Jennifer Denomy is MEDA’s Technical Director of Vulnerable Populations, which includes a focus on women, youth and rural populations. She is based in MEDA’s West Africa, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional team.
In this role, she develops and leads MEDA's strategy to promote increased economic inclusion for vulnerable populations. She has expertise in incorporating women and youth into markets, supporting entrepreneurship, promoting financial inclusion and providing training and facilitation. She brings experience in financial inclusion and livelihoods programming in Egypt, Morocco, Uganda, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, El Salvador, Mongolia and Afghanistan. From 2009 to 2012, she was facilitator of the SEEP Network’s Youth Financial Services Practitioner Learning Program, a three year action research project that brought together four microfinance organizations to explore appropriate and accessible financial services for young people. A trained facilitator and curriculum designer, she has twenty years’ experience conducting tailored workshops, training trainers and creating training materials. Prior to joining MEDA, Jennifer worked as the pedagogical manager of a teacher training centre in Germany and a curriculum designer for BRAC’s Non-formal Primary Education Program in Bangladesh. Jennifer holds a Master's degree in Education and International Development from the University of Toronto and an M.A in English Language and Literature from McGill University.
Jared graduated with his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Azusa Pacific University in southern California. For the following three years, he worked as a crew leader for the National Park Service, leading youth conservation crews in rehabilitation and construction projects in National Parks such as Yosemite, Denali, Saguaro, and Arches. During his off season Jared traveled throughout SE Asia backpacking and volunteering in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia. In 2011-2012 Jared served a fellowship for the Seattle based non-profit, Vittana, in Kigali, Rwanda. Here he worked and partnered at a local microfinance bank implementing financial service products to help university and vocational students complete their education. For the past year, he has worked in resource development for the International Rescue Committee in Phoenix, Arizona. Jared is a strong believer in the power of opening up financial access to the under-resourced and is excited to serve as a MEDA intern.
Ines is a Masters candidate for May 2013 studying International Development at American University. With her international background as well as being bilingual, Ines always finds ways to remain active while in school. Before her position as a Project Coordinator Intern with MEDA, Ines worked for Women for Women international as a Sponsorship Intern in the spring of 2011. Ines also had a great field internship with Plan International in the summer of 2011 in Burkina Faso, her country of origin. In the long run, Ines would like to found her own NGO which will have the status, the power, and the expertise to help developing countries all around the world. In her free time, Ines likes crafting, cooking, traveling and is still learning to appreciate Americans winters.
Mary was born in Leamington, Ontario and lived there until the age of 17. After high school, she was given the opportunity to play junior ice hockey for the Boston Shamrocks, which led to her to be recruited for Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts for the next four years. She is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration specializing in Marketing with a minor in Communications. During the summers, she worked at Silver Lake Mennonite Camp where she filled many different roles from counsellor to lifeguard to last summer where she led a leadership program. She has been fortunate to be able to travel to a few places, such as Germany, Paraguay, Argentina and most recently Ukraine and Istanbul. She loved learning about the different culture in all of these places and is excited to experience life in Tanzania. She is quite thankful for this opportunity and looks forward to being part of the great work MEDA does!
Curtis was born and raised in Kincardine, ON. He graduated from Trent University in Peterborough, ON with a Geography Degree as well as completed a Graduate Certificate at Fleming College in Lindsay, ON for GIS: Application Specialist. He has over 5 years past experience working with Mapping/GIS, databases and programming. In the past, he volunteered with Mission trips to the Village of Hope in Kisumu, Kenya and most recently a few months ago in Harare, Zimbabwe as well as with a group 'Friends of Honduran Children' near Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Past working positions have been with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, City of Brampton and Kawartha Heritage Conservancy. Some of his interests include sports (soccer, hockey, tennis), listening to music and trying new foods. He is looking forward to experience and learn about a new culture and land while assisting MEDA with its TNVS program through distributing ITNs, tracking technology and building new relationships with Tanzanians.
Stefanie V. Santana was born in Peru and then moved to Montréal, where she currently lives. She graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration from HEC Montreal in Finance and International Business. In addition, Stefanie has had the opportunity to live in 3 different continents and has visited more than 15 countries. She is quite excited and grateful for this new international experience which will be an interesting journey of hard work, accomplishments and fun.
Sarah is a graduate of Ottawa’s Carleton University in International Relations as well as Teaching English as a second language. Throughout her university studies, she travelled extensively, most recently completing a university exchange in Pamplona, Spain. While abroad, she volunteered with OXFAM and also taught English. To date, her biggest accomplishment has been the personal growth she has received from the Rotary Exchange to Argentina she did at the age of 17. Her first hand experiences in Argentina with culture shock and poverty has molded and changed her direction on life. This in turn aided her drive to volunteer even more upon return. She immediately became an active member of The Humanitarian Organization for Latin American Students (H.O.L.A.S), at Carleton, where fundraising was done to provide humanitarian support for countries in need. Sarah’s long term goal is to enable people to take responsibility for their own future development and she believes that MEDA’s values will help her substantially in meeting these goals. Her personal philosophy of helping is summed up by the proverb, “Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.”
Catherine is from Toronto and holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto as well as a post-graduate certificate in International Development and Project Management from Humber College. Catherine has spent the last year working with the Rural Education Institute of Mexico, a small non-profit that provides educational programs for children and youth living in rural Mexico. She has also spent time teaching English in Spain and has extensive experience working with children and youth. Microfinance has always been a great topic of interest for Catherine who focused her Master’s research on microfinance in Ghana. Catherine is extremely excited to be joining MEDA and for the opportunity to work with its partner MiCrédito in Nicaragua.
Sanae has had opportunity to travel to Morocco on numerous occasions to meet relatives and volunteer at local orphanages. This insight instinctively led her to compare the multiple breaches between both worlds and the drastic differences in the quality of life. She holds a BA in International Studies and Modern Languages as well as a BA in International Studies and Globalization. Her most recent work experiences range from Financial Advisor at JP Morgan Chase, Junior Project Manager at the University of Ottawa and Usher at the National Arts Centre. In addition, she has volunteered at student associations such as the Students Aiding Village Empowerment (S.A.V.E) and the African Awareness Initiative (AAI), both of which combine cultural elements with humanitarian efforts. As the web designer and active member of the events committee for the Humanitarian Organization of Latin American Students (H.O.L.A.S.), she aided in organization and event promotion which have raised over $6000 for each project. Sanae realized fundraising alone can only remedy some of the inequalities in disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. It is her belief that every population has the key to eliminate poverty; a business perspective enables that possibility.