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At Q2 Impact, we take pride in the work we do for everyday people in the diverse regions we are specialists in: Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and the larger Indo-Pacific region.

Headquartered in metro Washington D.C. with a regional office in Delhi, Q2 Impact is a leading, minority-women owned small business. We are grounded in local community framed development decision making skills with high-calibrated analytics for best practices knowledge management.

We service development businesses and governments with data-driven tools and seasoned development personnel in real-time on a 24-hour clock.

Why Q2?

Our Story

Founded by Delhi raised and Chicago trained economist and entrepreneur Neelima Grover in 1998, Q2 Impact’s 25-years-plus journey continues to empower citizens globally to innovate, achieve and transform their communities and countries for a better world.

Neelima introduced early best practices of monitoring and evaluation support with government offices in Washington D.C. and globally with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), growing analytics and quantitative decision-making tools in the early internet era of the 2000s that were adopted internationally.

Neelima first formed the company QED as a humble, one-woman band in Arlington, Virginia that began helping U.S. federal agencies save money. She worked hard as one of the first female providers and nurturers of creative skill sets that established foundational methodologies that have defined monitoring, evaluation, learning (MEL) and collaboration, learning, and adaptation (CLA) best practices across Development, Diplomacy and Defense (3Ds) sectors.

In so doing, Neelima was a frontline innovator of an entirely new internet driven service sector that has improved the lives everyday citizens across 96 countries.

Today, the company thrives with a globally diverse staff, with project managers and staff as far afield as Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Jordan, Thailand, Turkmenistan and Uganda.

Neelima continues to believe in personal growth and training of her staff and consultants so they can better service clients with high impact results.

Starting in January 2024, Neelima became Chair of the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Committee at the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA).

Anchored in the United States of America’s Women, Peace and Security Act of 2017, ISOA’s WPS committee focuses on increasing the role of women in stability projects. Neelima will oversee the committee’s top priority of the WPS Certification Program, which is also open to non-ISOA members.

Continuing to empower women, girls and youth is among Neelima’s chief objectives.

What really matters?

Our Values

Our mission-driven operations focus on creating meaningful, lasting change through an integrated, inclusive approach, while upholding professional standards and fostering global collaborations.

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Innovative

Our approach to bringing transformative social change is rooted in fearless innovation, holistic methodologies, diversity, and data-driven insights. By questioning the norm and challenging conventional practices, relying on data-driven insights to guide our strategies, we aim to lead novel solutions for complex global issues. Our continuous exploration of fresh ideas and methods allows us to expand the realm of possibilities. 

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Mission-Driven

Q2 Impact operates with a clear mission:  to create meaningful, lasting change. We tackle the most urgent global issues using an integrated, inclusive approach, driven by systems thinking, holistic methodologies, diversity, and evidence-based insights. Our efforts are focused on promoting sustainability, empowering individuals and communities, and fostering social and economic development. 

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Professional

Our team of bold and brilliant professionals is dedicated to delivering exceptional results for our clients. Upholding professional standards is at the heart of Q2 Impact's operations. Fostering trust and forging effective collaborations with stakeholders and partner organizations across the world are vital to our work. Our work is rooted in thorough research, monitoring, and evaluation, ensuring strategies are well-informed and backed by evidence.

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Adaptable

Q2 Impact understands the critical role of adaptability in addressing intricate global problems. We aim to fortify organizations and systems, enabling them to learn from history and adapt to changing circumstances. Through data-driven learning and adaptive management, we help our partners refine their strategies for improved results. We establish robust systems to provide timely, relevant information, facilitating informed decision-making and flexibility. 

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Collaborative

We encourage diversity in perspectives and expertise within their team and among partners. We believe that inclusivity should be at the center of our work, fostering creativity and innovation. Using our extensive global network, we design customized solutions for sustainable impact. We prioritize engagement with stakeholders and partner nations, facilitating dialogue, capacity building, and strategy adaptation grounded on shared data and insights. 

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Transformative

We take a holistic perspective of development, encompassing social, economic, political, cultural, and environmental facets. By recognizing the interconnectivity of various elements and using a comprehensive approach, we address root causes and facilitate lasting change. Q2 Impact actively pursues transformation in global health outcomes, democratic governance, institutional strengthening, conflict prevention, food security, resilience building, and expanding opportunities for future generations.

Who are the changemakers?

Our People

Meet our team of diverse, innovative, and bold thinkers. 

