Partner Program Directors


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Ermias Bekele // Ermias is the Director of Tirzah's Partner Program in Ethiopia, BEZA Community Development Association (BCDA) Women's Empowerment Program. Hear about BCDA from Ermias here. Ermias resides in Addis Ababa with his wife and their two sons.



Dr. Lavanya Suneetha //Lavanya and her husband Sujai run Tirzah's Partner Program in India, Nireekshana ACET. Dr. Lavanya is a Scientist from Osmania University, Hyderabad. She has a Doctorate Degree in Biochemistry from Institute of Genetics & Hospital for Genetic Diseases and has been working on three diseases Leprosy, TB and HIV/AIDS respectively over the last two decades. She is a recipient of the young scientist award in Human Genetics Society in India, 1988. Dr. Lavanya has about 24 Research Publications in National and International Journals.

Dr Lavanya currently is the Executive Director for Nireekshana ACET, India.  She is married to Dr. Sujai for 28 years and they have 3 daughters- Supriya, Vishaka, and Joha.