The ECI Family

Abraham Leno sits at his desk in a white dress shirt and a tie, with a water bottle and a blue wall behind him.

Abraham Leno

Executive Director

Abraham has spent his whole career promoting health, dignity and joy in the world’s most difficult places — starting in Guinea, where he and his family were refugees themselves for eleven years. As a humanitarian leader, Abraham has led relief and development efforts in Liberia, South Sudan, Darfur, Ethiopia, Balochistan in Pakistan, and now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In DRC, Abraham helped co-create and implement the revolutionary Asili business model.

Abraham is grateful to have lived beyond survival, and now has a family and a home of his own and other people who look up to him. His relief and development work are inspired by memories of the kindness and the generosity of many others. He travels widely throughout the DRC and United States, but he is based in ECI’s headquarters in Bukavu.

Hermann Aho, in a jacket and embroidered black shirt, smiles for the camera on a sunny day on the Lake Kivu ferry, with the DRC flag. Photo: Jon Atwell

Hermann Aho

Finance Director

Hermann joined Asili project as a finance controller in September 2015, and now leads the ECI finance team. With almost two decades of experience in accounting and finance, he brings improved financial management, reporting, cost analysis, financial planning and budgeting, and donor compliance.

Originally from Côte d’Ivoire, Hermann and his wife live in Rwanda, just across the border from ECI’s office in Goma. By working with and for communities to improve their living conditions, Hemann believes that our world is full of abundance, joy, and compassion. “I thank God to be part of this amazing, innovating, and inspiring organization,” he says.

A fontainière counts cash at an Asili water point. Photo: Gerry Kahashy

Finance Team

  • Prince Bahati, Finance Officer
  • Nadine Bulembo, Cashier
  • Nehemie Jean-Claude, Finance Assistant
  • Jodie Rugarabura, Finance Clerk
  • Alice Rukungu, Finance Assistant
  • Maryline Mwenge Vira, Finance Assistant
Salomé Byenda, a woman wearing a bright yellow-and-purple dress and headscarf, addresses a crowd using a megaphone.

Salomé Kaliza

Community Engagement Manager

A widowed mother of six children and eight grandchildren, Mama Salomé makes everyone she meets feel like part of her family. With inimitable energy and joy, she is the foremost ambassador of ECI’s Asili social business model in the communities of eastern Congo. She draws inspiration from the way Asili services provide world-class human services in places where water, healthcare and even dignity have been hard to come by.

Outside of work, Mama Salomé likes taking care of her home, reading the Bible, listening to religious music, and exercising. She loves to visit with family members, friends and neighbors, and anyone who needs comfort and encouragement.

Masudi Katembela

Grant Manager

Born in the DRC, Masudi personally cultivates all ECI’s relationships with visionary Congolese community-based organizations, from the world-renowned Panzi Hospital to tiny youth startups. Prior joining ECI in 2018, Masudi worked with World Vision for 14 years in monitoring and evaluation, program administration, and child protection.

Masudi was drawn to work with ECI because of this organization’s fundamental belief in the power of Congolese solutions to solve Congolese problems — a belief Masudi’s work brings into reality every day. He helps our partner CBOs achieve great things for the communities we serve. He lives with his family in Goma.

Grantmaking Team

  • Franck Balume, Driver and Logistics Assistant
  • Faustin Munyi-Ogwarha, Grant Assistant

Tad Lunden

Product Manager

Tad directs the design, development and operation of ECI’s multiple services and products, which serve over 120,000 people every single day. Tad has been working in eastern Congo since 2014, when he joined Alight “for just a few months” — but the people he met stole his heart and made him fall in love with Congo. Everything from dancing in Kadutu to climbing Mbobo and countless bumpy rides with his amazing teammates has meant that even when Tad is far away, Congo is always with him.

Away from work, Tad loves spending time with his partner Carly, camping or traveling the world. They divide their time between Rwanda, just across the border from ECI’s Bukavu headquarters, and Minneapolis.

Dr. Johny Muhindo, in a white lab coat with a stethoscope, is photographed outdoors in Bukavu, DRC.

Johny Muhindo, MD

Medical Coordinator

Dr. Johny has been leading the Asili medical team since 2018. A native of Bukavu, DRC, he has spent his whole career dedicated to healing in the Congo. His tireless work joins the most rigorous public health and science training with a patient-centered compassion that informs every detail of the ECI approach to health and wellbeing.

A 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Johny completed his medical training at the Catholic University of Bukavu.

