Country Teams

Country Leads

MARIANNE BITAR KARAM - Country Director, DOT Lebanon

Marianne Bitar.JPGMarianne Birat Karam joins DOT from World Vision where she held several program management posistions. She has extensive experience in NGO management, development project implementation and refugee issues. Throughout her tenure at World Vision, Marianne built an impressive network of Lebanese and international decision makers. Marianne holds a BE in Agricultural Engineering from the American University of Beirut, a Masters in Food Science from McGill University in Canada and is currently pursuing her MBA from Saint Joseph University/Paris Dauphine.

ELIGUARD DAWSON - Country Program Manager, DOT Tanzania

AAEAAQAAAAAAAALiAAAAJGY5YzdiNTY2LWM4NDMtNGQ4Mi04YjljLWVhOGM3YTdhNDcxYw.jpgEliguard holds a Masters Degree in Education for Sustainability from London South Bank University. Eliguard's initial entry to development work began 12 years ago in Southern Tanzania as a community development volunteer with SPW Tanzania (now Restless Development). He has served as the Program Manager for Friends of Ruaha Society, and later joined the U.S. Peace Corps where he served for over 5 years as Associate Director for Environment. Most recently, Eliguard has worked with KPMG Tanzania as a business advisor to the private sector. Eliguard also served as Chair of the National Board of Restless Development Tanzania from 2012 to 2014 and has been serving as a Trustee of Secondary Education with Encourage Development since 2003. He is also a board member for United Planet Tanzania.

NATALIE KIMBUGWE - Country Program Manager, DOT Uganda

Natalie Kimbugwe.jpgNatalie is a respected consultant within the ICT community of Uganda that is leading change in the country. She is a graduate of Uganda's Martyrs University Nkozi with an undergraduate degree in Arts, Ethics and Development and an MSc post-graduate degree in Development Economics. She has served on the management team of AITEC Uganda and she was Program Manager for I-Network Uganda where she designed and implemented public communications programs to promote the importance of ICT in Uganda's development. She also served as Director for the Kalangala Information Center, a Rural Communications Development Fund project. In 2009 she founded BDE Consults, a regional consultancy that is providing ICT research and institutional development services to East African clients.

EUNICE MARANYA - Country Director, DOT Kenya

large_Eunice Maranya.jpgEunice Maranya is a management and institutional development specialist with over twenty years of business administration and financial management experience with large corporations and enterprises in Kenya. She holds an MBA from the United States International University and a BSc from the University of Nairobi. She is a certified lead auditor to ISO 9001 standard and holds formal corporate director qualifications. She is a member of the  Board of the Competition Authority of Kenya, has served on the Board of Directors of the Communications Commission of Kenya where she chaired the Audit Committee and is the immediate past Chair of the Kenya Civil Society Alliance.

MARTHA ALICIA RAMOS - Program Director, DOT Mexico

Martha Ramos.jpgMartha Alicia Ramos has spent her career working in education. She has played several roles: from teacher to educational consultant and now as Program Director for DOT Mexico's TeachUp! Program. She has over 15 years experience in project management and has worked to integrate ICTs in education in Mexico. She has also played an integral part in the implementation of educational technology programs in Honduras and the Dominican Republic. She holds an undergraduate degree in Education and a Masters in Educational Management.

VIOLETTE UWAMUTARA - Country Director, DOT Rwanda

Violette.jpgViolette Uwamutara is a dual citizen of Rwanda and Canada. She returned in 2007 to contribute to her homeland and participate in its development. She holds an undergraduate degree from Trent University with a double major in Economics and Comparative Development and an MPA in International Development from Carleton University in Ottawa. Prior to joining DOT, she served for seven years in the Embassy of Rwanda in Washington DC where she rose to the position of First Secretary. Upon return to Rwanda, she has been consulting in social development project design and monitoring and evaluation.

FIKRE ZEWDIE - Country Director, DOT Ethiopia

Fikre.jpgFikre Zewdie comes with 23 years of hands-on experience in leading and managing wide range of development programmes in Africa and Asia. Most recently he has led Oxfam Great Britain's Southern Africa Region, as Regional Director. He has a depth of knowledge and experience in strategic planning and programme design as well as in developing organisational policies and partnership strategies.  As Country Director he has led ActionAid International's programs in Ethiopia and Pakistan.  He has a Masters Degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, University of London and has served as board member in two prominent NGO networks in Ethiopia. 


DOT is a network of country teams all based on a fundamental principle of localization.

In every country DOT operates in, we establish a local organization staffed by local professionals, recruit local young people to become DOT Interns, and develop local partnerships that help us access the populations and communities where our programs will have the most impact.  

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