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rogerRoger Mathisen | Program Director, Southeast Asia

Roger is an international nutritionist with more than 18 years of experience working in non-governmental organizations, the United Nations, academic institutions and the private sector. At Alive & Thrive, he provides program and technical leadership, management, and coordination of A&T activities in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam, and the Philippines. Before joining A&T, Roger worked as a nutrition specialist for UNICEF in Malawi and Viet Nam from 2004-2014, and provided technical capacity and emergency support in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and the Philippines. He has a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Oslo and continuing education from University of Ulster, Harvard Business Publishing and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Applied Nutrition, Research Design, Organizational Management and Health Policy and Financing. Roger is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.

Jenn Cashin pic_A&TJennifer Carter Cashin | Technical Specialist, Southeast Asia

Jennifer Cashin is a public health nutritionist and certified lactation counselor. Jennifer has more than nine years of experience supporting nutrition, food security, public health and development projects in Myanmar and Cambodia. In her role with Alive & Thrive, she works to develop and strengthen policies and programs that support improved infant and young child feeding (IYCF) and nutrition practices in Myanmar, with a specific focus on extending maternity protection and entitlements, developing IYCF-friendly health systems, and strengthening enforcement of the Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. Prior to joining Alive & Thrive, Jennifer supported the start up and strengthening of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Civil Society Alliance (CSA) in Myanmar. Her areas of expertise include research, curriculum development, and capacity building. Jennifer holds a Master of Public Health in International Health and Development from Tulane University. Jennifer is based in Yangon, Myanmar.

Do Thi ChungDo Thi Chung | Technical Specialist, Human Milk Bank, Viet Nam

Do Thi Chung manages Alive & Thrive’s human milk bank project in Da Nang, Viet Nam. Before joining A&T, Chung worked with Plan International, the Committee for Child Care and Protection, and briefly as a pediatrician. Chung graduated from Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy and then obtained a Master of Public Health. Chung is based in Da Nang, Viet Nam.




Do Thi Phuong Dung

Do Thi Phuong Dung | Finance and Administrative Manager, Southeast Asia

Do Thi Phuong Dung has been responsible for finance and administration management of programs in Viet Nam since 2009 and Southeast Asia since 2014. Prior to joining Alive & Thrive, Dung worked for SMARTWork Viet Nam, a project focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention in the workplace, funded by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and USAID. Dung is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.



Tran Mai Lan bwTran Mai Lan | Technical Officer, Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation

Tran Mai Lan has been working with Alive & Thrive since 2011, where she focused on providing program evaluation support in Viet Nam and Bangladesh. Recently, Lan has been involved with A&T’s maternal feasibility study in Uttar Pradesh, India. Lan holds a Bachelor’s degree in public health from the Hanoi School of Public Health. Lan is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.



 Phan Thi Hong LinhPhan Thi Hong Linh | Technical Specialist, Public Relations & Advocacy, Southeast Asia

Phan Thi Hong Linh is currently based in Hanoi, Viet Nam and supports the Southeast Asia policy and advocacy work including development, implementation and coordination of a strategic communications and advocacy plan. Before joining A&T, Linh worked as a consultant for a Japanese legal consulting firm and as a project manager for a local NGO for more than six years. From 2010 – 2014, Linh was a member of the A&T advocacy team that part of the multi-stakeholder alliance contributing to significant policy wins for maternal and child health and nutrition in Viet Nam, including 6 months paid maternity leave and a stronger national code on marketing of breastmilk substitutes. Linh graduated from the Social Sciences and Humanities University in Hanoi with a Bachelor of Economics, and obtained a master’s degree in Management from Solvay Business School – Universite Libre de Bruxelles. Linh is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.


Nguyen Thi MienNguyen Thi Mien | Project Assistant, Southeast Asia

Nguyen Thi Mien provides a range of support to Alive & Thrive, including translation and interpretation, office administration and operations, logistics arrangement for meetings and workshops, and program documentation. Prior to joining the Alive & Thrive team, Mien worked as a receptionist/customer service representative for Hanoi International SOS clinic and volunteered for various organizations. Mien graduated with a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages from Hanoi University of Technology, and is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.




Nguyen Thanh TuanNguyen Thanh Tuan  | Technical Specialist, Measurement, Learning and Evaluation, Viet Nam

Nguyen Thanh Tuan provides technical leadership for large-scale monitoring systems for interpersonal counseling and mass media activities and project evaluations and their documentation. He also provides technical assistance in policy and advocacy to support the implementation of maternal and child protection policies and to strengthen the Viet Nam Ministry of Health’s monitoring and surveillance systems. As a medical epidemiologist, Tuan has dedicated his career to improving the health of women and children through public health projects and research over the past 20 years. He holds degrees in health and social sciences, epidemiology and statistics with a medical degree from Hanoi Medical University, a doctoral degree in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and postdoctoral research experience at Baylor College of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University. Tuan’s work focuses on maternal and infant nutrition, HIV/AIDS, non-communicable diseases and their risk factors, and health disparities. He is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.

amy weissmanAmy Weissman | Regional Technical Director, Asia Pacific

Amy has more than 20 years of experience designing, implementing and evaluating public health policies and programs in the areas of maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) and nutrition; HIV/AIDS; and sexual and reproductive health. Amy is FHI 360’s Asia Pacific Regional Technical Director for Health, Population, and Nutrition, and works with Alive & Thrive in the region to support strategic communications, research, and documentation. Most recently, she served as Chief of Party of an integrated nutrition and WASH project (USAID Nurture) in Lao PDR, and as Associate Director in FHI 360’s Cambodia Office, working on the nutrition, HIV/AIDS and research portfolios. Amy has a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree from the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Public Health, a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and a Master’s of Science from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. Amy is based in Bangkok, Thailand.

Christina WongChristina Wong | Scientist, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, Southeast Asia

Christina Wong is a behavioral scientist with more than 20 years of experience in public health research. She is based in Singapore and serves as principal investigator on a variety of qualitative research studies including the use of qualitative methods in formative research and applied programmatic research. Her recent studies include formative research on infant and young child feeding practices in Myanmar and the Philippines, an evaluation of a community‐based, integrated non‐communicable disease prevention and control program in Viet Nam, and exploring the barriers and facilitators to retention in HIV care and treatment among people living with HIV in Singapore. In addition to her role as an investigator, she also provides training to build capacity to conduct research and behavior change interventions not only for A&T, but with partner organizations, ministries of health, universities and hospitals across the region and in Africa. Christina received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Health Behavior and Health Education and a Master of Public Health from Yale University.

Paul ZambranoPaul Zambrano | Regional Technical Specialist, A&T Southeast Asia

Paul is a medical doctor and public health nutrition specialist with more than eight years of experience in maternal and child health and nutrition programming, IYCF, management of acute malnutrition, policy advocacy, and humanitarian coordination and response. Before joining A&T, Paul worked with Save the Children, WHO, and UNICEF Philippines and Myanmar as Nutrition Specialist. In A&T, Paul will provide technical support to strengthen the enabling policy environment and health systems support for IYCF practices in ASEAN, and will also support efforts to develop and implement SBC strategies. Paul’s areas of expertise include nutrition program planning, epidemiology, legislative advocacy, the Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, nutrition in emergencies, and healthy diet determinants. Paul holds an MSc in Nutrition for Global Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a medical degree from the University of the Philippines.

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