Our team

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Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Moumouni Kinda is ALIMA’s Chief Executive Officer. He joined ALIMA in 2012 as medical coordinator, and then was promoted to roles such as head of mission, medical desk supervisor, program manager and Director of Operations. Prior to ALIMA, he served as medical officer, hospital director and project coordinator of several operations in Haiti, Chad, and Democratic Republic of the Congo for Doctors Without Borders. Dr. Kinda is a licensed medical doctor and holds degrees from the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, Deakin University in Australia,IRIS (French Institute for International & Strategic Affairs) and the Cesag Business school in Senegal.

Henri Leblanc

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Henri Leblanc joined the organisation in 2019 after 15 years of experience in the management of public health and social protection programs. He previously held various positions as program manager for UNICEF between 2005 and 2014. For the last 5 years, he was the Executive Director of the NGO Amref Health Africa in France, leading the French-speaking sector of the organization, participating directly in the development of health programs and partnerships in Senegal, Ivory Coast and Guinea. Henri holds a Masters degree in International Relations and a Masters degree in Development, International Cooperation and Humanitarian Action.

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Director of Operations

Dr. Kader Issaley became ALIMA’s Director of Operations in Septembre 2021. Having worked at ALIMA for more than 10 years, he has previously held the positions of project coordinator, medical coordinator and medical manager. Working closely with operations and the field, Kader has a thorough knowledge of the contexts of intervention of the NGO, inlcuding the Sahel region, Lake Chad, Central African Republic and South Sudan. He holds a medical degree from the University of Niamey in Niger..

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Deputy Director of Operations in charge of logistics

Hassan Bouziane first joined ALIMA in 2019 as Assistant Director of Operations based in Dakar. With a degree in business management and administration, and trained at Bioforce as an international solidarity logistician, Hassan brings more than 15 years of experience in the management of emergency humanitarian and development in the field of public health to ALIMA. His skills and operational expertise include humanitarian logistics, IT, telecommunications, energy and construction.

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Human Resources Director

A law graduate, Alexandre has spent more than 20 years in the field of health, higher education and research in France and Hong Kong. He was in turn Director of Recruitment at a computer research institute, Director of Human Resources at the Ecole Polytechnique, Administrative Director of the Paris Diderot Faculty of Medicine and more recently Director of Human Resources at the Lycée Français International de Hong- Kong. Passionate about human relations and the societal impact of companies and organizations, Alexandre joined ALIMA in 2022.

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Chief Financial Officer

Maurice Kyungu has been working as ALIMA’s Finance Operations Manager since 2018. He first joined ALIMA in 2013 as a Project Administrator in Niger, before taking on the role of Financial and Human Resources Coordinator in Niger, Chad and Guinea, followed by three years as Finance Desk Manager in Dakar. A graduate of the University of Lubumbashi (DR Congo), with degrees in economics and management, Maurice began his career in the humanitarian sector in 2005 as a Human Resources and Legal Administrator, and then Administrative and Financial Manager.

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Executive Director of ALIMA USA

Charlie Kunzer oversees ALIMA USA as Executive Director based in New York. She was instrumental in the opening of the ALIMA USA office and has been developing the fundraising department there since 2015. She began her career at JP Morgan Fleming Asset Management, then at the Science Museum in London before holding several development positions for more than 10 years with Doctors Without Borders USA in New York. Charlie Kunzer holds bachelor’s degrees with Honors in International Relations and Modern History from the University of Westminster, London.

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Director of ALIMA Europe

Guillaume Le Duc is the Head of Development for ALIMA, based in Paris since 2016. As a founding member of ALIMA, he worked as a Program Manager in Niger, Haiti, Chad and DR Congo from 2010 – 2014, before taking on the role of the Director of the Communications and Development department. Guillaume first began his career in humanitarian aid in the communications department of Doctors Without Borders in New York, followed by Project Coordinator and Head of Mission in various countries. He is a graduate of the ESCP (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris), and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Guillaume is currently the European Director of ALIMA and is based in Paris, France.

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Director of Development

Hanna, a graduate of NEOMA Business School in France, spent five years as a consultant in relationship marketing strategy and management at the Vertone consultancy, before holding the successive positions of Major Donor Manager and Fundraising Manager for the French NGO CCFD-Terre Solidaire. Subsequently she joined Médecins Sans Frontières France where she was deputy Director of the fundraising department, and later became the Development Director at the Foundation of the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. In February 2022, she joined ALIMA as Development Director.