Healthcare Team

  • Georges Bahati, Nurse
  • Pascaline Cibanshimbira, Nurse
  • Adrienne Ganywamulume, Nurse
  • Guillaume Mwenze, Nurse
  • Pierre Masirika, Nurse
  • Rachel Matabaro, Nurse
  • Adrienne Mulashe, Nurse
  • Christophe Ngwasi, Nurse
  • Bienfait Sharadi, Nurse
  • Ange Sikwaya, MD, Physician Director
José Katumba Muyombo poses in a jacket with a shirt and bolo tie.

José Muyombo

HR and Administration Manager

With a PhD in international development, Dr. José is a researcher and professor by training. Before ECI, he taught and consulted for a number of local and international institutions, including the United Nations and Tearfund. He encountered the Asili social business model as a consultant for Alight in Rwanda, who promptly recruited him to manage their newly established office in Bukavu, DRC, in 2012. He believes that ECI’s work to improve the wellbeing of our communities is a springboard to the development of the whole nation, especially because of the strong spiritual values we bring to everything we do.

Dr. José is a husband and father. Outside of work, he loves playing and following sports, and he is a devotee of American country music.

Administration Team

  • Pascaline Kabangwa, Assistant Administrator
  • Félix Kamenge, Guard
  • Déogratias Kashos, Guard
  • Léonard Mpova, Guard
  • Arc Mudirishwe, Driver
  • Dario Mutarushwa, Driver
  • Moïse Mwandulo, Driver
  • Laurent Mweze, Guard
  • Emmanuel Nshagi, Guard
  • Joseph Shamavu, Driver

Valéry Namuto

Field Operations Manager

Establishing and maintaining world-class services in eastern Congo is only possible because of the skill of more than 100 local experts in everything from epidemiology to agronomy to plumbing. At the center of all this technical complexity is Valéry, who manages every aspect of ECI’s field operations. From day to day, he coordinates the operation of the whole Asili enterprise, from counting cash at water points to negotiating rights-of-way with local kings and princes. With his gentle sense of humor, deep commitment to human dignity, and constant attention to detail, Valéry makes sure Asili services live up to the promise of our brand, every day.

Beyond his work for ECI, Valéry is renowned throughout the DRC for his skill as a pianist and composer. He has been summoned him to Kinshasa to play for the President of the Congo. He lives and works in Bukavu, a city he loves for its culture and architecture.

Operations Team

  • Neema Bulonza, Sanitation Specialist
  • Fiston Byamungu, Sales Concierge
  • Micheline Engiteyo, Government Liaison
  • Marie-Claire Irenge, Sanitation Specialist
  • Jean Kakule, Sales Concierge
  • Justinne M’Mweze, Sanitation Specialist
  • Roger Mwambibwa, Sanitation Specialist
  • Lyly Mwamini, Sanitation Specialist
  • Reagan Mutambo, Commercial Agent
  • Ahadi Safari, Sanitation Specialist
  • Roland Safari, Assistant Engineer
  • Divine Zihindula, Operations Assistant

Elizabeth Reim

Development Manager

With a background in business management and social entrepreneurship, a passion for excellence and wide-open curiosity, Elizabeth has put her talents to use across many causes, from organic viticulture to youth mentorship to the world-famous X Prize. Today, she leads fundraising strategy for ECI as we enter our second decade, with more ambition than ever. She loves building relationships with others who believe in the promise and potential of ECI’s transformative approach to global development.

Elizabeth lives with her husband and several kinds of animals in Malibu, California. She is an experienced yoga instructor and open-water diver, and she travels whenever she can.

Development Team

Emmanuel Riziki

Project Engineer

Born and raised in South Kivu, Emmanuel has spent his career as a geotechnical engineer helping humanitarian agencies plan, manage and maintain ambitious development projects. Today, he oversees the integrity of Asili’s physical infrastructure. Emmanuel and his team of technical experts comb the mountains in South Kivu to find pure mountain springs, then design, build and maintain the system of reservoirs, pipes and pumps that bring cool, clean water to 120,000 Asili customers every day.

The father of three children, Emmanuel is always an animateur around the office — energetic, funny, and a joy to be around.

Josée Ruhara teaches children about handwashing in March 2019. Photo: Gerry Kahashy

Josée Ruhara

Water Operations Manager

Mama Josée has spent her whole career improving public health in the Congo — as a community educator, dietician, advocate and activist, and leader. Today she is the South Kivu coordinator of REFESHAPE, the Congolese network of women in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector. In that capacity, she has worked with Asili since 2013 to supervise and support the women who operate all our retail water points. Mama Josée loves working for ECI because the Asili model, which she helped co-create, puts the communities we serve at the center of everything we do, and values the contribution of women especially.

Married and the mother of six children, Mama Josée loves being with her family, praying with others, and traveling whenever she can.