Integra’s principals have worked in over 60 countries around the world, and bring over 88 years of combined experience to the firm. Please view their detailed individual profiles below.
Robert Otto, President
Mr. Otto has more than 25 years of experience in international development consulting and project management. Mr. Otto is highly experienced in providing consulting services and managing complex projects in private sector development, economic restructuring, and institutional development. He has first-hand knowledge and work experience in more than 45 countries in the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Sub Saharan Africa, and South and East Asia. Earlier in his career, Mr. Otto served as Chief Private Sector Officer, Financial Analyst, Project Development Officer, and Chief Environment Officer for the US Agency for International Development. Mr. Otto holds a Master of Science degree in Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Technology of Management from the American University.
Scott Hajost, Chief of Party, USAID’s Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge
Mr. Hajost is currently the Chief of Party for WCTC. Prior to joining Integra for this project, he was Chief of Party for the Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities (FCMC) Program, a USAID funded project focused on REDD+ and LEDS. He is an international conservation/environmental law and policy expert with over 30 years of experience, and an international lawyer by training. He currently serves on the IUCN Commission on law, where he is a Senior Counsel/Policy Coordinator for North America and the Caribbean, and advises a number of non-profit institutions concerned with environmental and conservation issues. Mr. Hajost holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Toledo College of Law, and a master’s degree in History from Miami University.
John Waugh, Director, Climate and Environment Programs
Mr. Waugh leads Integra’s work on biodiversity, climate change, and natural resources management. Current interests include the application of emerging technologies to promote better monitoring, decision-making, and participation. John is an experienced planner and analyst, with experience in conservation finance, rights-based approaches, and conflict mitigation. Before joining Integra, he served as a consultant designing benefit sharing mechanisms, participatory mapping for climate adaptation, and biodiversity planning. In 20 years at IUCN, he led marine policy work, managed multilateral relations, and served as a protected area specialist. He has worked in villages and the UN, covering 60 countries. He began his career as a wildlife firefighter on Hotshot crews in the western US and as a Park Ranger in some of America’s iconic parks.
David Quinn, Director, Economic Growth and Innovation
Mr. Quinn has managed development projects across seventeen countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East and his expertise includes enabling environment and policy reform, market and value chain analysis, and institutional capacity building. Mr. Quinn joined Integra from Fintrac and has previously worked on a number of USAID projects, including the Enabling Agricultural Trade (EAT) project and the ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (ACTI) project. Most notably, he led the development and implementation of the Institutional Architecture for Food Security Reform diagnostic, which has informed USAID policy support priorities in sixteen countries. Mr. Quinn has a B.A. in Economics and Business from Trinity College Dublin and a M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
Cynthia Mallory, Operations Manager
Ms. Mallory has spent the last 14 years working in several international development consulting firms serving as Operations Manager, Executive Assistant, Office Manager, Assistant to the CFO and Project Coordinator. She is also a United States Air Force retiree with 30 plus years experience in operations and administrative management. Within those 30 years Ms. Mallory has been an aid to supply officers, transportation specialist, fighter pilots and many more. One of her most memorable moments in the field was supervising and working in a forward operating location during Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield.
Geetam Khaond, Senior Associate
Ms. Khaond currently serves in business development, project management and administration at Integra. She is an experienced Management Executive and Independent Consultant in human capital and organizational development. Her experience also includes developing social business models linked to local markets for the sustainable economic development of communities. Previously Geetam consulted for Albania based NGOs in business development and the design of new projects. She also consulted for Dexis Consulting Group and WeConnect International, where she developed better processes to support their rapid growth. Geetam has served in leadership positions at USAID, Save the Children, NGOs and the private sector. She holds two Masters degrees in Public Administration and Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from India.
Rishiraj Das, Senior Climate Change Specialist
Dr. Das is an environmental scientist with expertise in climate and land use change, greenhouse gas accounting, and sustainable natural resource management. He has over 10 years of experience in implementing technical solutions for watershed management, forestry, climate change mitigation and ecosystem service projects across Latin America, South Asia and East Africa. He has worked with development agencies, national and local governments, academia, NGOs and consulting firms across his career. He has a doctorate in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia, and degrees in Forest Ecology and Environmental Management from Berkeley and Yale.
Kimberly Hamilton, Managing Associate
Ms. Hamilton currently serves as Integra’s Managing Associate, where she manages and provides both technical and operational support for several USG-funded projects. Presently under USAID’s Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge she serves as the Scale Specialist and Operations Manager. She is also the Activity Manager for USAID’s Biodiversity and Extractives Political Economy Assessment. Prior to Integra, she conducted monitoring and evaluation for EngenderHealth where she helped evaluate COPE, a process used to improve quality in health services in USAID’s Access, Quality and Use in Reproductive Health (ACQUIRE) Tanzania Project. Ms. Hamilton holds a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from The New School in New York, and is a Certified Associate in Project Management.
Miguel Menez, Project Specialist
Mr. Menez is a Project Specialist at Integra, supporting a variety of the firm’s endeavors, such as the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge and the Climate Smart Agriculture Uptake Study. Prior to joining Integra, Miguel worked as a Programme Assistant at the International Organization for Migration in the Philippines in the fields of Migration Management and Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery. Mr. Menez holds a Master of Arts degree in Sustainable Development from the School for International Training Graduate Institute in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
Gabriella Rufo, Project Specialist
Ms. Rufo is a Project Specialist at Integra, undertaking business development, communications, and supporting operations for a variety of projects, such as the evaluation of the USAID’s Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment. Prior to joining Integra, Gabriella worked as an Associate at PSB, conducting market research for international political campaigns and Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Rufo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs, Spanish and Chinese from James Madison University.
