Our Staff

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Katherine Kolios

Executive Director

Katherine’s experience spans education, sexual and reproductive health, nutrition, and malaria prevention. She joined RAIN in 2017 having lived, worked, and studied in Francophone communities throughout Africa, South America, and Europe. Katherine has experience working in the field and in headquarters of organizations large and small. Currently, she leads RAIN’s strategic planning, serves as the liaison between Niger and U.S. operations, and ensures RAIN has the resources needed to implement programs effectively in tandem with community partners. She is a graduate of Brandeis University’s Health: Science, Society and Policy program.

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Boubou Aw

Program Director

Boube joined RAIN’s team in 2019 with a Masters in Project and Program Management from Eastern University in Pennsylvania and over 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Starting out in program coordination, Boube climbed the ranks at World Vision. Over the course of his time there and elsewhere, Boube developed expertise in monitoring and evaluation, crisis management, and community partnership. He is fluent in Zarma, French and English.

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Salifou Kountche

Director of Administration & Finance

Salifou has led RAIN’s in-country Administration and Finances since 2014. Prior to joining RAIN, he spent over 14 years climbing the ranks at World Vision working on projects in Maradi, Zinder, and Tillabery until achieving the post of Chief Accountant for the National Office. Salifou earned his degree in Accounting and Business Management at SODESI in Niamey, Niger. He is fluent in French and Zarma and conversant in Haussa and Mina.

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Alhassane Aboubacar

Director of the Agadez Learning Center

Alhassene’s broad experience in the nonprofit sector spans from working with people who have been handicapped in mining accidents to combating plastic waste. His passion and focus are working with youth. He comes to RAIN having worked with youth at numerous other NGOs, including UNFPA and Mercy Corps, on topics including vocational training, life skills training, reproductive health, self-confidence and entrepreneurship.

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Freya Hoffman-Terry

US Office Manager

Freya has extensive experience in the non-profit world. She has managed youth development programs for the YMCA of Southern Maine, A’s & Aces (a tennis, literacy and lifeskills organization in New Orleans) and Boston Scores (a soccer, poetry and service learning nonprofit). Prior to her youth development work, Freya served in the U.S. Peace Corps, in the Philippines, where she conducted environmental education lessons and organized a literacy program. Freya received a BA in Sociology, from William Smith College. She lives with her husband, Jake, in Kennebunk, Maine.

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Azara Touma Touma Ibrahim

Field Agent & Women and Children’s Specialist

Azara has been working with NGOs, including OXFAM and SNV’s “Youth, Advocacy, Women, Work and Alliances” project, since 2003. Her focus has been on literacy, reproductive health and leadership training. She is also an entrepreneur and has a passion for women’s cooperative work. She plays a crucial role in training program participants and on-the-ground monitoring of program implementation. She speaks Tamasheq, Hausa, and French.

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Abdoul-Salam Dourkari

Agriculture & Animal Husbandry Specialist

With over 15 years of experience at the intersection of agriculture, relief, and community development, Abdoul-Salam brings expertise in agricultural and animal husbandry programs and their implementation across Niger. He received his M.S. in Agronomics at Abdou Moumouni University in Niamey. His areas of expertise include soil science, plant production, rural engineering, & participatory approaches to community programming. Prior to working with RAIN, he oversaw M&E for an ADROC pastoralism project in Tera. He has also worked with international organizations including Coopération Technique Belge and AMURT International. He speaks Zarma, French, and Hausa.

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Rabaha Rosalie Alain

Agadez Accounting & Logistics Manager

Rabaha came to RAIN after completing her Masters in accounting at the African Institute of Technology. She helps to oversee budgets, contracts, and operations for the Agadez office. She speaks Haussa, Zarma, and French.