Africa Regional Contact Information and Staff

The Regional Office for Africa, based in Dakar, Senegal, provides guidance for all activities in the country offices. The Regional Office houses technical advisors to provide oversight for multi-country initiatives and is instrumental in implementing activities relating to these initiatives. The Regional Office also works with other regionally-based organizations to consolidate efforts in the field and provide the best support for each project. HKI also has a Sub-Regional office in Nairobi, Kenya, which oversee our work in East, Central and Southern Africa.

Helen Keller International works in 13 countries in Africa preventing blindness, reducing malnutrition, and improving maternal and child health.

Regional Office Contact Information:
Helen Keller International
Regional Office for Africa
BP 29.898

Telephone: +221 33 869 1063/1065
Fax: + 221 33 820 7477

Key Staff:

  • Tracey Deal - Africa Regional Director of Operations
  • Douglas Steinberg - Deputy Regional Director for West Africa
  • Kenneth Brown, M.D. - Regional Advisor, Nutrition and Child Survival
  • Yaobi Zhang, Ph.D. - Regional Advisor, Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Issakha Diop, Ph.D. - Regional Coordinator for Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) Programs
  • Mawuli Sablah - Regional Fortification Coordinator
  • Norbert Fokun, M.A. - International Field Accountant and Regional Finance Officer
  • Cheick Sidibe - Regional IT Advisor

Sub-Regional Contact Information:
Helen Keller International
Sub-Regional Office for Africa
ILRI Campus, Uthiru
Off Naivasha Road
P.O BOX 13904-00800
Nairobi, Kenya

Telephone: +254 (02) 230 6322/ +254(02)422 3660

Key Staff:

  • Greg Hofknecht -  Regional Director, Eastern, Central and Southern Africa
  • Jessica Blankenship, Ph.D. - Regional Micronutrient Advisor
  • Sonii David - Gender and Advocacy Advisor
  • Sarah Thotho - Advocacy Assistant
  • Leigh Jaschke  -  Regional Program Coordinator Vitamin A Supplementation Program
  • Heather Katcher, Ph.D. - Nutrition and Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant
  • Rosalia Katana - Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Finance and Administrative Officer