GDI WAS BORN TO BUILD

We launch start-ups focused on social impact.

We incubate partnerships to spark collective change.

We lay the foundations for promising organizations to reach their potential.

We grow innovative ideas, build new initiatives, and scale existing
organizations to move transformative projects forward.

OUR UNCONVENTIONAL APPROACH

GDI pushes beyond traditional consulting and bureaucratic incubation. We take a hands-on approach and partner with innovators to address urgent global problems.

We have a track record of taking on complex issues with many moving parts and always prioritize the collective vision to move the needle on important issues.

Break Silos

We listen closely, interrogate the process, and bridge sectors to arrive at the best solutions to specific problems.

Hold Ourselves Accountable

We work closely with our partners every step of the way and measure our success by the real-world impact we create, not simply the advice we deliver.

Make the Connections

We catalyze potential partnerships and connect opportunities for funders, individuals, and organizations to work together towards common goals.

Think Long Term

We engage and empower organizations and initiatives to stand on their own as influencers in their fields.

We develop scaleable and self-sustaining projects, initiatives, and organizations.

GROWTH ENGINEERING

GDI understands that lasting change requires a solid foundation. That’s why we work with partners over 2-3 years to support the achievement of critical step-changes needed to take their ideas, initiatives, and organizations to the next level.

We design structured pathways proven to transform ideas into lasting change. Our flexible approach helps our partners scale their impact, no matter their stage or sector.

Exit
Conduct a thorough and thoughtful review to get to the root problems. Explore potential solutions and find the breakthrough idea
Build
Collaborate with partners to iterate on solutions and integrate interdisciplinary approaches that generate momentum towards a solution.
discover
Develop the leadership teams, governance, systems, and processes needed to transform ideas into actions. Connect with funders and networks, create a voice through strategic communications, and provide a fiduciary function.
design
Launch entrepreneurs and innovators into the next phase of growth. Set future milestones and transfer knowledge in order to ensure that the idea, initiative or organization is ready to stand alone.

Transforming ideas into results requires seasoned specialists. We bring together expert voices to support exceptional teams implementing unconventional strategies.

FEATURED INITIATIVES

GDI works at the intersections of today’s toughest global development challenges. Select an initiative below or click explore all to learn how we’re incubating solutions in areas ranging from mental health to blended finance.

GDI works across sectors and knocks down barriers to create lasting change. We are always on the lookout for new opportunities.

GDI IDEAS

ALL IDEAS
BIG IDEAS
  • Want Your Big Bet to Pay Off? Don’t Forget About Government Capacity

    Why global philanthropists can no longer afford to overlook the importance of supporting government capacity in developing countries—and what they can do about it.

    Stanford Social Innovation Review

  • The Bretton Woods II Leaders List: The 25 most responsible asset allocators [PDF]

    For long-term institutions, investing sustainably is not only the right thing to do but also the smart thing to do.

    GDI, New America, Dalberg and the Fletcher School report

  • When and How to Shut Down a Partnership

    In a global development sector tight on resources, partnerships should shut down after accomplishing (or failing to achieve) their missions.

    Stanford Social Innovation Review

  • Behind the Scenes at GDI: 2016 annual report [PDF]

    We pull back the curtain on how incubation and innovation at GDI actually happen.

    GDI

  • Reimagining the Global Health Convening: What's Next?

    Fundamental shifts are changing global health as we know it, requiring diverse and disruptive groups of people from across sectors to collaborate on solutions.

    GDI, Dalberg, and Johnson & Johnson report

  • Small Merchants, Big Opportunity: The Forgotten Path to Financial Inclusion

    Micro and small merchants (MSMs) represent a forgotten path to financial inclusion, as well as a significant commercial opportunity.

    Visa, Dalberg, and GDI report

  • Inflection Point: Unlocking growth in the era of farmer finance

    Customer centricity, progressive partnerships, and smart subsidy have the potential to change the growth trajectory of agricultural finance.

    Learning Lab & ISF Advisors Report

  • Small farms are just as important as big agriculture in the fight against climate change

    The Paris Agreement needs to include one key group that has been largely left out of the most prominent plans to combat climate change: smallholder farmers.

    Quartz

  • Rethinking the Global Development Convening

    This year marks the last Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. How might future global development convenings build on the meeting’s success to create even greater impact?

