Our dedicated team

Big Win was founded in 2015 by Jamie Cooper, who has more than 20 years’ experience in bringing private-sector, government and non-profit leaders together to pursue innovative policy on economic and social issues.

Big Win’s board and team includes former African ministers, senior government and multilateral officials, and senior people from the private sector with extensive experience spearheading and implementing transformative reforms.

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Board of Trustees

Jamie Cooper

Chair and President

Jamie Cooper is founding Chair and President of Big Win Philanthropy. Jamie has more than 20 years’ experience in bringing private sector, government and non-profit leaders together to pursue innovative policy on economic and social issues. She previously co-founded the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and served as its President and CEO.

"Growth and stability in African countries will be achieved by leaders with the vision to invest in the emerging new generation of young people. With Big Win Philanthropy, I aim to support these leaders."

Suprotik Basu

Board Member

Suprotik (Protik) Basu is a Partner and Founder of Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital, a investment platform built to accelerate progress toward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals while generating competitive financial returns. He previously served as CEO of the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Health and for Malaria. Starting at the World Bank Group, Protik has spent his career focused on developing and deploying creative financing approaches to fuel large-scale change.

"I'm convinced that investment to unlock human capital is the path to reduce inequality, and bring about a more peaceful planet. With so many young people throughout Africa and South Asia, we have a chance to see some of the most positive change in human history. The window won't be open forever, and I'm proud that through Big Win Philanthropy, we'll help leaders make the most of the opportunity."

Malik Dechambenoit

Board Member

Malik Dechambenoit is the CEO of Africa Advisory firm Gumbi, Dechambenoit & Associates. He has over 20 years’ experience advising with policymakers and multinational companies in Africa. A former United Nations political official Malik was instrumental in mediating conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Africa’s Great Lakes Region. He now assists corporates with their development strategies and engagement strategies with African governments and regulators. Malik strongly believes in the fundamental right of every human being to peace, liberty and opportunities for a healthier, more secure and brighter future.

Luísa Dias Diogo

Board Member

Diogo was Prime Minister of Mozambique from 2004 to 2010 and was the country´s first female Prime Minister. Before becoming Prime Minister, she served as Minister of Planning and Finance for five years. During her tenure, she led the process of economic reform and transformation that required several changes in the delivery of support from the international community for the Mozambican Development Plan, including the plans to combat poverty and hunger.

As a Minister of Planning and Finance, she had the opportunity to interact with international partners including bilateral and multilateral institutions.

Recently, Diogo has focused on support to the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Forum's health and education ministers, and on her role as a member of the Total Africa Consultative Strategy Committee.

During her professional career Diogo was recognized by Time Magazine in 2004 as one of the hundred most influential people in the world and by Forbes Magazine as one of the hundred most powerful women in the world.

Diogo currently is the Chairperson of Barclays Bank Mozambique and Global Alliance.

"Africa is in demographic transition, but its demographic dividend will only be realized when it can benefit from full social and economic participation by young people. Education and training is crucial to this endeavor. With Big Win Philanthropy, I am sure we can start making a difference in many places across this vast continent."

Mark Dybul

Board Member

Mark Dybul is Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Mark has worked on HIV and public health for more than 25 years as a clinician, scientist, teacher and administrator. Mark was a driving force in the formation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, better known as PEPFAR. After serving as Chief Medical Officer, Assistant, Deputy and Acting Director, he was appointed as its leader in 2006, becoming U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, with the rank of Ambassador at the level of an Assistant Secretary of State.

"Big Win Philanthropy is among the best at client-focused philanthropy, working to support the leaders of Africa."

Bill Haney

Board Member

Bill Haney is the CEO of BI-SAM, a private-equity backed portfolio analytics company, and has over 20 years’ experience in managing software and information businesses towards rapid growth and strategic repositioning. Early in his career Bill worked with public and private sector leaders in emerging market economies to develop broad policy reforms to spur export-led economic growth.

"By focusing our efforts on quantifiable outcomes from the very start, Big Win Philanthropy will more effectively impact the lives of those we hope to improve."

Michelle Harrison

Board Member

Dr. Michelle Harrison is the Global CEO of the Public division of Kantar and the Chair of the WPP Government and Public Sector Practice. Michelle works with governments, the public sector, and multilateral agencies around the world on evidence-based public policy approaches and behavior change programs. She is a Davos speaker, book author and the founder of the WPP Executive Education Programmes in Public Communications and Behavior Change. She is also a passionate campaigner for gender equality and, in partnership with Women Political Leaders, is the creator of The Reykjavik Index for Leadership.

"Big Win Philanthropy is mission based, focused on partnering with African leaders to build opportunities for young people to thrive."

