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

Board & Staff

GMP US Board of Directors

  • President: Carolyn LongRetired Vice President of InterAction, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Secretary-Treasurer:  Lillian BaerRetired Director of African Consultants International, Dakar, Senegal
  • Judi AubelExecutive Director, Rome, Italy & Mbour, Senegal
  • Drew Boshell, Executive Director, FINCA, Toronto, Canada
  • Jennifer Hanks-Allaire, President, Allaire Foundation, USA
  • Mark McEuen, Dexis Consulting Group, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Chisina Kapungu, Women International, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Marcel Kaminstein, BIO, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Alen Amini, Boston Consulting Group, Boston, Mass., USA
  • Doe Mayer, Retired Professor, University of Southern California (USC), USA

 Board advisor:

  • Banda Ndiaye, Deputy Director for Africa, Nutrition International, Nairobi, Kenya

GMP Senegal Board of Directors

  • Mr. Babacar Robert CisséPresident, Mbour, Senegal
  • Ms. Bandé SanéSecretary-Treasurer, Senegal
  • Dr. Judi AubelCo-Founder and Executive Director, Rome, Italy & Mbour, Senegal
  • Dr. Rosalie Diop, Institute of Population and Development, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal
  • Dr. Marie Gueye, West African Research Center, Dakar, Senegal
  • Mr. Makane KaneRetired UNFPA Representative
  • Dr. Banda Ndiaye, Deputy Regional Director for Africa Nutrition International. Dakar, Senegal
  • Ms. Angele ManéRetired, Gender Advisor Ministry of Education, Dakar, Senegal
  • Dr. Khadidiatou DialloSociologist, Ministry of Education, Thies, Senegal
  • Ms. Marame Cisse Gonzales, Teacher, American School of Dakar, Dakar, Senegal
  • Ms. Maimouna Dembele, SightSavers International, Dakar, Senegal
  • Ms. Elsa Dansokho, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, Dakar, Senegal

GMP Senegal Staff

  • Mamadou Coulibaly, Program Manager
  • Khadidiatou Leye, Administrator and Finance Coordinator
  • Famata Téfy Baldé, Documentation and Leadership Assistant
  • Mariama Kandé, Community Development Assistant
  • Mamadou Diop, Administation and Finance Assistant
  • Ndeye Rama Baldé, Animatrice
  • Oumou Houlsoum Diop, Animatrice
  • Sire Diao, Animatrice
  • Fatoumata Baldé, Animatrice
  • Fatoumata Bintou Baldé, Animatrice
  • Oulèye Aw, Animatrice
  • Alioune Sall, Part-time Monitoring-Evaluation Assistant

Consultants and volunteers:

Imelda Kanyala, part-time Translation & Editing Coordinator, France
Laila Khrais part-time Communication Officer,  Italy
  • Larry AndersonLegal Advisor, Lindale, Texas
  • Khadydiatou Diallo, Sociologist, Thiès, Senegal
  • Jitendra JoshiWebmaster, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
  • Francesca LulliAnthropologist, Research Consultant. Rome, Italy
  • Angèle ManéGender Specialist, Velingara, Senegal
  • Tiziana MattioniGraphic Designer, Rome, Italy
  • Anneke NewmanAnthropologist, Brussels, Belgium
  • Hamidou SoukounaSenior Education Advisor, Dakar, Senegal
  • Alyssa Rychtarik, Social Worker & Program Development Specialist, Dublin, Ireland

Volunteer translators 2020-23

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, May Zreik, William Young.