    Stanford Social Innovation Review

  • Are You Sure You Should Be Launching Another Partnership?

    For funders and founders thinking about launching a multi-stakeholder initiative for social impact, the question of "whether" is just as important as "how."

    Stanford Social Innovation Review

  • No Exit: The Case for Nonprofit Holding Companies

    Applying the structure of a holding company to the nonprofit and social enterprise sectors could help both small, high-potential organizations and larger anchor organizations flourish.

    Stanford Social Innovation Review

  • More than the Sum of Its Parts: Making Multistakeholder Initiatives Work [PDF]

    Multi-stakeholder initiatives can help address challenging global problems. But when are they the right solution, and what makes them succeed or fail?

    GDI Report

  • Innovative Financing for Development [PDF]

    Innovative financing that blends public and private capital can unleash scalable business models with economic, social, and environmental outcomes.

    GDI Report

  • What's Your Endgame? [PDF]

    Nonprofits each play a specific role in the overall solution to a social problem. To scale impact, they must define and pursue one of six "endgames."

    Stanford Social Innovation Review

  • From Idea to Action: How Far We’ve Come in Catalyzing Smallholder Finance

    How the Initiative for Smallholder Finance has driven key progress in closing the financing gap for smallholders.

    Inclusive Business Hub

  • Funding Impact at Scale Through Market Segmentation [VIDEO]

    Innovators and their funders can use market segementation of underserved customers to create a meaningful impact in their target areas.

    Skoll World Forum

  • Catalyzing Smallholder Agricultural Finance

    The world’s 450 million smallholder farmers represent a large — and largely unmet — opportunity for agricultural financing. This landmark report led to the creation of GDI-incubated ISF Advisors.

    Dalberg report

Our unique perspectives shape unconventional ideas that drive the global development sector forward.

GDI LEADERSHIP

The GDI team comes from a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences, but we’re united by a proven track record of entrepreneurship, deep social sector experience, and a culture of doing whatever it takes to get things done. Below is a snapshot of GDI’s leadership team.

  • Andrew Stern
    Andrew Stern
  • Thomas Carroll
    Thomas Carroll
  • Alice Gugelev
    Alice Gugelev
  • Warren Ang
    Warren Ang
  • Elizabeth VanDerWoude
    Elizabeth VanDerWoude
  • Jason Wendle
    Jason Wendle
  • Darin Kingston
    Darin Kingston
  • Mikael L. Clason Höök
    Mikael L. Clason Höök
  • Matt Shakhovskoy
    Matt Shakhovskoy
  • Moitreyee Sinha
    Moitreyee Sinha
  • Dan Zook
    Dan Zook
  • Sara Wallace Beatty
    Sara Wallace Beatty
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.

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.

Darin Kingston
Darin is an Associate Director at GDI, where she works closely with the Development Frontiers focus area on building multi-stakeholder initiatives. She currently serves as the interim Director of Operations for the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery. At GDI, she has also served as the Interim COO of Convergence, and an advisor to Unorthodox Philanthropy and Emerging Public Leaders. 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, and is a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member. Darin loves fireworks and is pretty good at Knock-out.
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.

Matt Shakhovskoy

Matt is a Senior Advisor for ISF, 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.

Dan Zook

Dan is the Executive Director of ISF at the Global Development Incubator and has a passion for bringing inclusive agriculture and supply chain financing solutions to market. Based in New York, Dan directs ISF’s portfolio of projects related to investment advisory, financial inclusion, and enterprise strategy in the rural finance sector. This includes managing complex stakeholder partnerships, supporting early stage development of blended finance structures, and engaging on technical design of novel rural financing models. He also contributes to ISF’s research agenda and is a published thought leader in the inclusive finance space. He previously worked as a strategy consultant specializing in financial services for Dalberg and Booz & Company where he led dozens of engagements focused on inclusive financial services, social impact, and organizational transformation in the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Dan has also worked for Standard Chartered Bank in the UAE and he started his career working on a microfinance program for Plan International in Vietnam. Dan holds an MBA with honors from Cornell’s Johnson Business School and a BA from Princeton University in neuroscience.

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.

