Board of Directors

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Brian Fix

Board Chairperson

Brian, Chair of Counsel to Dentons, the largest international law firm into which his former law firm, Salans, combined five years ago. Based in Europe (Paris and London) for half of his career, Brian has specialized in structuring and negotiating joint ventures, international development agreements, acquisitions, and infrastructure financings in emerging markets, particularly throughout Africa and Central and Eastern Europe. 

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Annie De Saussure

Board Secretary

Annie is an Assistant Professor of French at Lafayette College. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2016, and previously, earned a Licence (B.A. equivalent) and a Masters degree in Literature and Communications from the University of Rennes, France.

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Paul Maguire

Board Treasurer

Paul has been a part of Developing Radio Partners for the past six year. He is a Certified Public Accountant and  Managing Director,of Maguire  Hegarty, LLC Littus.  He splits his time between the United States and Ireland.

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Troy Etulain

Board Member

Troy is a technology for development and social innovation expert with 21 years' experience in 35 countries. Experience designing and implementing more than $100 million of media and technology for development programs, including strategies for the United Nations and USAID. Now focusing work and research on innovations in last-mile connectivity, digital identities, digital finance, machine learning, remote sensing and health technology innovations.

Aloysius Fomenky

Board Member

Aloysius is a senior international communications consultant and former Communications Specialist at the African Climate Policy Centre, part of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, UNECA. He splits his time between the United States and his home in southwestern Cameroon.

Ambassador Tracey Ann Jacobson
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Board Member

Tracey has had a three-decade career in government service that included three Ambassadorships (Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kosovo) as well as senior positions at the Department of State and National Security Council. She has expertise in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, public engagement, and leadership of both humanitarian and development assistance programs and has focused on good governance, economic development, education and empowerment of women and youth.

Kevin Klose
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Board Member

Kevin is a professor and Former Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland; President of NPR (1998-2009), led NPR to the largest audience gain in its history - 30 million weekly listeners. Previously, Kevin served successively as director of U.S. international broadcasting, overseeing the United States Government's global news networks (1997-98); and director and president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), broadcasting to the former Soviet Union and Eurasia

Donatella Livia Lorch

Board Member

Donatella is an award winning journalist with more than thirty years of experience - having served as East Africa Bureau Chief at the New York Times, and worked for The Washington Post, Newsweek, NBC News, National Public Radio and National Geographic Explorer. Dony also served as director of the Knight International Press Fellowship. She is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. 

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Rich McClear

Board Member

Rich has managed media development projects in rural Minnesota, Alaska, Central Europe, and the Balkans.  He has worked on projects in the Middle East and North Africa, South Sudan and the Caucuses helping media outlets, networks and associations develop strategic and business plans and acting as a trainer in media management, planning, and journalism. Rich started in community radio with its strong two-way citizen involvement.

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Deborah Mesce

Board Member

Debbie is a former program director for international media training in International Programs. Mesce coordinated PRB’s training of journalists in developing countries. Since joining PRB in 2000, she has worked with journalists in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to help them strengthen and raise the profile of their reporting on population issues.

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Ann Marie Plubell

Board Member

Ann Marie is Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Plubell Firm where she is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of TPF’s strategic engagement in domestic and emerging markets. Previously, she served as VP, Regulatory Affairs, the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association including regional Africa and practiced as an international attorney and business consultant in Washington, D.C. and Beijing on governance, technology and education finance.