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Program Manager

Michelle, who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Ottawa in Canada, worked from 2005 to 2019 with Médecins Sans Frontières as a Mental Health Specialist, Project Coordinator and Head of Mission, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Haiti, Nigeria, and the Central African Republic. Michelle joined ALIMA in 2020 as Ebola Emergency Coordinator in the DRC, and later served as Head of Mission. Currently, Michelle is the Head of Programs for Guinea, Nigeria and South Sudan, based in Dakar. 

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Head of Communication

Clémentine Colas joined ALIMA as Head of Communication in 2019. With more than 15 years of experience in communication and fundraising within humanitarian organizations, she has previously put her skills to use as a spokesperson for the french association “La Voix de l’Enfant,” participated in private fundraising for the NGO Plan International and contributed to the development of UNICEF France’s corporate partnerships. Clementine holds a degree in Information-Communication and a master’s degree in Cooperation and Development.

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Programme Manager

Dr. Jean Paul de Bruyne Mushenvula currently leads ALIMA’s programs in Nigeria. Before joining ALIMA, he worked for five years in the DRC Ministry of Health and four years in the medical coordination unit of Doctor Without Borders. Since joining ALIMA in 2014, Dr. Jean Paul has held the positions of Medical Officer, Project Coordinator, Medical Coordinator and Head of Mission in countries such as Mali, Central African Republic and Nigeria. He is a graduate of the University of Kinshasa.

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Recruitment and Mobility Development Officer

Fatou graduated with a Master in Management and Business Development from the Weller International Business School in Paris. She has studied in India, Paris, New York and Shanghai. Fatou worked for several recruitment agencies specialized in headhunting for the French public and para-public sectors, where she focused on recruiting in health and climate change. In 2017 she joined the regional office of Médecins sans Frontières in Dakar (Senegal) as Recruitment and HR Marketing Officer. In 2019, she joined ALIMA as Recruitment and Talent Development Officer and she has been in charge of the Recruitment and Mobility Department since 2021.

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Program Manager

Rodrigue, a doctor from the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and a graduate of several institutions including the Institute of Public Health Epidemiology and Development of the University of Bordeaux (ISPED), notably in humanitarian action, nutrition, clinical research and epidemiology, joined ALIMA in 2014 as project coordinator. He then successively held the positions of medical coordinator and head of mission between 2014 and 2021. Currently, Dr. Rodrique is the Medical Officer for Desk 2 in charge of Mali, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, and Mauritania.

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Program Manager

Dr. Issa Malam Kanta is Program Manager for ALIMA. He joined ALIMA during its creation in 2009 as a consultant for the implementation of partnerships in Sahel countries, and has since held various positions including Medical Coordinator and Head of Mission. Previously, he initiated the partnership with the national medical NGO Forum Santé Niger (FORSANI) in 2008, where he subsequently worked as a clinical doctor and project coordinator. Dr. Kanta initially began his work in the humanitarian sector in 2005 to support the response to Niger’s nutritional emergency. He holds a degree in medicine from the University of Niamey (Niger) and holds a master’s degree in public health from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (Belgium).

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Head of Medical Service

Dr. Papys Lame is head of ALIMA’S Medical Service. He previously worked as the Medical Manager of ALIMA’s Emergency Response and Country Opening department for more than 3 years. He first joined ALIMA in 2015 after 7 years of experience in epidemic response and emergency management with Doctors Without Borders. Before taking on his current role at ALIMA, Dr. Papys previously held the position of Medical Coordinator in DR Congo and Cameroon. He holds a master’s degree in Public Health from ISPED of Bordeaux.

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Program Manager

Dr. Oumarou Maidaji is ALIMA’s Program Manager for Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. Before taking on this role, he oversaw ALIMA’s programs in Chad, DR Congo, Cameroon and Niger, and supervised the medical interventions of the NGO BEFEN, ALIMA’s local partner in Niger. Before participating in the launch of ALIMA’s operations when it was created in 2009, Dr. Oumarou began his humanitarian career in 2006 in Niger with Doctors Without Borders. With a degree in public health, he is a graduate of Abdou Moumouni University in Niamey, Niger. Oumarou also studied at CESAG (African Center for Specialized Studies in Management) and at ISPED in Bordeaux.

