OPHID Directors

Barbara Engelsmann
Country Director of OPHID

Barbara Engelsmann, the Country Director of OPHID, founded, guided and strategically progressed OPHID to become one of the key stakeholders supporting the Ministry of Health and Child Care in the fields of HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment. Under her leadership, program implementation is of the highest quality and standard in strict compliance with donor rules, statutory instruments and contractual obligations. Barbara graduated as a medical doctor in Germany, trained as a general practitioner in the UK and has a postgraduate degree in Public Health (LSHTM, UK).

Diana Patel
Deputy Country Director of OPHID

Diana Patel, the Deputy Country Director of OPHID, assists the Country Director in policy, strategic planning, development, management and coordination of the OPHID programmes and organizational operation. A Sociologist, she is an innovative and committed development worker providing leadership in OPHID since 2008. A former academic, she brings enormous experience in social policy and qualitative research and has documented, published and disseminated research nationally and internationally. Diana has a B.A. Hons.  and a M.Phil. degree in Sociology.

Patricia Mbetu
Chief of Party

Patricia Mbetu is Chief of Party of the PEPFAR/USAID funded Families and Communities for the Elimination of HIV (FACE HIV) Program in OPHID, strengthening the Ministry of Health and Child Care at national and facility levels to implement PMTCT and HIV Care and Treatment. She has 26 years’ vast experience in senior management and institutional development with local and international NGOs in Southern Africa. Patricia is the holder of a M.Sc. in Gender and Development (LSE) and a Masters and Bachelor’s degree in Adult Education in addition to her nursing qualifications.

Sara Page-Mtongwiza
Director of Programs

Sara Page-Mtongwiza is the Director of Programs (FACE-HIV) with OPHID, coordinating the FACE-HIV Consortium and managing the implementation of the FACE-HIV program. Sara is a Health Education-Health Promotion Specialist with over 17 years’ experience in the field of HIV and AIDS prevention, care and treatment, gender and development in sub-Saharan Africa. As a writer, facilitator and researcher she has contributed to a wide range of regional policies, programs and publications. Sara holds an M.A. (Health Education) and B.Sc.Hons. (BioPsych).

Paul Nesara
Director of Strategic Information and Evaluation

Paul Nesara is the Director of Strategic Information and Evaluation for the FACE HIV Program in OPHID. He has 15 years’ of regional experience in sub-Saharan Africa providing monitoring and evaluation support to HIV programs. Paul Nesara is a holder of Masters of Public Health (University of Liverpool), Bachelors of Science in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (University of Zimbabwe) and currently on the dissertation stage of a Ph.D. in Public Health (Epidemiology) with Walden University (USA).

Talent Maphosa
Technical Director at OPHID

Talent Maphosa is the Technical Director at OPHID. Since joining the organization in 2015, Talent has contributed to the FACE HIV program’s strategic direction, building the technical capacity and expertise within the consortium. He also provides clinical technical guidance to the Ministry of Health and Child Care and relevant stakeholders on the design and implementation of facility-based HIV Care and Treatment services. Talent is a qualified medical doctor with a diploma in HIV Management and a Masters in Development Studies from the University of the Free State.

Ronald Sagonda
Finance and Operations Director

Ronald Sagonda, Finance and Operations Director manages the finances, grants and operations. He has 14 years progressive senior level experience spanning accounting, financial reporting and analysis, developing and implementing systems of internal control, budgeting, management, administration and corporate governance in the not for profit sector. Ronald is a CIMA and ICSAZ qualified finance professional (ACMA, CGMA, ACIS) with a MBA and BAcc.Hons. Degrees

 

Karen Webb
Knowledge Management and Impact Analysis Director

Karen Webb is the Knowledge Management and Impact Analysis Director with OPHID, directing the design, implementation, analysis and dissemination of process, outcome and impact evaluations and targeted assessments. She has over 15 years’ experience in HIV and public health program design and evaluation in sub-Saharan Africa. Karen brings her passion for innovation and implementation science methods to every aspect of her work. She has a B.A (Hons.) Psychology degree, an M.Sc.  in Public Health (LSHTM, UK) and is a Ph.D. Candidate (Inf. & Pop. Health, UCL).

Phillimon Mutonhodza
Human Resources Director

Phillimon Mutonhodza, the Human Resources Director, joined OPHID in 2013 and is responsible for all aspects of human resources in the organization, including staff recruitment and retention. He has 16 years’ human resources experience in both the private and NGO sectors. Phillimon is a holder of a Masters of Business Administration (University of Zimbabwe) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) in Management (NUST). He is a member of the Institute of People Management Zimbabwe and an active member of the Non-governmental Organization Human Resources Forum.