Program Director - Mr. Hh Zaizay

Hh Zaizay serves as the Program Director and leads the in-country team. Hh provides critical leadership support, and is responsible for the management and implementation of program-related activities and curricula in Liberia. Hh serves as the main point of contact in Liberia for all partners and stakeholders. Hh holds a MA in Gender, Peace, and Security from the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center in Accra, Ghana and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the United Methodist University in Monrovia, Liberia.

Program Assistant – Ms. Sadia Stubblefield

Sadia G. Stubblefield serves as the Program Assistant and provides administrative support to the in-country team. She is responsible for coordinating the day-to-day activities in the office and serving as a main point of contact for all PYPs. She assists in the coordination of special events, including trainings, immersion excursions, and meetings. Sadia holds an AA degree in Management from Stella Maris Polytechnic University and is currently a senior student pursuing a BBA degree.

Program Interns

The Program hosts 1-2 interns throughout the course of its operations. Internships are unpaid and are for Liberian nationals. Program Interns assists in the day-to-day management and execution of program activities, and work closely with the Program Assistant. Please inquire with the local office on internship availability.

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Co-Founder and Chair, International Advisory Board - Betsy Williams

Betsy Williams helped to establish the President’s Young Professional Program in Liberia in 2009 and currently serves as Chair of its International Advisory Board. She also provided critical seed funding through the Hess Foundation. From 2007-2009 Betsy lived in Liberia where she managed and expanded the Scott Fellows Program, a sister initiative to PYPP, and served as an advisor to the Ministry of Health. She also established the Liberia office for John Snow, Inc.

From 2009-2013, Ms. Williams was as a member of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) Team at USAID, focused on accelerating USAID’s work to end preventable child and maternal deaths through new strategic partnerships. From 2003-2007 she worked with the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke as the founding manager of the AIDS in Asia Initiative at the Asia Society, a public education program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to build awareness of the growing impact of HIV/AIDS in Asia. Ms. Williams started her career in health and human rights as a volunteer for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa and continued that work at Physicians for Human Rights and the World Health Organization.

She graduated cum laude from Princeton University, and received her Master’s degree in Public Health from the Mailman School at Columbia University where she currently serves on the Board of Overseers. She also serves on the Board of Seed Global Health, an organization that is training the next generation of global health educators.

The Global Development Incubator

Since early 2015, the Global Development Incubator (GDI) has been providing strategic, operational, and financial support and oversight to the PYPP as it transitions from a program managed by the US-based non-profit John Snow, International to an independent Liberian non-profit in a public-private partnership with the Government of Liberia.

GDI was created to advance and scale transformative perspectives in social impact. It takes a growth engineering approach to the creation and expansion of select ideas, organizations, and initiatives that address urgent global problems. GDI provides structured pathways over 2-3 years to support the achievement of critical step-changes necessary for ideas and organizations to move to the next level. GDI supports the implementation of a strategic plan and then transition to a clear and responsible operational handoff, ensuring that the right engines for growth are built for continued transformative social impact.

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