The RMEL Conference 2018 Program Committee

The RMEL CoP is grateful to its members who provided considerable time and expertise to review submitted abstracts and proposals, and to shape and support a dynamic and high quality conference program. The program committee was co-chaired by Prof. Nancy Mock and Tim Frankenberger, with the former RMEL CoP Co-director, Georgina Jordan.



RMEL Conference 2018 Program Committee Co-chair


Nancy is a Professor at Tulane University Law School’s Payson Graduate Program in Global Development. Her current research interests are in the areas of resilience, food security, and nutrition in fragile contexts, as well as information systems—especially novel approaches utilizing cell phone and social media technologies. She is a co-founding member of the Tulane Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy and was the Associate Director of the Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (Latin America and Caribbean), a program funded through the Office of Naval Research to provide technical support to the United States Southern Command in disaster-preparedness and response.

Nancy has extensive international experience in more than 30 countries and has served as a senior consultant for the World Food Program (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and numerous non-governmental organizations. Nancy received a BSc in Biology from Yale University and a doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) from Tulane University.

Georgina Jordan

Former RMEL CoP Co-director and RMEL Conference 2018 Program Committee Lead


Georgina is the Regional Economic Development Learning Hub Leader for World Vision Middle East and Eastern Europe, focusing on resilience and livelihoods in the transition of fragile states. She is a Co-Director of the Resilience Measurement, Evaluation and Learning Community of Practice (RMEL CoP). Previously, as World Vision International’s Livelihood Program Quality Director, Georgina provided leadership over the quality and impact of the organization’s livelihood and resilience program portfolio in 70 countries, building on her prior role as the quality assurance and knowledge-management lead for the Somalia Resilience Program consortium.  

Georgina has extensive experience working on resilience, disaster risk reduction, and livelihoods across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. She holds a PhD from Durham University, where she focused on resilient livelihoods in fragile contexts and an MSc in International Agricultural Economics focusing on the impact of European Union (EU) transition on the agricultural economies of the accession countries.


RMEL Conference 2018 Program Committee Co-Chair


Tim is President and co-founder of TANGO International and has more than 35 years of experience in international development. He was previously the Senior Food Security Advisor and Livelihood Security Coordinator at CARE, where he provided strategic technical support and guidance in food and livelihood security programming to 61 country offices. Tim also worked as a farming systems research specialist at the University of Arizona and is the founding editor of the Journal of Farming Systems Research-Extension, publishing numerous articles on household food security and household livelihood security and resilience.

Tim is a leader in developing methods for resilience measurement, drawing from his extensive expertise in project design, monitoring and evaluation, food and livelihood security assessments, vulnerability assessments, and policy analysis.


Laura Mattioli

RMEL Conference 2018 Program Committee Member


Laura is the Resilience Policy Advisor for the Climate and Environment Department at the Department for International Development (DFID) and also serves as Head of Monitoring and Evaluation at the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP). Previously, she was the Head of the Analysis and Knowledge Management Unit in the Kenya office of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), where she designed and implemented impact evaluations and led the establishment of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Resilience Analysis Unit in the Horn of Africa.

Laura is an experienced food security analyst and economist, who has worked in Africa and the Middle East, with the FAO and in the private sector. She holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an MSc in International Economics from the University of Turin.


RMEL Conference 2018 Program Committee Member


Roy is the Deputy Chief of Party at the Resilient Africa Network (RAN), heading programs and operations across the continent. As a network of 20 African universities led by Uganda’s Makerere University, the RAN seeks to implement an evidence-based framework for understanding what makes communities resilient to recurrent shocks and stresses, harnessing its vast network of scholars to conceive, develop, and test innovations that build community resilience. He is a lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology at the Makerere University School of Public Health, teaching epidemiology and research methods to graduate students.

Roy has extensive practical and research experience in public health, including seven years of work in primary healthcare. Roy holds a BSc in medicine and surgery, and an MSc in public health from Makerere University. Roy also holds a PhD in medical science from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

Angélica V. Ospina

RMEL Conference 2018 Program Committee Member


Angélica is a Senior Researcher in the Resilience Program at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) where she leads the Big Data for Resilience initiative. Previously, she was the Senior Technical Advisor for Resilience at Lutheran World Relief (LWR), focusing on the operationalization of resilience in development practice. Angélica’s experience includes the design of RABIT: The Resilience Assessment Benchmarking and Impact Toolkit, piloted in Costa Rica and Uganda, as well as the Dynamic Resilience Wheel (DReW), a resilience capacity-building tool implemented in Nepal.

Angélica has considerable experience in the management and implementation of applied research projects and senior project management with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Angelica also held a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Manchester's School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED), where she completed her PhD on climate change resilience and the role of information and communication technologies in agricultural livelihoods.

Luca Russo

RMEL Conference 2018 Program Committee Member


Luca is the Strategic Advisor and Senior Food Crises Analyst in the Management Team for the FAO’s Strategic Program on Resilience. As Strategic Advisor, he leads major food security and resilience-related analytical initiatives, such as the Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), Early Warning for Early Action (EWEA), and the Resilience Index for Measurement and Analysis (RIMA), which are particularly relevant to evidence-based resilience and food security programming. Luca also leads FAO work in promoting resilience in fragile and conflict-affected contexts.

Luca is an authoritative and respected agricultural economist with a wide experience in the field—particularly in Africa. His main area of expertise lies in food security and resilience in protracted crises, related policy, and analytical frameworks. Alongside his extensive experience, he has published an extensive volume of work covering these areas. He earned his Masters’ in Agricultural Development from Wye College at the University of London.