Neelima Grover 
Founder and Chair,
Q2 Impact

Dipanjali Deb Sarkar
Director of Human Resources

Ericka N. Carter
Director of Finance

Gabriel Tomás Anaya
Director of Contracts, Pricing and Risk Management 

Jitka Sieverding
Director of Project Operations

Daniel Vose
Vice President Growth and Capabilities

Claire Sneed
WPS Advisor and Project Lead, U.S. Northcom

Marsha A. Grodnicki
Managing Director for Technical Services

Renee N. Gifford
Director of Business Development

Jayan S
Assistant Controller

Shweta Madaan
Deputy Director, Research and Proposals

Ziyanah Ladak
Project Manager

Michael Saltz
Communications and Outreach Specialist

Samantha Levine-Finley
Senior Learning Advisor

Ahmed Al-Kilani
Contracts and Pricing Manager, Jordan

Eric Benschoter
Country Lead, Egypt

Ryo Christopher Davison-Kato
Director of Evaluation and Research

Morgan Brown
Data and Learning Specialist

Rima Al Qaisi
Country Lead, Jordan

Sara Sachdev Blomquist
Business Development and Program Associate

Serdar Akyev Turkmenistan Country Director

Ryan Omid Aghabozorg
Trainer and Instructional Designer

Yvonne Usanase
Associate Project Manager

Mathew Ngunga
CLA Advisor

Nicholas Weiland
Director of Democracy, Security, and Humanitarian

Arslan Muradi
Technical Manager

Aleksandra Markovich
Director of MEL, CLA, and Capacity Development

Charlotta Sandin
Senior Learning Advisor, Egypt

Erica Schmidt
Technical Manager

Vivek Dhawan Administrative Manager

Christopher Cottrell Communications and PR Manager

Jeren Hakiyeva
Country Lead, Turkmenistan

Catherine Villada
Deputy Director of Program Operations

Bev Roberts Reite
Country Lead, ULA

Neelima Grover

Founder and Chair, QED Group LLC dba Q2 Impact

Neelima Grover is the visionary founder of The QED Group, a pioneering company established in 1998 with a singular mission: to utilize data to drive sound decision-making. Her commitment to this goal is reflected in the very name of the company, “QED,” which stands for Quod Erat Demonstrandum, meaning “as proven or as demonstrated.” Recognizing the significance of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in guiding effective decisions, Neelima set out to make M&E information accessible and comprehensible to decision-makers. She understood that data, when presented clearly, can have a transformative impact on shaping the right choices.

Under her astute leadership, The QED Group secured its first prime contractor contract with the Federal Government in 1999. Since then, the company has played an instrumental role in driving US Government policy in M&E and adaptive management, earning QED the reputation of being a prominent thought leader in this domain. Neelima’s unyielding passion lies in making M&E insightful and understandable, while continually seeking innovative ways to integrate technology into the delivery of new M&E solutions. Despite the company’s growth, she remains deeply connected to its roots, having started it in the basement of her family home.

With her strategic guidance, The QED Group has evolved into a multinational corporation that collaborates with leading government agencies, organizations, and global corporations to analyze and interpret data, enhancing their effectiveness and efficiency. As The QED Group enters its third decade, Neelima is dedicated to spearheading the next wave of transformation in the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) space. She is determined to bring new technologies and innovations to the discipline, expanding the company’s practice area and shaping the future of MEL.

Beyond her business pursuits, Neelima is fervently passionate about the burgeoning fields of impact investing and social entrepreneurship. She generously mentors aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners worldwide, sharing invaluable insights from her illustrious career.

In a significant announcement on September 7, 2022, Neelima Grover, the CEO of The QED Group and President/CEO of QED Holdings, disclosed the merger between her firm and Georgetown Strategy Group, Inc., resulting in the creation of a new global corporation named Q2 Impact. Under this new structure, Dave Harden, Managing Director of Georgetown Strategy Group, will serve as the Chief Executive Officer, while QED Holdings will maintain a controlling interest in Q2 Impact. The merger is set to open up new horizons for the company, furthering their mission to drive positive impact worldwide.

Neelima holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy, which has further enriched her expertise in the field. She is a sought-after speaker at conferences and events, where she enlightens audiences on the significance of harnessing data to make better programming decisions. Through her work, she recognizes the critical role this plays in transforming and saving lives in developing countries across the globe.

Dipanjali Deb Sarkar

Director of Human Resources

Dipanjali Deb Sarkar, Director of Human Resources at Q2 Impact, brings over 14 years of invaluable experience as an HR Leader. Her journey in the HR domain spans diverse roles, showcasing her proficiency across a wide array of HR functions in both IT Services and Consulting industries.

Dipanjali’s expertise encompasses critical HR functions, including recruitment, strategic performance management, comprehensive organizational development, employee engagement strategies, and regulatory compliance. She has effectively driven organizational excellence through a people-centric approach, championing diversity and inclusion. Her dedication is evident in meticulously implementing organizational policies and practices that embody these fundamental principles.

With a unique specialization in orchestrating change management during intricate acquisitions and mergers, Dipanjali excels in designing and executing comprehensive change strategies. She fosters a harmonious culture while providing unwavering support to employees during times of transition.

Dipanjali holds a Master’s of Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resources and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography.

Beyond her professional endeavours, she is an enthusiastic traveller, exploring new destinations and cuisines. Residing in Mumbai, India, Dipanjali remains a driving force in shaping impactful HR practices that elevate workplace environments and empower teams to thrive.

Ericka N. Carter

Director of Finance

Ericka N. Carter, the Director of Finance at Q2 is a highly-motivated and skilled financial leader with over 10 years of experience in financial analysis, budgets, and forecasting. Her passion for strategic planning and financial management has made her a valuable asset to the organizations she has worked with.

Ericka earned her Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from the University of Maryland University College. Prior to that, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Towson University.

Ericka’s extensive experience and diverse skill set make her an ideal financial leader who can add tremendous value to any organization. Her passion for financial management and strategic planning sets her apart as a driven and results-oriented professional.

Gabriel Tomás Anaya

Director of Contracts, Pricing and Risk Management

Gabriel Tomás Anaya is the Director of Contracts, Pricing and Risk Management at Q2. He leads and manages the Q2 Impact contracts and pricing department, the group that has primary responsibility for contract negotiation and administration, client and contractual compliance for the organization’s portfolio of projects; additionally, he oversees the development and submission of competitive budgets for proposals, promoting cost-effectiveness and strategic pricing, and providing corporate financial analysis.

