GDI TEAM

  • Andrew Stern
    Andrew Stern
  • Thomas Carroll
    Thomas Carroll
  • Alice Gugelev
    Alice Gugelev
  • Warren Ang
    Warren Ang
  • Elizabeth VanDerWoude
    Elizabeth VanDerWoude
  • Darin Kingston
    Darin Kingston
  • Matt Shakhovskoy
    Matt Shakhovskoy
  • Moitreyee Sinha
    Moitreyee Sinha
  • Jason Wendle
    Jason Wendle
  • Dan Zook
    Dan Zook
  • Craig Courtney
    Craig Courtney
  • Joanne Ke Edelman
    Joanne Ke Edelman
  • Mikael L. Clason Höök
    Mikael L. Clason Höök
  • Martin Slawek
    Martin Slawek
  • Michael von During
    Michael von During
  • Sara Wallace Beatty
    Sara Wallace Beatty
  • Erika Boll
    Erika Boll
  • Ann Murage
    Ann Murage
  • Jamie LePinnet
    Jamie LePinnet
  • Pippy Qiao
    Pippy Qiao
  • Malia Bachesta
    Malia Bachesta
  • Sarah Music
    Sarah Music
  • R. McKinley Sherrod
    R. McKinley Sherrod
  • Lian Zeitz
    Lian Zeitz
  • Is This You?
    Is This You?
Andrew Stern

Andrew is the Founder, President + Executive Director of GDI and a member of the GDI U.S. and Hong Kong boards. He leads the team across focus areas and crafts unconventional perspectives to drive the global development sector forward. Andrew has played many roles within GDI initiatives, including Interim CEO of Convergence, and serves on the advisory boards of the President’s Young Professionals Program of Liberia, mhNOW, and Tendrel.

Prior to founding GDI, Andrew was a Global Operating Partner at Dalberg Global Advisors. During that time, he helped design and launch ANDE and served as the founding chairman of mothers2mothers. Andrew holds a joint MBA/MPP from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in Economics from Princeton University. When he isn’t urging nonprofits toward their “endgames,” Andrew can be found pruning cedar groves in his backyard.

Thomas Carroll

Tom is the Director of the AgEnterprise portfolio. The AgEnterprise portfolio supports multi-stakeholder initiatives and social enterprises that focus on the development and application of products and services for small agricultural enterprises, including finance, digital technology, and education. The portfolio’s efforts aim to make the economics of environmentally sound, community-led agriculture sustainable. In this role, Tom oversees GDI’s support for several incubated efforts, including the Initiative for Smallholder Finance and The Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab.

Previously, Tom was a Partner at Dalberg Global Development Advisors where he led a strategy consulting portfolio that included efforts such as comprehensive investment / market entry analyses of global and regional commodity markets; the development of public-private partnerships across a host of those markets; the commercialization of agriculture technologies; and the design of innovative financing mechanisms in frontier markets. Tom holds an MBA from Yale School of Management and a BA in government from the University of Notre Dame.

Alice Gugelev

Alice is a Director at GDI where she works with large corporations, commercial investors and INGOs to integrate social impact, innovation and social entrepreneurship efforts into their portfolios, and helps philanthropists and social enterprises more effectively create systems-level change. Prior to joining GDI, Alice worked at Bridgespan, Bain & Co, the World Bank and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. She is the co-founder and executive director of The Muskoka Foundation, as well as the co-founder and chief strategy officer of AppMkr. Alice earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and has a double major BA in International Economics and East Asian Studies from Columbia University and Stanford Japan Center. Alice enjoys spending time at her cabin in Canada with her family – and lots of uninvited black flies.

Warren Ang

Warren is a Director at GDI, where he spearheads GDI’s work in East Asia from Hong Kong. He works alongside the leadership of mission-driven businesses, non-profits and initiatives, as a long-term partner to design, incubate and implement strategies that achieve large-scale social impact. Warren brings strategic consulting and nonprofit management experience to GDI. He has worked at Dalberg Global Development Advisors (Asia), PwC Strategy (Australia), and was the Executive Director of a 170+ employee NGO in Yunnan, China. Warren holds an MBA with distinction from INSEAD. He has also developed a comprehensive personality assessment that he can occasionally be persuaded to administer to his colleagues.

