Our people

Board Members

Roy Head
CEO

Roy Head is the CEO of Development Media International. In 1997 Roy founded the Health Division of the BBC World Service Trust, bringing together the BBC and the World Health Organisation. For 8 years he oversaw many of the world’s largest health promotion campaigns, including a campaign in India which led to 200,000 people being treated for leprosy.

In 2005 he received the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust ‘Visionaries’ Award and left the BBC to set up DMI, aiming to bring greater scientific rigour to health campaigning. He developed a mathematical model with some of the world’s leading epidemiologists which indicates that 15% of all child deaths could be prevented using mass media alone, more cheaply than any other intervention. DMI is currently testing this model in West Africa in the most rigorous trial ever conducted of a mass media campaign.

Roy started his career as a documentary film director for the BBC, before joining UN Peacekeeping where he set up the UN's first radio station (in Cambodia) and its largest TV operation (during the Bosnian war); click here to watch a video interview with Roy about his work at the UN. He has a double-first from Cambridge University and Masters from U.Penn.

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Robert Hornik
Professor of Communication, UPenn

Robert C. Hornik (Ph.D., Stanford University) is the Wilbur Schramm Professor of Communication and Health Policy at the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania.  Since 2003, he has directed Penn’s National Cancer Institute-funded Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research.  Previously he led the evaluation of more than 20 evaluations of public health communication campaigns including those focused on child survival and HIV prevention throughout the world as well as the evaluation of the US National Youth Antidrug Media Campaign. He is the author of Development Communication, edited Public Health Communication: Evidence for Behavior Change and co-edited Prediction and Change of Health Behavior as well as more than 100 refereed articles and papers. He has served on four US Institute of Medicine Committees. 

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Richard Horton
Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet

Richard Horton qualified in medicine from the University of Birmingham in 1986. In 1990 he joined The Lancet as an assistant editor and moved to New York as North American editor in 1993. In 1995 he returned to the UK to become Editor-in-Chief of the Lancet, a position he still holds. He was the first President of the World Association of Medical Editors and is a Past-President of the US Council of Science Editors. He is an honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London, and the University of Edinburgh. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Founder Fellow of the UK's Academy of Medical Sciences. He chairs the Royal College of Physicians' Working Party on Physicians and the Pharmaceutical Industry; co-chairs a WHO Scientific Advisory Group on Clinical Trials Registration; is a Council Member of the Global Forum for Health Research; is a Board Member of the Health Metrics Network; sits on the External Reference Group for WHO's Research Strategy; and is an External Advisory Board Member for the WHO European Region.

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Mark Adams
Finance Director

Mark Adams is DMI's Finance Director.   He is a Chartered Accountant and has held a number of senior finance roles across a range of sectors.

Mark was previusly Chief Financial Officer at Hastings Direct. Prior to that he was Interim Chief Financial Officer at easyJet plc, group finance director and then CEO at Helphire Group plc, and CFO at Alpha Airports Group plc and STA Travel Group. In addition to his core finance and commercial skills, Mark has considerable experience in all areas of corporate finance, both equity and debt fund raising and investor relations.

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Joy Phumaphi
Executive Secretary, African Leaders Malaria Alliance

Joy Phumaphi entered public service in Botswana as a local government auditor. From 1994 to 2003, she went on to serve in Parliament and as a representative to the Southern African Development Community. She entered the Cabinet with responsibility for lands and housing, and developed the first national housing policy. Joy subsequently served as Minister for Health, where she restructured the ministry to make it more focused on results while overseeing revision of the Public Health Act and putting into action a multi-sectoral plan to combat HIV/AIDS. In 2003 she became Assistant Director General for Family and Community Health Department at the World Health Organisation. She joined the World Bank in 2007 as Vice President of the Human Development Network. She is now Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance.

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David Heymann
Chair, Public Health England

David Heymann worked for 13 years as a medical epidemiologist in sub-Saharan Africa on assignment from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He also worked in India for two years as a medical epidemiologist in the WHO Smallpox Eradication Programme, where smallpox was eradicated in 1978. He took an active role in the first Ebola outbreak in 1976, and led the response team during the 1995 Kikwit outbreak. In 2003 he was at the forefront of the SARS epidemic, working with his team to mediate international effort to halt the pandemic. He then joined the World Health Organization, where he was chief of research activities in the WHO Global Programme on AIDS, Director of the WHO Programme on Emerging and other Communicable Diseases, Executive Director of the WHO Communicable Diseases Cluster, and Assistant Director-General for Health Security and Environment and the representative of the Director-General for Polio Eradication. David was appointed Chairman of the Board of the UK Health Protection Agency in April 2009 and was confirmed as Chair of its successor, Public Health England, in November 2012. He is Head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House.