Gabriel is a contracts, compliance, and pricing professional with 15 years of experience in the international development field. He provides contractual management and advising of complex international projects, working closely with extended project teams across global operations. He is also a manager and team leader who is experienced in forming, leading and supervising contractual oversight and compliance and pricing development and submissions. He is highly skilled and experienced professional, with a strong background in international development and project implementation. With a Master’s degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from the University of New Mexico, Gabriel brings a comprehensive academic foundation to his work.

Gabriel’s exceptional project management skills have resulted in the seamless execution of complex tasks, successful collaboration with multiple stakeholders, and timely delivery of high-quality project deliverables. His proficiency in financial management, budgeting, and financial reporting ensures that projects remain on track and within established parameters.

His expertise in data analysis and reporting provides valuable insights to the Operations and Executive Management Teams, contributing to improved decision-making processes.

His extensive experience in procurement and subcontracting ensures smooth and compliant contractual processes, including market research, bid analysis, negotiations, and vendor management.

Jitka Sieverding

Director of Project Operations

Jitka Sieverding is the Director of Project Operations at Q2 Impact. Jitka brings over 15 years of extensive knowledge and experience of US federal regulations on acquisition and assistance, making her an invaluable asset in the field of project management, financial management, operations and compliance. In her current role, she is an integral part of the senior leadership team and advises on complex operations and compliance issues. Jitka is also responsible for overseeing and managing Q2’s project management team and providing oversight and support for the Q2 programs portfolio. She has experience in the full project life cycle, having successfully managed the entire implementation process as well as numerous project start-ups and close-outs. Ms. Sieverding holds a master’s degree in International Commerce and Public Policy from George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government and a B.A. in Communications from Tomas Bata University.

Prior to joining Q2 Impact, Jitka was with Management Systems International (MSI), Tetra Tech company where she worked as a Senior Project Manager managing over $400 million dollar portfolio, with regional focus on Afghanistan/Pakistan region.

Daniel Vose

Vice President Growth and Capabilities

Daniel Vose, Q2’s Vice President for Growth and Capabilities, is a leader in international development with a focus on securing and implementing complex donor-funded activities with more than 14 years of experience. He brings to Q2 Impact a multi-disciplinary background with a track record of driving growth in multiple geographies and technical sectors. During his tenure at Chemonics International, Mr. Vose lead or oversaw the award of the $500M Energy II IDIQ, the $800M Programming for Prevention & Peacebuilding IDIQ, the $125M Iraq Durable Communities and Economic Opportunities IDIQ, and more than $40M in donor funding for the Syria Civil Defense, among others. In addition, he managed complex projects in the Middle East and North Africa including the $117M Iraq Governance Strengthening Project and Department of State and FCDO-funded education programming in Syria.

As the Vice President for Growth and Capabilities at Q2 Impact, Mr. Vose provides strategic leadership, ensures project performance, and oversees Q2’s growth with existing and new clients. He is also responsible for aligning Q2 Impact’s operational and technical capabilities to mitigate risk and facilitate growth.

Mr. Vose holds a bachelors degree in political science from Franklin and Marshall College.

Claire Sneed

WPS Advisor and Project Lead, U.S. Northcom

Claire, an accomplished professional with over 25 years of experience in international development, conflict stabilization, governance, and women, peace, and security (WPS), currently serves as the WPS Advisor and Project Lead for US Northcom. Claire began her career with the INGO Mercy Corps, contributing to domestic and field-based programs across the Balkans, Africa, and Central Asia. Her extensive journey includes roles at the State Department Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, where she served as a Conflict Advisor and later held positions as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and Deputy Director with the State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

Since 2020, Claire has been at the forefront of implementing the WPS agenda within the U.S. Department of Defense. Holding degrees in International Relations, French Language and Literature, Development Economics, and International Law from Randolph-Macon (B.A.) and the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (M.A.), Claire brings a wealth of academic expertise to her leadership roles.

Marsha A. Grodnicki

Managing Director of Growth

Marsha A. Grodnicki, the Managing Director of Growth with over twenty years of professional experience, excelling in team management and employee motivation to achieve high-performance levels. She has more than fifteen years of expertise working with esteemed organizations. Marsha’s focus lies in driving organizational and cultural change by devising and implementing strategies, performance management, evaluation, and designing effective feedback loops. She possesses exceptional problem-solving skills, program management abilities, and government relations expertise.

Marsha honed her expertise in program management, operations, and client development by kickstarting and managing an IDIQ at the US State Department and growing business in a new industry. Marsha’s ability to collaborate has allowed her to solve complex problems identifying and using all resources, such as leveraging diverse stakeholders and identifying teaming partners.

Marsha’s extensive experience, leadership skills, and success in managing large-scale projects make her an invaluable asset in driving growth and excellence in any organization. Her ability to strategize, manage teams, and implement performance management systems contribute significantly to her achievements in the field of business development and evaluation.
Ms. Grodnicki holds a master’s degree in Economic Policy Management and a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work and has also worked as a therapist at a community mental health center.

Jayan S

Assistant Controller

Jayan S, an esteemed Assistant Controller at Q2 Impact, brings over a decade of robust experience in Financial Planning & Analysis. He has been instrumental in spearheading strategic corporate financial plans and catalyzing business success across Finance, Commercial, and Accounting sectors. His stellar track record reflects his proficiency in managing key financial aspects, encompassing budgeting, financial reporting, and other vital corporate functions.

