Our Team

HTF Leadership

Led by Dr. Ashish Bajracharya and Jessica DeMulder, and advised by Dr. Thoai Ngo, the Humanitarian Task Force (HTF) brings together the Population Council’s rigorous research capabilities, knowledge, experience, and expertise to inform strategies to best respond to humanitarian crises.

Jessica DeMulder

SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER, POVERTY, GENDER, AND YOUTH; HTF CO-LEAD

New York, NY

Jessica DeMulder co-leads the Humanitarian Task Force. DeMulder oversees the day-to-day operations of the Poverty Gender and Youth Program at the Council, and provides research and technical assistance in areas of adolescence, vulnerability and gender, including in humanitarian settings, globally, with a focus on sexual and gender minority adolescents. Since 2017, DeMulder has co-chaired the Coalition for Adolescent Girls (CAG) and served as the Council’s focal point for the Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action (CYPHA) and the Girls in Emergencies Collaborative. DeMulder is based at the Council’s office in New York.

Ashish Bajracharya

DEPUTY DIRECTOR, COUNTRY STRATEGY & REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE – SOUTH AND EAST ASIA; HTF CO-LEAD

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Ashish Bajracharya co-leads the Humanitarian Task Force. Dr. Bajracharya is a social demographer and behavioral scientist whose research interests include gender, transitions to adulthood, maternal, sexual and reproductive health, family planning outcomes of vulnerable populations in humanitarian and emergency settings. Dr. Bajracharya’s work has a particular focus on South and East Asia, where he has lived and worked over the last decade, covering Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR, India, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines and Vietnam. He is based in the Council’s office Dhaka, Bangladesh, from where he oversees the Council’s work in social and behavioral science in the region.

Advisory Group

An Advisory Board of senior research leaders at the Council, representing diverse thematic expertise and with extensive prior experience and interests in research in humanitarian settings, advises the HTF.

Sajeda Amin

Senior Associate

Poverty, Gender and Youth Program
HTF Advisor 

New York, NY

Karen Austrian

Senior Associate

Poverty, Gender and Youth Program
HTF Advisor

Nairobi, Kenya

Judith Bruce

Senior Associate and Policy Analyst

Poverty, Gender and Youth Program
HTF Advisor

New York, NY

Chi-Chi Undie

Senior Associate

Reproductive Health Program
HTF Advisor 

Nairobi, Kenya

Charlotte E. Warren

Senior Associate

Reproductive Health Program
HTF Advisor

Washington DC

Eileen Yam

Associate II and Deputy Director of SOAR

HIV and AIDS Program
HTF Advisor

Washington DC

Thomas Zydowsky

Director of Biomedical Research Pharmaceutical Development HIV and AIDS

Center for Biomedical Research
HTF Advisor 

New York, NY

Core Group

A diverse group of Council researchers and programmatic staff with expertise and experience in research in humanitarian settings form the Core Group of the HTF. HTF Core Group members represent the diversity of Council programs, geographic regions and research expertise. 

Sarah Blake

Staff Associate

HTF Core Group Member

San Francisco, USA

Angel Del Valle

Guatemala Country Representative

HTF Core Group Member

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Irfan Hossain

Senior Program Officer

HTF Core Group Member

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bidhubhusan Mahapatra

Project Director, Co-Lead PERCC Initiative

HTF Core Group Member

New Delhi, India

George Odwe

Senior Program Officer I

HTF Core Group Member

Nairobi, Kenya

Pooja Sripad

Associate II

HTF Core Group Member

Washington DC, USA

Liaisons

Representatives of each of the Council’s 13 country offices and three US based offices serve as HTF Liaisons. Liaisons, nominated by country directors or leaders of our offices, facilitate effective communications and strategic collaborations on work related to humanitarian settings, including the Council’s response to COVID-19, between the HTF and their respective offices and among each other. 

Yetenayet Akalehiywot

Project Manager

HTF Liaison-Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Lou Apicella

Tanzania Country Representative

HTF Liaison Tanzania

Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

Sarah Blake

Staff Associate

HTF Liaison One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Office

San Francisco, CA

Angel del Valle

Guatemala Country Representative

HTF Liaison Guatemala 

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Osasuyi Dirisu

Research Director

HTF Liaison Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria

Kamil Fuseini

Project Manager 

HTF Liaison Ghana

Accra, Ghana

Irfan Hossain

Senior Program Officer

HTF Liaison Bangladesh

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Sarah Kennedy

Project and Knowledge Management Coordinator

HTF Liaison Washington DC Office

Washington DC

Silvana Larrea

Program Officer

HTF Liaison Mexico 

Mexico City, Mexico

Fatou Mbow

Senegal Country Representative 

HTF Liaison Senegal 

Dakar, Senegal

Bidhubhusan Mahapatra

Project Manager

HTF Liaison India 

New Delhi, India

Monica Maher

Research Coordinator 

HTF Liaison Egypt

Cairo, Egypt

Edith Namukonda

Program Officer 

HTF Liaison Zambia

Lusaka, Zambia

George Odwe

Senior Researcher 

HTF Liaison Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya

Samia Shah

Project Director 

HTF Liaison Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan