BOL International Management
International Program Director, Breath of Life
Luciano joined EMW in January 2008 to direct the Breath of Life Program, which aims to assist Vietnamese hospitals in improving newborn care activities with technology and training. Before joining EMW, Luciano worked for 7 years in Vietnam as Country Director of a few Italian NGOs working in different sectors of development, contributing to poverty alleviation all over the country. Luciano came to Vietnam after studying Political Economy at the University of Trento in Italy, and Science and Technology applied to International Development at the University of Roskilde in Denmark, where he received Master Degrees with honors with research-based thesis on the Vietnamese development process. Luciano received numerous scholarships and awards for his excellent academic performances, among which one prestigious Italian award for research on developing countries. Luciano says he is strongly convinced that it is not necessary to think about changing the world: it is enough to leave it just a bit better than how you found it.
Monitoring and Evaluation Director, Breath of Life
Gaston has been working with EMW on the Breath of Life Program since 2008. Prior to coming to Vietnam in 2005, Gaston was a perinatal epidemiologist with the Pregnancy and Newborn Services Network of the New South Wales Health Department. During this time he was working on clinical research and the collaborative generation of evidence-based policy and planning for obstetric and neonatal services. In Vietnam, Gaston established a consulting business focussing on evidence-informed policy and planning, monitoring and evaluation and operational research. With his passion for perinatal health care, Gaston is excited to be working with EMW on programs to improve perinatal care.
Gaston’s initial tertiary training was in mathematical statistics and experimental psychology. He later completed a Master in Public Health with a focus on epidemiology and biostatistics. Gaston’s PhD is in health services research with a focus on improving hospital-based newborn care - a professional interest of his for twenty years. Gaston has recently returned to live in Sydney, Australia, with his wife Rachel and their children, Sophia and Joshua.
Regional Manager, Breath of Life
Danica first joined East Meets West as a Communications/Development Intern in the Oakland office in February 2011. In her current position, she helps manage the fast-growing BOL program as it gears up in several new countries. Danica has organized BOL trainings and conferences in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Before starting at EMW, Danica spent over four years designing and managing nonprofit programs in the Balkans, Turkey and South America. A varsity volleyball player at California State University, Monterey Bay, where she earned a BA in Global Studies, she also holds an MA in Education from Michigan State University.
Program Manager, WASH
Kim Hor joined East Meets West in June 2012, bringing with him 20 years of professional and management experience in the Clean Water and Sanitation sector. In addition to fulfilling his many responsibilities at EMW, he was recently chosen to be the Cambodia National Coordinator for the Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).
Prior to joining EMW, Kim Hor held many positions of responsibility at UNICEF, including WASH officer, WASH Emergency Assistance program assistant, and engineer. During his years at UNICEF, he worked to improve school WASH coverage and community water supply coverage, as well as to improve water quality. Early in his career, he worked as an engineer for the Department of Roads and Bridges at the Cambodian Ministry of Public Works and also served as an interpreter/translator at the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia.
Program Assistant, WASH
Iv Bunthoeun (IV) joined EMW in 2010 as Program Assistant for the Breath of Life program in Cambodia. IV has over 12 years of development experience at local and international organizations, with expertise in capacity building, planning, monitoring and evaluation of nationwide projects. At Kasekor Thmey, a Cambodian NGO, IV managed the Livelihood, Community Forestry and HIV/AIDS projects. He spent over three years at International Relief and Development as Project Assistant for a nutrition program. He also spent nine years with WHO, where he focused on many issues: environmental impacts, water and sanitation, nutrition, TB/Leprosy, tobacco and HIV/AIDS.
IV is fluent in his mother tongue Khmer and in English and proficient in Thai. He is a graduate of Kasetsart University in Thailand and is married with five children.
Admin & Finance Assistant
Program Director, Breath of Life
Acting Country Director
Allison joined EMW in 2012 as the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager for Breath of Life's South Asia programs and became Program Director in April 2013. She brings with her several years of experience working on maternal and child health projects and a passion for development work. After starting her career at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she worked on service delivery programs in South Asia and Africa, Allison went on to receive a Master's in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Allison gained extensive monitoring and evaluation experience through her work with Measure DHS, the Carolina Population Center and, most recently, the International Center for Research on Women's (ICRW) Asia Regional Office. Throughout, Allison has had a keen interest in South Asia; she began studying Hindi in graduate school and continues to take lessons in New Delhi, where she now lives. In addition to her public health expertise, Allison is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
Kees van den Berk
Regional Manager, Breath of Life
Program Director, Breath of Life
Iris joined EMW in November 2012 and brings a background in education, human resources, and administration to implementing and expanding EMW programs in the Philippines. Previously, she spent three years as Deputy Coordinator of Administration and Human Resources Manager at Action Against Hunger International. Prior to that, she taught college-level English, economics and management and worked as a human resources and training consultant. She began her professional career in the banking industry.
Iris earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a major in Economics & Management and a minor in Japanese Studies, from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. In her spare time, she enjoys reading Scandinavian noir, science fiction and String Theory.
Before joining East Meets West, Lara worked as a Training Associate at Ateneo Professional Schools. She handled operations, communications, and event coordination duties as part of a Training Services team. Lara earned her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Philippine Normal University in Manila where she was a member of the Active Builders for Child Development Organization and a part-time volunteer for the Campus Youth Ministry-PNU Chapter. Lara recently passed the board exam and she is now a licensed Professional Teacher. In her spare time she enjoy traveling with her family and friends, reading self-help books and attending the Makati Feast Salcedo.
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