Who are the people behind the Grandmother Project

Judi Aubel, Executive Director

Judi has 20 years of experience working with community health, education and child protection programs primarily in Africa but also in Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. Her training is in anthropology, public health and adult education. Her interest and expertise is in development of community programs that build on socio-cultural roles and realities and that empower communities to promote their own well-being. Judi has received several awards for her innovative work:
Thomson Reuters Trust Women Award -2012
Ashoka fellow -2015
BBC Inspirational & Influential Women Award –2016
Global Thinkers Forum Award  for Positive Change -2017

Community Development Workers:
Oumou Diop, Fatou Diamanka, Oulèye Aw, Mariama Kandé, Ndéye Rama Baldé

Board & Staff

GMP US Board of Directors

  • President: Carolyn Long, Retired Former Vice President of InterAction, Bethesda, Maryland
  • Secretary:  Lillian BaerRetired Director of ACI (Dakar, Senegal), Seattle, Washington


  • Judi AubelExecutive Director, GMP, Rome, Italy and Mbour, Senegal
  • Drew Boshell, Executive Director FINCA, Canada
  • Lynsey Farrell, Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, MIT, Boston
  • Jennifer Hanks-Allaire,  President, Allaire Foundation, Boston, MA
  • Mark McEuenDexis Consulting Group, Washington, D.C.
  • Lisa Schreiber, SVP NonAgency Lending, NewRez LLC, Washington, D.C.
  • Gwen Young, Chief Operating Officer, Women’s Business Collective, Washington D.C

Board advisor:

  • Banda NdiayeDeputy Director for Africa, Nutrition International, Nairobi, Kenya

GMP Senegal Board of Directors

  • Judi AubelExecutive Director
  • Babacar Robert CisséDoctor, Mbour, Senegal
  • Makane Kane, retired United Nations Senior Manager
  • Banda NdiayeDeputy Regional Director for Africa at Nutrition International. Dakar, Senegal
  • Malang SagnaSchool Director, Velingara, Senegal
  • Hamidou SoukounaEducation sector specialist, Dakar, Senegal
  • Angèle ManeGender Advisor, District Education Office, Senegal
  • Khadydiatou DialloSociologist, Thiès, Senegal

Consultants and volunteers:

Imelda Kanyala Imelda Kanyala, part time Translation & Editing Coordinator, France
Alyssa Richtarig Alyssa Rychtarik, part-time Program Development Advisor,  Ireland
  • Larry Anderson, Legal Advisor, Lindale, Texas
  • Khadydiatou Diallo, Sociologist, Thiès, Senegal
  • Jitendra Joshi, Webmaster, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
  • Francesca LulliAnthropologist, Research Consultant. Rome, Italy
  • Angèle ManéGender Specialist, Velingara, Senegal
  • Tiziana MattioniGraphic Designer, Rome, Italy
  • Anneke NewmanAnthropologist, Brussels, Belgium
  • Hamidou Soukouna, Senior Education Advisor, Dakar, Senegal

Volunteer translators 2020-21

Renée Barange, Sarah Brokshaw, Valentina Dibiase, Hermine Durand, Ima Hicks, Suzy East, Rebecca Jayne Kelly, Angélique Giachetti, Catherine Gustafson, Jessica Inman, Anisha Mangtani, Frédérique Marty, Kevin Marceau, Marie-Thérèse Maurice, Bonnie Miller,  Gill Navdeep Kaur, Charlotte Nicholson, Noelle Palmer, Er Min Peck, Julien Rouwens, Chantal Roy, Ivy Steele, Yvonne Tarabal,  Pat Violer, Valerie Wadzana Garwe, Sheri Walters, Mary Wood Beasley , William Young.