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Perle Combary is a sociologist with over 35 years of experience with strategic programming, program management, evaluation and research in the areas of population, reproductive health, family planning, health financing, community-based services, and quality and performance improvement.
Before becoming senior director of program delivery, she served 12 years within a USAID country office in West Africa as program manager and 23 years with evolving leadership responsibilities at IntraHealth’s offices in various countries in Africa and at headquarters, providing technical and management support to numerous health development projects. In this capacity, she fulfilled short term and long term assignments in many countries including Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland and Togo. More recently, as Benin Country Director, Combary provided overall leadership, technical and management guidance to the USAID-funded ACQUIRE’s project. She led the regional Southern Africa Human Capacity Development (SAHCD) project based in South Africa, and she also served as program director for West Africa and Middle East. Combary has a PhD in Sociology from Paris VIII University in France and a master's in information sciences. She is fluent in English and French.