Ethiopia

Staff

Obie Shaw, Country Director

Obie Shaw previously served as the Peace Corps country director for Mauritania. In addition, Shaw has consulted for Peace Corps’ Office of the Inspector General and Peace Corps’ Africa Region. He served five years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Central African Republic and in Tunisia. Shaw brings years of experience managing fast-past and adaptable projects in several African countries. He is known for his ability to adapt programming to local contexts, and his focus on developing local staff and partner capacity. In recent years, Shaw has served as the Chief of Party of USAID’s Cameroon Peace Promotion Project, working in the Lake Chad Basin (LCB) region of Cameroon, he oversaw initiatives to promote radio programming and community engagement to support moderate voices and prevent violent extremism in LCB communities. As Chad Country Director for USAID’s Peace through Development II (PDEVII), Shaw oversaw the implementation of rapid activities to promote peace and mitigate conflict in 38 at-risk communities throughout Chad.

Shaw is fluent in French and English and speaks intermediate Arabic. He is an alumnus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, with degrees in economics, political science, and French. During his college years he served with the U.S. Air Force Reserves at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. 

Photograph of Peace Corps Ethiopia Director of Programming and Training Nancy Yuill
Nancy Yuill

Nancy Yuill, Director of Programming and Training

Nancy first joined Peace Corps as a volunteer in Botswana (1989-1991).   From there she transferred as a 3rd year PCV to Lesotho to set up Peace Corps’ small business project and soon became the Associate Peace Corps Director there (1991-1995). From 1995 to 2008 Nancy worked domestically and internationally for NGOs focused on women’s economic empowerment.   She was the Director of Programming and Training for Peace Corps Zambia (2008-2011) and became the Director of Programming and Training in Ethiopia in September 2016. 

Photograph of Peace Corps Ethiopia Director of Management and Operations Anna Hickman
Anna Hickman

Anna Hickman, Director of Management and Operations

Anna Hickman, RPCV Benin, black cat enthusiast, former PC Madagascar DMO, and current PC Ethiopia DMO.  In Benin, Anna was a small business development volunteer who—among other accomplishments—worked with a women’s fabric dying cooperative; during that time, she sought out ways to help improve the women’s co-op while also building lasting relationships with her counterparts.