President and CEO
Joanna Oser has a diverse background and expertise in global workforce development training and international strategy. She has demonstrable success as the CEO of Kiron Global Strategies, which is focused on technical, vocational, and craft skills training for the infrastructure and resource sectors in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa. Mrs. Oser is responsible for the oversight of programs ranging from labor market assessments to program development, delivery, and implementation.
Mrs. Oser has worked in Central America, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Central Asia, Africa, and the United States, assisting in the integration of countries and regions into global economies by promoting adaptable workforces. She facilitates public-private partnerships focused on supporting economic development and competitiveness through workforce development. Many programs support and promote marginalized populations and employment through the creation of jobs and emphasis on the relevancy of skills training to labor market needs.
As the president and CEO of Kiron Global Strategies, Mrs. Oser has been instrumental in directing numerous workforce development programs, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Jordan, Mali, Pakistan, Kenya, and Tanzania. She has spearheaded the development, coordination, and monitoring of global programs for the energy sector, Fortune 100 multinational corporations, US Agency for International Development, US Department of Defense, US State Department, and US Millennium Challenge Corporation.
Previously, Mrs. Oser was a senior executive at ResCare, a $1.5 billion publicly traded company with hands-on experience in administration, finance, M&A due diligence/transactions, joint venture partnerships, budgeting, contract negotiation, and project management. She is a dedicated professional with a reputation for building strong relationships and developing inter-sectoral partnerships with high-level executives at multinational corporations, the royal families in several Middle Eastern countries, and US and foreign government agencies.
A graduate of The George Washington University, Mrs. Oser is married, has three children, and lives in Nairobi, Kenya.
Director of Community Engagement and Special Programs
Summer Coish is a development and cultural specialist focusing on Central Asia and Afghanistan. She first became involved in the region in 2002 while living in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and working for Abt Associates on a USAID-funded, region-wide health reform project. In 2005, she co-founded Steppe, the first-ever international magazine focusing on the art, culture, history, people, and contemporary society of Central Asia, including Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Xinjiang. She has participated frequently in panel discussions and conferences in the US and Kazakhstan on Central Asian cultural practices, and most recently served as a juror for the fourth Afghan Contemporary Art Prize.
Since 2010, Ms. Coish has been based in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she worked for USAID and Afghanistan’s Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, focusing on community-based rural development projects at the National Solidarity Program (NSP). Before joining Kiron she worked as an independent consultant to Afghan social enterprises on private sector development issues. She was also part of the development of a community-based water and sanitation project in South Africa. Ms. Coish holds a bachelor of arts in international economics from The George Washington University and a master’s degree in public health from Boston University.
Afghanistan Country Manager
James Llorca is a senior team leader and project manager with more than 23 years of experience overseeing international projects worldwide.
Mr. Llorca has served with Kiron in Afghanistan since 2013, providing oversight and management of Kiron’s team on the USAID Mining Investment Development for Afghanistan Sustainability (MIDAS) project. Prior to joining Kiron, he provided technical and management services for exploration and mining sector projects in Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, China, and Zambia.
Mr. Llorca has a proven track record of providing quality service to clients within budget and time constraints, together with strong supervisory and operational management capabilities. In addition to his management skills, he has demonstrated exceptional expertise in resource due diligence, technical exploration and mining appraisals, geological interpretation and resource modeling, and JORC compliance reviews and competency level resource estimations.