Our Leadership

URC's leadership team brings decades of technical and managerial experience
to our company and projects around the world.

 

 
Earl Gast
President

With 30 years of experience in government and private industry, Earl is a talented professional with proven expertise in the public and private sector leading strategic, results-driven programming.

Prior to joining URC, Earl served as Executive Vice President for Programs at Creative Associates, leading the implementation of all programs across more than 30 countries. He previously served as Senior International Advisor for the global law firm, Covington & Burling, LLP, where he advised many of the largest U.S. and international companies on their investment strategies.

Before that, Earl spent more than two decades with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Confirmed by the U.S. Senate in April 2012, he was sworn in as the Assistant Administrator (AA) for the Agency’s Africa Bureau overseeing a $7 billion portfolio that provided assistance to more than 40 countries, including USAID’s largest health portfolio.  

 
Carlos Cuéllar
Executive Vice President

Carlos started his career with the Ministry of Health of Bolivia as an epidemiologist with the National Center for Tropical Disease Control, and later as a rural district medical officer. He is co-founder and former executive director of PROSALUD — the single largest and fully sustainable primary health care NGO network in Bolivia — providing high-quality and affordable health care to low- and middle-income families.

Most recently, Carlos was with Abt Associates as vice president and senior fellow. He provided technical and strategic leadership to current projects and new business initiatives on health systems strengthening, health service delivery, health care quality, integration of HIV programs, public-private partnerships, private provider networks, and program/NGO sustainability.

While at Abt he served in Jordan as chief of party for the Primary Health Care Initiatives, the Health Systems Strengthening, and the Communication, Advocacy and Policy projects. He was also chief of party for the Maternal & Child Centers of Excellence Project in the Dominican Republic, which was credited with reducing maternal deaths by 49.2 percent in 10 target hospitals between 2010 and 2011 and sustained thereafter. He later served as portfolio manager of the Clinical HIV/AIDS Services Strengthening Project in Mozambique.  

 
Cornelia Simpson
Chief Administrative Officer

Cornelia Simpson, Chief Administrative Officer for URC-CHS and a key member of the executive team, joined the company in 2011 and has made significant strategic contributions to the company's growth. She currently has the oversight of five operational departments—Compliance, Global Operations and Security, General Services, Global Human Resources, and Media/Graphics.

Cornelia's international development career spans more than 20 years, first in academia and later in business development and human resources, in which she held senior management positions with International Medical Corps and World Vision. She was also a Visiting Professor at Ohio State University in the College of Business, and was an Assistant Professor in Marketing and Accounting at the College of Agriculture and Horticulture in Bucharest, Romania.

She is an active member in several professional groups such as PSC, Humentum​, and the Society for International Development. In 2013, Cornelia was named a VIP member of Worldwide Who's Who. This special distinction honors individuals who have shown exceptional commitment to achieving personal and professional success. Cornelia holds a Master's in Marketing in addition to a Bachelor's in Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Romania.  

 
Hadi Annous
Chief Financial Officer

Hadi began his international development career almost 20 years ago working as an administrator for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program. Since then he has overseen finance and accounting functions for both for-profit and not-for-profit USAID implementing organizations, including the pricing and oversight of over $1 billion in awards. His experience ranges from work with large-scale USAID contractors to recently graduated SBA small businesses. Hadi has led the restructuring of finance and accounting departments ensuring responsive and compliant fiscal policies. He has conducted numerous trainings on U.S. government financial rules and regulations.

As CFO at URC, Hadi oversees the Finance and Accounting Department, the Contracts and Pricing teams, and the Information Technology Department. Likewise, given his extensive experience in business growth and diversification strategies, Hadi plays a leading role in strategic planning for the company.

Hadi received a MBA from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s in International Relations from Syracuse University. He speaks Arabic fluently.  

