Staff – International



Emilia Kardzhilova -- Country Director

Emilia Kardzhilova received her undergraduate degree and her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Sofia University.  Prior to that Emilia graduated from Library College in Sofia. She earned a second Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from New Bulgarian University and Open University. Before joining WWO, Emilia was employed by  the Open Society Institute, the German Marshall Fund and United Nations Population Fund. She specialized in Paris Cultural Studies with a scholarship provided by the French Government. She worked as a scientific editor of the  Larousse edition of the Dictionary of Psychology. Emilia is currently pursuing doctoral work on the relationship between on the  psychoanalytic approach and early child development.


Dr. Sophie Mengistu – Country Director

Dr. Sophie Mengistu joined WWO in 2004 as country director and leads in the development of the program portfolio in Addis Ababa. Prior to that, she served as general practitioner in different health facilities in and around Addis Ababa. Dr. Mengistu graduated from Addis Ababa University Faculty of Medicine and qualified as a pediatrician at the School of Graduate Studies. Her first assignment as a pediatrician was to establish a new pediatric department at the government general hospital. Today, that facility serves thousands of Ethiopian children. Dr. Mengistu has two children, lives in Addis Ababa. She is a member of the Lions Club International and volunteers for several community programs.



Country Director





Thuy Ngo - Country Director

Thuy has been working in the Social Development sector of Vietnam for more than sixteen years. As national team leader at two international not-for-profit organizations, Swisscontact and Handicap International respectively, together with the team, Thuy has made special endeavor to address the needs of vulnerable groups, including women, children, and persons with disabilities. With her background in both Education and Business Management and good insights into the context of Vietnam, Thuy is able to contribute to the achievement of the organizations’ goals and objectives. Besides her function as team leader, Thuy enjoys sharing her knowledge and skills in Organizational Development and NGO management with the partners and other team members.  
(Thuy holds a Master degree in Applied Linguistics and has undergone postgraduate program in International Management Consulting).

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