The Picard Gang Hall of Fame

Salma D. Yousif and Andrea Gruber, two new PhDs, Congratulations.

Huiping Xie, newly “minted” PhD. Beijing, China.

Dr. Matthias Zana Naab Lobilo was Program Coordinator for the Democracy and Governance Program of the United Nations Development Program in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania but is now based in Kigali, Rwanda. He holds the PhD in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

Carrie Gruenloh is Democracy & Governance Specialist in USAID’s Office of Democracy and Governance. She holds the Masters degree in International Development from the University of Pittsburgh.

“Renowned international social activist Graça Machel Mandela with Kuseni Dlamini, CEO of Old Mutual South Africa and Emerging Markets, attended the Old Mutual Staff volunteerism awards dinner. Accompanying them is Anthony Petersen (left), Amos Hadebe (back left) and Dr Pandelani Mathoma from Old Mutual.” Dr. Thomas P. Mathoma is the former Ambassador from South Africa to Mali and has served as Director of Research in the South African Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He holds the PhD in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

Rana Khatib has worked with PepsiCo HQ in Dubai since July 2008 as HR Manager. She is currently looking for work in the development sector but is gaining significant experience from her private sector job.

Dr. Beverley Peters is a specialist in international development and Teaches at the American University in Washington D.C. She holds the PhD in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

Madeline Greenlick is on the Staff of the Utah State University and works in the Study Abroad Program. She holds the Masters Degree in International Development from the University of Pittsburgh.

Hannah Greenlick is a registered nurse in the intensive care unit of National Children’s Hospital, Washington D.D. She holds the Master’s degree in International Development from the University of Pittsburgh.

Joseph Kivuva holds the PhD in Public and International Affairs (International Development) from GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh. He completed his degree in 2006, returned to Kenya in April of 2008 and now teaches at the University of Nairobi in the Political Science Department.

Nairobi Kenya Office of Compassion International a faith based NGO with Compassion Country Director in Kenya, Sidney Muisyo (left) Lou Picard and George Gitau (to right in blue jacket). George Gitau has the Masters degree in Public and International Affairs (Economic and Social Development.

Ann Wessling received the MPIA in Economic and Social Development in 1995 and has been working in international development since. She discusses the situation in Mali:

“I don’t mind sharing how the Mali coup has affected me (personally and professionally) but I’m still processing it all and wonder how much it will impact my life… In October 1997, I moved to Timbuktu to work on a refugee resettlement project – it was the end of an armed conflict that had detiorated into ethnic fighting and massacres of civilian populations by the Malian military. Getting Tuaregs to move back to the region from the refugee camps in Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Algeria was no easy task… I spent 4 years there, helped build some schools, irrigated perimeters and solar powered water pumps; and I met my husband who is a Tuareg from Timbuktu. His livelihood is tied to the cultural heritage of Timbuktu and he is heavily invested in promoting the history of the region…

After 8 years in Dakar, we decided to move back to Mali in mid-2008 so that he could be closer to his business – based in Bamako, I worked for a program co-funded by DANIDA (Danish development) and CIDA (Canadian development) and he went back and forth to Timbuktu, we had two children and life seemed to be moving along peacefully. My job as a technical advisor consists of advising two public sector partners attached to two different ministries as well as working with a professional association and its private sector members; this makes for many different relationships that need to be managed and the power struggle between the public and private sector partners is often difficult to manage.Today, all is in flux – my husband’s business is pretty much destroyed and he feels threatened in his own country, development aid is suspended so even if I still have a job, I can’t do any work for the moment and if/when we start again, so much ground has been lost that I’m not sure where we will start, we are currently safe in Dakar but have to face decisions about going back to Bamako, and wondering about friends and family that have been scattered (part of my husband’s family is in Mauritania and part in Burkina Faso)…”
Mahendra Lawoti is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Western Michigan University and holds the PhD in Public and International Affairs from the the University of Pitttsburgh (GSPIA). His teaching and research interests cover democratization, political institutions, ethnic politics, violent and non-violent conflict, international development and South Asian politics.
Dr. Emile Ahohe, holds the PhD in Public and International Affairs from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs of the University of Pittsburgh and is Senior Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
Athumani J. Liviga is a specialist in governance and graduated with a PhD in Public and International Affairs in 1994. He currently is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Dar es Salaam.
Estomih Nkya is Director of Research and Post-graduate Studies and is an Associate Professor (Economic Development Policy) Mzumbe University, Morogoro, Tanzania. He holds the PhD in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.
Federal Player of the Week, “Nitin Madhav: Providing U.S. aid to the poor and suffering abroad (Univsersity of Pittsburgh Alum)”Washington Post (Monday, January 17, 2011).
Jean de la Harpe (far left) was a Heinz Fellow based in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh from 1996-1997. While here she finished her Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Graduate School of Public and Development Management University of Witwatersrand (Picard was co-Chair of her thesis). She has specialized in Water Use Policy and works in South Africa for the International Water and Sanitation Centre, a Dutch non-profit. Jean was active in the anti-apartheid movement (United Democratic Front) and she and Sally Rowney (Also in the picture) worked with the National Reception Committee when Mandela was released and arranged his first night in Johannesburg after his release (at Rowney’s house). See

Jean de la Harpe is a Senior Programme Officer on local governance for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services at the International Water and Sanitation Centre She is also leading IRC’s Southern Africa Regional Programme. She has a Masters Degree in Management (Policy and Development Management) with distinction where she specialised in Environmental Management Governance frameworks. She was a Heinz Fellow based at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh in the late 1990s.
Dr. Robert Groelsema, Chief of Party, Democracy and Governance, Associates in Rural Development, Accra, Ghana. He holds the Masters degree in Public and International Affairs (ESD) from the University of Pittsburgh and the PhD in Political Science from Indiana University.
Gladys T.K. Kokorwe attended the Local Government Certificate course that I set up and Managed at the Institute of Development Management in Gaborone, Botswana in 1981-82. After she finished the course I nominated her for the one year diploma course at the University of Connecticut in Development Management. She takes up the story from there: “After doing your course and getting A+ I went to Hartford Connecticut for the Diploma Course, although I was recommended to proceed to do a Masters the Ministry decided I would comeback to head the then ULGS Training dept and run both Induction and Admin Courses throughout the Country at all the Town and District Councils. To cut a long story short I was a Civil Servant in various capacities until 1994 when I retired and joined politics. Member of Parliament for Thamaga Constituency during which time I served as Assistant Minister, Local Government, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Minister for Youth, Sport and Culture. In 2009 I retired from Politics and thought I would go home to my small farm 30 kms from Gabs and relax, but that was not to be. H. E. appointed me Botswana Ambassador to Zimbabwe and that is where I am. My contract ends next year October and that’s when I will go home.”
John Sunnygard is Director of Global Education at the University of Colorado Denver. He holds the Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Jan Sallinger, Teacher, Writer and Builder. Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado.
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