Board of Advisors
Neelima Grover founded The QED Group, LLC in 1998. She now serves as the Chairperson of QED’s Board of Advisors, working closely with the QED executive team on business strategy and management issues. Her background and expertise is in monitoring and evaluation, implementation of social safety net programs, policy research, and labor market and unemployment issues. Neelima’s technical work has involved managing several large-scale social sector projects for multilateral development banks such as the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank, and working with U.S. government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, among others. In addition to working in the U.S., Neelima has worked in Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean. She holds an M.A. in public policy.
Simon serves as the President and CEO of Clinica Family Health Services. Before coming to Clinica, Simon worked for Abt Associates, Inc. managing large-scale federal government-funded international health development and reform projects as an overseas field-based manager in Kazakhstan. In this capacity he led and supervised culturally and technically diverse project teams and individuals and designed and implemented health system strengthening programs to support national and regional health policy change and reform initiatives. Afterwards he spent another five years at Abt’s Bethesda, MD, office managing government-funded international activities to improve care in areas such as HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and community health. He holds a Master’s in Health Administration.
Linda Vomaske serves as Chairman of the Board for Vista Solutions. She joined Vista in 2003 as the principal shareholder and is the focal point for Corporate Governance, Human Resources, and Administration. Linda has advanced skills in strategic planning and execution measurement that were developed during her 25 years at Hewlett Packard serving in Marketing and Business Administration assignments. Linda is a member of Rotary International and a past president of her Rotary Club. She has a heart for the people of Guatemala and leads a medical team to a remote part of that country on an annual basis. In the winter she enjoys skiing in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Bob Vomaske serves as the CEO of Vista Solutions Corporation. Before acquiring Vista Solutions, Bob worked for Hewlett Packard Company providing both business and technical leadership in a large corporate environment. His background and expertise is in the development of highly productive work cultures in field-based technical environments. His skills as an entrepreneur and business leader have successfully guided Vista Solutions to achieve sustainable growth over the past 10 plus years.
Anna Winters, PhD
Anna Winters founded and serves as the CEO of Akros. Winters holds a PhD and MS in epidemiology coupled with extensive field experience leading the development and implementation of community-wide surveillance systems in sub-saharan Africa aimed at targeting health interventions to maximize impact. Through Akros and previously with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Winters works directly with host country governments to ensure viability and integration of health innovations.
Regional Director – Africa, Akros
Benjamin Winters is Akros’ Regional Director for Africa. His team pioneered the implementation of DHIS2 mobile reporting technologies in Zambia, a project which now reaches several thousand end-users. He provides direct support to regional governments and NGOs in conceptualizing surveillance programs, troubleshooting processes and tools, and strengthening data usage in national systems.
Country Director, Akros Zambia
Mr. Tesfamariam is an international development specialist with special focus on Africa. He brings more than 20 years of experience managing large-scale programs in many developing countries across multiple sectors. He has years of experience in program design and has a unique ability in diplomacy that has contributed to positive outcomes on a number of complex programming negotiations. His background working with multiple stakeholders and funding partners allows him to streamline program implementation and management to ensure the achievement of timely, high-level deliverables.
Director of Finance, Akros
Paul Hamilton is a finance professional with over 16 years of experience in large international organizations working in both UK and US environments. His areas of expertise include financial management and auditing.