Our Team

Executive Department

Joanne Lebert

Executive Director

Ottawa, Canada

Joanne joined IMPACT in 2011 and leads our work to improve how natural resources are managed where security and human rights are at risk. Her work has focused on contributing to responsibly-sourced, conflict-free minerals and she has helped Central African governments launch and implement a regional strategy to tackle conflict minerals. Joanne is a policy advisor, frequent guest speaker, and trainer to policymakers, private sector representatives, and civil society organizations.

Previously, Joanne was based at the University of Ottawa’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre. She focused on gender-based violence in conflict settings in Africa and how it is impacted by the extractives industry. She was also Deputy Director of the Canadian non-profit, Peacebuild, where she worked to strengthen Canadian foreign policy options and practice. She carried out anthropological fieldwork for her doctoral studies in Namibia and Angola and was a Visiting Fellow in Refugee Studies at the University of Oxford. She has lectured at Carleton University and worked for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia, Amnesty International, and CARE International in Zambia.

Paula Eyzaguirre

Security and Logistics Coordinator

Ottawa, Canada

Paula oversees IMPACT’s international security strategy. She assesses security situations in the countries where we operate and develops and implements security policies and procedures. She also provides logistical support and relevant administrative support to the Executive Director.

Paula has nearly a decade of international security experience. She previously developed and implemented security management systems in a dozen countries across Latin America, South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Prior to joining IMPACT in 2016, Paula worked at a UK-based animal welfare charity, which seeks to improve the lives of working horses, donkeys, and mules in developing countries, and as a development officer in Peru. She holds a Master’s degree in International Boundary Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, where her studies focused on how natural resources cause cross-border conflict.

Communications Department

Zuzia Danielski

Communications Director

Ottawa, Canada

Zuzia provides strategic guidance for all of IMPACT’s internal and external communications. She develops and implements communication strategies for our organization and projects, oversees the production of IMPACT’s reports and other materials, and manages our media relations.

Zuzia is a multimedia storyteller with significant experience in supporting human rights organizations and campaigns to communicate effectively. Zuzia previously worked with the Nobel Women’s Initiative, the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict, and advised numerous Canadian social justice groups in a communications capacity. She began her career in newsrooms, reporting out of the Warsaw bureau of The Associated Press and at National Geographic Poland. Zuzia holds a Master’s degree in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London where her research focused on sexual violence in conflict.

Field Operations Department

Jean-Marc Pagé

Field Operations Director

Ottawa, Canada

Jean-Marc oversees IMPACT’s field operations, including supervising field staff, managing project planning, development, and reporting, and ensures the delivery of high-quality programming. He also manages collaborations between IMPACT and our project partners.

Jean-Marc is a highly experienced operations manager, specialized in working in conflict-affected and fragile states. He previously worked with War Child, International Rescue Committee, and Oxfam overseeing programs focused on child protection, disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration of combatants into society. He has worked internationally in Nepal and Burundi, and extensively in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Prior to joining IMPACT in 2016, Jean-Marc worked in partnership management at the University of Montreal. Jean-Marc holds a dual Master’s degree in Administration from Sherbrooke University and the Institute of Public Management and Territory Governance in France.

Carmen Teichgraber

Senior Project Manager

Ottawa, Canada

Carmen is IMPACT’s expert in training and capacity development. She leads our work with the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), supporting the implementation of the Regional Certification Mechanism and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Due Diligence Guidelines in ICGLR Member States. She also coordinates with regional civil society organizations to advance and improve due diligence, monitoring, and reporting.

Carmen has an extensive background in international project management, partnership building, and capacity development. She has worked in Burundi, Zambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Peru, the Caribbean, and Palestine for various NGOs including the Canadian Red Cross and Canadian Hunger Foundation, as well as for the Government of Canada’s Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs. Carmen holds a Master’s degree from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, where her studies focused on international development.

Félicien Mbikayi Cimanga

Political Liaison Officer

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Félicien is the liaison between IMPACT and government officials in Kinshasa, which includes attending meetings with the Ministry of Mines on behalf of IMPACT, coordinating visits to Just Gold project sites, and monitoring the political climate in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to mitigate risks.

