MEDA Blog - Stories from the Field
Nicole assists the West Africa/MENA team as Project Coordinator with market research, business development, proposal development, drafting and editing technical documents, developing marketing materials and backstopping on project activities. Nicole is a graduate from the International Development program at Humber College, as well she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Waterloo.
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.