In the realm of education, Jayan is a Qualified Cost Accountant and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce along with a Master’s degree in Finance Administration. This educational background reinforces his extensive expertise in finance.

Throughout his professional trajectory, Jayan has collaborated with high-profile organizations, demonstrating his adeptness in handling SAP, Oracle, Costpoint, QuickBooks, Office 365, and Tally, as well as a variety of accounting packages.
Jayan’s competencies are evident in his ability to guide budgeting, forecasting, and analysis efforts, precisely outlining assumptions and key drivers for business processes. He is skilled at evaluating and releasing standard and tailored reports, including P/L accounts, dashboards, and review decks, offering valuable insights into financial performance and significant variances.

His core areas of expertise lie in financial modeling, management reporting, process automation, and standardization. He excels in crafting reporting frameworks and developing sophisticated financial models for budgets and long-term plans. Jayan’s contributions to corporate initiatives and projects underscore his constant pursuit of process improvement.

With a comprehensive understanding of revenue recognition and financial reconciliation, Jayan has showcased remarkable leadership skills, earning him multiple recognitions and awards for his outstanding contributions to the companies he has collaborated with.
Beyond his financial pursuits, Jayan values quality time with his family, extended family, and friends. An avid movie enthusiast, he also derives pleasure from beach visits.

Shweta Madaan

Deputy Director, Research and Proposals

Shweta Madaan, The Deputy Director, Research and Proposals is an accomplished Proposal Manager with over 6 years of progressive international business development experience and an in-depth understanding of USG federal clients. With her expertise in preparing RFI/RFP/Task Order responses for various agencies, she has been directly responsible for securing successful proposals resulting in contract awards and task orders.

Shweta focuses on winning new business for revamped practice areas and provides specialized qualitative and quantitative research support through the India-based Research Unit.

Shweta Madaan’s strong research acumen, business development skills, and successful track record in securing significant contracts make her a valuable asset to the organization. Her ability to lead cross-functional teams and drive winning proposals has contributed significantly to the company’s growth and success in the international market.

Ziyanah Ladak

Project Manager

Ziyanah Ladak is an accomplished professional with a strong background in international development. She serves as Project Manager at Q2 Impact, where she brings her expertise in operations, communications, and quality control to support a range of projects, including the USAID/Uganda Learning Activity (ULA) and the Feed the Future Knowledge, Data, Learning, and Training (KDLT) Activity.

Ziyanah has been actively involved in various aspects of international development, demonstrating experience in the areas of governance, countering violent extremism, peace processes, gender, health, and monitoring and evaluation. Her work has spanned diverse regions, including Central Asia, East Africa, and the Middle East. Her dedication to quality research and reporting has led to the creation of insightful monthly and quarterly reports, as well as impact assessments.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Ziyanah is multilingual, with intermediate proficiency in Arabic, beginner-level skills in French, and a familiarity with Kutchi. She is well-versed in using statistical tools such as R and SPSS, along with qualitative analysis software NVivo. Ziyanah also serves as a mentor for prospective graduate students from marginalized communities in India. Her passion for social impact and extensive experience make her a valuable asset in the field of international development and research.

Ziyanah holds a Master of Science in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation with Merit from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction in History and Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the University of Virginia, where she was part of the Distinguished Majors Program.

Michael Saltz

Communications and Outreach Specialist

Michael Saltz is a dynamic Communications Manager with a passion for making a positive impact. He holds a BA in Philosophy and Public Affairs with a Minor in Psychology from the George Washington University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and earned Departmental Honors in Philosophy.

At Q2, Michael plays a key role in the USAID/Feed the Future Agrilinks project, focusing on communications and community engagement. His expertise in managing development, marketing, distribution, and maintenance of newsletters, press releases, and websites has been instrumental in reaching a wide audience.

Before joining the Agrilinks project, Michael was driving creative and engaging social media strategies. He expanded the USHCC’s LinkedIn audience by 20% and increased monthly impressions year-over-year by an impressive 609%. Michael also spearheaded the marketing efforts for the “In Her Footsteps” podcast and collaborated with media partners to boost awareness of USHCC initiatives.

During his academic years, Michael was actively involved with the WRGW Student Radio and hosted several shows, showcasing his interest in media and communication.

With a passion for travel photography, Michael captures unique portraits and architectural landscapes from around the world. A native of Los Angeles, he enjoys sports like tennis, surfing, biking, and skating during his leisure time.

Michael’s professional experiences further honed his skills in podcast editing, PR, research, and database management.

Adept in Wordpress, basic HTML, podcast editing, Adobe Photoshop, and more, Michael skillfully leverages his expertise to drive success in his projects. His dedication to creating engaging content and fostering meaningful community connections make him a valuable asset in any team.

Samantha Levine-Finley

Senior Learning Advisor

Samantha Levine-Finley, a Senior Learning Advisor at Q2 is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of experience, excelling in various roles such as an executive coach, trainer, facilitator, mediator, and organizational effectiveness expert. Her expertise spans across the federal, nonprofit, and international development sectors, where she has consistently built strong relationships with leaders worldwide to devise and implement solution-focused strategies. Samantha’s key areas of focus include adaptive management, learning, strategic planning, and collaboration.

