iMMAP US: Board and Staff

WILLIAM BARRON, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of iMMAP
William Barron has over 30 years experience in humanitarian relief work. Before laying the foundation of iMMAP in 1997, Mr. Barron worked on water supply and sanitation issues for 12 years in Haiti with Peace Corps, Cambodia with Oxfam Great Britain and in Pakistan with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Mr. Barron received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University and his Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health at Chapel Hill.
BRIAN FINLAY, Chairman of the Board
Brian Finlay is the President and CEO at the Stimson Center, Director of the Center's Managing Across Boundaries Initiative, and an Adjunct Instructor at American University in Washington. Mr. Finlay serves on the Advisory Board of Black Market Watch and the Editorial Board of Global Security. He received a Master of Arts from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, a Graduate diploma from the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, and an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Robert Rosenberg is the Chief Financial Officer and a Board Member of NTELX, Inc, where he also provides his expertise in global trade facilitation and security issues for NTELX. Prior to joining NTELX, Mr. Rosenberg worked for two subsidiaries of Goldman Sachs, Inc. representing private equity interests in commercial real estate. Mr. Rosenberg also worked in Tokyo for Goldman Sachs Realty Japan during its initial year, helping establish the asset management platform, and training Japanese staff. Mr. Rosenberg graduated from Brown University.
CHRISTOPHE BOIS, Chief Operations Officer
Christophe Bois has over 15 years of experience in emergency response, humanitarian assistance coordination and aid development, working in West and Central Africa, the Philippines, Haiti, Sudan, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Pakistan. Mr. Bois joined iMMAP in April 2011 after working as the GIS Coordinator with the United Nations World Food Programme. He previously worked with NGOs including Handicap International and as an independent contractor on aid development projects in agribusiness. Before moving to the humanitarian field, he worked for 5 years for the French National Research Institute as a Geospatial Engineer. Mr. Bois has a Masters degree in Environmental Science and another degree in wave physics and remote sensing.
ELLEN KLENE, Finance and Contracts Director
Ellen Klene has over 15 years of financial and operations management experience in both private and public sector environments. Before joining iMMAP, she held various financial and operations management positions. In her role as Contracts and Grants Administrator with the Center for Applied Linguistics, Ms. Klene managed a portfolio of federal, state, local, and private funding. Her passion is in the support of public service initiatives with a focus on the development and financial management of nonprofit organizations. Ms. Klene holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of Maryland and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Howard University.
OMAR ALSAWALHA, Finance and Administrative Assistant
Omar Alsawalha has a distinguished career in finance, administration, risk management, procurement and vendor management. Mr. Alsawalha has more than seven years of international experience working in Jordan and the United States. Prior to his appointment with the iMMAP, he worked on procurement for the World Food Programme’s Regional Emergency Coordinator’s office for the crisis in Syria. He was assigned as a Regional Vendor Master for Programs. Mr. Alsawalha holds a degree in Accounting & Commercial Law, in addition has received over 50 training certificates specialized in finance and risk management.
ESSAM GHAREEB BARZANGY, Country Representative for Iraq and Senior Technical Advisor
Essam Ghareeb Barzangy has held various positions from 1999 until 2011 with the United Nations Office for Project Services in northern Iraq as an Information Management Assistant and Database programmer, and in Sudan and Afghanistan as an Information Management Officer where he was responsible for information management, programming and administrating the national mine action databases and capacity building. Mr. Barzangy has completed his bachelor’s degree from University of Salahaddin in Erbil, Iraq and his Master of Business Administration degree from Robert Kennedy College in Zurich, Switzerland.
ABDON TROWONOU, Stand-by Partner Programme Coordinator and West Africa Regional Representative
Abdon Trowonou brings more than 20 years of experience in the humanitarian and health sectors. Mr. Trowonou spent nearly a decade in the medical research field before joining the humanitarian arena. Holder of a Masters degree in Computer Information Sciences, Mr. Trowonou started at iMMAP in 2010 as the Project Manager in Lahore, Pakistan, where he supported the flood relief efforts with professional information management services. Thereafter, he spent nearly three years in Yemen as the Country Representative where he established iMMAP's country office and oversaw the implementation of its programs. Prior to iMMAP, Mr. Trowonou served with United Nations missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Afghanistan.
KEITH DOYLE, Regional Director - Middle East and North Africa
Keith has been working in the humanitarian sector for 12 years. Prior to iMMAP, his humanitarian experience ranged from NGO's such as CARE and Concern to the United Nations (UNJLC/WFP). He holds a computer engineering degree and a masters in natural hazards and geographical information systems. Keith works out of Amman for the regional office.
AMR KAMBAL, Program Manager - Nigeria
Amr Kambal brings field experience in areas of policy work, implementation, and result based driven information management and services development. He has worked extensively in humanitarian settings, identifying needs and monitoring responses, and in early recovery and resilience settings, working on inter-agency collaboration and inter-agency platforms. Prior to this position, Amr has worked for 13 years with, UNHCR Refugee response in Egypt, Humanitarian Response Forum with WFP Cambodia, Cross border Mobile population in Djibouti and Ethiopia, and also with WHO and UNDP in Sudan. Mr. Amr holds MSc degree in Geo-informatics from Linkoping University in Sweden.
CRAIG VON HAGEN, Regional Food Security Analysis Network (RFSAN) Coordinator
Craig von Hagen has been with iMMAP since 2008 and has been the Country Director for iMMAP programs in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is currently based in Amman, Jordan working on the Regional Food Security Analysis Network (RFSAN), a program jointly implemented by iMMAP and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Mr. von Hagen has a Master of Science degree in Geography and Environmental Management, and is an internationally recognized expert in geographic information systems and spatial data infrastructure.
VICTOR KIMATHI, Information Management Process Review Manager
Having worked for iMMAP in various capacities from Information Management to Coordination for the past 6 years, Victor provides a wealth of experience in holistic approaches to information management for many iMMAP operations. Victor has close to 20 years experience in the private sector and the UN System, having served in various capacities and agencies.
FRIDON JAPARIDZE, Project Manager - Yemen Humanitarian Cluster Support
Fridon Japaridze joined iMMAP in 2008 in Georgia, and has provided information management support in different humanitarian emergencies. In 2011 Fridon was working in Libya in a joint project with the UNMAS and was managing mine action database. During the typhoon Haiyann in Philippines he was seconded as the Information management officer to UNOCHA. Fridon spent 1.5 years in the Iraq emergency seconded to WHO and working with early warning response systems and capacity building. In 2015 Fridon was seconded to FAO providing information management support to food and security cluster. He is currently based in Amman.