Félicien has close to 30 years’ experience as a project manager, consultant, and facilitator specializing in rural development and natural resource management. He previously served as the Kasai Oriental province Focal Point for the DRC Natural Resources Network, as Secretary General for the National Council of Development NGOs, and was a member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) technical committee in DRC for five years. Since 2005, he has also been president of a group to support citizen participation in the management of natural resources in DRC. Félicien completed an advanced degree in rural development from the Institute of Rural Development in Bukavu, DRC.

Gentine Kavira

Gentine Kavira

Community Assistant

Ituri Province, Democratic Republic of Congo

Gentine coordinates and supervises the activities of a dozen Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) within the AFECCOR project. She is also responsible for the entry and quality control of data about the groups and their members.

Gentine previously worked in administration and research in the banking and microcredit sector. She holds a degree in Financial Management from the Adventist University of Lukanga.

Gisèle Eva Côté

Senior Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist

Montreal, Canada

Gisèle leads IMPACT’s gender work, developing, implementing, and overseeing gender equality strategies in consultation with local communities. She trains staff members, stakeholders, and community groups on women’s rights. Gisèle also leads our research on gender and liaises with stakeholders to develop recommendations on women’s empowerment in the extractive industry for policymakers at all levels of government.

Gisèle has over 25 years of international experience, including designing and managing projects that address human rights, women’s rights, and indigenous rights, as well as rights to land and natural resources. She is skilled in program evaluation and alliance building and has extensive field experience with grassroots and non-profit organizations in Latin America and Africa (in particular, in Democratic Republic of Congo). Gisèle’s research has focused on crimes of sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict contexts and examining mining issues through a gender lens.

Jean Paul Lonema

Project Manager

Ituri Province, Democratic Republic of Congo

Jean Paul supports IMPACT’s work in mineral certification and due diligence in French-speaking countries in the Great Lakes region. He liaises with International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Secretariat staff and government officials to carry out stakeholder sensitization and to coordinate capacity building and other technical training.

Jean Paul is a former community development officer, consultant, and researcher, specializing in the mining sector. In his previous roles he provided technical advice on artisanal gold mining, analyzed mining contracts and other aspects of the industrial mining sector, and provided training on mineral taxation, the mining code, and Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) process. Jean Paul studied philosophy and theology and pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Economic and Social Law at the University of Bunia.

Lynn Gitu

Program Leader

Kampala, Uganda

Lynn supports IMPACT’s work in mineral certification and due diligence in English-speaking countries in the Great Lakes region. She liaises with International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Secretariat staff and government officials to carry out stakeholder sensitization, and to coordinate capacity building and other technical training.

Lynn is a legal professional with an emphasis in social justice. She specializes in conflict analysis, policy analysis, women’s empowerment and natural resource governance. She has previously held positions with Africa Institute for Energy Governance and International Alert, implementing and managing advocacy programming focused on better management of energy and extractives in East and Central Africa. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Law from Makerere University in Uganda.

Oscar Katho

Traceability Officer

Ituri Province, Democratic Republic of Congo

Oscar manages the Model Trading House (Maison D’Achat Modèle—MAM) and supervises five mini-MAM agents at Just Gold mine sites in DRC’s Ituri Province. He ensures the smooth operation of the transactional system, reports on export activities, and ensures traceability of the supply chain from mine to export.

Oscar joined IMPACT in 2015 and brought with him knowledge and experience in mine verification, gold sales, and gold processing. He previously worked in the gold sector in Ituri and was involved in sales for a licensed gold trader. Oscar is an agricultural agronomist at the University of Bunia and he completed a degree in Information System Management in Kampala, Uganda.

Pascal Mbusa

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Ituri Province, Democratic Republic of Congo

Pascal is IMPACT’s driver and logistics assistant in Ituri Province. As well, he provides wide ranging support to the team with his skills as a mechanic and coordinates logistics such as staff travel and mining equipment.

Pascal joined the team bringing experience as a driver with other international organizations in Democratic Republic of Congo. He is a skilled mechanic and electrician.