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Head Office Staff (London)

Will Snell
Director of Strategy & Development

Will Snell is DMI's Director of Strategy & Development. He has a first-class degree from the University of Oxford. Will has spent twelve years working in the international development and governmental sectors in the UK and overseas. He set up an African educational charity, Harambee Schools Kenya, in 1999. He has also founded and run Skills Venture, an African business volunteering project. Will worked for the UK Government for four years, at the Department of Health and DFID, and has more recently undertaken consulting projects for a range of Government Departments and NGOs.

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Radha Chakraborty
Creative Director

Radha Chakraborty is DMI's Creative Director. Prior to joining DMI she was Operations Director at Comic Relief, which runs the UK’s largest single public media campaign. During her tenure, Comic Relief achieved its highest ever fundraising figure (£104m in 2011).

She is the producer and co-writer of three cinema films: New Year’s Eve (starring Keira Knightley and winner of Best British Short Film and Sky Movies Best Short Films of The Year), Someone Else (starring Stephen Mangan and winner of Variety Critics’ Choice at Cannes), and Honeymooner.

Radha has had a parallel career as a management consultant; after finishing a mathematics degree at Imperial College she qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor at PWC, and worked at Shell before becoming a Director at Towers Watson, leading part of their Venture Seeds business. She is the Company Secretary of DMI’s non-profit arm and worked as Creative Director for DMI’s projects in Brazil and Orissa.

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Nicole Cauverien
Creative Director

Nicole Cauverien brings an extensive background in TV and radio drama and entertainment to her current role as DMI’s acting Creative Director. After taking a first class degree at the University of London, Nicole studied Radio Film and Television at Bristol University.

She began her career working on radio and TV commercials in London before joining WorldWide Television, where she developed, script-edited and produced both drama and children’s TV shows. She then moved to Scottish Television, where as Director of Drama, she was responsible for developing and commissioning TV drama programmes. Following this, she worked as an independent producer and in a variety of freelance roles.

She has acted as script-editor and producer on numerous major dramas for UK broadcasters and independent production companies. The TV film she developed and produced, Perfect Parents (writer/director Joe Ahearne), was named Overall Winner at the Roma Fiction Festival 2007, as well as winning Best TV Movie, Best Screenplay and Best Actor awards  in the TV Film category. Nicole is fluent in English, French and Dutch.

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Katy Muddyman
Executive Assistant

Katy Muddyman is Executive Assistant to Roy Head and Administrator at DMI. She joined the team in November 2012 after completing a Masters in Public Health. Prior to this, she worked for a NHS Primary Care Trust in the commissioning department. Katy also has experience working in medical communications and marketing.

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Katrina Stockdale
Finance Manager

Katrina is DMI’s Finance Manager. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant whilst working in PwC’s Assurance division, before being seconded to PwC's Melbourne office for 18 months to work with small businesses and entrepreneurs. After this she spent three months in Nairobi, giving business advice and support to refugees. She has since worked as an accountant in France.

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Jo Murray
Research Manager

Jo Murray is DMI’s Research Manager. She joined in January 2013 after obtaining a PhD at Imperial College London. Her doctorate was on the epidemiology of respiratory infections among infants in the UK, using novel methods to utilise and link data from electronic patient records. She has a degree in Biology from the University of York and a Masters in Modern Epidemiology from Imperial College London, where she also worked as a Research Assistant in the Child Health Unit, within the School of Public Health.  

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Jennifer Steel
Head of Operations & Finance

Jennifer Steel is DMI’s Head of Operations & Finance. She has a degree from the University of Bristol and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Jennifer previously worked at KPMG in their Restructuring practice, providing advice to stressed companies and managing insolvent businesses. She also spent some time in Rwanda, providing financial support and project management advice to an NGO working with genocide survivors and vulnerable children. 

