An award-winning producer of film and video, Paul Falzone is the founder and director of PVI. With a background in creating short form advocacy video for nonprofits, Paul has worked with a range of organizations and clients over the last decade creating short and feature length documentaries, public television, online and viral video, commercials and experimental film.
In addition to his field work – at least six months per year spent in Uganda and other parts of East Africa – Paul has taught media studies at the undergraduate and graduate level and also designed a college major in Media Advocacy. His productions have been programmed in a number of festivals and his media-related writing has appeared in many peer-reviewed journals and academic books. Paul holds an MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University and an MA and PhD in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where his research centered on video and advocacy.
Reagan oversees daily operations and contributes directly to program evaluation, innovation, and strategy development. He joins PVI with over nine years of work experience in program design, project planning, proposal writing, program monitoring and evaluation gained while working with UNHCR, WFP, Children’s AIDS Fund and the Arbeiter Samaritar Bund.
Reagan has worked in a variety of sectors including Child Protection, Gender Based Violence, Food Security, Livelihood and Agriculture, HIV/AIDS and Education. This broad knowledge makes him uniquely positioned to improve internal operations as well as help create and scale innovative media strategies that will help our partners achieve maximum impact. Reagan holds a BS in Development Studies from Makerere University and an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
With a specialization in broadcast communications, Gosia brings years of international experience managing film and media production for non-profit and corporate entities to the organization. Before joining PVI, Gosia spent several years in Eastern and Southern Africa, producing and directing advocacy films for international and local aid agencies. Prior to her engagement in the development sector, Gosia worked for a cutting-edge new media and marketing agency, Interference Inc., where she was responsible for design and implementation of innovative multi-media productions.
Gosia is an occasional guest lecturer at universities around the world and has been involved as an educator with the Urban Arts Partnership, bringing arts-integrated programs to underserved public schools in the New York area. She holds an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from University of New York-Hunter College and a MS in Social Psychology from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, Poland, where she was born and raised.
Macrine oversees the collection and analysis of financial information for an organization, as well as the HR practices. She monitors the creation of monthly, quarterly, and annual reports and ensures financial information has been recorded accurately. Macrine has got over 6 years experience in Finance, Accounting and Grants management, and has previously worked with Spark MicroGrants and Village Enterprise as the Finance and Administration Officer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Information technology and currently studying CPA at the Uganda Institute of Public Accountants.
Robert Mulondo is PVI’s eyes, ears and boots on the ground in Uganda, coordinating PVI’s operations and managing production of its CrowdPullerz public screens programme. He also spearheads distributions of CrowdPullerz episodes throughout the country and managers Kibanda Boda activities in the filed.
Prior to joining Crowdpullerz, Mr. Mulando worked as an IT consultant and as a community peer educator with the Association of Ugandan Women Medical Doctors — a Ugandan NGO funded by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. He received a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from Makerere University and has undergone training in Microsoft certified systems engineering.
Moses Bwayo, in his role as PVI’s production coordinator, takes key responsibility for multiple aspects of media making, including video and audio recording, editing and the coordination of logistics. Mr. Bwayo, a native Ugandan, also keeps PVI abreast if the latest trends in music and urban culture.
Prior to joining PVI, Mr. Bwayo was involved in many local and international productions, most notably the Disney film “Queen of Katwe” which was directed by award-winning, Indian filmmaker Mira Nair. He spends his free time making independent documentaries and birdwatching on the shores of Lake Victoria. Mr Bwayo graduated from Kampala Film School, a subsidiary of Kampala University and the leading film institution in East Africa, as well as an alum of the Maisha Film Lab, a non-profit training initiative for emerging East African filmmakers.
Suuna has worked with Record TV Network Uganda as a Video Editor for several programs including local News. His work has seen him selected for several film training initiatives in the region and beyond, including One Fine Day Films, Berlinale Talent Campus and Maish Film Lab.
His film credits under Back Family Entertainment include, ‘X’ (selected for the ZIFF), ‘2F’s’ (winner Golden Impala Award), ‘Coin’, ‘Jucost’ and ‘Woman in a Minute’ (nominee IKFF).
Sunna also worked on multiple other successful film and video projects in the region in a variety of roles, including Editor, 3D Animator, Director, DOP and Script Writer. Many of these projects have gone on to be selected for awards internationally.
His projects have included multiple products for World Bank, with a focus on social change.
After more than a decade working on media and communication projects in post-conflict and developing countries, Lizzie joins PVI’s Brooklyn office as Global Director for Special Projects. Lizzie brings a wealth of experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating media-for-development projects in multiple contexts and on a range of topics, including civic engagement, youth empowerment, health, agriculture, and humanitarian assistance. She marries a project management and media production background, combining robust planning and innovative approaches in her work. Before PVI, Lizzie worked with several international media-for-development non-profits, including Internews and BBC Media Action, where her most recent position was Country Director for the Ethiopia office. As a senior manager, Lizzie has helped to build and develop teams and offices alongside individual projects, helping to design the right systems and environment for creative growth.
Lizzie holds an MSc in Media and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. in Political Science from Brown University.
Ruth is an expert in testing and designing both qualitative and quantitative data instruments, desk research and evaluation. She has a great passion for research and community involvement. From her work as an M&E officer at Uganda Village Project, research assistant with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and other organisations, Ruth brings to PVI an extensive knowledge in various research skills, ranging from program planning, implementation, and evaluation as well as systematic analysis of various data. While at UVP, she assisted in the implementation of several programs and evaluations across sectors and regions, although her primary focus was Sexual and Reproductive Health. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Makerere University in Kampala and a Master’s degree in Environmental and Public Health from the University Of Salford in England.