USAID LAND TENURE and PROPERTY RIGHTS PORTAL

Staff

Tim Fella Mr. Fella is a Land Tenure and Conflict Advisor in USAID's Land Tenure and Resource Management Office. He provides technical assistance on tenure and property rights challenges as it relates to conflict over natural assets, governance and humanitarian crises. He has worked on the design and implementation of land tenure and property rights programs for nine years in over fifteen countries across Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Prior to joining USAID in January 2010, Mr. Fella worked with the Property Rights and Land Policy team at the Millennium Challenge Corporation where he participated in the design and management of comprehensive land administration reform projects in Lesotho, Burkina Faso, and Liberia totaling over $88 million. He holds a Master of Social Sciences for International Development from the University of Aalborg, Denmark, and has conducted research into the formalization of informal settlements in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and communal land tenure insecurity in Sri Lanka. Contact Tim Fella.

Stephen Brooks Mr. Brooks is a Land Tenure and Property Rights Specialist in the USAID Land Tenure and Resource Management Office. He focuses on the integration of property rights considerations into ongoing global climate change objectives. He has over five years of experience in research, program management and technical assistance focused on community-based coastal conservation projects in Southeast Asia. He holds a Master of Environmental Science from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a concentration on international development and conservation. His research at Yale sought to clarify the historical implications of property rights conflict on current mangrove conservation projects in Indonesia. Mr. Brooks also holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Florida. Contact Stephen Brooks.

Yuliya Neyman Ms. Neyman is a Land Tenure and Property Rights Specialist in USAID's Land Tenure and Resource Management Office. Prior to joining USAID, Ms. Neyman worked as a corporate lawyer at White & Case, LLP in New York City, and at the World Bank. While at White & Case, Ms. Neyman was involved with several land rights and indigenous rights projects. Most recently, she worked with the UN Global Compact to create the Business Reference Guide to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Prior to earning her law degree, Ms. Neyman worked as a journalist, and has written for the Huffington Post, Miami Herald, South Florida Business Journal, New York Daily News, Newsday, Washington Times and USA Today. Ms. Neyman has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, and a law degree from Columbia Law School. Contact Yuliya Neyman.

Anthony Piaskowy Mr. Piaskowy is a Communication Specialist for the Land Tenure and Resource Management Office at USAID. He oversees implementation of the LTRM Office's communication strategy and management of all related project documentation activities. Prior to joining USAID, Piaskowy spent eight years managing development programs focused on communications, policy, training, and technology under two USG domestic programs in the public health and housing sectors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Development from Ball State University and is currently pursuing a master's degree in International Service at American University. He has studied or worked in Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Italy, Japan, Spain, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste. Outside of professional endeavors, Tony enjoys architecture, music, yoga and wine. Contact Anthony Piaskowy.

M.Mercedes Stickler Ms. Stickler is a Land Tenure and Property Rights Specialist in USAID's Land Tenure and Resource Management Office. She has over six years of experience in research, project management, and technical assistance and has previously worked for the World Bank, the World Resources Institute, and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. In addition to completing field research on property rights, climate-smart agriculture, and natural resource management in sub-Saharan Africa, she has also managed local partners to develop a web-based land use planning tool for Kenya. Ms. Stickler is the co-author of a landmark World Bank book on large-scale land acquisition and has authored numerous papers on land tenure issues in sub-Saharan Africa. She has spent several years living and working in South Africa, where she earned her Master of Science in Environmental Science from Rhodes University with the support of a U.S. Fulbright Grant. She also holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences from Northwestern University. Contact M.Mercedes Stickler.

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