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James Dowling
Public Engagement and Development Manager

James Dowling is DMI’s Public Engagement and Development Manager. Following a degree in English Literature at the University of Oxford, he spent a number of years working in corporate sponsorship at the Barbican Centre and the London Symphony Orchestra. James then moved into international development, designing and managing maternal and child health projects in Sierra Leone for The Kambia Appeal. Since completing a masters degree in Development Studies and Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester, he has produced and directed independent documentary films in the UK, Kenya, Sierra Leone, the Gambia and Burkina Faso, with a special focus on scientific achievement in Africa. He has also recently undertaken consulting projects for UK charities and international NGOs.

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Independent Scientific Advisors

Simon Cousens
Professor of Epidemiology, LSHTM

Simon Cousens is Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with a particular interest in child health in low income settings and in neonatal health. Current field research includes work on neonatal survival in Pakistan and Ethiopia, and on childhood malaria and child survival in Burkina Faso. He has been involved in work to improve global estimates of cause-specific neonatal mortality as a member of the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group. Simon has worked closely with DMI on a ground-breaking model to predict how many lives can be saved by media campaigns in low-income countries. 

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Rachel Glennerster
Executive Director, J-PAL

Rachel Glennerster is Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). Her current research includes randomized evaluations of community driven development in Sierra Leone, empowerment of adolescent girls in Bangladesh, and health, education, and microfinance in India.

Rachel Glennerster helped establish Deworm the World of which she is a board member. Before joining J-PAL, she worked on debt relief and the reform of the international monetary system at the International Monetary Fund, and financial regulation at the Harvard Institute for International Development and the UK Treasury. In the mid 1990s she was part of the UK delegation to the IMF and World Bank. She has a PhD in economics from Birkbeck College, University of London, and is coauthor of “Strong Medicine: Creating Incentives for Pharmaceutical Research on Neglected Diseases.”

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Peter Gill
Journalist and Broadcaster

Peter Gill is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in development affairs.  He is the author of four books on development themes, and has led successful media for development projects for the BBC in India.  His behaviour change campaigns on leprosy and HIV/AIDS won a series of national and international awards for media excellence in the cause of health promotion.

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Cesar Victora
Professor of Epidemiology, Federal University of Pelotas

Cesar Victora is one of the world's leading epidemiologists in child health. He qualified as a doctor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and taught at the Medical School in Pelotas before heading to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to study for a PhD in health care and epidemiology. After graducation Cesar returned to Pelotas and set up a new research department at the university, which is now one of the best-known centres for epidemiology in Brazil. His work on breastfeeding, nutrition, and infant growth, based on research among the local children, has international respect. A birth cohort study he started in 1982 of 6000 babies born in Pelotas, which is ongoing, is one of the longest prospective studies of its kind ever undertake.

In 1997, Cesar became a senior technical adviser to the World Health Organisation (WHO), helping to assess its global strategy on the integrated management of diarrhoeal and respiratory diseases and other major causes of mortality in children. He is now a consultant to the department of child and adolescent health and development at the WHO. In 2003, Cesar was the joint coordinator of the groundbreaking Lancet child survival series.

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Bocar Kouyaté
Technical Advisor to the Minister of Health, Burkina Faso

Dr Bocar Amadou Kouyaté , MD, MPH, PhD is a public health specialist with substantial experience in health service management. He is the technical advisor to the Minister of Health of Burkina Faso.  He is a former Director of the National Malaria Research and Training Centre (CNRFP) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and was the co-founder and former director of the Nouna Health Research Centre (CRSN) in rural Burkina Faso.

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Anne Mills
Professor of Health Economics and Policy, LSHTM

Anne Mills is the Head of the Faculty of Public Health and Policy and the Vice Director for Academic Affairs at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). She has a degree in history and economics from the University of Oxford and a PHD from LSHTM looking at malaria in Nepal. Her main research interests are the financing and organisation of health care in low and middle income countries and the economics of tropical disease control, especially malaria.

Until recently Anne chaired the Board of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, which is based in the World Health Organisation (WHO).She was a member of the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, and co-chaired Working Group 1 of the High Level Taskforce on Innovative International Financing for Health Systems. She is an advisory editor of the Health Policy and Planning Journal.

