Our Operations team look after all of our projects across Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali and Niger. This includes overseeing our monitoring and evaluation systems and our specialist technical work.
They work with communities and local partners to directly tackle poverty and the effects of the climate crisis.
Désiré joined Tree Aid in October 2007 as a Project Officer. Since August 2023, he has been the Country Director of Burkina Faso, after having acted as Director of West Africa Operations. He has over 22 years of professional experience in the development and management of projects and programmes, working with national and international NGOs, government, multi and bilateral cooperations. His area of expertise is natural resources management, agroforestry, climate change, local and decentralised governance and local development.
Amadou Tangara started working at Tree Aid as Country Manager Mali in October 2017. Amadou has more than 12 years of practical experience working with national and international NGOs such as Sahel Eco and Farm Radio Internationale. His work has included programming, management and coordination of agroforestry, resilience and value chain development projects. Amadou is the winner of the African Innovation for a Sustainable Development prize received at the France Africa 2013 summit.
Alexis Sompougdou joined Tree Aid in 2013 as the Forest Governance Projects Officer and is now responsible for coordinating Tree Aid’s natural resource management and forest governance activities. Alexis has more than 12 years' experience in national and international organisations, including World Bank and IUCN. His areas of expertise include forest governance, agroforestry, climate change and rural business value chains.
Vanessa Depeyre joined Tree Aid in February 2017 and now develops and manages our entire restricted funding portfolio. She has 10 years of experience in project development and project management in international development contexts.
Previous roles include Programme Manager, Fundraiser, Project Development Manager in different International NGO, such as ACTED and WAVE.
Sean McGough joined Tree Aid in April 2014 and now oversees all of our projects. He has more than 10 years of project management experience in both commercial and international development contexts. He is experienced in managing portfolios of work across multiple countries, developing management processes and systems and has APM and PMD Pro qualifications.
Yassinte joined Tree Aid in 2006 as the Village Tree Enterprises Manager having studied rural development engineering and agronomy. In 2018 Yassinte was appointed as Enterprise and Value Chain Expert with Tree Aid.
David joined Tree Aid in January 2018. He has over 15 years of experience in international project development, implementation and evaluation. Previous roles include Programme Management, Infrastructure Support and Planning & Commissioning. He currently focuses on strengthening organisational capacity for internal monitoring, evaluation and learning.
Fikru has over 18 years work experiences in leadership and managerial positions with INGOs and the public sector in Ethiopia, with considerable experience in leading and coordinating teams. He is well grounded in international best practices and communications, and well acquainted with managing and coordinating technical working groups that design and develop policies, strategies, regulations for the environment, agriculture, education and health sectors.
Fikru holds a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Science in Monitoring and Evaluations, a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health in Ethiopia and a Diploma in Human Rights Towards Gender Equality from Sipu/Upsala University in Sweden.