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Program Manager for Emergency and Country Openings

Tristan, a graduate in law and humanities from Rennes (France), worked for twelve years with Médecins Sans Frontières in several countries in the Middle East and on the African continent. He also served as a consultant for the City of San Francisco’s Department of Public Health in the field of emergency preparedness and response. He is now in charge of emergency response and country openings for ALIMA.

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AIRE Project Director

Désiré Neboua is the medical manager of the AIRE project (Improving the identification of respiratory distress in children), based in Senegal. He joined ALIMA in 2017 as a technical consultant for a clinical trial in Guinea. He previously worked for several years in clinical research in Burkina Faso before joining the NGO Solthis in Guinea from 2014 to 2016 as medical manager. Désiré earned his medical degree from the University Joseph KI Zerbo in Burkina Faso and holds several diplomas, including a Master 2 in International Health from ISPED in Bordeaux.

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Head of Donors Services

Carlota Ruiz has held the position of Head of Donor Services since 2019. After joining ALIMA in 2015, she held several positions in the donor department, through which she contributed to the development of new partnerships with institutional donors. Carlota Ruiz holds graduate degrees in Anthropology and International Development from Smith College (USA).

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Emergency Coordinator

Mahaman Saley has been ALIMA’s Coordinator for Emergency Response and Country Openings since 2018. He first joined ALIMA when it was founded in 2009 to set up the NGO’s very first project in Niger to fight malnutrition. In 2012, he came to the operational headquarters in Dakar, Senegal, as a logistical advisor. With more than 15 years of experience, Mahaman is a specialist in humanitarian medical logistics and response to emergencies, such as epidemics. He holds a master’s degree in Economic Policy and Economic Project Analysis from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar.

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Senior Advisor Paediatrics and Research

Dr. Susan Shepherd is a senior advisor for ALIMA’s pediatrics and research programs. A licensed pediatrician, she joined ALIMA in 2013 to develop new strategies for the care of malnourished children. A specialist in child malnutrition for more than 10 years, she has also worked with the World Food Programme and Doctors Without Borders in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

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UK Development Manager

Sophie has worked in international development, fundraising and advocacy for 20 years. She is particularly passionate about building lasting and transformational relationships with a charity’s most strategic supporters – from philanthropists to politicians and VIP celebrities. Sophie also has a strong background as a media spokesperson, having won the EMMA Public Personality of the Year award, while helping to protect the rights of civilians in war zones. Since May 2022 Sophie has held the position of UK Development Manager.

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Accounting Manager

Katie is a graduate of the French business schools ESI 3A and ESG. After 5 years of experience in an accounting firm, she joined the SOS GROUP in 2014 as Accounting Manager and later Accounting Director. In 2021, she joined ALIMA in Dakar as Accounting Manager.

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Personel Administration Manager

Dyé Sow joined ALIMA in June 2020 as Head of Personnel Administration. Originally from Senegal, Dyé returned to her home country in 2015 after more than 15 years in France, where she worked as a Human Resource Generalist after earning her Masters 2 degree in Human Resources Engineering from the ISG (Institut Superieur de Gestion) and ISEFAC (Institut supérieur européen de formation par l’action) business schools in Paris. Before joining ALIMA, she held various positions in Senegal within the financial inclusion and industrial equipment sectors.

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Public Fundraising Manager

After obtaining a Master’s degree in Digital Marketing, Mactar worked for over 10 years in the development of relationship marketing strategies both at web and advertising agencies, including NetBooster, Wengo (Vivendi group) and Viadeo. In 2017, he joined ALIMA as Public Fundraising Manager.

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AIRE Project Manager

Marine Vignon joined ALIMA in 2019 as Project Manager of AIRE (Improving Identification of Respiratory Distress in Children), which is a multi-country project aimed at facilitating the early diagnosis of respiratory diseases in children aged 0 to 5 years. With a degree in International Law and Political Science, Marine has worked for the past seven years in West Africa and Asia on nutritional deficiencies projects, with various international organizations, in order to help strengthen public health policies.

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Operational Medical Manager

Mélanie Tarabbo is the Operational Medical Manager within ALIMA’s innovation unit and works as well to support the Emergency Response service. A registered nurse in France, she joined the organisation in 2010 to support the response to the cholera outbreak in Haiti. She then carried out several missions, including malnutrition, pediatric care and Ebola response, in the field throughout Africa, and participated in the development of the CUBE (Biosecure Emergency Care Unit for Epidemics).