Our Leadership Team


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Ricardo Michel, MBA, CPA
Managing Director, FHI Partners

Ricardo is an international development expert with more than 25 years of international finance and leadership experience in both the private and public sectors. He is responsible for driving the strategic direction of FHI Partners, cultivating key relationships and managing the overall operations. Ricardo also serves on the executive committee of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and on the board of directors of Shared Interest.

Prior to joining FHI 360, Ricardo served as the Executive Vice President of AMEX International, Inc., an international development consulting firm, where he managed strategic business development and operations. Ricardo also served as a presidential appointee to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he was responsible for public-private partnerships and played a catalytic role in the launch of the U.S. Global Development Lab. He also directed the Office of Innovation and Development Alliances and served as Senior Advisor for economic growth and trade in the Africa Bureau.

Before serving with USAID, Ricardo spent several years structuring project finance transactions at the Export-Import Bank of the United States. He served as a Senior Trade and Investment Advisor for the U.S. African Development Foundation and was instrumental in establishing the foundation’s trade and investment initiative for small and medium enterprises. Ricardo worked for several years as an investment banker for J.P. Morgan Securities and began his career as a certified public accountant, working as an auditor for Arthur Andersen, LLP in their Philadelphia and Bermuda offices.

Ricardo earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from Temple University.

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Roberto Matus, MBA
Business Development and Portfolio Manager, FHI Partners

Roberto brings more than 20 years of experience from across the U.S., Latin America, Middle East and Europe as director, manager, or technical lead on initiatives at the nexus of business and development. He is responsible for transaction structuring, project oversight and portfolio growth.

He has spent the past 12 years designing, proposing, managing and implementing economic development programs centered on the principles of shared value, including long-term assignments in Afghanistan, Mongolia, Nicaragua and Jordan.

As an international economic growth specialist, he developed private sector solutions in various sectors (tourism, agribusiness, ICT) and across various thematic areas (value chains, market systems, workforce development, export development, competitiveness strategy). As Project Director for a sustainable tourism program, he led a team of ecosystem actors in market-driven programs to upgrade workforce, enterprise and destination competitiveness.

From 2002 to 2006, he served at the World Bank in the Corporate Strategy Department working on programs focused on innovative ideas in development.

In addition to private sector development, he brings hands-on private sector operational, marketing and partnership experience from his tenure building two venture-funded start-ups.

Roberto holds a Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley, a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish language and literature and a Bachelor of Science in international business from the University of Maryland.

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Joseph Diederich, MA
Business Manager, FHI Partners

Joe brings more than three decades of experience managing financial and accounting operations of international development programs for FHI 360. He has served in senior finance roles on complex USAID contracts and cooperative agreements. Most recently he played an integral role in the $120 million Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III Project (FANTA) that spanned seven years and 19 countries.

Joe has built solid financial systems, working across organizations to design creative solutions that support fiscal discipline and accountability. He has broad experience managing multicultural teams in domestic and international settings. Joe has completed more than 25 short-term assignments across 18 different countries, including contributing to the launch of a regional project office in South Africa and building country office teams for newly awarded projects.

Joe holds Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in economics from The George Washington University.

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Donny Anderson, JD

Donny Anderson, JD
Contracts and Grants Officer, FHI Partners

Donny is an attorney with eight years of experience in drafting, negotiating and managing commercial, government and foundation-funded contracts and grants.

Prior to joining FHI Partners, Donny supported FHI 360’s Science Facilitation section of the Global Health Population and Nutrition portfolio as well as the East and Southern Africa portfolio. He previously served the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as the Contracts Team Leader for the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities and the Chronic Disease and Injury section of the Division of Public Health. His background also includes contract review for Huron Consulting Group and contract negotiation with RTI International. Additionally, he has studied international law, human rights and comparative law at the University of Strasbourg in France and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.

Donny holds a Juris Doctor from Regent University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in communication from North Carolina State University. He was admitted to practice law in the State of North Carolina in 2012.

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Heather Chauny, MPIA

Heather Chauny, MPIA
Foundation Relations and Strategy Advisor, FHI Foundation

Often referred to as a “philanthropreneur,” Heather brings 20 years of experience designing strategic and innovative approaches to philanthropy within both grantmaking portfolios and project implementation.

She has worked throughout Africa and Latin America on issues pertaining to global health and sustainable economic development for organizations including the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Oceana and Jhpiego, a global health affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. She also served with the U.S Peace Corps in Durban, South Africa as a Capacity Building Consultant for HIV/AIDS integration programs and services within community-based and national non-governmental organizations. Heather has lived, worked or studied in more than ten countries and speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

Heather holds a Masters in Pacific and international affairs from the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University.

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