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DIG’s seasoned leadership team has designed, managed, and implemented development program across Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East/North Africa region, Eastern Europe, as well as Latin America and the Caribbean. DIG’s staff worldwide speaks over a dozen languages. Our team is committed to improving the lives of the urban poor through innovative, commercially-viable solutions to reduce poverty.


Executive Team


Franck Daphnis, President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Mr. Daphnis is a recognized leader in development finance. Mr. Daphnis’ professional expertise is in the areas of housing finance, microfinance, urban development, housing and infrastructure rehabilitation, municipal services cost recovery, and urban environmental management. Before founding DIG, Mr. Daphnis worked as CHF International's Director of Field Program Operations. He served as a key advisor on development finance and urban issues for numerous noteworthy institutions including the Cities Alliance, the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the Swedish International Development Corporation Agency, and the World Bank. For nine years, he also served as a member of the faculty at the Boulder Institute of Microfinance. Mr. Daphnis has authored and edited two books on housing finance, including the seminal work Housing Microfinance: a Guide to Practice (Kumarian Press, January 2004). He holds a master's degree in urban planning from Cornell University, as well as a master's degree in architecture.


Ruby AlSalem, Vice President for Technical Services

Ms. AlSalem is a seasoned financial services expert with extensive private sector and marketing experience. She brings almost two decades of experience working with microfinance (MFIs), micro-small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and local governments, as well as water and sanitation utilities. Ms. AlSalem has a proven track record of increasing access to financing and improving the availability of products and services for the poor. She currently serves as DIG’s Vice President for Technical Services, wherein she oversees the firm’s capacity building, market assessment and survey work for both microfinance and WASH projects, most notably in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her well-honed expertise in conducting market assessments has resulted in the successful design and marketing of demand-driven financial products for the poor. Ms. AlSalem’s experience extends beyond finance and marketing to include community outreach and gender inclusion, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), as well as capacity building for banks and microfinance institutions (MFIs).


Tara Panek Bringle, Director of Global Program Management and Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Ms. Panek Bringle leads DIG’s Financial Services for the Poor area of expertise and serves as DIG’s CFO. In this dual-role, she ensures that DIG’s programmatic and financial teams collaborate, allowing us to deliver results with unswerving commitment to contractual compliance. She specializes in development finance, shelter finance, and post-emergency economic and infrastructure rehabilitation. She has designed and implemented technical assistance and training programs worldwide to help financial institutions achieve scale and sustainability in providing financial services for the poor. Ms. Panek Bringle works with a wide range of partners, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), large US foundations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), multi-lateral institutions, and private banks. Ms. Panek Bringle also served as a consistency editor for Housing Microfinance: a Guide to Practice (Kumarian Press, January 2004).


Marianne Carliez Gillet, Director of Global Program Management

Ms. Carliez heads DIG's Urban, Water, and Infrastructure services. Over the last 16 years, she has focused on a broad range of urban development issues, including inclusive governance, solid waste, water, sanitation & hygiene, housing, and community infrastructure. Her regional experience spans across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Ms. Carliez works with a wide range of partners, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and financial institutions. She has co-taught a course in French on financing slum upgrading at the Boulder Institute of Microfinance. Prior to joining DIG, Ms. Carliez worked for the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), and CHF International. She has a master's degree from the University of Paris-Sorbonne.


Senior Field Management Team


Bryan Winston, Grants Manager, Municipal Waste Recycling Program, Asia

Mr. Winston has more than 30 years of international economic, community, and housing development experience with key expertise in organizational development, training, and grants management. He has managed programs financed by a variety of donors (including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Colombia, the European Union, the World Bank and private foundations) in the US, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining DIG, he directed a nationwide housing program in Colombia which provided comprehensive humanitarian, psychosocial, income generation, and shelter support to 30,000 displaced families each year.



Henri Disselkoen, Chief of Party,  Municipal Waste Recycling Program, Asia

Mr. Disselkoen brings more than 25 years of experience managing governance, WASH, and basic infrastructure improvement programs that build the capacity of national and local governments, while mobilizing communities to work effectively with local authorities. He currently manages the WASH component of a USAID-funded USD 20+million health systems strengthening program in Liberia. Specifically, he is strengthening the capacity of Liberia’s Ministry of Public Works to improve its management and oversight of rural water supply, focusing particularly on data collection and financial management systems, and strengthening management linkages between the Ministry and its county offices, as well as with local communities. Previously for DIG, he directed a USD 30 million portfolio of Gates Foundation-funded projects under the Global Program for Inclusive Municipal Governance (GPIMG). Implemented in five African capitals (Lilongwe, Luanda, Cairo, Harare, and Monrovia) over a five-year period, GPIMG achieved the dual goal of strengthening municipal governance and improving WASH service delivery for the urban and peri-urban poor. Throughout Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, Mr. Disselkoen has worked with municipal governments and private companies to design and successfully implement cost-recovery schemes and performance monitoring systems for basic services resulting in sustainable and profitable service delivery. Mr. Disselkoen holds a master’s degree in management from Stanford University, and holds certificates in o rganizational auditing (from KPMG), Information/Risk Analysis and Financial Management. He speaks fluent English and Dutch, and has a basic understanding of Arabic, French, and German.



Ammayle Kasi, Senior WASH Advisor , Malawi

Ms. Kasi currently serves as Senior WASH Advisor for the Organized Network of Services for Everyone's (ONSE) Health at Development Innovations Group. She supports DIG's programs and program development initiatives focusing on financial services for the poor, water and sanitation, and urban management and community infrastructure services. She has previously provided support on Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa (SUWASA), SUWASA Kenya Nexus Initiative, Emergency Community Assistance and Planning (ECAP) for Shelter and Settlement in Post-Earthquake Haiti, and India Implementation Grant Program. Prior to joining DIG, she worked as a consultant and contractor providing linguistic and project management services to various organizations in the United States and abroad. In addition to her work experience, Ms. Kasi has also done volunteer work in both the United States and Afghanistan and has conducted field research in Afghanistan for her Master's thesis on the reintegration of returnee children to Afghanistan and the non-fulfillment of their rights in education.



Timeyin Uwejamomere, Chief of Party - WASH Coordination Project,  Nigeria

Mr. Uwejamomere specializes in the design, management, and implementation of urban water and sanitation infrastructure, as well as governance and advocacy programs. Over the last 26 years, his professional experience has spanned journalism, professional town planning, public policy research, analysis, advocacy, technical assistance, and development project management. For the last 13 years, he has focused on building the capacity of urban water and sanitation utilities, civil society, and community groups to improve access to basic services. His cutting-edge research on strengthening effectiveness of public investments has led the World Bank- International Development Association (IDA) to review the indicators for monitoring concessional loans and grants for urban water and sanitation investments. Prior to joining DIG, Mr. Uwejamomere chaired the Board of Lagos Mainland Local Planning Authority and worked as the Deputy Housing and Environment Editor of the Nigerian newspaper The Guardian. He is the author/co-author of several publications and training manuals on WASH sector issues and utility reform, development finance effectiveness, decentralization, and citizen participation. 


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