Acting Chief of Party - Francophone West Africa
Laura Hoemeke serves as TCI’s acting Chief of Party in Francophone West Africa. Laura has nearly 25 years of experience in global health. She lived and worked in the Central African Republic, Benin, Senegal, and Rwanda for 15 years, and has worked in more than 30 countries.
Her areas of expertise include advocacy and policy, program design and management, health systems strengthening, and governance. Laura has extensive experience in family planning/reproductive health, as well as maternal, child, and adolescent health. She served as USAID Benin’s Family Health Technical Advisor for four years and in early 2003, joined IntraHealth International as Regional Director for West and Central Africa, based in Senegal.
From 2005 through 2010, Laura was based in Rwanda as the director of IntraHealth’s successful USAID-funded Twubkane Decentralization and Health Program which contributed to the country’s results, particularly in decentralization, national health insurance, community health, family planning, and child health. In 2010, she joined IntraHealth’s headquarters leadership team as director of communications and advocacy and now serves as director of health policy and systems.
Laura earned her doctorate in public health from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in health policy and management, has a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.