Pendeza Nzuva

Gender and Community Development Project Officer

Ituri Province, Democratic Republic of Congo

Pendeza supports the day-to-day operations of IMPACT’s Artisanal Mining Women’s Empowerment Credit and Savings project (AFECCOR). She identifies and responds to the capacity building needs of project participants while promoting women’s entrepreneurship. She also prepares and implements training to sensitize miners and other individuals working at or near mine sites.

Pendeza is a skilled facilitator, communicator, and advocate, with more than 15 years of experience in community sensitization and capacity building. She has extensive experience facilitating community dialogue on natural resource management and previously served as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) focal point in Mambasa, working on good governance and transparency in extractive industries. Pendeza has a diploma in Administration and Organizational Management from the University Evangélique pour la Mission en Afrique and a degree in Engineering Science from the Université Francophone des Grand Lacs.

Victoria Reichel

Project Manager

Ottawa, Canada

Victoria provides technical guidance on the implementation and management of IMPACT projects. She has a special interest in providing opportunities for women’s empowerment in supply chains. Currently, she oversees AFECCOR, our credit and savings project for artisanal gold miners, which promotes women’s entrepreneurship.

Victoria is an economist and supply chain specialist with a multidisciplinary background. Before joining IMPACT in 2015, she worked with Fairtrade Canada on developing traceable and ethical supply chains in the coffee and non-food sector. She also has experience working at numerous research centres in France where her work focused on participatory practices in environmental conflict situations across a variety of sectors, including land use, water management, and mining. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Economics from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris and a Master’s degree in Environmental Knowledge Mediation from the University of Versailles.

Finance Department

Josée Létourneau

Finance and Administration Director

Ottawa, Canada

Josée has led IMPACT’s Finance Department since 2005, overseeing all finance and administrative needs, both at our headquarters and in the field. This includes monitoring project expenses, ensuring we meet financial standards set by our donors and auditors, and producing financial reports.

Josée brings extensive experience in finance and administration from various organizations, as an employee as well as a member of several Boards of Directors. She gained international experience through work placements in Togo, Mali, Nicaragua, and Spain. She also worked as a civil engineer in Canada and Nepal before redirecting her career to finance and administration. Josée obtained a degree in civil engineering from the University of Laval.

Germain Alingaka

Finance and Administration Officer

Ituri Province, Democratic Republic of Congo

Germain oversees finance and administration for IMPACT’s team in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), especially in support of our Just Gold project. This includes managing accounting and project-related financial transactions and ensuring they are done in accordance with the Just Gold traceability system.

Germain joined IMPACT in 2016 and was previously Financial Director at the Evangelical Medical Centre of Nyankunde. His professional training includes working with non-profit organizations in accounting, human resources, logistics, and administration. He also has experience with the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa’s accounting system. Germain obtained a Graduate Diploma in Business and Administrative Sciences from L’Institut Supérieur Pédagogique in Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Générose Bifunge

Finance and Administration Officer

Ottawa, Canada

Générose supports IMPACT’s finance and administration activities, focusing on cash management, coordination of our finance staff in the field, and implementation of our financial policies and procedures.

Générose has vast experience in the financial administration of international development projects and programs in East Africa, francophone African countries, the Middle East, the Asia Pacific region, and the Caribbean. Before joining IMPACT in 2015, she was a Finance and Administration Officer for the Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program at Universities Canada. She also worked with the United Nations Development Programme as well as a civil society platform in Burundi. Générose obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration, with a focus on finance, from the University of Quebec at Montreal.

Jacob Omal

Finance and Administration Officer

Kampala, Uganda

Jacob oversees finance and administrative activities in IMPACT’s Uganda office, including financial procedures, administrative controls, and bookkeeping. He also provides logistical support, managing travel arrangements for staff traveling to and within the region.

Jacob joined IMPACT in 2017, bringing with him over 15 years of experience in accounting, financial management, human resources, office management, and general administration. He also has experience working in conflict and post-conflict areas. Jacob previously worked for Child Fund International and War Child Canada in Uganda and he played a key role in establishing War Child Canada’s operations in South Sudan. Jacob holds a Master’s in Business Administration, with an emphasis in finance and accounting, as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management, both from Gulu University in Gulu, Uganda. He is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Kodjo Agbekpenou

Finance and Administration Officer

Ottawa, Canada

Kodjo supports IMPACT’s finance and administration activities, especially accounting and auditing. He analyzes financial reports from our Canadian-based and field office staff, assists in the preparation of financial statements and financial reports to our donors, and acts as a key resource person for complex accounting transactions.

