USAID LAND TENURE and PROPERTY RIGHTS PORTAL

Staff

Gregory Myers
Dr. Myers is the Division Chief for the Land Tenure and Property Rights Division at USAID. He manages a 700 million dollar program supporting good land governance. Much of his work focuses on conflict prone countries although the Division he manages is global and addresses many of USAID’s strategic objectives, including food security, global climate change, women’s property rights, conflict mitigation, economic growth, and natural resource management.

Dr. Myers served as Chair of the UN FAO’s Committee for World Food Security Working Group for the Voluntary Guidelines for Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests. This landmark agreement was adopted in 2012 by unanimous consent of 97 member countries, civil society organizations, multilateral agencies and the private sector. In his present capacity he serves as the US senior technical adviser to the White House on land governance issues, including for the formulation of US positions in the G8 to implement the Voluntary Guidelines, support responsible agricultural investment, and improve transparency in land transactions. He is also the senior technical adviser for the US in formulating the UN Committee for World Food Security's Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment.

Dr. Myers has spoken about and published articles related to land tenure for more than 25 years, and has worked in a number of countries including Afghanistan, Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Uganda, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. His most recent publication, "Private Law and Responsible Agricultural Investment: Select Legal Issues for Consideration at UNIDROIT," was presented in Rome in 2012. He recently spoke at the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference on "Progress on Implementing the Voluntary Guidelines." He is recognized as a leading expert in his field. Dr. Myers earned his doctorate in Development Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990. Contact Gregory Myers.

Stephen Brooks
Mr. Brooks is a Land Tenure and Property Rights Specialist in the USAID Land Tenure and Property Rights Division. 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.

Tim Fella
Mr. Fella is a Land Tenure and Conflict Adviser in USAID's Land Tenure and Property Rights Division. 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.

Yuliya Neyman
Ms. Neyman is a Land Tenure and Property Rights Specialist in USAID's Land Tenure and Property Rights Division. 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 Property Rights Division at USAID. He oversees implementation of the Division’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.

Frank Pichel
Mr. Pichel is a Land Tenure and Property Rights Specialist within the USAID Land Tenure and Property Rights Division. Prior to joining USAID, Mr. Pichel worked on the management and implementation of land related projects in the US, Africa, South America and the Caribbean. While based in Ghana, he assisted with the specification and installation of land information management systems and procedural reform needed to improve land administration within customary and statutory settings. He has a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Virginia Tech. Contact Frank Pichel.

M.Mercedes Stickler
Ms. Stickler is a Land Tenure and Property Rights Specialist in USAID's Land Tenure and Property Rights Division. 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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