in international economics from the Programme de troisième cycle interuniversitaire, Université de Yaoundé (1999), and a PhD in economics from the Université du Québec à Montréal (2006). He has presented papers in South Africa, in Côte d’Ivoire, and in the Central African Republic, as well as in Australia, France, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In 2009, the International Institute of Public Finance and GTZ awarded him the first African Public Policy Award in recognition of his research on reforming public institutions in Africa. He is also the author or co-author of several articles about development and international trade which have been published in prestigious reviews such as the Journal of Macroeconomics, the Journal of Economics and Behavioral Studies, and Trade and Development Review. Before joining IDRC’s Supporting Inclusive Growth program as Program Officer in 2011, he taught at Cornell University and Drew University, and the Université du Québec à Montréal. He is based in IDRC’s Regional Office for Sub-Saharan Africa in Nairobi.

Dominique Garro-Strauss
Program Management Officer

Dominique Garro-Strauss is a Program Management Officer and has been at IDRC since 2008. She holds a master’s in international affairs from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris. Her work experience includes internships at UNESCO as well as positions with the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation and the Agency for Technical for Technical Cooperation and Development in Paris, France. Before joining the Supporting Inclusive Growth team, Dominique worked with IDRC’s ICT4D and Governance, Equity, and Health programs.

Nadia Sohier Zaman
Program Management Officer

Nadia Sohier Zaman is a Program Management Officer with the Supporting Inclusive Growth program. She holds a BA in economics and Middle East studies from McGill University and an MSc in environment and sustainable development from the University of Glasgow. She has worked for the United Nations Environment Programme on South-South cooperation for biodiversity, as well as an initiative linking the Rio Conventions’ work on climate change, land desertification, and biodiversity loss. Nadia also has experience working with NGOs and research institutions in the UK and Canada.



Hanan Abdulkarim
Program Assistant

Hanan Abdulkarim is a Program Assistant based in Cairo at IDRC’s Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa. She holds a BA in tourism management from Helwan University. Her work for the United Nations Development Programme in Doha involved liaising with various UN agencies and Qatari ministries. Hanan’s administrative experience also includes postings with the Turkish Ambassador to Qatar and Qatar Petroleum. 



Thanya Bastien
Program Assistant

Thanya Bastien is the Program Assistant in Ottawa for the Supporting Inclusive Growth program. She holds a bachelor degree in business administration from West Indies College in Mandeville, Jamaica, and a certificate in project management from Algonquin College, Canada. Thanya also has a certificate in leadership and supervision skills. Before to joining IDRC, Thanya worked in the administration and finance areas for the Ottawa-based Pearson Centre in its Africa program. Her previous work experience includes administrative and accounting support for various non-governmental organizations and local media in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. 


Pratibha Shukla
Program Assistant

Pratibha Shukla is a Program Assistant working in New Delhi at IDRC’s Regional Office for Asia. She holds a BA from Delhi University, and a master's in human resource management from Annamalai University. Before joining IDRC, Pratibha worked for the International Union for Conservation of Nature and at the Energy and Resources Institute, both in Delhi, India.





Kui Wagacha
Program Assistant

Kui Wagacha is the Program Assistant for three IDRC programs: Supporting Inclusive Growth, Governance, Security, and Justice, and the Think Tank Initiative. Based in the Regional Office for Sub-Saharan Africa in Nairobi, Kui holds a LLB Law degree, and has experience as a Portfolio Assistant with the United Nations.  Fluent in English, French, and Italian, Kui currently builds on previous communications and media experience as a blogger, editor, and translator


Keenara Khanderia
Research Award Recipient

Keenara Khanderia is the 2014 Research Award Recipient for the Supporting Inclusive Growth program. She holds a BA in international development and Spanish from Trent University and is currently pursuing a collaborative master’s degree in international affairs and African studies from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. Keenara has worked at Passport Canada and also worked in Ghana with a local NGO on reproductive health rights.
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