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.
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.
Corey Nelson, Senior Advisor, Climate Change Strategies and Resilience
Ms. Nelson is a resiliency consultant, having worked on multiple USAID, WB, and UNDP-funded projects, with a regional focus on Southeast Asia and the Pacific. She has 12 years of experience leading business development efforts, managing projects, and providing technical assistance in the areas of climate change, resilience, risk management, and access to finance. Prior to joining Integra, Ms. Nelson assessed the robustness and feasibility of adaptation projects across the Pacific for USAID’s PACAM, redesigned a methodology for climate resilient infrastructure under USAID’s A&E IDIQ, served as a Climate Change Force Migration expert at Oxford University, and was as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kiribati. She holds three Masters in Sustainable Development, Masters in Cultural Anthropology, and an MBA.
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.
Marie Mainil, Partnerships and Communications Lead, USAID’s Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge
Ms. Mainil has over 10 years of experience in international communications, partnership building, and development. She has played a key role in the successful communications and partnership efforts of the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge, resulting in its Prize Winners securing more than 40 key partnerships and leveraging over $2.9 M for the impactful implementation of their solutions. Prior to joining Integra, Ms. Mainil held positions with the Amani Institute, The Peace Alliance, UNDP, World Public Opinion, the Stanley Foundation, and a presidential campaign. 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, and a Bachelors Degree in International Relations from Drake University.
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.
Nicole Scotti, Project Specialist
Ms. Scotti is a Project Specialist at Integra, undertaking business development, communications, and supporting operations for a variety of projects. Prior to joining Integra, Nicole interned at FHI 360, where she spent her time providing technical assistance and supporting new business development for the Social, Economic and Development business unit. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. Ms. Scotti holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs with a minor in Economics from the University of Mary Washington.
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.