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Gritt Richter

Senior Program Officer for East & Southeast Asia
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    Languages Spoken: English, German, French

Gritt Richter serves as the Senior Program Officer for East and Southeast Asia in EMpower’s Hong Kong office. She develops and manages grantee partnerships in China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, and provides technical support. Gritt brings 16 years’ experience as a senior professional in international development cooperation. She joined EMpower in September 2015 from Plan International France, where she most recently was Head of Programs. Her professional focus has been on the promotion of child and youth rights, as well as gender equality to improve lives of young people. Her expertise includes education, sexual and reproductive health, youth development through market-led vocational training and skills-building. Before joining Plan International, Gritt worked with the German governmental cooperation agency GIZ, where she also spent three years as the Counselor for the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Mali, West Africa. As FGM-Coordinator with the pioneering German NGO TERRE DES FEMMES, she published numerous articles in professional journals and a book on FGM. Throughout her professional career, Gritt has worked extensively with community-based organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Gritt holds a diploma in Business Management from the Heilbronn University in Germany and the INSEEC Alpes-Savoie University in Chambéry, France, as well as a Master’s Degree in International Humanitarian Assistance from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany and the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands. She speaks fluent German, French and English.

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Marta Cabrera

President

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Cynthia Steele

Executive Vice President

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Lee Takakjian

Marketing & Communications Director

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Ciara Masterson

Development Manager

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Nisha Dhawan

Senior Program Officer for India & Regional Advisor, Asia

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Neha Broota

UK Development & Engagement Manager

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Theodoros Chronopoulos

Senior Program Officer for Africa

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Caitlin Mitchell

Program and Evaluation Officer

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Gritt Richter

Senior Program Officer for East & Southeast Asia

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Carmen Morcos

Senior Program Officer for Latin America

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Jayanthi Pushkaran

Assistant Program Officer for India

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Shelbi Goldman

Global Operations Manager

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Kayla Kohlenberg

Development and Communications Specialist

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Filiz Bikmen

Senior Program Officer for Turkey

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Wilson Ventura

Controller

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Jacqueline Chen

Hong Kong Development and Engagement Manager

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Ailsa Cheung

Development and Operations Assistant

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Blandine West

UK Development and Communications Assistant

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