Nikos Makris

Board Member

Nikos Makris is a Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Macrosynergy Partners, a fund management firm. Over his 22 year career, Nikos has strived to identify Emerging Market countries going through an economic and political transformation that enables growth and investment. His investment activities give him regular access to policymakers with whom he is in regular dialogue about fiscal, monetary and growth policies.

"Africa and South Asia are at the cusp of a historic century of growth and development. The potential is as palpable as the challenges to realizing it. With Big Win Philanthropy we can enable responsible leaders that have the vision and drive to rise to the occasion."

Dzingai Mutumbuka

Board Member

Dzingai Mutumbuka serves as a member of the governing board for UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning. He is the former chair of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), which brings together all African education ministers and donors supporting education in Africa.

Previously, Mutumbuka held various senior management positions in the education sector at the World Bank from 1990-2007. Prior to joining the World Bank, he held major political appointments in Zimbabwe, including supervising the implementation of policies in six ministries (Education, Health, Social Welfare, Housing, Youth and Sport, and Community Development and Women’s Affairs). He served as minister of Education and Culture from 1980 to 1988 and as minister of Higher Education from 1988 to 1989.

He has served as the chairman of the Zimbabwe National Commission of UNESCO since Zimbabwe joined UNESCO in 1980. Before Zimbabwe’s independence, Mutumbuka served as minister of Education and Culture in the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU (PF)) from 1975 to 1980, and in that capacity was responsible for the education of all Zimbabweans in refugee camps in Mozambique.

"Convince African leaders to view the youth bulge as an opportunity rather than a burden."


Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu


Dr. Kesetebirhan (Kesete) Admasu joined Big Win as CEO after serving as CEO of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria. He served as Minister of Health of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia from 2012 - 2016. Prior to his appointment as Minister, Dr. Kesete served as State Minister for the Health Programs and Director General of the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention General Directorate in the Ministry. In his capacity as Director General, Dr. Kesete oversaw health sector reform and led the implementation of the country’s flagship Health Extension Program (HEP), which improves the quality and availability of primary health care services through community-based health workers. He has held a number of prominent positions within regional and international organizations in the health sector, including serving as Chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa, Chair of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Ministerial Committee on Health, and Member of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. In recognition of his contribution to reproductive health, he was selected as a 2016 Winner of “120 Under 40,” an initiative organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health.

Amollo Ambole

Program Director

Amollo Ambole is the Program Director for the African Mayoral Initiative at Big Win Philanthropy. With 14 years teaching and research experience at the university level, she is a seasoned academic whose work has spanned development studies, creative arts, product design, and climate change.

Through collaborative and transdisciplinary research projects, Amollo has worked closely with residents in informal settlements, policymakers, and practitioners in Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa to co-design solutions to urban development challenges such as energy poverty, sanitation, and non-communicable diseases. Her research in these areas has been published in academic journals and on respected science platforms. Amollo has also participated in international leadership programs and presented at high-level events such as the United Nations’ Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Prior to joining Big Win Philanthropy, Amollo was a lecturer at University of Nairobi and was a principal investigator under the Gender for Energy Security (GENS) SA-Africa-UK Trilateral Research Chair. Amollo holds a Master of Arts in Design and a PhD in Public and Development Management.

"My mission as a design researcher is to empower communities in Africa to co-design their own sustainable futures. Through my work with Big Win Philanthropy, I am delivering on that mission. "

Taye Balcha

Program Director

Taye Tolera Balcha is a Program Director at Big Win Philanthropy US. He is a medical doctor and a former Member of Parliament with 20 years’ experience implementing public health programs.

Prior to joining Big Win, Taye worked as the Health Program Team Leader at McKinsey & Company in Ethiopia and served as the Director General of the Armauer Hansen Research Institute, appointed by former Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn.

He also served as Chief of Staff to the State Minister at the Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia and has worked at various levels of senior leadership in the government of the Oromia region of Ethiopia, including as Deputy Head of the Regional Health Bureau. He holds an MD from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and received a Master’s in Public Health and a PhD in Epidemiology from Lund University, Sweden. He has published extensive research on epidemiology.

"Big Win Philanthropy’s investment in children and young people puts them on the road towards success and will help Africa become more self-reliant and stable. I feel incredibly privileged to be part of the team."

Bonike Bracewell

Legal Director

Bonike Bracewell is Legal Director for Big Win Philanthropy. She was Called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2008 and has almost 15 years' legal experience within the general commercial, financial services, and charity sectors.

Prior to joining Big Win Philanthropy, Bonike spent eight years practicing as a self-employed barrister from a set of chambers in Temple, London. In 2017, she moved into the third sector and, since then, has held in-house roles at both national and international non-profits, working to provide legal and strategic support on a range of programs and projects.

Bonike holds a degree in Law with French from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She completed the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law and underwent an executive program in Transformational Leadership in 2016/2017.

