MEDA Blog - Stories from the Field
Majid Mirza has been working in development and impact investing since he completed his Masters from the University of Waterloo in 2009. As Senior Project Manager, Global Programs, Majid’s primary responsibility has been leading MEDA’s INFRONT (Impact Investing in Frontier Markets) project since August 2016. Majid is also a member of the MEDA’s Investment Technical Team and represents MEDA in CAFIID (Canadian Forum for Impact Investing and Development).
Kamran Abdullayev, who joined MEDA in 2010, is Technical Director for Financial Services. His focus is agriculture value chain finance, micro and small enterprises finance. He is passionate about helping the poor get access to a range of financial and business support services that enable them build their livelihoods.
Leah Katerberg is the director of Cross Cutting Services, where she ensures the overall success and effective support to MEDA on cross cutting issues: Monitoring & Impact Measurement, Gender, Climate Change and Environment. She leads the team in planning and implementing leading edge support services with a focus on the introduction of enhanced/new approaches and the utilization of an appropriate mix of methodologies. Prior to this position, Leah served as an independent consultant for private companies and development organizations, including MEDA. She also served as a program manager at TechnoServe, where she managed a large contract farming value chain project that served close to half a million cotton farmers in Tanzania’s western cotton growing region. Leah worked for MEDA's ISS team from 2009 to 2012 as a Program Manager in Evaluation and Environmental Assessment.
Catherine Sobrevega is an international development professional with over 25 years of NGO work experience as senior country and program manager, economic development and microfinance specialist. Currently she is managing MEDA’s 6-year, $20-million GAC-funded Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) project which is helping 20,000 women farmers improve the food security of their families in Northern Ghana. Catherine has worked on several USAID, USDA, GAC, DFID, EC, DANIDA, UN, CGIAR, IFAD and World Bank-funded projects. She has a Masters in Management from Atlantic International University in USA. She is a Certified Development Project Manager from PM4DEV. Catherine has been primarily involved in implementing economic development and women projects in post-conflict countries like Bosnia, Eritrea, Afghanistan; also in the Philippines, Bangladesh and Ghana.

Liliana joined MEDA in 2016. As the senior manager on MEDA’s environmental and climate change programming, she helps projects worldwide manage their environmental impacts and provides leadership for integrating climate change action into work with entrepreneurs and businesses. Prior to working with MEDA, Liliana worked as an Economist for Environment Canada and was a junior research fellow with the International Development Research Centre, conducting research on natural resource development in Myanmar and Thailand. Liliana also leverages her private sector experience as a business analyst in her current role designing and implementing environmentally sustainable market development interventions.

Celine is from Sarnia, ON and recently graduated from University College London (United Kingdom) with a Master’s degree in International Relations of the Americas. During her undergraduate, Celine spent five months living in Buenos Aires, Argentina and fell in love with Latin America. She has significant experience working with vulnerable populations, specifically with refugees, having worked in refugee-serving organizations in Toronto, Ontario and El Paso, Texas.  Her other specialities include research, case management, programming, and community outreach. Celine is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with MEDA’s Nicaraguan partner MiCrédito in order to gain work experience in inclusive financial services.
Sara M. Seavey is a Senior Program Manager for Gender in MEDA’s Cross-Cutting Services team and oversees the implementation of gender equality programming, ensuring technical quality assurance, and building internal capacity of staff and partners.

In this role, she develops and manages MEDA's gender equality strategies, developing tools and resources for MEDA’s gender programming. She currently supports projects in Tanzania, Kenya, Myanmar, Jordon, and Ghana. She also supports MEDA’s Vulnerable Populations working group, which focuses on how to increase women and youth in economic development programs. Prior to joining MEDA, Sara managed complex projects, including mobile data for decision making and digital financial inclusion with USAID’s Global Development Lab, and workforce development in Morocco. She has also worked with women entrepreneurs in Cape Town, South Africa and supported international exchange programs between the U.S. and Asia. Sara holds a M.A. in Social Enterprise from American University and a B.A. in International Development from Connecticut College.