URC President Earl Gast meets with team members of the Kènèya Nièta project in Mali. Photo credit: URC

Our Leadership

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.

Maureen Shauket

Chief Operating Officer / Chief Compliance Officer

Global development leader Maureen Shauket comes to URC from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) where she served as Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL). Prior to joining PPL, Maureen represented USAID as the Senior Development Advisor at the U.S. Africa Command in Germany. There she provided expertise on development, stabilization, and humanitarian assistance and helped shape the Department of Defense’s plan for Africa.

As a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Maureen achieved the rank of Career Minister. She carries the distinction of being the first woman at USAID to be designated Chief Acquisition Officer and Senior Procurement Officer. Maureen is the recipient of two Presidential Meritorious Awards, a Department of Defense Chairman’s Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award, a Superior Accomplishment Award.

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.

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.

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.

Inna Sacci

Vice President, Center for Technical Excellence

An educator by training and a creator at heart, Inna has over 25 years of international health development experience in West Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. Inna started her career at EngenderHealth and then spent nearly 15 years in Armenia, the Philippines, Cambodia, and Ukraine as country director and chief-of-party managing complex programs for URC, Save the Children, IntraHealth, and Management Sciences for Health.

Inna has led multi-disciplinary teams of public health professionals, communications experts, health workers, pharmacists, researchers, engineers, agronomists, and grants managers. Under her tutelage, country teams in Armenia, the Philippines, and Cambodia won national awards and/or were recognized by development partners and governments for innovative, scalable, and sustainable solutions in health and nutrition.

Inna brings a commitment to excellence, technical expertise in family planning; reproductive health; maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition; social and behavior change; supply chain; and hands-on experience implementing USAID-funded projects making tangible impacts in the lives of people worldwide.