"I’m proud to be part of an organisation that supports African leaders bring about their visions for transformational change, without trying to dictate the agenda."

Bridget Konadu Gyamfi

Program Director

Bridget Konadu Gyamfi is a Program Director at Big Win Philanthropy. She has more than 13 years’ experience in the public and private sectors, as well as in the charity, donor and research fields. Over her career, she has had extensive engagement on policy within government and has promoted an agenda of evidence-led policy decisions.

Prior to joining Big Win, she was IPA Ghana’s Senior Policy and Implementation Manager and led the organization's policy engagement within the education sector. She worked with donors, government and key policymakers to co-create evidence and provided technical assistance to partner organizations working on scaling-up efforts. Bridget held the position of Head of Programs at the British Council, with a portfolio that had oversight on various projects across basic and higher education, scholarships management, business and partnership development. Bridget is a validated trainer and has extensive experience working in the education sector. She comes with experience in operational and team management, strategic planning, policy engagement, business development and project management.

Bridget holds a Master of Science degree in Education for Sustainability from London South Bank University.

Chris Klatell

Chief Operating Officer

Chris Klatell is General Counsel for Big Win Philanthropy. Chris graduated summa cum laude with honors from Williams College and from the Yale Law School. He clerked for the Hon. Robert D. Sack of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and, prior to joining Big Win Philanthropy, worked at Debevoise & Plimpton and was a Partner at Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman, where he remains Of Counsel.

Vikram Mand

Operations Manager

Vikram is the Operations Manager for Big Win Philanthropy. Prior to joining the team, Vikram spent 7 years working in Tanzania and the East African region as a consultant, legal manager, and legal associate for government bodies and private entities.

Vikram is a law graduate and his experiences have combined aspects of law and business management. He was an associate with a law firm in Tanzania, where he advised the government on several large and complex projects. Vikram was then appointed legal manager for a large logistics company operating throughout East and Central Africa. He was responsible for advising the company on a range of legal matters as well as building and managing extensive networks throughout the region. Vikram has a broad range of operational skills and is experienced in identifying and pursuing opportunities for growth. His strength is in building relationships and bringing diverse, multicultural teams together under a common set of goals.

"Big Win’s principles and themes reflect my own values – achieving meaningful, long-term change for future generations in Africa. To achieve this change, relationships must be built with government leaders to empower them and to build capacity from within."

Edward Muguza

Program Director

Edward Muguza is a Program Director at Big Win Philanthropy US. With rich experience in both the public and private sectors, Edward is passionate about tackling development challenges in health and entrepreneurship.

He began his career as an associate at the Parthenon Group, a business consultancy in Boston, USA, working on public-private education projects and private equity due diligence projects. Equipped with the fundamentals of business and a desire to work on development challenges, Edward joined the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), where he focused on health financing and HIV prevention across the African continent. Later, as the Head of Rural Transformation and Sustainable Livelihoods at the Higherlife Foundation, Edward managed the rollout and implementation of a social impact loan program for rural businesses and small holder farmers in Zimbabwe.

Edward holds an MSc in Public Policy from the University of Oxford (UK) and a BA (Hons) in Chemistry from Amherst College (USA).

"To transform Africa, we need to support countries and communities to champion their own pathways to prosperity. Big Win’s approach does exactly that!"

Lewis Pennell

Information Technology Manager

Lewis Pennell is the Information Technology Manager of Big Win Philanthropy. Lewis has eight years’ experience in designing, deploying and managing IT infrastructures for a range of medium-sized organizations. He has previously managed the delivery of projects such as the deployment of over 60 servers for a globally known search provider and an infrastructure refresh for the Bedfordshire Primary Healthcare Trust.

"It excites me to be a part of Big Win Philanthropy. Knowing that the IT platform I am creating will be fundamental to the foundations' ability to deliver projects in a timely and professional manner is extremely rewarding."

Linda Price

Finance Director

Linda Price is the Group Controller & Head of Finance for Big Win Philanthropy. Prior to joining the team, Linda has worked for multinational organisations across a diverse range of sectors where she has always operated as an integral part of the business in driving its goals. Linda has a keen interest in the development and wellbeing of children and youth and her last role at an NGO created the opportunity to see the impact organisations can make in this arena.

"I am excited to work with a team that is so passionate about addressing the prevalent issues impacting young people."

Paige Sholar

Program Analyst

Paige Sholar is a Program Analyst for Big Win Philanthropy. Paige graduated from Duke University’s Master of Science in Global Health program in 2014. She has worked as a Research Associate for the Duke Global Health Institute where she gained experience engaging with academic, public, private and foreign entities.

"Data is essential to advocate and demonstrate the value of health systems in under-resourced countries. I believe in Big Win Philanthropy's commitment to data-driven evidence."