Since 2016, Samantha has served as a facilitator, organizational learning expert, and project manager for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She has held critical roles on contracts designed to integrate collaboration, learning, and adaptive management into how USAID functions. A certified executive coach, Samantha leads several coaching programs for USAID operating units. In previous roles, Samantha served as an Ombudsman in large organizations, where she offered coaching services to hundreds of staff and leaders as a neutral, independent, informal resource. Samantha’s other endeavors include serving as a mentor coach and teaching a course on interviewing skills for the Global Journalism Fellowship at the University of Toronto. Samantha has also led trainings within her organizations on how to bring a coaching approach into the workplace.

Samantha spent the first 10 years of her career as a professional journalist working for several leading U.S. magazines and newspapers. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from The College of William & Mary and a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from George Mason University.

Samantha Levine-Finley’s experience, combined with her journalistic background, have made her an invaluable asset to various organizations seeking growth and transformation. Her impressive track record and dedication to fostering positive change make her a respected figure in the industry.

Ahmed Al-Kilani

Contracts and Pricing Manager - Jordan

Ahmed brings an impressive 18+ years of combined experience from the private, governmental and international development sectors, having worked for several USAID programs. He is experienced with several accounting systems, internal control and anti-fraud programs. Ahmed has cumulative experience in finance, logistics, administration, procurement, and payroll management.

Ahmed holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Al-Yarmouk University. He started his career as a high school teacher, a unique experience considering the close age of his students!

Eric Benschoter

Chief of Party - Egypt

Eric Benschoter is an accomplished Chief of Party at Q2 with a remarkable 25-year career spanning various fields of expertise, including foreign assistance project management, business development, monitoring, evaluation, and learning implementation, program design, data management, and reporting. Eric has been instrumental in driving successful projects and initiatives for federal clients, particularly USAID contracts with missions in Uganda, Egypt, Iraq, and West Bank/Gaza, as well as activities based in Washington, D.C. His leadership has been pivotal in managing a team of technical and administrative professionals to ensure the successful implementation of project components and deliverables.

Regarding his technical contributions, Eric has led performance evaluations, conducted statistical analysis, provided technical guidance, and ensured data quality and validity. He has managed complex databases and supervised teams of technical specialists to deliver high-quality M&E services.

Eric Benschoter’s vast experience in managing international projects and his expertise in monitoring, evaluation, and learning implementation make him a highly regarded leader in his field. His dedication to quality and efficiency has allowed him to serve as a valuable resource for USAID, U.S. government agencies, and private sector partners. As a multilingual professional with work experience in various countries, Eric brings a global perspective to his leadership and project management roles, ensuring successful outcomes in diverse and challenging environments.

Ryo Christopher Davison-Kato

Director of Evaluation and Research

Ryo comes with a background in monitoring & evaluation and assessments supporting Federal, UN, and NGO programming. Previously, he was a Senior Evaluation Specialist with the Global Engagement Center at the Department of State. Before that, he worked in humanitarian information management; most recently supporting the food security cluster and cash working group for the Syria response. He also had a brief but enlightening stint as a Salesforce consultant.

He holds a Master’s in International Development from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

When not scribbling on flipcharts or at the keyboard with furrowed eyebrows, Ryo probably is (or is daydreaming about) cooking, eating, or reading about food anthropology. He also enjoys being out in natural or built environments, particularly tall mountains, mossy forests, museums, and tennis courts.

Morgan Brown

Data and Learning Specialist

Morgan Brown is Q2’s Data and Learning Specialist for the USAID Knowledge, Data, Learning, and Training (KDLT) Activity. With a career spanning over eight years in global health nonprofits, Morgan possesses a wealth of expertise in data analysis, monitoring and evaluation, facilitation, and knowledge management.

At Q2 Impact, Morgan oversees the implementation of KDLT’s Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan, efficiently collecting and visualizing over 30 indicators on a shared dashboard. Notably, she led survey design and analyses, including understanding the impact of COVID-19 on USAID programs and the effects of the Ukraine crisis on USAID operating units worldwide. Morgan also contributes as a facilitator for various in-person and virtual trainings for the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security and the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance.

Morgan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Biology from The Ohio State University, a Master of Public Health in Global Health from The George Washington University, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Public Health from the University of South Florida.

Her commitment to professional development is evident through her various certificates, including Project Management for Development Professionals, Evaluating Social Programs, and Fundamentals of Implementation Science. Morgan’s dedication to the field is reflected in her publications in reputable journals, showcasing her impactful research contributions.

Equipped with proficiency in various software and languages, Morgan skillfully utilizes STATA, SPSS, Dedoose, Google Data Studio, ArcGIS, and more to enhance her data analysis and communication capabilities.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Morgan enjoys watching football, traveling, and engaging in over-ambitious home improvement projects. Her versatile expertise and passion for learning make her an invaluable asset in any project she undertakes.

Rima Al Qaisi

Chief of Party - Jordan

Rima brings to the table over 23 years of professional experience, out of which 20 years encompass valuable hands-on involvement in international donor development programs mainly USAID-funded activities specifically in Youth Economic and Social Empowerment, Government Streamlining and Systems Strengthening, Governance and Organizational Development, Creation of Enabling and Youth-Inclusive Environment including Advocacy and Policy Reform, Monitoring and Evaluation, Research & Organizational Learning, Economic Competitiveness Programs and Private Enterprise Development (MSME). She has a proven track record in working with public sector, private sector and civil society organizations.