Kodjo is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). Prior to joining IMPACT in 2016, he worked for Mackissen Tax & Accounting Consultation Inc., FAP Consulting Group, and the Montreal-based International Bureau of Children’s Rights. He also brings experience from his time as a human rights activist in Togo. Kodjo holds a Master’s degree in Managerial Science from the University of Lomé and a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from HEC Montreal.

Korotoumou Coulibaly

Finance and Accounting Officer

Ottawa, Canada

Korotoumou supports IMPACT’s finance and administration activities, especially accounting.

Korotoumou is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with several years of rich and varied experience across non-profit organizations, private enterprises, and accounting firms in both Africa and Canada. Prior to joining IMPACT in 2017, she worked as a Financial Analyst, and was previously the Chief Accountant at a consultative group on International Agricultural Research. Korotoumou holds an MBA and Postgraduate Diploma specializing in Management Accounting from the University of Quebec at Montreal as well as a Diploma of Accounting and Financial Studies from France’s Lille Academy.

Marianne Mapenzi

Cashier and Administrative Assistant

Ituri Province, Democratic Republic of Congo

Marianne supports IMPACT’s financial management in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and for our Just Gold project, in particular. She also assists with other administrative needs, including providing logistical support for staff traveling to or within the region and welcoming visitors.

Marianne joined IMPACT in 2017. She has a diploma in community development with an emphasis on project management and administration from the Institut Supérieur Emmanuel D’Alzon in Butembo, DRC.

Innovation Department

Gerard van der Burg

 Innovation Director

Ottawa, Canada

Gerard develops and enhances systems to improve natural resource governance and ensure long term sustainability of our projects. He liaises with market actors and impact investors to explore and develop new models of financing. Gerard also oversees IMPACT’s monitoring and evaluation systems.

Gerard is an international development professional with over 30 years’ experience. He has worked as an advisor, facilitator, and manager specializing in natural resource management for private sector companies and non-profits in Canada, Europe, Latin America, and Africa. Gerard has spent the last 15 years applying his expertise in Program and Performance Management and Systems Analysis. His innovative work has been recognized with a Smithsonian Institution award honoring those who use information technology to benefit society. Gerard holds a degree in Forestry from Lakehead University and Master’s Certificate in Business Analysis from the SPROTT School of Business at Carleton University.

Technical Department

Kady Seguin

Technical Director

Ottawa, Canada (on maternity leave)

Kady is IMPACT’s primary liaison with downstream market actors in the mineral sector, engaging with private sector actors to encourage responsible sourcing and due diligence efforts. Kady also leads our engagement in a variety of multi-stakeholder forums aimed at improving natural resource governance.

Kady joined IMPACT in 2009. She has worked with the Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Canada coalition and was involved in the successful campaign to secure legislation in Canada that requires the disclosure of payments made to governments by oil, gas and mining companies around the world. Kady has also led capacity building efforts that help civil society organizations understand and use the publicly disclosed information in their work. Kady holds a Master’s degree in Globalization and International Development from the University of Ottawa, where her research focused on the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

Patience Singo

Governance Advisor

Kampala, Uganda

Patience is IMPACT’s technical expert on artisanal and small-scale gold mining. He advises on and implements technical assistance for the Just Gold project. He also assists with our strategies to improve governance systems, including mercury reduction and addressing other environmental impacts of artisanal and small-scale gold mining.

Patience has a wealth of experience in project management, government and stakeholder engagement, as well as vast technical knowledge specific to mining. Patience worked for nearly a decade as Project Director of a sustainable artisanal mining project with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Mongolia and was previously a Technical Advisor on the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s global project to reduce mercury use in ASGM. His extensive international work includes studies and projects throughout Africa, South America, and Asia. Patience holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe and a Master’s in Business Administration from Delta International University in New Orleans. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Law and Policy at the University of Dundee.