Sasha Lezhnev – Founding Director
Sasha Lezhnev is Founding Director of GRG and Associate Director of Policy at the Enough Project. He was previously Policy Adviser at Global Witness, where he led the organization’s U.S. advocacy on conflict resources and energy policy issues. Sasha worked for 2 1/2 years in Uganda as Senior Program Officer with the Northern Uganda Peace Initiative and peace process advisor to the northern Uganda mediator. He is author of the book Crafting Peace: Strategies to Deal with Warlords in Collapsing States and previously worked with the International Crisis Group’s Africa Program and the U.S. Institute of Peace. He holds a Master’s in International Relations from Cambridge University and a B.S. in Foreign Service magna cum laude from Georgetown University. You can reach Sasha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kasper Agger – Co-founder
Kasper is Field Researcher for the Enough Project, based in Kampala, Uganda. Kasper previously worked in Northern Uganda from 2005 to 2007 with the Northern Uganda Peace Initiative, and also worked for the United Nations Environmental Program, where he focused on facilitating the Clean Development Mechanism in developing countries. Kasper holds a Master’s degree in Geography and International Development Studies from Roskilde University, Denmark, with a specialization in conflict mitigation, organizational capacity building, and field research. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Marisa R. Bassett – Vice Chair and Secretary
Marisa is Associate Legal Officer in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. She previously practiced law at White & Case LLP. She has held positions with Human Rights Watch, the Public International Law & Policy Group, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the United Nations Development Programme. Marisa has a J.D. from American University, an M.P.P. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. You can reach her at Marisa@grassrootsgroup.org.
Brionne Dawson – Chief Outreach Officer
Brionne is an international development practitioner with eight years of experience supporting programs to empower women and improve governance with respect to HIV/AIDS, extractive industries and poverty reduction. She has worked in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, and Uganda. She resided for several years in South Africa, where she supported regional initiatives on behalf of the National Democratic Institute. Brionne has worked with the Center for International Policy and the United Nations Development Program. Brionne is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Institut de Touraine in Tours, France. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anna-Maria Kaneff – Chief Financial Officer
Anna-Maria Kaneff is the Vice-President, Commercial Group, for the Kaneff Group of Companies. Ms. Kaneff is responsible for managing the portfolio of existing commercial properties as well as overseeing the development and construction of new office and retail projects. Prior to joining the Kaneff Group, Ms. Kaneff was an Associate with a Toronto based-hedge fund and an Investment Analyst with the World Bank’s private investment arm, the International Finance Corporation, in their Oil, Gas, Mining & Petrochemicals Group. Ms. Kaneff also worked as an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley in New York and San Francisco. Ms. Kaneff graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and received her Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School. The Kaneff Group of Companies is a private Peel-based real estate development and building company that develops and manages commercial and residential real estate properties and golf properties in Southern Ontario.
You can reach her at email@example.com.