Elizabeth VanDerWoude

Elizabeth is GDI’s Director of Finance and the Treasurer of GDI U.S. In addition to leading finance and general operations across GDI, she also supports initiatives in building policy, procedure, and systems to effectively run their organization.

Elizabeth has experience managing finance, accounting, compliance, human resources, and planning at a range of non-profit organizations in positions focused on capacity development. Before joining GDI, she served as Senior Director of Finance and Accounting at NASTAD and as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Education for Employment. Elizabeth received her MBA from Georgetown University and studied both International Development and Accounting as an undergraduate. Elizabeth aspires to grow a flourishing garden.

Darin Kingston

Darin is an Associate Director at GDI, where she works closely with the Development Frontiers focus area. She also serves as the Interim COO of Convergence, a GDI-incubated initiative, and as an Advisor to Unorthodox Philanthropy. Darin co-authored “More than the Sum of Its Parts: Making Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives Work.”

Darin has experience designing and implementing social performance strategies at a range of mission-driven organizations, specializing in monitoring and evaluation and economic development. Before joining GDI, she led the social impact measurement work of the top solar energy provider for developing markets, d.light. Darin earned a MA in International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA in International Relations from Brown University. Darin loves fireworks and is pretty good at Knock-out.

Matt Shakhovskoy

Matt is the Executive Director of the Initiative for Smallholder Finance, a multi-donor effort designed to demonstrate how specific products and services can expand the reach of financing for smallholder farmers. Over the past ten years Matt has worked in the areas of private equity and development advisory for a number of leading organizations including Agis Investments, Dalberg, and Deloitte. Over this time Matt has been involved in over 60 projects in 25 countries working with partners such as the Gates Foundation, the World Bank, USAID, MTN, and the G8. Matt holds a MSc in Sustainable Development from the University of London and Bachelors of Business and Economics from the University of Queensland.

Moitreyee Sinha

Moitreyee is the Chief Executive Officer of citiesRISE. She brings extensive experience working across sectors to address the root causes and complex interdependencies that stand in the way of healthy communities. Through her work at the GE Foundation and the Global Development Incubator, she has shaped multiple national programs through scaling innovations and public-private partnerships for emergency care, maternal and child health, clean water, mobile technology, and education. Moitreyee has a PhD in Physics, has received GE’s highest technical team award and the Kingdom of Cambodia’s Highest Award for Philanthropy.

Jason Wendle

Jason is a Director at GDI, working in the AgEnterprise portfolio and also spearheading GDI’s emerging anti-human trafficking efforts. At GDI, he most recently directed the launch of the Mastercard Foundation Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab. As a senior advisor to the Lab, he supports a research agenda to advance the knowledge frontier in smallholder finance, and advises the directors of $175M worth of programs on how to measure impact and capture actionable learnings.

Jason helped design the Learning Lab for the Mastercard Foundation as an Associate Partner in the Nairobi office of Dalberg, where he spent 7 years providing strategy advice to clients across a broad range sectors – such as impact investing, agricultural development, energy, technology for development, and access to finance. His clients have included the world’s largest private foundations, bilateral and multilateral donors, African governments, and Fortune 100 firms. He also provided leadership to Dalberg’s evaluation work on the continent. Jason holds an MPA/ID from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and has published and presented work on smallholder finance, SME banking, and impact measurement. In his spare time, he can be found commuting by bike and enjoying the distinction of being GDI’s 2017 March Madness champion.

Dan Zook

Dan is the Director of Investments of the Initiative for Smallholder Finance (ISF) at the Global Development Incubator, based in New York. Dan supports ISF’s investment pipeline development, targeted market research, and multi-stakeholder facilitation in the smallholder finance sector. Dan joined ISF from Dalberg where he was a senior project manager specializing in agriculture and access to finance. Previously, he worked for Booz & Company, Standard Chartered Bank, and Plan International. ​​Dan holds an MBA with honors from Cornell’s Johnson Business School and a BA from Princeton University in neuroscience. He has lived and worked in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Craig Courtney

​Craig is a Senior Advisor to the Initiative for Smallholder Finance, specializing in innovative solutions for international development finance. Previously, he was Director, External Relations at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), where his duties included overseeing all resource mobilization matters, strategic communications/advocacy and private sector partnerships. Prior to his development finance work, he acquired extensive experience raising capital and providing strategic advice to governments and corporations while working for over 20 years in investment banking in Asia and Europe. Craig holds a MBA from Cornell University and a BA in Economics and Viticulture/Enology from the University of California, Davis.

