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Juan Carlos Alegre, President and Founder
Juan Carlos is a recognized thought leader in the field of monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) and is Alegre Associate's lead consultant. He has worked in dozens of global, regional, and bilateral programs implemented in Africa, Central Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. His work has focused in designing and implementing comprehensive M&E systems with pragmatic results-based approaches that have increased use of data for decision-making, performance improvement, and achievement of outcomes through sustainable and measurable solutions.
He has led external program evaluations and third-party monitoring studies for USAID and other donors as well as setting up comprehensive internal evaluation systems within large and medium-size organizations.
Juan Carlos has held leadership positions in various organizations, including Project HOPE, Save the Children, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), and International Business & Technical Consultants (IBTCI). Juan Carlos previously served as chair of the CORE Group monitoring and evaluation working group, and currently teaches doctoral-level courses in monitoring and evaluation for public health at Tufts University.
Juan Carlos provides expertise to companies on business development and strategy as well as implementation of results-management initiatives and MEL systems. Juan Carlos also guides the work of Alegre Associates' global network of talented and dedicated M&E professionals.
John Pollock focuses on the design and implementation of programs to improve primary health care service delivery in developing countries. His areas of expertise include performance-based financing, performance improvement, human resource development, and monitoring and evaluation. Mr. Pollock contributes to and disseminates state of the art practices in health delivery systems within current projects and in new program design. His recent work has included strategy development for various agencies bidding on donor-funded health projects and collaboration with the Elimination 8 Secretariat, based in Namibia, to develop an 8-country strategy for using performance-based financing in a Global Fund supported effort to eliminate malaria transmission.
Previously, John has taught program and policy evaluation in the Boston University public health doctoral program. He has also worked for Management Sciences for Health, a non-profit organization with projects in 41 countries with an annual budget over $300 Million, where he was Global Technical Lead for Health Financing and Service Delivery, and for two years served as Acting Vice President leading the Center for Health Services, where he served as catalyst for conceptualizing, developing, and delivering the MSH strategy to improve health systems and to design and execute targeted efforts and activities to secure and sustain improved health outcomes. Previously, he served at Harvard University as Assistant Director of the Harvard Institute for International Development.
Mr. Pollock earned his Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Dr. Norbert Rakiro is a physician and public health specialist with more than 18 years of experience working in low- and middle-income countries and conflict/post-conflict contexts. He is an expert in human resources for health, monitoring and evaluation, MNCH, HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and disaster management.
He has served in regional, continental and national leadership and technical roles for health and related disciplines in state and non-state organizations, including government, global emergency and development organizations, international NGOs and consulting firms. He has led several donor-funded projects and has been the Principal for Public Health for QuintilesIMS/IQVIA in Africa. He has also served as a Public Health/Monitoring & Evaluation expert for GAVI and the Global Fund grants in Southern, Eastern and Horn of Africa regions.
He continues serving as a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) on the Global Fund portfolio for Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea and Zambia.
Dr. Rakiro holds a Bachelors of Medicine/Bachelors of Surgery combined degree (MB.ChB) from the University of Nairobi, a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Braun-Hadassah School of Public Health at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a postgraduate diploma in Emergency Preparedness and Response (Disaster Management) from the Rothberg International School/Hebrew University of Jerusalem, HIV Management training from University of California in San Francisco (UCSF), HRH Fellowship with the German International Development Agency GIZ, among other certifications. He is a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA), Kenya Medical Association (KMA), International AIDS Society (IAS), and the Kenya Association of Physicians against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (KAPTLD).
Dr. Marcelo Castrillo is a medical doctor and a public health expert with more than 30 years of experience in managing health and other international development programs implemented in low-resource and complex settings. Dr. Castrillo's experience also includes the development of national monitoring and evaluation systems, action plans and budgets for programs in health and other development sectors, and more recently he worked as a Senior M&E Specialist for USAID/Dominican Republic Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Platform.
As a member of the World Bank’s Global AIDS Monitoring and Evaluation Team (GAMET), Dr. Castrillo assisted in the design and implementation of M&E Conceptual frameworks for four country projects in the Caribbean, and Eritrea and Nigeria in Africa, which comprised the World Bank’s portfolio in those regions. In addition, he trained and oversaw the work of other consultants for the same regions and other country programs.
During his work at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (1990-1996), Dr. Castrillo has participated in the design and implementation of the first field test of the “Knowledge, Practice and Coverage (KPC) survey methodology.” This methodology and standardized tool became a requirement for US-based PVOs, to receive funds from the USAID Child Survival and Health Program.
Dr. Castrillo has a Medical Doctor degree from San Andres University in La Paz, Bolivia, and a Master of Public Health degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
Dr. Leopoldo Villegas is a health advisor with broad technical, programmatic and management experience in international development, humanitarian and public health programs in both the public and private sectors.
Dr. Villegas is a world expert on infectious diseases, maternal, newborn and child health and health system strengthening. He provides technical assistance to countries in the development of their strategic plans, and impact assessments for control and elimination and M&E plans for several infectious diseases, including malaria, tuberculosis, avian influenza and neglected tropical diseases. He has been providing technical advice to Ministries of Health in several countries on control and elimination of infectious diseases.
Dr. Villegas has a Medical Doctor degree from the Central University of Venezuela, a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene from the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom (UK), a Master of Science in Tropical Medicine and a Doctorate of Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Dr. Luis Tam has 34 years of public health experience in the Americas, Africa and South East Asia, including program and proposal design (business development), program management and the provision of high quality technical assistance.
His technical expertise includes malaria, Zika, neglected tropical diseases, TB, HIV, maternal and child health and nutrition, reproductive health and family planning (including cervical cancer), water and sanitation, obstetric and neonatal care, and school/youth/adolescent health. He is also a global expert on capacity building, private sector participation, performance-based financing, health management information systems, monitoring and evaluation, operations research and knowledge management.
He has worked for international NGOs (Plan International, CARE, MSH, MCDI), for the World Bank (Water and Sanitation Program) and for the Government of Peru. His donor experience includes USAID (cooperative agreements and contracts, including global and bilateral awards, PMI and PEPFAR), the U.S. Department of Defense, the World Bank, the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria, the Global Sanitation Fund, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and local and US-based corporations.
Dr. Tam has a medical degree from Cayetano Heredia University (Lima, Peru). He also holds master and doctoral degrees in public health from the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Michigan, respectively.