Marie Mainil, Partnerships and Communications Associate, USAID’s Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge
Ms. Manil has over nine years of experience in international communications, partnership building, digital product management, and wildlife conservation. Prior to joining Integra, as a Product Manager and Career Coach, Marie partnered with Geeksters.co to coach, provide digital products and build partnerships for social and environmental impact enterprises such as Flipbook, Legal Atlas, and Internet of Elephants. She also assisted the implementation of strategy and communication campaigns for the re-election of President Obama in 2012. Ms. Mainil holds a LLM in International Crimes and Justice from the University of Turin, and a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from The New School in New York.
Tanya Wyatt, Wildlife Trafficking Advisor, USAID’s Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge
Ms. Wyatt is a Green Criminologist at Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK. She has conducted several lectures on topics including “Comparing Wildlife and Drug Trafficking”; “Comparative Analysis of Wildlife Trafficking in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom”; and “Assessing Media and Partner Engagement with the International Consortium for Combating Wildlife Crime”. Dr. Wyatt earned her PhD in Criminology from the University of Kent, UK. She received her master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Eastern Michigan University.
David N. Townsend, Policy and Regulatory Specialist
Mr. Townsend is an international expert in ICT policy and economics and the leader of GBI’s Universal Service and Access Fund Support Program. He is President of David N. Townsend & Associates (DNTA), an internationally prominent consulting firm specializing in ICT development. For more than 25 years, Mr. Townsend has been a leading contributor to the evolution of the communications sector worldwide, and has advised governments in more than 40 countries on economic issues and policy options for ICT growth and access. He has been one of the pioneers in the design of Universal Service Funds in numerous countries, and has worked extensively with the World Bank, the ITU, and the United Nations, among other organizations.
Parvez Iftikhar, ICT Advisor
Mr. Iftikhar is the former CEO of of the Universal Service Fund Company in Pakistan, the organization responsible for providing ICT services in un-served and under-served areas of Pakistan. A telecom professional with more than 30 years in the field, Mr. Iftikhar joined the newly formed USF Co. in May 2007 as it’s first employee. He built the company from scratch and started projects to provide telecom services (including broadband) in unserved areas. The company, which is run like a private enterprise, is considered a global success-story. Mr. Iftikhar is often invited to speak at international forums on Universal Service issues by international organizations such as the World Bank and the ITU. He is a Graduate of University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore, Pakistan.
Michael Sunggiardi, ICT Advisor
Mr. Sunggiardi has over 31 years of experience in the field of information and communications technology, particularly in the region of South East Asia. In addition to his work under GBI, he has also consulted for the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the World Bank, and several government offices including Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the Ministry of Education and Culture and Indonesia’s Universal Service Obligation Fund He holds a Bachelors degree in electronics and telecommunication from Trisakti University in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Arif Wismadi, ICT Advisor
Mr. Wismadi serves as an ICT Analyst and USO Expert for GBI’s programs in Indonesia. Mr. Wismadi has more than 20 years of experience in public sector consulting, with nine years focusing on Universal Service Obligation/Rural Telecommunication and ICT Programs in Indonesia and the ASEAN Region. He has a degree in architecture and planning from Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) and an MSc in Geo-Information Management at ITC, University of Twente. He is currently a PhD candidate there, focusing on infrastructure and development issues. He has worked on projects for the Government of Indonesia, the ASEAN Seretariat, Japan Cooperation Agency, the ITU, and the Asian Development Bank.
Amie Budiarto, Administrative Assistant
Ms. Budiarto is the Local Coordinator and Administrative Assistant for GBI’s Indonesia activities regarding broadband planning and universal service fund assessment. Prior to joining Integra, Ms. Budiarto worked at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Area Office for South-East Asia in Jakarta. During this time she was responsible for all administrative and finance matters in ITU Jakarta and project offices, and also organized ITU seminars and meetings. Ms. Budiarto graduated from Tarakanita Secretarial and Management Academy, and has certifications in English and French.
Hari Ribowo, Legal and Regulatory Specialist
Mr. Ribowo is a Legal and Regulatory Specialist, working on several GBI projects in Indonesia. He brings over 25 years of experience from Indonesia’s Ministry of Finance, last serving as the Chief of Regional Office in Banten. Mr. Ribowo retains a strong knowledge of finance regulations, including how they are applied to Indonesia’s Universal Service Obligation Fund. He holds a Master of Arts degree from Kansas State University, and a post-graduate degree from the Institute of Finance Science in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Muriuki Mureithi, ICT Advisor
Mr. Mureithi is a GBI consultant based in Nairobi, Kenya, has 29 years of ICT experience and a passion for helping Africa to exploit the benefits of telecommunications. After spending 12 years at Kenya Post and Telecom he began a consulting practice that now focuses on issues of regulatory reform, rural ICT development, market analysis, and competitiveness issues in Eastern and Central Africa. He has consulted for UN agencies, governments, international donors, Civil Society, service operators and industry suppliers. Mr. Mureithi holds an Executive MBA in Strategic Management, as well as a post Graduate Certificate in Telecommunications Management from Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ) USA. He is currently pursuing a PhD focusing on ICT harmonization and integration in the East African Community.
Guillermo Cruz, ICT Advisor
Mr. Cruz is the GBI program’s Latin America and Caribbean regional advisor for ICT for Development. He is a development profesional with eight years experience in ICT policy, public administration and project management. Mr. Cruz has held executive positions in the Government of Colombia, in the ICT Ministry and the National Planning Department. He has also previously worked as a researcher at the World Bank, and at the University of Los Andes in Colombia. He holds a Masters degree in technology and policy from MIT, Masters degrees in economics and environmental economics from the University of Los Andes and the University of Maryland College Park, and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Los Andes.