Joanne Ke Edelman

Joanne is a Manager at GDI, where she helps design, build, and launch unconventional technology and capacity-building ideas to change traditional practices of global development. At GDI, she serves as the Interim COO of Emerging Public Leaders, and has worked extensively with the President’s Young Professionals Program of LiberiaPrecision Agriculture for Development, and Co-Impact. Joanne co-authored “More than the Sum of Its Parts: Making Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives Work.”

Joanne joined GDI from the World Bank Group, where she specialized in monitoring and evaluation at the IFC and provided private sector development advisory services to the Governments of Nigeria, Tanzania, Swaziland, and Sudan. Joanne earned an MA in Applied Economics from Georgetown University and a BA/MA in Economics and Management from Oxford University. She is GDI’s resident foodie and a former ballroom dancer.
Mikael L. Clason Höök

Mikael is the Director of the Mastercard Foundation Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning LabRural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab, and is tasked with providing strategy support, engaging with partners, coordinating research, and managing the lab’s day-to-day workstream. Mikael is a development professional and entrepreneur with experience in agriculture, nutrition, private sector development, rural finance, renewable energy, technology for development, and fragile states.​ ​Prior to joining the Learning Lab, Mikael launched a successful business providing sustainable materials for the green building industry in New York, and a social enterprise providing solar solutions for humanitarian organizations in Africa. Previously, he led the design and implementation of an innovative World Bank survey to collect real time social and economic data in South Sudan. Mikael ​also ​spent three years in Afghanistan with Chemonics International supporting USAID agriculture programs​.​ Mikael holds an MPA/ID from Harvard’s Kennedy School where he was awarded the Public Service Fellowship.

Martin Slawek

Martin Slawek is a Manager for the Initiative for Smallholder Finance (ISF) based in New York. Martin is responsible for the structuring of innovative development finance solutions, along with investment pipeline generation. He has worked extensively with agriculture companies, agriculture startups, banks, governments, foundations, and impact investors. Previously, Martin was an Investment Banker covering structured products, securitization, and warehouse financing at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Martin earned a double major BA in International Relations and in Mandarin Chinese from Hobart College. He holds the Series 79 and 63 licenses.

Michael von During

Michael is a Manager for the Initiative for Smallholder Finance (ISF) at the Global Development Incubator, based in New York. Previously, Michael worked in the impact investing sector, supporting pipeline development and risk management with a focus on microfinance at Water.org, Symbiotics, and Alphamundi. Michael has also worked at Cargill, where he led credit risk projects related to commodities trading activities. Michael holds a degree in economics and business management from the University of Geneva (HEC) in Switzerland, and an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago. He has lived and worked in Australia, South Africa, Central America, Mexico, Europe and the US.

Sara Wallace Beatty

Sara is the Communications Manager at GDI. She guides communications efforts across all focus areas, advances GDI thought leadership in external media, and oversees the branding process for new initiatives. Before joining GDI, Sara was part of the communications team at Dalberg Global Development Advisors and supported communications + fundraising at AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation. She has also worked at an array of journalism outlets including Media Matters for America, Philadelphia Magazine, and the Olive Press in Andalucía, Spain. Sara holds a BA in Sociology from Princeton University. When she isn’t convincing her colleagues to write articles, Sara can be found making progress on her quest to eat food from every country in New York City.

Erika Boll

Erika is interested in how nascent and unproven ideas can make the world a better place. At Global Development Incubator, she focuses on new ways to invest for impact and emerging technology. She has worked with a variety of start-ups, investors, and corporations such as Omidyar Network, Dutch Good Growth Fund, World Bank, Fossil, and VISA. Prior to GDI, Erika was on the founding team of Blue Ridge Labs @ Robin Hood and consulted for the United Nations Population Fund, Chevron, and the Uganda Investment Authority. She holds a MPA in International Policy and Management and a BA in Political Economy from New York University. Outside of work, she likes noodles (usually ramen), bikes with baskets (even in the winter), and thrifting.

