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Erma Manoncourt ’86 Ph.D.


Chancellor's Global Leadership Council

Manoncourt is the founder and president of M&D Consulting Inc. and a retired UNICEF official who currently works as a senior management and development consultant. Based in Paris, France, she specializes in developing behavior and social change interventions, designing participatory methodologies and evaluating behavioral interventions at both individual and community levels. She has worked over 30 years in international development, providing technical assistance in management and leadership; strategic planning; training and facilitation skills; communication for development; and research, monitoring and evaluation. As a public health specialist in behavior and social change, she has worked more than fifteen years in sub-Saharan Africa in the areas of community-based development, nutrition and health programming, evaluation of family planning and women’s health programs, strategic planning, and behavioral research, and, most recently, as part of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response in West Africa. In addition to her international work, she is also an adjunct instructor at the Paris School of International Affairs (SciencesPo).

Manoncourt is also the current vice-president of memberships in the International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), co-chair of the IUHPE Global Working Group on Social Determinants of Health, and president of the Board of Directors for The Grandmother Project (NGO in Senegal).

A social-behavioral scientist by training, Manoncourt holds a doctorate in public health, with a specialization in health behavior, from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She also has a master’s degree in social work (clinical specialization) and bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is bilingual in French and English.