OUR BOARD

  • Andrew Stern
    Andrew Stern
  • Sewit Ahderom
    Sewit Ahderom
  • Nazanin Ash
    Nazanin Ash
  • Shashi Buluswar
    Shashi Buluswar
  • Robert E. Duggins
    Robert E. Duggins
  • Kate Montgomery
    Kate Montgomery
  • Bilha Ndirangu
    Bilha Ndirangu
  • Elchi Nowrojee
    Elchi Nowrojee
  • Sanda Ojiambo
    Sanda Ojiambo
  • Dr. Bernard Olayo
    Dr. Bernard Olayo
  • Gretchen Phillips
    Gretchen Phillips
  • Bethlehem Shiferaw
    Bethlehem Shiferaw
  • James W. Wert, Jr.
    James W. Wert, Jr.
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.

Sewit Ahderom

Sewit Ahderom is a member of the GDI Kenya Board and the Co-Founder and COO of Gro Intelligence. Previously, Sewit was a Vice President at Helios Investment Partners, an Africa-focused private investment fund with more than $1.7 billion in capital under management. She joined Helios after working with IPS, an investment arm of the Aga Khan Development Network focused on food and agro processing as well as infrastructure development. Before moving to Nairobi, Sewit was a VP at Citigroup’s Investment Banking Division in NY where she worked in the leveraged finance and global portfolio management teams. Sewit holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Connecticut and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

Nazanin Ash

Nazanin is a member of GDI’s US board and currently the Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy at the International Rescue Committee. From 2007 to 2012, she served as a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, designing policy initiatives to strengthen the effectiveness of U.S. government aid. Nazanin also served as principal advisor and chief of staff to the first Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance and Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of State, Nazanin worked for ActionAid-Kenya, one of the largest rights-based NGOs in Kenya.

Shashi Buluswar

Shashi is a member of GDI’s US board, CEO of the Institute for Transformative Technologies, and the founder of the LIGTT Institute at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Prior to creating ITT and LIGTT, Shashi was a Partner at Dalberg Global Development Advisors. Previously, Shashi has worked with the UN’s Peacekeeping Department to restructure global operations, with the Bill + Melinda Gates Foundation to launch large-scale agricultural development programs in Africa and Asia, and with dozens of NGOs fighting for human rights and economic empowerment. Before his career in global development, Shashi was an Associate Partner at McKinsey. Shashi teaches International Development at UC Berkeley.

Robert E. Duggins

Robert (Bob) Duggins is a member of GDI’s Hong Kong Board. Bob retired as Deputy Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Asset Management Limited, the London based holding company for all global asset management businesses within the HSBC Bank Group. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific of HSBC Asset Management Asia Pacific Limited and Managing Director of the global retail (mutual fund) business. He also served on a number of boards for the group, including the board of HSBC Investment Bank plc. Bob joined the HSBC Group in 1993 as Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Life Group where he had responsibility for all life insurance, pension, and retail investment funds. He lived and worked in Asia for more than 9 of his 26 years in financial services. Previous to joining HSBC, he worked in the insurance industry in senior management positions in the United States and Asia. He continues to serve on boards for organizations involved in non-profit work in China and mentors several individuals in the USA and Asia. He and his wife, Charla, have been married for 50 years and currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas, just north of Houston.

Kate Montgomery

Kate Montgomery is a member of the GDI Kenya Board and Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships at Acumen. She leads business development and partner engagement for our Pioneer Energy Investment Initiative and Africa. Prior to joining Acumen, she was d.light’s Director of Global Partnerships for five years, developing d.light’s strategy for engaging with the public sector and other key partners globally. A key part of this work is the institutionalization of d.light’s strategy to rigorously measure and communicate their social impact. Prior to that, she was in the humanitarian aid sector working for Tuft’s Feinstein International Center and the International Rescue Committee in Pakistan and Haiti. She holds a BA with honors in Political Science and East Asian Studies from Colgate University and a MS in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Bilha Ndirangu

Bilha Ndirangu is a member of the GDI Kenya Board and the Chief Operating Officer at Africa’s Talking (AT), a Pan-African mobile technology company that provides technology infrastructure and support to software developers with the aim of building a viable, entrepreneurial technology ecosystem for Africa.. Bilha oversees the company’s operations across seven African markets including Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, and Malawi. Prior to joining AT, Bilha was a senior project manager at Dalberg Global Development advisors in its Nairobi office where she advised varied clients including national governments, multilaterals, foundations and private sector companies. As the first employee of the Dalberg Nairobi office, she helped grow the office from one consultant to a team of forty consultants advising clients across Africa. Bilha also worked as a business analyst with the Mitchell Madison Group in New York. Bilha holds a BSc. in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Elchi Nowrojee

