Voices of Governance

The Voices of Governance video series spotlights Abt’s governance experts and their multi-disciplinary experience working on development projects around the world. They share their perspectives on the current and future state of governance as well as Abt’s approach.

Graham Teskey

  Graham Teskey is the Principal Global Lead for Governance, based in Abt’s Australia office. Graham brings over 20 years of governance experience working for large international organizations and federal agencies, such as the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the World Bank, and the UK Department of International Development (DFID).
Graham’s areas of expertise include:
  • Political economy
  • Institutional economics
  • Political science to development
  • Public sector management and reform
  • Government effectiveness
  • Public service delivery

Tiernan Mennen

  Tiernan Mennen is the Vice President for Governance, Abt’s practice that is focused on supporting participatory governance processes that empower citizens and promoting accountability and transparency across sectors. 
A lawyer by training, he has more than 15 years of experience in international development in more than 40 countries.
Tiernan’s areas of expertise include:
  • Land tenure and property rights
  • Rule of law and justice reform
  • Transparency and institutional effectiveness
  • Civil society capacity building

Anna Winoto

  Anna Winoto is the Program Delivery Director on KOMPAK, a facility to help the Government of Indonesia reduce poverty through improving basic services and economic opportunities for the poor and vulnerable. Anna applies her 15 years as a public policy practitioner in public administration, public health and nutrition to KOMPAK’s governance and community-driven development approach.
Anna’s areas of expertise include:
  • Public policy and administration

Jean Butera

  Jean Damascène Butera is the Chief of Party for the USAID Health, Finance, and Governance (HFG) project in Guinea, Conakry, where he oversees the project’s work to strengthen the Ebola-weakened health system. Jean has over 17 years of experience in health system strengthening, with a focus in governance and human resources for health (HRH) across numerous countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Jean’s areas of expertise include:
  • Health Financing (community based health insurance schemes)
  • Human Resources for Health (HRH)
  • Governance in health
  • Program management

Michele Laird

  Michele Laird is the Project Director of the USAID Mexico Economic Policy Program (MEPP), which focuses on improving the transparency and accountability of national and subnational government institutions in Mexico. Michele has over 27 years of experience in the US and international markets and leads USAID and multilateral development bank projects for Abt across Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia.
Michele’s areas of expertise in governance include:
  • Accountability and transparency
  • Effectiveness and efficiency, including fair allocation of public funds
  • E-governance

Scott Roantree

  Scott Roantree is the Vice President, Global Business Development in Abt’s Australia office and directly oversees DFAT’s Partnership for Human Development in Timor Leste. Scott brings over 15 years of international development experience across Asia through projects for the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and DFAT (previously AusAID).
Scott’s areas of expertise include:
  • Program delivery and effectiveness
  • Business development and strategy

Peter Kilima

  Peter Kilima is the Governance and Citizen Engagement Team Lead for the USAID Public Sector Systems Strengthening (PS3) Activity that helps strengthen systems –particularly health systems — at Tanzania’s national, regional, and council levels. A trained physician and epidemiologist, Peter has more than 35 years’ of experience in public health, including program management, health sector reform, and disease prevention.
Peter’s areas of expertise include:
  • Financial and programmatic accountability
  • Health sector reform
  • Citizen engagement 

Stephen Pelliccia

  Stephen Pelliccia leads Abt’s International Economic Growth Division—devoted to interdisciplinary projects in agriculture, climate change, trade and competitiveness, governance, and monitoring and evaluation in over 37 countries. With over 20 years in international development, Stephen is well-versed in designing and implementing USAID and other donor-funded programs across a wide array of technical areas.
Stephen’s areas of expertise include:
  • Rule of law and human rights
  • Economic growth and reform
  • Natural resource management
  • Environmental policy reform

Jill Russell

  Jill Russell is the Director of Abt’s UK office, where she serves Abt’s growing list of clients in the region, including the UK Department of International Development (DFID). Jill has over 20 years of experience working with donors including DFID, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Jill’s areas of expertise in governance include:
  • Business development and strategy
  • Program monitoring and evaluating
  • Program management