External Advisory Committee

emily-hogueEmily Hogue is the Team Leader for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning in USAID's Bureau for Food Security, where she oversees efforts related to accountability and learning for the Feed the Future initiative. Under Feed the Future, she helped develop the Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index.  Prior to USAID, Emily worked in the academic and development sectors. Emily has conducted research on the impacts of agricultural development programs in the Andes, economic development among women-focused organizations, and faith-based development.  Emily has a PhD in Comparative Sociology from Florida International University as well as an M.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in Spanish and English.


Farzana Ramzan is a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist in the Bureau for Food Security/USAID and is the technical advisor for Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Farzana also manages the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index portfolio and is the technical lead for gender and M&E on her team. Farzana received a fellowship from the Brooks World Poverty Institute to pursue her doctorate at the University of Manchester, employing mixed methods to examine food insecurity, agriculture and gender in rural Tanzania.  Farzana was a research associate at the Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), and a visiting research student at the University of Wisconsin (Madison).


kathryn_yountKathryn Yount is Asa Griggs Candler Chair of Global Health and Professor of Global Health, Sociology, Women's, Gender, Sexuality Studies, and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University. She conducts research on women's and children's health, focusing on the measurement, determinants, and health effects of women's empowerment and exposure to partner violence. With sustained funding, she has conducted research in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, and has a long publication record in top venues in the Social Sciences and Public Health.



Laurie Starr, Senior Gender/Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at TANGO International, is an applied researcher with extensive experience in gender issues, resilience, livelihoods, and food security. The geographic range of her experience encompasses 20 countries in Africa, Asia, and the LAC region. Laurie currently represents TANGO in the Technical and Operational Performance Support Program (TOPS), a USAID/Food-for-Peace-funded learning mechanism.


vicki-wildeVicki Wilde is a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, responsible for the gender portfolio in Agricultural Development. In addition to managing grants aimed at empowering women in farming households (including GAAP2), she works closely with the foundation’s teams for nutrition, crops, livestock and policy. She spends much of her time working closely with grantees in India and East and West Africa.  Before joining the foundation, Vicki was the founding director of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and the CGIAR Gender & Diversity Program.