Danilo Cruz-DePaula is a six-time Chief of Party, implementing USAID projects worldwide. Prior to development consulting, he was an investment banker in London, Budapest, Russia, and the US, raising capital for early-stage companies and leading mergers and acquisitions. Previously, Mr. Cruz-DePaula served as a senior US trade negotiator for the Office of the US Trade Representative, in charge of all commodity negotiations worldwide. He began his career as a Foreign Service Officer with USAID, serving in Peru, Honduras, and Afghanistan, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica. He holds an MBA in finance and strategic management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in International Economics and Development from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Trinity University. He is married to Rosa Jimenez and has two daughters, Michelle and Marisa, and a son, David.
Sarah Meyer is the deputy chief of party of the Tunisia JOBS project. Ms. Meyer supports the chief of party and oversees JOBS’ work in workforce development; policy; and monitoring, evaluation, and learning. Since 1995, she has worked on USAID projects around the world, in countries and development challenges as diverse as WTO accession in Afghanistan, legal reform in Vietnam, job creation in Tunisia, and many others. She got her masters degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Ms. Meyer is originally from Saint Louis, Missouri. She is married to Ricardo Vieira.
Dr. Walid Alouini joined the Tunisia JOBS project as the Enterprise Engagement Team Leader in October 2018. He served since 2016 on the Business Reform and Competitiveness Project (BRCP) as the Team Leader in charge of managing the SME competitiveness initiative in Tunisia. He also worked with Chemonics to design and implement a competitiveness program for Libyan SMEs. Dr. Alouini led the USAID Middle East Growth (MEG) project in Yemen and Libya where he has established organizations dedicated to SME competitiveness. Dr. Alouini practiced medicine in Tunisia, Algeria, and France for more than 10 years. He holds an MBA degree from HEC school of management in Paris. He is married to Hala Amri and has two sons, Sadry and Youssef, and a daughter, Lilia.
Ms. Allouche currently serves as JOBS’ Access to Finance Team Leader. Ms. Allouche is a Tunisian finance specialist with over 15 years of experience helping companies expand their activities and strengthen their business practices. She is also an expert in the development and implementation of investment and finance strategies for SMEs. Prior to joining the JOBS project, she worked on several USAID projects as the Access to Finance Team Leader, including the USAID MEG and the USAID BRCP projects. Ms. Allouche is also a finance lecturer at the Tunisian Exchange Training Institute (IFBT). She holds a PhD in Management Sciences.
Hajer Torjman is the Strategic Communications and Youth Outreach Team Leader. Her expertise includes strategic communications, youth and marginalization, violence prevention, social inclusion. She has worked in development and in social care for over 15 years with international organizations such as Handicap International, Catholic Charities, Anglicare Central Queensland, and Creative Associates International. She holds an MSc degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Human Sciences in Tunis, and an MSc in intellectual Disabilities from the University of Portsmouth.
Eymen Errais is a senior investment and strategy advisor on the JOBS program. Mr. Errais has more than 15 years of experience in capital markets and corporate finance, acquired from several international institutions. He was also Chief Executive Officer of a private equity fund management company. More recently, he was advisor to the Minister of Development, Investment, International Cooperation and Finance. Mr. Errais has a PhD in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. He also holds two masters, the first in Operational Research and the second in Financial Engineering. He is also the holder of several professional degrees such as a financial risk manager (FRM), in corporate finance technical foundations, and investment management of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI).
Ms. Wided Hasnaoui currently serves as as JOBS’ workforce development team leader.
Prior to Tunisia JOBS, she was a university teacher for 14 years. With the support of USAID, she started the first university career center in Tunisia in 2013 at ISET Zaghouan created in partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education. She has also held different positions, including marketing manager in advertising, publishing, and ICT. She holds a Masters degree in marketing from the University of Tunis El Manar. She is the mother of three daughters, Nour, Yasmine, et Camelia.
Ikhlas Haddar is JOBS’ business enabling environment team leader. Prior to joining JOBS, she was a director in the Ministry of Trade working mainly on the legal framework and international agreements in trade, free trade agreements, SME development, and institutional capacity building in trade. She holds a masters degree in Civil Servant Councilor from the Ecole Nationale Administration in Tunis and a degree in law from the University of Political and Legal Sciences in Tunis.
James Whawhen is a six-time monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) team leader, developing and implementing monitoring, evaluation, and learning systems, and providing project management support to USAID-funded projects in Liberia, Niger, Somalia, Iraq, and Tunisia. Prior to providing direct MEL support, he served as project development officer, regional manager, and technical advisor on a five-year USAID-funded community infrastructure, social, and economic development project in Liberia. Mr. Whawhen is a former Chief of Party on a USAID project with 20 years of teaching and training experience.
Mr. Whawhen holds a Masters in regional science and a Bachelors in electrical engineering, both from the University of Liberia. He is married to Kumba Whawhen and has two daughters, Jaralyn and Jamnie, and a son, James.
Noelle Veltzé leads the Technical Support Team implementing grants, technical assistance contracting, and other procurements to achieve JOBS’ results and impact. Ms. Veltzé is a project leader and development specialist with over 18 years of experience in the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean, including 15 years implementing USAID economic growth, environment, and governance projects. Other senior leadership roles include serving as chief of party for the USAID BIJAK and ProRep projects in Indonesia, and as deputy chief of party for the USAID Nepal Transition Initiative. Ms. Veltzé holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a MSc. in management from the University Pompeu Fabra.
Kristen Hamaoui leads all financial, human resources, and operational procedures on the JOBS program. Prior to joining JOBS in Tunisia, Ms. Hamaoui worked in the Risk Management and Middle East and North Africa divisions at the Chemonics office in Washington, DC. She has worked in development since graduating university, primarily in the Middle East and with consultancies throughout Africa and in Asia. She has a B.A. in International Studies from American University in Washington, DC.