Rima possessed a number of top management positions including Chief of Party for the “Resilient Youth Socially and Economically Empowered” Project, Country Director for the International Youth Foundation, Director of Livelihoods under the USAID – Syria Essential Services II, Senior MEAL & Policy Advocacy Manager for the USAID Jordan – Youth for Future Project and Capacity Building Manager for the USAID Health Finance and Governance Project (HFG), led by Palladium Group.

Rima earned her Master of Business Administration from Lancaster University, UK. She is an accredited EFQM Assessor and Certified Leader for Excellence.

Sara Sachdev Blomquist

Business Development and Program Associate

Sara S. Blomquist, a BD and Program Associate at Q2 Impact, is a highly accomplished individual with a passion for international politics, policy, and diplomacy. Throughout her education and professional journey, Sara has consistently demonstrated exceptional skills in research, communication, and leadership.

As an author and researcher, Sara has published insightful articles on national environmental, agricultural, and nutrition-related policies, promoting sustainable practices and advocating for change. Her experience with databases like START and ACLED, proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Workspace, and strong time-management abilities make her a versatile and resourceful professional.

While completing her undergraduate degree, Sara engaged in deep research on topics ranging from CVE in Africa to issues of peace and conflict in South Asia. She demonstrates a keen ability to analyze quantitative economic indicators, conduct interviews with experts, and utilize a variety of software for data compilation and visualization.

Sara remains committed to promoting peace, justice, and sustainability in the international arena, with a particular passion for environmental and social justice. Sara holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (B.S.F.S.) in International Politics and a Certificate in Diplomacy Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Serdar Akyev

Chief of Party, USAID/Youth Development Activity

Serdar Akyev, Chief of Party at Q2 Impact, has more than eight years of experience in managing technical assistance projects. He joined Q2 Impact (formerly the The QED Group LLC) in December 2021 as Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Youth Development Activity (YDA). In that capacity, he is responsible for managing YDA’s operations in Turkmenistan to implement a technical assistance project aimed at creating educational and business opportunities for youth. Serdar also manages the Department of State-funded English Language Capacity Development program that provides opportunities to local youth and civil servants to learn English and builds the capacity of local teachers.

Prior to joining Q2 Impact, Serdar worked for the U.S. Embassy, Ashgabat in various positions and was responsible for a wide range of issues ranging from grants to science to economic and commercial affairs. His first job was with the Ministry of Oil and Gas Industry where he worked on international pipeline projects.

Serdar holds a diploma on higher education in economics from the Turkmen State University.

Ryan Omid Aghabozorg

Trainer and Instructional Designer

Ryan Omid Aghabozorg has worked with the United States Agency for International Development implementing training support contracts for over 10 years and specializes in adult learning and human-centered design principles to design and deliver virtual and in-person instructor-led training. Ryan currently provides Instructional Design support to the Knowledge, Data, Learning and Training project (KDLT) in collaboration with the USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security. Ryan leads the implementation of virtual learning activities, including webinars, microlearnings, and communities of practice.

Ryan holds Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a Certified Instructor of the Classical Pilates Method of Body Conditioning.

Yvonne Usanase

Associate Project Manager

Yvonne Usanase an Associate Project Manager at Q2 Impact, is a seasoned professional whose passion is helping others and advocating for peace and progress. With a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development and a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, Yvonne has accumulated over 7 years of expertise in project planning, coordination, and implementation.

Throughout her career, Yvonne has worked on diverse projects funded by prestigious organizations. Her geographical experience spans across Francophone West-Africa, North and East Africa, and Central Asia.

As an Associate Project Manager at Q2, Yvonne adeptly coordinates and administers various aspects of projects, ensuring compliance with financial budgets and contract requirements. She excels in managing internal staff recruitment, onboarding, and logistics. Her exceptional multitasking abilities allow her to efficiently handle field operations, travel arrangements, and deliverables.

With a keen eye for detail and a results-driven approach, Yvonne Usanase is committed to delivering high-quality work within time-sensitive environments. Her geographic experience and diverse client exposure, showcase her versatility and adaptability in various contexts.

Fluent in English and with mid-advanced proficiency in French, Yvonne brings a valuable language skill set to her work. Her continuous interest in expanding her project management skills and exposure underscores her commitment to personal and professional growth.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Yvonne has a fun fact to share – she can devour a whole French Baguette in one sitting, but only when it’s made in a French or German bakery.

As a dedicated and compassionate individual, Yvonne Usanase remains a strong advocate for positive change and progress, and her work contributes significantly to making a difference in the world.

Mathew Ngunga

CLA Advisor

Mathew, Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Advisor at Q2 Impact is a social scientist with over 20 years’ experience developing and managing monitoring, evaluation, reporting and learning (MERL) systems and processes related to CLA, social analysis, performance measurement and impact assessments in sub-Saharan Africa. Mathew has vast experience in shaping knowledge creation and organizational learning initiatives as well as conducting inquiries into organizational effectiveness and translating research into practice using the CLA approach in USAID funded programs. With vast experience supporting development efforts, especially in the strategic use of knowledge for stronger programming. He is able to engage with and support people from many different functions, sectors, and cultures which is strengthened by extensive international experience.

In addition to developing MERL systems, Mathew has a wealth of experience in evaluating development impact, performance measurement, and institutional development as well as in human capacity development. He is an ardent researcher with numerous evaluation methodologies including various evaluation designs, randomized experiments, quasi-experiments, and non-experiments. Mathew published peer reviewed journals as well as presented his findings at international forums.