Ann Murage

Ann is the Learning Associate of the Mastercard Foundation Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab, tasked with internal research, analysis, coordination and external engagement with the clients of the Lab. Ann has a background in Project Management with a focus on financial sector development and qualifications in Microfinance and SME Finance. ​ ​ Prior to joining the Learning Lab, Ann worked as a Project Manager at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. She was responsible for research implementation, multiple partner engagements and coordination of key projects in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Mozambique. She was part of the team implementing a MasterCard Foundation Youth Business Case Analysis project and a research commissioned by the World Bank focusing on enhancing women entrepreneurs’ productive use of finance. Earlier in her career at the Frankfurt School, Ann was responsible for the regional office’s accounting functions providing onsite support to project offices in DR Congo, Sudan and Southern Sudan.

Jamie LePinnet

Jamie is a program officer at citiesRISE, and joined the initiative at its inception in 2016. Prior to citiesRISE, Jamie worked on the Beyond Health portfolio at the Global Development Incubator across various projects such as Digital Health, Water and Sanitation, and Financing and Innovation in Global Health. Jamie has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University at Albany and has earned an M.A. in International Affairs from The New School in New York, where she focused on sustainable development and governance.

Pippy Qiao

Pippy supports GDI’s presence in East Asia, where she works to develop high-potential social enterprises and non-profits and change the landscape of social impact throughout the region. She is based in Bejing. Pippy previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ management consulting practice in China, where she specialize in mergers and acquisitions, focusing on due diligence, project management, and post-merger integration. Pippy holds a MA in Enterprise Management from Southeast University in China and a BA in Business Administration. She is native Chinese and business fluent in English, and a jigsaw puzzle aficionado.

Malia Bachesta

Malia supports communications for GDI’s AgEnterprise focus area, providing marketing, social media, and web management. Prior to GDI, Malia worked was a member of Root Capital’s communication team, where she focused on systems improvements and communication collateral management. Malia has previously worked on issues including energy poverty, domestic health policy, and smallholder financing. A graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, she holds a BA in Communication Studies with a focus on International Affairs and Social Entrepreneurship. Malia jumps at the chance to travel internationally, but you’ll most often find her running and hiking closer to home.

Sarah Music

Sarah is a member of GDI’s finance and administrative team. She manages grants and financial reporting for the AgEnterprise portfolio and provides operational support to all of GDI. Prior to joining GDI, she worked as an Account Manager for an eCommerce startup committed to streamlining the government procurement process. In this role, she focused on analyzing government spend and worked with her clients to implement improved efficiencies. Sarah holds a BA in History from the University of Virginia and an MBA with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from George Washington University. In her spare time, she loves exploring DC’s different neighborhoods and taking advantage of all the (free!) art and cultural events DC has to offer.

R. McKinley Sherrod
McKinley is a member of the communications team at GDI. She contributes to GDI’s branding and marketing efforts and provides communications, visual design, and web support across focus areas. McKinley has worked on domestic policy issues in women’s health and LGBTQ rights at organizations like the Center for American Progress, the Human Rights Campaign, and Planned Parenthood. Prior to joining GDI, she conducted interviews, focus groups, and secondary market research for Hanover Research’s education clients. McKinley holds a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s + Gender Studies from Kenyon College. Off the clock, she can be found playing trivia at bars throughout D.C. (specialties: pop music and the Civil War) and planning epic road trips.
Lian Zeitz

As program officer at citiesRISE, Lian has been an active contributor to the philosophical underpinning of citiesRISE and leads international youth activities. Prior to joining citiesRISE, Lian worked with therapeutic programs for struggling youth in 15 states in the US to identify pathways for young people to play a greater role in their own care and the development of mental health programs. He has also worked internationally on areas such as suicide prevention, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse in Bhutan, Indonesia, and Zambia. He frequently speaks at national and international conferences about student experiences in therapeutic programs, trauma-focused community development, and pathways to successful transitions in life. Lian earned a B.A. from Quest University Canada, where he focused on public health and international development, and a certificate for Leadership in Mental Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. If he isn’t dreaming big about playing his part in solving the world’s most pressing challenges, Lian can most likely be found playing outside or hanging out in a tree.

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