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Management Team (Burkina Faso)

Salim Salam
Head of Training and Production

Salim works closely with our radio partners in Burkina and also produces our video content for various projects. He is a qualified teacher and youth worker, who was an activist for community radio for many years, setting up a radio station in London for Asian communities. He left youth work as a trainer and began in media as a freelancer making  music videos and training films, before graduating to long form documentaries. He spent 13 years at the BBC producing and directing TV series filmed in the UK and many international locations. For much of this time, he also produced and presented his own weekly radio show on GLR, the BBC’s local radio station for London. After leaving the BBC, Salim specialised in producing online media content for national education institutions, start-ups and charities.

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Rita Lamoukri
Research Manager (Burkina Faso)

Rita is the Research Manager for DMI in Burkina Faso. Prior to joining DMI, she worked in the fields of micro-finance, community development, and the fight against AIDS. 

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Pieter Remes
Head of Research and Production

Pieter is a cultural anthropologist with over 15 years of experience of health-related research in sub-Saharan Africa. He has managed multi-sited, interdisciplinary research teams and coordinated the production of numerous health communication projects, including radio projects in Tanzania, DRC, Kenya, Zambia and Benin.

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Matthew Lavoie
Country Director (Burkina Faso)

Matthew Lavoie is DMI’s Country Director in Burkina Faso. He has 17 years of experience in Africa as an ethnographer and radio producer, including seven years as a senior radio producer and broadcaster for Voice of America’s Africa Division, working across a number of Francophone African countries.

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Maimouna N'Diaye
Scriptwriter Supervisor

Maimouna is responsible for the supervision and training of DMI's team of scriptwriters. After completing a postgraduate degree in theatrical anthropology, she settled in the Ivory Coast, where she participated in theatre productions in several villages, and presented numerous radio and television programmes related to culture and health. Since 2005, she has been working in Burkina Faso as a Director of documentaries about women and children.

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Ibrahim Paraiso
Chief Financial Officer (Burkina Faso)

Ibrahim holds a degree in Finance, Accounting and Audit and a masters in Economics. He previously worked as Finance and Accounts Manager for CAT-LOGISTICS SA in Niger. He also worked at the Society for the Study of Hydraulic Structures (Société d'Etudes et de Réalisations d'Ouvrages Hydrauliques) in Burkina Faso and as a Junior Auditor for the Office of Financial Audit and Accountancy – Komboïgo and Associates (Cabinet d'Audit Financier et d'Expertise Comptable Komboïgo et Associés).

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Glwadys Ouedraogo
Head of Human Resources (Burkina Faso)

Glwadys holds a degree in Human Resources Management and a masters in Legal Management Consultancy specialising in banking insurance. She previously worked as Head of Human Resources at the Ouagadougou Office for Public Transport (Société de Transport en Commun de Ouagadougou), Human Resources Manager and Legal Officer for the SOPAM Group (Geofor, CDI, BRAFASO , SOPAM Energy) and Human Resources Manager for E2C International.

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Bassirou Kagone
Zones Liaison Manager

Bassirou Kagone is the Zones Liaison Manager. He is a former employee of the government radio regulator in Burkina Faso, the Supreme Communication Council (CSC), with extensive experience of media monitoring, and has been instrumental in shaping our understanding of rural radio in Burkina Faso. 

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Management Team (DRC)

Helen Vesperini
Country Director (DRC)

Helen Vesperini is DMI’s Country Director in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She has spent the past 18 years working as a journalist in sub-Saharan Africa in countries ranging from Nigeria to Rwanda to Somalia. Helen has worked notably for the BBC, RFI and AFP on text, radio and film projects and has had a passionate interest in the DRC since she first travelled there in 1995.

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Management Team (Mozambique)

António Cabral
Country Representative (Mozambique)

António Cabral is DMI´s Country Representative in Mozambique. António has over 20 years of senior-level experience in international development serving as Country or Regional Director for CAFOD, Merlin and the International Rescue Committee. He has worked in Mozambique, DR Congo, Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau, and has overseen operations throughout the West Africa and Great Lakes Region as well as Haiti and Asia. António is fluent in Portuguese, English and French.

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Project Staff (Burkina Faso)

Sylvain Kousse
Radio Script Writer

Sylvain is a radio script-writer. He is a sociologist by training. 

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Souleymane Salouka
Senior Researcher

Souleymane Salouka is a Senior Researcher at DMI. He has extensive research experience in the fields of health and development. He is particularly interested in understanding the logic behind health behaviour in rural Burkina Faso. He holds a Master’s degree in social psychology.