Mathew holds a Bachelor’s in arts from Punjab University, India, and a Master’s in educational and social research from the University of London. Beyond his work hours, he loves the outdoors and is good with his hands. In his spare time, he can be found tinkering with this 50-year Toyota truck. He relishes challenges and possesses an excellent sense of humor.

Nicholas Weiland

Director of Democracy, Security, and Humanitarian

Nicholas Weiland, the Technical Director at Q2 has spent the last 9 years working in the fields of foreign assistance, international development, and security sector reform. Starting with Q2 Impact (formerly QED Group) in April 2020, Nick is the Technical Director for Democracy, Governance, and Security. He manages client relationships and provides technical expertise and oversight as the Project Director for multiple programs in his portfolio including the USAID/Turkmenistan Governance Support Program, USAID/Youth Development Activity, and various other USAID and DOS contracts. In addition to technical leadership on existing contracts, Nick supports business development as the lead on new opportunities, building partnerships, and filling the roles of technical lead and technical writer.

Prior to working with QED Group, Nick spent 6 years at the US Institute of Peace focusing on security cooperation, institutional capacity building, and security sector reform. During his tenure at the US Institute of Peace, Nick consistently delivered course instruction, which encompassed curriculum development and delivery. This role involved providing training to ministerial advisors as an integral component of the DOD Ministry of Defense Advisor (MoDA) pre-deployment training program. He also researched and wrote extensively on national security, foreign assistance, organizational change, and institutional capacity building.

Nick holds a Master of Arts in US Foreign Policy from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Linfield University. He is an avid hiker and runner and currently resides in Fresno, California with his wife and daughter.

Arslan Muradi

Technical Manager

Arslan Muradi, currently serving as the Technical Manager at Q2 Impact, is a seasoned professional with a diverse portfolio spanning democracy advocacy, strategic planning, philanthropic grantmaking, and international development. His career trajectory includes various organizations where he skillfully conducted Monitoring and Evaluation activities, leveraging his deep cultural knowledge, especially in regions marked by high conflict.

Arslan’s innovative mindset, impressive leadership capabilities, and keen understanding of systems and strategy equip him to stay ahead of the curve and create effective action blueprints. He champions a culture of equity and inclusion, cultivating successful teams that can seamlessly adapt to both traditional and digital work environments.

A polyglot at heart, Arslan has a knack for languages. He is fluent in Uzbek, Dari, Hindi/Urdu, and Turkish, and possesses a working proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic and Pashtu. This unique linguistic prowess, coupled with his professional skills, positions him as a valuable asset for organizations committed to fostering positive change.

Arslan’s academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampshire College, where he was recognized as an AMZ Renaissance Fellow. He also holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from the prestigious Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he was a Henry J. Leir scholar.

Aleksandra Markovich

Director of MEL, CLA, and Capacity Development

Aleksandra has worked in the international development sector for 15 years and specializes in organizational development, change management, strategic planning, facilitation, and training. She is currently the Organizational Development Team Lead on the USAID/Egypt Learning Activity. Prior to joining Q2 Impact, Aleksandra was a technical manager in the Democracy, Governance, and Conflict practice at Management Systems International where she led change management efforts for USAID’s Bureau for Conflict Prevention and Stabilization (CPS) via the Learning, Development, and Training contract. She has a Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development from Maastricht University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Charlotta Sandin

Senior Learning Advisor, Egypt

With a wealth of experience in international development and policy analysis, Charlotta Sandin, the Senior Strategy and Learning Advisor at Q2 is an accomplished professional known for her strategic thinking and exceptional problem-solving skills. She has been the strategic advisor to USAID/Uganda and USAID/Egypt since 2015 and has led diverse technical teams to provide analytical insights to two large missions. Her expertise is in facilitation of complex participatory processes, strategy development and organisational designs for a successful development impact.

Charlotta has long experience in designing and implementing change processes in large organisations. During her tenure as Head of Cabinet at the City Council of Stockholm, Sweden, Charlotta was responsible for planning, policy development, and budget coordination and negotiations. She has advised senior politicians on organizational reforms and strategy implementation within the public administration since 1998 and been the adviser to the Swedish Minister of Development Cooperation, the Vice Mayor responsible for Education and Culture in Stockholm and the Mayor of Stockholm.

As a strategy and research consultant, Charlotta provided policy analysis and advise to UNDP Regional Center for Latin America and the Caribbean among other development organisations. At the UN Development Group in Latin America and the Caribbean, she played a crucial role in coordinating and providing policy analysis for a multi-agency process aimed at developing a framework for interventions. Her expertise led to the preparation and presentation of a Technical Proposal for joint UN interventions in the Caribbean.

Charlotta’s educational background further complements his professional achievements, with a Masters in Political Science and Economics, focused on democratization, local governance, and anti-corruption, from Umeå University, Sweden.

Throughout her career, Charlotta Sandin has shown ability to manage complex projects and facilitate positive change in diverse environments. Her passion for development and empowerment continues to drive her towards impactful outcomes.

Erica Schmidt

Technical Manager

Erica Schmidt is a new Technical Manager with Q2 Impact. Before starting her current position, she worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with the Global Engagement Center (GEC) at the Department of State, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of performance management plans, as well as supporting project design, performance management, assessment, and evaluation activities. Prior to joining the GEC, Erica served as an institutional support contractor under the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Expanding Monitoring and Evaluation Capacities Task Order (MECap) and Program Cycle Mechanism (PCM). Under both mechanisms, Erica supported the Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning (PPL) by providing technical and advisory assistance to develop capacity throughout the Agency in implementing various aspects of the Program Cycle, including Country Strategic Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting. She also supported PPL by contributing to and leading internal process assessments on Bureau priorities. Erica received her master’s in international development studies with a focus on gender and development from George Washington University. Before gaining her graduate degree, Ms. Schmidt was a Community Economic Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso.

