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:  Mark McEuenDexis Consulting Group, Washington, D.C.
Secretary:  Lillian BaerRetired Director of ACI (Dakar, Senegal), Seattle, Washington

  • Judi AubelExecutive Director, GMP, Rome, Italy and Mbour, Senegal
  • Gwen YoungManaging Director at Global Emergency Response Coalition, Arlington, Virginia
  • Lynsey Farrell, Senior Lecturer in International Studies, Lauder Institute, Africa Program,
    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Lisa Schreiber, SVP NonAgency Lending, NewRez LLC, Washington D.C.
  • Amy PojunasIngredion Incorporated,  Westchester IL.
  • Drew Boshell, Executive Director FINCA, CANADA
  • Jennifer Hanks-Allaire,  President, Allaire Foundation, USA

Board of Advisors:

  • Carolyn Long, Retired Former Vice President of InterAction, Washington, DC
  • Banda NdiayeDeputy Director for Africa, Nutrition International, Nairobi, Kenya

GMP Senegal Board of Directors

  • Judi AubelExecutive Director
  • Babacar Robert CisséDoctor. Mbour, Senegal
  • Banda NdiayeDeputy Regional Director for Africa at Nutrition International. Dakar, Senegal
  • Malang SagnaSchool Director. Velingara, Senegal
  • Ibrahima BobCentre PanAfricain pour le Genre, la Paix et le Développement. Dakar, Senegal
  • Hamidou SoukounaEducation sector specialist. Dakar, Senegal
  • Angèle ManeGender Advisor, District Education Office. Senegal
  • Khadydiatou DialloSociologist. Thiès, Senegal

Consultants and volunteers:

Alyssa Rychtarik, part-time Program Development Advisor. Barcelona, Spain
Francesca D’Asaro Biondo, part-time Communication Advisor, Rome Italy
  • Alice OrecchioSocial Media Coordinator. Rome, Italy
  • Domiziana FerrariGraphic Design and Social Media Consultant. Rome, Italy
  • Tiziana MattioniGraphic Designer. Rome, Italy
  • Francesca LulliAnthropologist, Research Consultant. Rome, Italy
  • Larry Anderson, Legal Advisor. Lindale, Texas
  • Jitendra Joshi, Webmaster. Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
  • Angele ManèGender Specialist. Velingara, Senegal
  • Hamidou Soukama, Senior Education Advisor. Dakar, Senegal
  • Khadydiatou Diallo, Sociologist. Thiès, Senegal
  • Mamadou Diaw, Technical Advisor. Dakar, Senegal
  • Anneke NewmanAnthropologist. Antwerp, Belgium

Volunteer translators

Sarah Brokshaw, Andrew Ceacatura, Eoin Downey, Vicky Dupont, Annie Kelleher, Ima Hicks, Suzy East, Ellise Johnson, Michele Genuard, Jessica Inman, Anisha Mangtani, Naina Mangtani, Kevin Marceau, Audra L.  Merfeld-Langston, Bonnie Miller, Gill Navdeep Kaur, Noelle Palmer, Er Min Peck, Caroline Vaczy, William Young.