Winona is the lead editor and content provider for Akvopedia.org, Akvo’s educational wiki on water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH). Prior to joining Akvo in March 2011, she earned a BSc in Environmental Studies from San Francisco State University and a BA in Writing & Literature from California College of the Arts.
Winona has been doing Android mobile development since 2013 with two apps in the Play Store. She is currently pursuing certification in Machine Learning and Internet of Things (IoT). Her longer term goal is to pursue a Masters degree in Artificial Intelligence (AI). Winona is based in Seattle, Washington, USA. You can follow her on Twitter @noniazure.Ethel advises partners on the use of Akvo tools for good quality Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). She also co-leads the expansion of Akvo in Latin America and advises software development based on M&E needs. Ethel joined Akvo after working in the United States, South Asia and Latin America, including roles as M&E advisor to the Honduran Ministry of Health’s HIV/AIDS programme and supporting South Asia’s Community of Evaluators through work with the International Development Research Centre.
Ethel started her career in the food security sector where she soon learned the power of data and evidence-based story telling in shifting paradigms and improving project implementation. This led her to honing in on research, monitoring and evaluation skills during her graduate studies in Public and Non Profit Management at New York University and to pursuing jobs that would allow her to unveil the stories behind data. She is fluent in English and Spanish, enjoys cooking and reading, and recently completed a yoga teacher certification programme. Follow her @ethelnmc.Carlos is a programme manager based in Colombia. He works towards increasing Akvo’s presence in Latin America, generating new partnerships and providing support to existing ones. Carlos assists organisations and governments in building best practices around monitoring and evaluation (M&E) while using innovative information, communication and technology (ICT) as an amplifier.
Carlos has strong experience in the design, analysis and evaluation of public policies. He worked as an international policy advisor for the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, developing socioeconomic services for migrants. In the private sector, he’s earned essential skills for partnership building through networking, representing businesses at events and conferences, and conducting international market research. Currently, he teaches Government and Public Policy (MA) at the Universidad Externado de Colombia. He also advises the Colombian senate on energy and mining, agricultural development, environment, and the sustainability of natural resources. Follow him @pochodiaz.Based in Bogotá, Colombia, Eric works with the Americas team to provide technical support to partners, design and facilitate training sessions, develop new partnerships, and strengthen Akvo’s presence in the region. In addition to working in the Americas, Eric supports monitoring and evaluation (M&E) projects in Fiji – the island nation where he earned his Master’s Degree in Development Studies at the University of the South Pacific (while on a Rotary Global Grant scholarship). Eric’s professional experience includes serving in roles with FAO in Fiji, Mercy Corps in Latin America, Fútbol con Corazón in Colombia, and the U.S. Peace Corps in Lepaera, Honduras. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from Eckerd College, and grew up on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Follow Eric on Twitter @esiegel126.