Fenot Project Contacts

Peter Berman – Principal Investigator

Prof. Peter Berman (M.Sc, Ph.D) is a health economist with more than forty years of experience in research, policy analysis and development, and training and education in global health.

Prof. Berman is Professor of the Practice of Global Health Systems and Economics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Currently, Prof. Berman leads several innovative projects on developing primary care systems, strengthening service delivery, health system reform, and improving health care financing mechanisms for better outcomes, with a focus on work in Ethiopia, India, and Malaysia. Current projects include: RTMHEPCAPS, and Fenot. He is co-coordinator with Prof. Viswanath of Harvard Chan’s India Health Partnership. Prof. Berman is also the visiting professor at the Public Health Foundation of India and advisor to the China National Health Development Research Center for health care financing and health accounts.

For more information about Professor Berman, please visit his homepage. To contact Professor Berman, please email Erin Kannan at pkannan@hsph.harvard.edu.

Margeret Kruk – Co-Investigator

Dr. Margaret E. Kruk is Associate Professor of Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  Dr. Kruk’s research generates evidence on how health systems can improve health in low- and middle-income countries.  She studies the links between health system quality and the demand for health care, population health, and confidence in the system.  She uses novel implementation science methods to evaluate large-scale health system reforms.  She currently collaborates with colleagues in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Liberia, and India.

Dr. Kruk is currently Chair of the Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the SDG Era (HQSS Commission), a global effort to redefine and measure quality in the health systems of lower-income countries.  Previously, Dr. Kruk was Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Better Health Systems Initiative at Columbia University.  She has held posts at the United Nations Development Program and McKinsey and Company and practiced medicine in northern Ontario, Canada.  She holds an MD degree from McMaster University and an MPH from Harvard University.


Tsinuel Girma Nigatu – Project Director

Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tsinuel serves as the Project Director for the Fenot Project, as well as serving as the Lead for Evidence to Policy. Tsinuel is a pediatrician who brings more than 25 years of clinical and research experience to his role as Project Director. Tsinuel’s work has focused on international nutrition. As the Lead for Evidence to Policy, Tsinuel provides technical leadership to a number of forums, including the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Nutrition (RMNCH-N) Research Advisory Counsel within the Federal Ministry of Health, the Ethiopia Quality Commission (EQC), and the Analytic Core Team, which supports the EQC.


Sarah Hurlburt – Deputy Director of Implementation

Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sarah has served as the Deputy Director of Implementation for the Fenot project since 2015. Working across the three areas of Fenot (Evidence to Policy, Health Financing, and Regional Use of Evidence for Program Improvement), Sarah supports and coordinates the overall implementation of the project. Sarah is a public health professional with 14 years of experience managing international health projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America.  Prior to Fenot, Sarah worked at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health managing the Developing the Long-Term Capability of Ethiopia’s Health Extension Program Platform (HEPCAPS) project, and the Resource Tracking and Management in Ethiopia and India project. Sarah received her Masters in Public Health with a concentration in International Health from Boston University (USA), where she worked in the Center for Global Health and Development managing a portfolio of international health research on HIV, reproductive health, and health economics.


Bereket Yakob – Evidence to Policy Specialist

Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dr. Bereket Yakob serves as the Evidence to Policy Specialist for the Fenot project. Bereket holds a PhD in Public Health with concentration on health systems from the University of KwaZulu – Natal, School of Nursing & Public Health (South Africa) and a Masters of Public Health from Addis Ababa University, School of Public Health (Ethiopia). He brings more than 10 years research and program management experience on health services, quality, responsiveness, nutrition, HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health. Bereket’s work on Fenot includes conducting advanced analysis of complex data, evidence synthesis and writing and publishing scientific papers, as well as working with advisory and analytic teams such as the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCH-N) Research Advisory Council within the Federal Ministry of Health, the Ethiopia Quality Commission (EQC), and the Analytic Core Team (ACT). In this role, he works with universities, the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI), regional health bureaus (RHBs), health partners and research institutes, and facilitates efforts to improve the use of evidence in health policy and program development.


Girmaye Deye Dinsa – Health Financing Specialist

Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dr. Girmaye Deye Dinsa serves as the Health Financing Specialist for the Fenot project. Girmaye also provides technical assistance to the Health Economics and Financial Analysis case team of the Resource Mobilization Directorate at the Ethiopian Ministry of Health. Prior to joining the Fenot project, he worked as a research fellow on two projects implemented in Ethiopia by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Girmaye also brings a number of years of experience managing public health projects and teaching at universities. Girmaye holds a PhD in Health Economics from the Norwich School of Medicine (UK), and a Masters in Development Economics from the University of East Anglia (UK), as well as Bachelors in Economics from Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia).


Mirkuzie Woldie Kerie – Senior Research Advisor

Mirkuzie serves as the senior research advisor supporting the Maternal and Child Health Directorate of the Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopia, in the evidence to policy work. Mirkuzie is a medical doctor who has specialized in Health Systems Management (MPH) with ample experience in health policy and systems research focusing on the primary health care system in Ethiopia. At the Directorate Mirkuzie coordinates and leads activities of the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Nutrition (RNCAH-N) Research Advisory Council (RAC) to support each of the the eight thematic groups produce synthesized evidence relevant to maternal, child, neonatal, adolescent health and nutrition policies and guidelines.


Tizta Tilahun – Health Systems Analyst

Prior to joining Fenot project, Tizta Tilahun worked as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Africa Population Health and Research Center, Nairobi, Kenya. Tizta holds a Ph.D. in Medical-Social Sciences from Ghent University, Belgium and a Master of Science in Population Studies from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Tizta brings more than 14 years of experience in planning, budgeting, monitoring, and evaluation research, and program implementation to her role as a Health Systems Analyst for the Fenot project. Tizta provides technical support to the Oromia Regional Health Bureau in improving the use of evidence in policymaking and program decision, focusing on improving efficiency, equity, and quality (EEQ) of primary health care services and improving health financing. She works with the Evidence for Performance Improvement Collaboration (EPIC) team in the writing of technical reports, policy briefs, and scientific papers.


Frehiwot Getachew – Project Coordinator


Catherine Arsenault – Epidemiologist

Dr. Catherine Arsenault is an epidemiologist and health systems researcher. As part of Fenot, Catherine conducts analyses on health system quality, equity and efficiency using data from health facility and household surveys as well as the Ethiopian routine Health Management Information System. Prior to joining Fenot, she worked as research lead and co-authored the Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the SDG era. Catherine received a PhD in Epidemiology from McGill University and an MSc in Health Systems Administration at the University of Montreal. Catherine has worked with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance on the determinants and equitable distribution of vaccination coverage. She has also published on the measurement of health inequalities, the incidence of catastrophic spending for emergency obstetric care and on the determinants of obstetric care provider’s knowledge in Mali. Her research interests include: health equity, health system quality and financial protection in low- and middle-income countries.


Anna Gage – Study Coordinator, HQSS Commission

Anna Gage supports data use on quality of care for Fenot and the Ethiopia National Quality Commission, building capacity for data analysis using the Service Provision Assessment and Demographic and Health Surveys. She received her MSc in Global Health and Population from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, completing her thesis on determinants of healthcare provider knowledge in Indonesia.