At The Face-to-Face Project, we believe the best way to break the cycle of poverty is to help communities rely on themselves. We provide the most impoverished communities in Malawi and Cambodia with the tools and resources they need to break the cycle of poverty. 

We work in communities that are facing food shortages and health crises. We work with all members of the community, empowering them to join us in finding long-term sustainable solutions to the issues they face. 

our focus

While our projects and initiatives are wide-ranging, they can be broken down into three main categories:

  • Farming - We believe permaculture, or comprehensive organic farming, a regenerative and self-sustaining approach to farming, can prevent food shortages and protect the landscapes of the communities we work with.

  • Health - Too many people still struggle with HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and malnutrition. We raise awareness and reduce stigma by integrating educational and preventative programming into our community work.

  • Youth Development - Participants in our youth groups and community centers learn leadership skills, take part in community service projects and serve as ambassadors to their peers.

everyone's voices are heard

The first step to our work is developing strong, honest relationships with the communities we work with. We make sure all members of the community - local authorities, men, women and children - are involved and feel heard.


The Face-to-Face Project (F2F) began as The Face-to-Face AIDS Project in 2003 as part of a Harvard Medical School initiative to document the AIDS pandemic in South Africa. We photographed, filmed, and interviewed scores of people, many now deceased, and presented their life stories in the U.S. to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic. To this end, we exhibited our AIDS PhotoMosaics and gave presentations at numerous universities, museums and international conferences.

Still, we wanted to do more to help the people who’d entrusted us with their stories. We also felt our donors wanted to support projects that directly benefited the people whose stories had so moved them.

And so F2F evolved into a charity that uses its documentary experiences to reveal local economic, cultural, and societal realities, and then build on-the-ground programs that local communities take ownership of. In 2006, we moved our focus to Malawi, and added Cambodia in 2007; both places are among the most impoverished, disease-stricken countries in their respective areas. We believe that working in these similar yet very different nations informs our programming in ways that can be unique and forward-thinking. We bring together the best of our experiences in both countries to come up with programs that often challenge established methods of charity.


The Face-to-Face Project is headquartered in New York City with in-country operations in Malawi and Cambodia. The Face-to-Face Project, Malawi office is located in Lilongwe. In Cambodia, The Face-to-Face Project partners with Sustainable Cambodia.

KEN WONG is the Founder and Executive Director of The Face-to-Face Project, which he started in 2004. He previously worked as a documentary photographer and production manager of art books at Little, Brown & Company, Princeton University Press, and Yale University Press. Originally from Oberlin, Ohio, he is a graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine.



new york city staff

ALICIA PIERRO, Director of Operations

LUCY MALLETT, Accountant

malawi staff


LAMECK MANDEVU, Program Manager

CLIFTON CHIFUNO, Program Coordinator

MADALITSO ZULU, Program Coordinator

CHRISTINE MALUNGA, Field Coordinator


ANDREW ZULU, Field Coordinator

Cambodia staff

In Cambodia F2F works with local partner organization, Sustainable Cambodia. Sustainable Cambodia (SC) works with the families of rural Cambodian villages to help them achieve sustainability and self-sufficiency through wells, irrigation systems, schools, training and empowerment. 

POLIN PHANG, Executive Director, SC

YOUM VICHEKA, Assistant Executive Director, SC

IN SAKARA, Victory Garden Campaign Manager


LAURA E. NEISH, Chairman

LAURA E. NEISH is an attorney who represents individuals, corporations and nonprofit institutions in litigation, investigations and regulatory matters. Prior to forming her own firm, Laura was a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP. Laura is a graduate of Duke University and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. 

IAN KEARNEY, Vice Chairman

IAN KEARNEY originally hails from New Zealand and started his career in Australia within the insurance industry. After studying in HR, he spent the next 25 years in a variety of senior HR roles in multinational organizations and has lived and worked in Australia, Vietnam, Malaysia, United Kingdom and the United States. He was previously Executive Director of Human Resources at Quest Diagnostics and currently is Vice President of People and Organization at North American Partners in Anesthesia.


PAT BOWERS previously served as Vice President of Purchasing and Sales at East West Copolymer, LLC, Senior Director at Ashland Elastomers LLC, a subsidiary of Ashland Inc., and has worked at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Education. He is a graduate of Columbia Business School. 


MATTHEW CIPOLLA is a Partner at Jenner & Block LLP. He graduated from Columbia College magna cum laude, and Harvard Law School cum laude. He has previously conducted human rights investigations and engaged in advocacy and development work in Papua New Guinea, India and Cambodia. 


JEFF GRANT is the owner and founder of Hillseeker Fitness in Zurich, Switzerland. He is a coach, ultra-endurance athlete and a motivational speaker. Jeff also serves as a coach at the SEALFIT Academy. He has previously worked at ING Bank as a Project Manager in IT and financial services. 




CHRISTIAN (CHRIGU) IMHOF is an Engineer at Haldemann Planer AG in Baern, Switzerland, and is the founder of BeastMode Baern Gym, also in Baern. Chrigu graduated from Wirtschaftsfachmann with a Eidg. degree (economic education).


CATHY JESSUP who joined the F2F board in September 2018, currently serves as Chief Financial Officer at Success Academy Charter Schools. She previously was the Chief Financial Officer for several organizations including The Helmsley Charitable Trust and before that Westcon Group. She has an undergraduate degree from Duke University and an MBA from Indiana University.


JENNIFER LOUIE, a native New Yorker, most recently made the move to Cambodia becoming Executive Director for the organization Nexus for Development. As an emerging markets corporate finance professional she has lived and worked across sub-Saharan Africa for over 5 years. She is passionate about socio-economic development and works with organizations focused on driving positive change across developing markets. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics from Binghamton University. 




LOUISE MASTERSON lives in Zurich, Switzerland since 2014 where she provides family office services to selected clients. Prior to that, Louise was a Senior Relationship Manager at Bank Julius Baer & Co in Singapore. Having worked with clients based around the world and traveled a lot, she has extensive international exposure. Louise holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from IUHEI, Geneva.




HANNAH MILLS, the former F2F Office Manager, is now an Investor Relations Coordinator at Golub Capital. She graduated from Clemson University with a Masters in International Business from Grenoble Ecole de Management.


JADE OSEI-OSAFO currently serves as an investment professional at BlackRock in New York, specializing in business development and marketing. Originally from London, she holds a joint honors degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Bristol and a Post Graduate Certificate in International Business with Distinction from St Mary's University.




STEVE HILTON was the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Global Infrastructure at DXC Technology. He also previously served as a Managing Director at Credit Suisse and JPMorgan Chase.