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Souleymane Maiga
Radio Script Writer

Souleymane  is a radio script-writer. He is a bilingual psycho-sociologist, specialising in persuasive communication. He has extensive experience in community health, having worked on a programme for the Red Cross. 

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Solange Ouedraogo
Radio Script Writer

Solange is a radio script-writer. She holds a Master’s degree in business communication and international relation.

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Sidi Traore
Radio Script Writer

Sidi is a radio script-writer. Prior to joining DMI, he worked in security and catering.

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Sayouba Sawadogo
Driver

Sayouba Sawadogo is a driver and mechanic with 15 years of experience. Before joining DMI, he worked at Service Eau Potable, Geofor, Brafaso, Promise, APERSEC and ANRS (University of Ouagadougou).

 

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Ramatou Thiombiano
Radio Script Writer

Ramatou is a radio script-writer. She has 10 years experience in the field, and was a radio producer with Equal Access in Niger before joining DMI. She holds a degree in radio and television journalism.

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Patricia Ouoba
Radio Script Writer

Patricia is a radio script-writer. She was a teacher for 11 years, with a background in linguistics. She has a very good understanding of the realities of rural life.

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Parfaite Kiema
Technical Manager

Parfaite is a technical manager. She is an audio-visual and film engineer by training, and has been a sound mixer on many feature-length films in Burkina Faso.

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Moussa Tiendrebeogo
Zone Producer

Moussa Tiendrebeogo is the Zone Producer for Sapouy intervention zone. Before joining DMI, he was a radio producer at Radio Pougnèré (Pouytenga).

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Mireille Belem
Senior Researcher

Mireille Belem is a Researcher at DMI. She is currently conducting qualitative research to identify the barriers to health behaviours in Burkina Faso. Prior to joining DMI, she carried out research in  the fields of HIV-AIDS and climate change. She holds a degree in environmental sciences and a Master's Degree in sociology.

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Marcel Rouamba
Driver & Mechanic

Marcel (Wendpanga) is a driver and mechanic. He has been trained in the management of transport logistics, driving techniques, and the upkeep and maintenance of 4x4 vehicles. Before joining DMI, he worked at Plan Burkina and Centre Muraz.

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Kokovi Lawson
Radio Script Writer

Kokovi is a radio script-writer. She is a communicator by training. 

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Josiane Dandjinou
Operations & Research Administrator

Josiane Dandjinou is the Operations and Research Administrator. She joined DMI with many years of experience of development and health research projects. 

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Guikierba Nanoano
Radio Script Writer

Guikierba is a radio script-writer. She was a teacher for 8 years, and speaks and writes fluent Gourmantché and Mooré. She has a very good knowledge of rural areas. She has a background in linguistics.

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Félicia Daila
Radio Script Writer

Félicia is a radio script writer. She holds a Master’s degree in labour and tax law.

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Fatimata Tiendrebeogo
Finance Administrator

Fatimata is the Finance Administrator at DMI. She is a secretary by training, and was previously an accounts assistant at SIGEC Telecom.

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Delphine Ouattara
Radio Script Writer

Delphine is a radio script-writer. She has been a television, cinema and radio theatre actress for about 20 years. 

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Chantal Korsaga
Radio Script Writer

Chantal is a radio script-writer. She holds a Master’s degree in biological science and animal physiology.

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Boukare Dabo
Driver

Boukare is a driver at DMI. He is a trained mechanic.

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Awa Traore
Radio Script Writer

Awa is a radio script-writer, and an economist by background. 

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Andréa Banhoro
Radio Script Writer

Andréa is a radio scriptwriter. She has completed training on STIs, family planning and decontamination. In the evenings, she pursues her studies in Marketing in Business. 

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Alima Sedego
Radio Script Writer

Alima  is a radio script-writer. She was previously a French teacher and a data researcher.

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Adèle Madiega
Logistician

Adèle is the Radio Production Administrator. Prior to joining DMI she worked as an Assistant at a Law firm, as a trainee at the mobile telephone company, TELECEL Faso, and at the Commercial Bank of Burkina Faso (BCB). She holds a Master’s degree in Communications.

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Abdramane Bamba
Zone Producer

Abdramane Bamba is the Zone Producer for the Banfora region. Before joining DMI, he was a television producer at RTB (Radio-Television du Burkina). He is a specialist in health communications.

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