Sunita Kishor, Project Director—Dr. Kishor is a gender expert, demographer, and survey specialist with 20 years of experience in the collection of high-quality gender data in developing countries. She has been responsible for the design, implementation, and analysis of questionnaire modules on women's empowerment and domestic violence in population-based surveys. Dr. Kishor works with DHS staff and stakeholders to integrate gender into implementation and research activities, develops gender-sensitive indicators and dissemination materials, and helps develop and update the Gender Corner of the DHS Web site. She also co-manages the third National Family Health Survey in India, a DHS survey of more than 100,000 households, with 200,000 individuals interviewed in all Indian states. Dr. Kishor has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Maryland College Park.
Bernard Barrere, Deputy Director, Survey Operations—Mr Barrere is a demographer and survey specialist with more than 30 years of professional experience providing technical assistance in all phases of survey implementation, from questionnaire design and interviewer training to tabulation design, report writing, and data analysis and dissemination. He has been directly involved in the design and implementation of population-based surveys in 24 countries, including 8 surveys with biomarker testing such as HIV and malaria testing. He oversees survey operations for the DHS program, including monitoring the activities of staff involved in supporting surveys. Mr Barrere coordinates all HIV related activities for the DHS program, including development of indicators and survey instruments, HIV testing protocols, and analysis of HIV-related data. He also coordinates with numerous international organizations in the field of HIV. Mr Barrere has a DESS in demography from the University of Bordeaux and a DEA in sociology from the University of Toulouse.
Fred Arnold, Technical Deputy Director—Dr. Arnold is responsible for setting the overall technical direction for the population component of DHS program and coordinating the design of DHS questionnaires. He has played a major role in the research and training component of the surveys in India and has coordinated technical assistance to 3 large scale National Family Health Surveys in India, which have included interviews with more than 400,000 women and men, working with 40 organizations (government ministries, funding agencies, international organizations, and implementing agencies) in the conduct of the surveys. Dr. Arnold has a Ph.D. in economics/demography from the University of Michigan.
Laurie Liskin, Senior Advisor for Data Demand, Translation, and Utilization—Ms. Liskin is a health communication specialist with 30 years of professional experience designing national and provincial communication strategies; implementing behavior change, dissemination, and communication programs; conducting needs assessments; and developing monitoring and evaluation plans in 20 countries. Ms. Liskin also has extensive experience in capacity building in data dissemination and use, behavior change communication, family planning counseling, HIV counseling, and HIV multisectoral programming. For the DHS program, Ms. Liskin provides leadership in communicating DHS data to national and subnational policymakers, health sector program planners and managers, and other key audiences. She is also responsible for the overall management of global and country level dissemination of DHS data. Ms. Liskin has an Sc.M. in health communication from The Johns Hopkins University.
Pav Govindasamy, Regional Coordinator for Survey Operations in Asia and Anglophone Africa—Dr. Govindasamy is a demographer and survey specialist with more than 17 years of experience providing technical assistance in all phases of survey implementation in developing countries. Dr. Govindasamy manages all survey activities in Anglophone Africa and Asia for the DHS program. She supervises staff working in the two regions and provides technical assistance for the entire range of survey activities, including working with stakeholders to develop survey designs, sampling strategies, and questionnaires; preparing tabulation plans and draft reports; and designing materials for the dissemination of survey findings. Dr. Govindasamy has a Ph.D. in sociology/demography from Michigan State University.
Mohamed Ayad, Regional Coordinator for Survey Operations in Francophone Africa—Dr. Ayad is a demographer and survey specialist with 35 years of professional experience in survey implementation in developing countries. He has been directly involved in the design of more than 50 population-based surveys in 25 countries. Dr. Ayad implemented the first successful panel survey under the DHS program. He also implemented the first DHS survey that included HIV testing in order to evaluate the HIV prevalence among the adult population. Dr. Ayad supervises country monitors, recruits countries, and monitors survey implementation through all stages, including the production of the final report and dissemination. Dr. Ayad has a doctorate in demography from the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne.
Paul Ametepi, Senior Medical (Health) Advisor—Dr. Ametepi is a public health physician with more than 10 years of clinical and public health experience providing technical assistance in all phases of health facility survey implementation in developing countries. He manages all aspects of implementation of the SPA surveys, including overseeing the management of local budgets, reviewing and adapting questionnaires, updating training manuals, training field staff and their supervisors, supervising field work, and preparing SPA final reports and other documents. He assists country counterparts and stakeholders in interpreting survey findings and develops working papers and presentations to increase the use and dissemination of SPA survey findings. He also collaborates with other agencies to review and develop SPA-related indicators. Dr. Ametepi has an M.D. from Stavropol State Medical Academy and an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health.
Gulnara Semenov, Regional Coordinator for Europe and Eurasia—Dr. Semenov is a medical doctor and public health and survey specialist with 10 years of experience in providing technical assistance in all phases of population-based and health facility-based survey design and implementation, including surveys with biomarker testing. She has more than 17 years of experience in infant and young child feeding and mother and child care. Dr. Semenov also has considerable experience as a public health educator in Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia, Australia, and the United States, and she has contributed to more than 30 international workshops on public health. For the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) program, Dr. Semenov serves as country manager for DHS and Service Provision Assessment (SPA) surveys. She works with survey stakeholders to develop the survey design and questionnaires, supervises survey staff to ensure timely and accurate survey results, and coordinates capacity-building activities for in-country survey staff. Dr. Semenov has a Ph.D. in medical science/hygiene from the Kazakhstan Academy of Nutrition and an M.D. in pediatrics from Alma-Ata State Medical Institute.
Tom Pullum, Director of Research—Dr. Pullum directs the research program, including the analysis of DHS data beyond the country reports, such as the analytical studies, comparative reports, further analysis studies, and methodological reports. He also has overall responsibility for the fellows program and workshops. Current interests include maternal mortality and the measurement of child vulnerability. A continuing effort is the adaptation of demographic methods to statistical frameworks and software. His work with DHS has included two methodological reports on data quality. He joined the DHS staff in 2011, following a lengthy career in academia, primarily at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Pullum has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.