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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​
Madiha Ahmed
Ottawa, Canada
Senior Program Specialist
613-696-2513​
Iris Boutros
Cairo, Egypt
Senior Program Specialist
+20 23336-7051
ext. 7132
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​
Alejandra Vargas Garcia
Montevideo, Uruguay
Program Officer 613-696-2042
Flaubert Mbiekop
Nairobi, Kenya
Program Officer 221-33-864-0000
ext. 7733
Dominique Garro-Strauss
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
Kui Wagacha
Nairobi, Kenya​​
Program Assistant +254-20-271-3160/61
ext. 3426
Claire Le Barbenchon
Ottawa, Canada​
Research Award Recipient​​ 613-696-2118​​

Arjan de Haan
Program Leader

Arjan de Haan is Program Leader of the Supporting Inclusive Growth program. Before joining IDRC, Arjan 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 the Indices of Social Development database. He previously 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.

Madiha AhmedMadiha Ahmed
Senior Program Specialist

Madiha leads the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women program, which generates new evidence on women’s economic empowerment and economic growth. Over the past 12 years, Madiha has designed and implemented innovative economic interventions that link poor women and households to markets and social services. Before joining IDRC, she was an economic advisor with the UK Department for International Development where she provided economic expertise on the £120 million national cash transfer program in Pakistan. She has also worked with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the. Asian Development Bank. Madiha holds an MPhil in economics from the University of Cambridge and a BSc (Hons) in economics from Lahore University of Management Sciences.

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.


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 PhD 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.

Alejandra Vargas Garcia
Program Officer

Alejandra Vargas Garcia is a Program Officer with the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women program, focusing on knowledge translation and program management. Before joining IDRC, Vargas Garcia worked with USAID, the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking, UNWomen, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Social Development in Mexico. She continues to serve as an Associate with the Mexican Association against Human Trafficking. Vargas Garcia holds a master’s degree in public policy, specializing in political and economic development, from Harvard University and a BA in international relations, specializing in foreign policy and international law, from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico.


Flaubert Mbiekop
Program Officer

Flaubert is Program Officer with IDRC's Supporting Inclusive Growth program, based at IDRC's Regional Office for Sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining IDRC in 2011, he taught at Cornell University, Drew University, and the Université du Québec à Montréal. He has authored or co-authored several articles about development and international trade and has made presentations at major international conferences in South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, and the Central African Republic, among others. In 2009, he was awarded the first African Public Policy Award by the International Institute of Public Finance and GTZ in recognition of his research on reforming public institutions in Africa Flaubert has a PhD in economics from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a Diplôme d’études approfondies in international economics from the Programme de troisième cycle interuniversitaire, Université de Yaoundé.

Dominique Garro-StraussDominique Garro-Strauss
Program Management Officer

Dominique Garro-Strauss is a Program Management Officer in the area of social and economic policy. Since joining IDRC in 2008, she has worked in various programs focusing on inclusive growth, health systems, and information and communication technologies for development. She previously worked at UNESCO and the OECD as well as several non-governmental organizations headquartered in Paris, France. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs with a specialization in development from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and a BA in political science from Simon Fraser University.



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. 

Kui Wagacha
Program Assistant

Kui Wagacha joined IDRC in 2009 ask Program Assistant for three IDRC programs: Supporting Inclusive Growth, Governance, Security, and Justice, and the Think Tank Initiative at the Regional Office for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Claire Le BarbenchonClaire Le Barbenchon
Research Award Recipient

Le Barbenchon is the 2015 Research Award Recipient for the Supporting Inclusive Growth program. She holds a master’s in international development, concentrated in economic policy and research methods from Sciences Po Paris, as well as a BA (Hons) in Latin American studies and international development from McGill University. She previously worked on developing capacity building tools in social protection for the International Labour Organization and on disseminating experimental methods for policy evaluation at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab in Santiago, Chile.
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