Meet the Team

Trusted advisors

Partners from around the world bring lifetimes of practical and technical experience, and breadth of geographical reach, to the challenges of supporting diverse faith groups so that they individually and collectively may fully respond to the health and development needs of the communities they serve. Partners are the trusted advisors to faith-based development NGOs, denominational and religious bodies, secular organizations seeking to more fully engage faith networks, governments, and multilateral organizations/corporations.


Unique skills and experience

Each partner brings a unique set of skills and experience that combine through the Partnership to support:

  • Convening and managing multi-faith and cross-sector collaborations
  • Organizing national and regional multi-faith coordination mechanisms
  • Providing technical assistance to national and local faith-based organizations on the latest evidence-based proven interventions
  • Building capacity of faith leaders and lay congregational leaders through training, resources and communications materials including up to date information, tool kits, sermon guides.
  • Disseminating Evidence for the engagement and impact of faith groups to practitioners, donors, and policy makers
  • Advocacy—Engaging and equipping influential faith leaders and faith based organizations to advocate more effectively on behalf of the needs of the poorest of the poor, both in their own countries and with international donors and governments
  • Securing resources for community development


Jean Duff Headshot-1Jean Duff (Founding Partner): 

From 2011-2013, Jean served as Managing Director at Full Circle Partners, an international consulting platform. She is currently Coordinator of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities, Senior Advisor to Advocates for Development Assistance, and Consultant to the Programa Inter-Religiosa contra a Malaria (PIRCOM). She co-founded the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty. There, building on work in Mozambique, she developed a new business model to link the multifaith sector to the public sector for impact on malaria. The resulting Nigerian Interfaith Action Association is the largest public health collaboration between Muslims and Christians, and government. Previously, she led Washington National Cathedral’s global poverty program as Deputy Director of the Center for Global Justice and Reconciliation.

Trained in epidemiology and clinical psychology, Ms. Duff has broad experience in convening and funding cross-sector networks of collaboration, and in the start-up of nonprofit social enterprises. Click here for full CV



IMG_0515 (577x640)Sarla Chand (Founding Partner):

Sarla Chand has decades of experience working with faith-based organizations in resource mobilization, project design, research and monitoring of public health programs.

Currently, as Sr. Advisor to IMA’s president Sarla continues to support IMA’s programs in South Sudan as well as the Neglected Tropical Diseases portfolio. In her previous position as Vice President of International Programs at IMA World Health, Sarla provided leadership to the development, implementation and management of a variety of public health programs in several countries.

During her 25 year tenure with the Mission Board of The United Methodist Church, Sarla managed several portfolios culminating it with providing leadership to international health programs (facility and community based) of the United Methodist Church in Asia, Africa, Caribbean and Latin America.

Sarla has experience not only in international program development and management but has College teaching and research experience both in India and the United States.  Sarla served as Research Director for Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church for many years and handled various research projects. At Anna Maria College in Ma, Sarla helped start the graduate program in Human Services Administration while managing a Center for preventing violence against children and the Elderly.

Sarla is a strong advocate of Women and Children’s health and development issues. she led faith-based activities for USAID supported ACCESS program by building capacity of  health care providers in Christian and Muslim hospitals and health centers to improve maternal, newborn and women’s health services. Has several publications and video to her credit.  Click here for full CV


Helena Manguerra (Project Coordinator):

Helena Manguerra is a Project Coordinator supporting the Partnership for Faith & Development. She began working with PF&D by assisting in the coordination of the World Bank co-hosted conference “Religion & Sustainable Development: Building Partnerships to End Extreme Poverty”, which was held on July 7-9 at the World Bank.  She recently graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. degree in International Health.