 
Hala Jassim AlMossawi
Vice President, Program Implementation and Business Development

Hala joined URC in 2011 and has made major contributions to the company’s growth in technical areas including maternal neonatal and child health, tuberculosis, HIV, malaria, education, and global health security. She helped expand and forge new partnerships with USAID, Department of Defense, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Department of State, Gates Foundation, Centers for Disease Control, and others.

Hala, a public health specialist with over twenty years of experience in project management, business development, capacity building, health system strengthening, digital health, quality improvement, monitoring and evaluation, and private sector engagement, is a tremendous asset to URC. She provides technical leadership, oversees program implementation, and directs business development initiatives to strengthen and expand URC’s footprint.

Hala has a Master of Science in Health Care Administration degree from Oklahoma State University and an MSc and BDS in Oral Medicine and Surgery. She is an American Society for Training and Development designated Master Trainer, holding Master Training Program and Human Performance Improvement certificates.  

 
M. Rashad Massoud
Chief Medical and Quality Officer/Senior Vice President

M. Rashad Massoud, a physician and public health specialist, is recognized internationally for his leadership in global healthcare improvement. As the Director of the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project and Senior Vice President at URC, he leads URC's quality improvement efforts in over 40 countries, applying improvement science to deliver better results in global health priority areas.

Prior to joining URC, he served as Senior Vice President at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he worked on innovation, transformation, and large-scale spread. Rashad pioneered the application of collaborative improvement methodology in several middle- and low-income countries. He helped develop the WHO strategy for the design and scale up of antiretroviral therapy to meet the 3x5 target; implemented large-scale improvements in the Russian Federation's health system; improved rehabilitation care in Vietnam; developed the Policy and Regulatory Framework for the Agency for Accreditation and Quality Improvement in the Republic of Srpska; and developed plans for the rationalization of health services in Uzbekistan. He founded and for several years led the Palestinian healthcare quality improvement effort. He was a founding member and Chairman of the Quality Management Program for Health Care Organizations in the Middle East and North Africa, which helped improve healthcare in five participating Middle East countries. Rashad worked on healthcare quality improvement for the Harvard Institute for International Development and the Palestine Council of Health. He also served as a Medical Officer with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, and has consulted for and collaborated with KPMG, UNICEF, the World Bank, WHO, and several NGOs.

Rashad received his MD at the First Moscow State Medical University, in Moscow, Russia, and a Master's in Public Health from Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.  

 
Refiloe Matji
Vice President, Southern Africa

Refiloe joined URC in 2004 as Director for the Southern Africa Region, successfully balancing the needs of three regional projects as the chief liaison between USAID, the local governments, and other stakeholders. In 2010, Refiloe became URC's first Vice President selected from the company's field operations. During her time at URC, she has led some of our largest field projects as well as proactively contributed to new business throughout Southern Africa.

Refiloe has always been deeply committed to fighting the global threat posed by tuberculosis, and is a widely recognized authority on TB surveillance, care, and control. She is a leader in raising awareness of TB/HIV co-infection as well as Multi-Drug Resistant TB, internationally and in Southern Africa.

Refiloe earned her MD at Vitebski Dzjaržauny Medycynski Universitet in Belarus and a Master's in Public Health at the University of Wales, College of Medicine.  

 
Yousri Hanna
Vice President, Contracts, Grants Administration, and Cost and Pricing

Yousri joined URC in 2017. He has more than 25 years of experience working in contracts and assistance with USAID-, U.S. State Department-, and U.S. Department of Defense-funded development programs.

Before joining URC, he served as Director of Contracts for the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan region in DAI’s U.S. Government Business Unit. Prior to that, he was DAI’s Country Director for Contracts and Procurement in Afghanistan. Before that, Yousri worked with Deloitte Consulting as a Contracts Manager supporting its program in Afghanistan. He retired from USAID as a Senior Acquisition and Assistance Specialist after serving in Iraq’s and Egypt’s Missions.

Yousri holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Cairo University.