Vivek Dhawan

Administrative Manager

Vivek Dhawan, an Administrative Manager at Q2 Impact is a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience in providing exceptional support to top-level executives. His proficiency in managing dynamic tasks, coordinating international travel arrangements, and overseeing large-scale meetings has earned him a strong track record.

As an Administrative Manager at Q2 Impact, Vivek efficiently handles various administrative responsibilities for the CEO/Founder. His proactive approach in coordinating appointments, preparing board meeting agendas, and managing travel arrangements showcases his organizational acumen.

Vivek possesses outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, enabling him to collaborate effectively with in-house C-suite members and external partners. His strong work ethic and commitment to confidentiality have earned him trust and reliability as a valued partner to executives.

In the realm of business development, Vivek has contributed significantly by supporting teams in capturing opportunities, preparing research documents, and facilitating partnership discussions.

Vivek Dhawan remains at the forefront of executive support, continuously striving for growth and excellence. His proactive problem-solving abilities, strategic planning, and leadership skills contribute to seamless operations and the success of the organizations he serve.

With a passion for astronomy and an interest in soccer, Vivek brings a diverse set of interests and dedication to his role.

Christopher Cottrell

Communications and PR Manager

Veteran media expert and journalist Christopher Cottrell is the Communications and PR Manager for Q2’s internal and external communications.

He has a development background in media and reporting in China, Southeast Asia, and Pacific Islands since 1997. He has a decade of experience executing medical communication campaigns in Asia, Australia and Europe, and served as a hospital communication officer. He formerly worked with USAID as the Communications Specialist for the Philippines, Pacific Islands, and Mongolia.

He has written news articles for the Associated Press, Agence France Press, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, CNN, Guardian, Foreign Policy magazine, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and South China Morning Post.

He holds a B.A. in anthropology and history from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and M.A. in Pacific Islands history from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. He speaks Mandarin, Spanish and Thai, and is an avid swimmer and aspiring cook on lazy Saturdays.

Jeren Hakiyeva

Civil Society and Governance Specialist

Ms. Jeren Hakiyeva is a veteran civil society and governance specialist with over 25 years of
progressively greater responsibility in the management of governance strengthening and civil society development projects in Turkmenistan. Currently Jeren Hakiyeva is leading
Governance Support Program in Turkmenistan since 2020 and is supervising a highly qualified team of professionals and short-term technical specialists ensuring successful provision of GSP services to Government of Turkmenistan and Civil Society partners. She works for USAID governance projects since 2010.

Prior to joining USAID governance projects, she worked as Project Associate for UNDP’s Strengthening the National Capacity of Turkmenistan to Promote and Protect Human Rights project and as Project Manager of UNDP’s Gender Mainstreaming in Policy project. She also spent nearly 10 years serving in numerous capacities with Counterpart International on two major governance projects, the Turkmenistan Community Empowerment Program (TCEP) and the Civil Society Support Initiative (CSSI). Throughout her time with Counterpart, she was active in implementing training and capacity-building and conducting community outreach. She has a strong track record of developing close working relationships with government ministries, civil society organizations, and donors. Ms. Hakiyeva earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Wyoming (Muskie program), and she is fluent in Russian, Turkmen, and English.

EDUCATION

  • MPA Public Administration, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA, 2009.
  • Diploma English and Russian, Turkmen National Institute of World Languages, Ashgabat,
    Turkmenistan, 1996.
  • Diploma Library Science, Turkmen State Institute of Culture, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 1996.

Bev Roberts Reite

Country Lead, ULA

Bev Roberts, the Chief of Party at Q2 stands as a highly successful and creative leader. With over two decades of experience in development and humanitarian programming. He possesses exceptional cross-cultural, facilitation, innovation, negotiation, strategic thinking, and visioning skills, making him a dynamic problem-solver and a valuable asset to any team.

His expertise lies in developing high-quality and sustainable programs and projects, as well as implementing robust Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) systems for evidence generation and program improvement.

Bev’s accomplishments include successfully pivoting a $30 million portfolio during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring continued success in a changing and dynamic context. With a wealth of experience in managing advanced MEAL systems and designing Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) activities, he has contributed significantly to the growth and impact of multiple programs.

Throughout his career, Bev has demonstrated a remarkable ability to secure funding from major institutional donors, private donors, and multilateral organizations. His strategic advice and leadership have played a vital role in securing substantial grants.

An exceptional facilitator and coach, Bev fosters quality, impact, and scale in all his endeavors by promoting accountability and strong leadership. His work with various NGOs and UN agencies, as well as his representation and negotiation with major donors and government officials, further highlight his influential role in the sector.

Bev holds a Master’s in Foreign Service with a concentration in International Development from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s in International Studies from Dickinson College. Continuously striving for professional growth, he has completed a certificate course in board governance and Environmental, Social, and Governance Strategy from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

With his extensive experience, strategic acumen, and commitment to creating positive change, Bev Roberts Reite is an exceptional leader in the field of development and humanitarian programming. His dedication to innovation and impact continues to drive positive outcomes for communities and projects across the globe.