Elchi is the Chair of GDI’s US board and a Principal at the Carlyle Group in New York City. Prior to joining Carlyle in 2014, Elchi was Director and Counsel at Credit Suisse, where he served as head of Alternative Investments Legal for the Americas. Elchi also worked at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen + Hamilton LLP specializing in complex financial transactions, including private investment fund formation and private acquisitions. Elchi currently sits on the Sub-Committee on Africa of the Advisory Committee of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice. He is also a past Chair of the Committee on African Affairs of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Elchi has worked and lived in Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa.

Sanda Ojiambo

Sanda Ojiambo is a member of the GDI Kenya Board and the Head of Corporate Responsibility at Safaricom. Her role incorporates sustainable business, technology for development, environmental management, Safaricom Foundation and the M-PESA Foundation. Sanda is an Economist and Public Policy Analyst with over 10 years of multi-sectoral policy and development work in the NGO sector in sub-Saharan Africa, and 10 years of corporate sector experience in Kenya. Sanda is passionate about technology and the role it can play in socio-economic development and is also passionate about promoting responsible business. She holds a BA in Economics and International Development from McGill University (Canada) and MSc. In Public Policy and Development Economics from University of Minnesota (USA).

Dr. Bernard Olayo

Dr. Bernard Olayo is a member of the GDI Kenya Board and a Kenyan physician and public health specialist with more than 14 years’ experience as an Africa based Public Health Practitioner. He is also an entrepreneur and is the founder of a non-profit organization (Center for Public Health and Development) and three social enterprises working toward improving access to quality healthcare in Africa. He currently serves as the Chair where he provides strategic direction, thought leadership and oversight of the CPHD programs and subsidiary social enterprises. Dr. Olayo is also a technical team member for several World Bank programs in East Africa and an advisor to several ministries of Health in the region- with the main focus on enhancing the role of private sector in improving access to health services and goods through public private partnerships. He previously worked for Columbia University’s Earth Institute as a health specialist in the Millennium Villages Project, and Italian Development Corporation as a Health Advisor. He started his career with the Ministry of Health in Kenya as medical officer of health.

Gretchen Phillips

Gretchen is a member of GDI’s US board and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of GenerationHope, Inc., a consumer products company that reinvests its profits in innovative programming for the economic advancement of Filipinos. Gretchen is passionate about building organizations that drive innovative, market-oriented solutions to enable inclusive growth, and has worked with a range of organizations to that end, including Goldman Sachs, McKinsey & Company, the US Department of State, TechnoServe and PRADAN. Gretchen is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and in addition to GDI, she currently serves on the Boards of GenerationHope and Friends of Hope in the Philippines. She holds a Masters in International Development from Harvard University and has an A.B. in Economics, Spanish and Latin American Studies, summa cum laude, from Duke University.

Bethlehem Shiferaw

Beth is a member of GDI’s US board and the Founder and Managing Director of Lucid Capital, an investment company focused on investing in and creating value in companies located in eastern and southern Africa. Prior to establishing Lucid Capital, Beth worked for ONCAP Management Partners L.P., a $575 million middle market private equity fund established by Onex Corp. in Toronto, Canada to invest in North American small and mid-size companies. Beth was responsible for identifying, analyzing, negotiating, executing, and monitoring private equity investments. Beth holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a native of Ethiopia.

James W. Wert, Jr.

Jim Wert is member of GDI’s Hong Kong Board and the managing director of Wert & Associates, a consultancy focused on building strategic clarity and organizational health for a wide array of clients spanning from Fortune 500 businesses to nonprofit clients, including single-site agencies and national and international networks. Prior to Wert Associates, Jim gained more than 20 years of experience as a strategic consultant with McKinsey & Company and Triaxia Partners. Jim also spent seven years in national and multinational corporate environments. He served as the Chief Financial Officer at National Service Industries’ (NSI) Atlantic Envelope Division, directing strategic planning, performance management, sourcing, and merger and acquisitions efforts. Prior to NSI, Jim served as the Vice President of Marketing for Mead Coated Board, where he led market assessment, customer service, logistics, and product development teams. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with majors in political science and German, Jim earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.

Our team works with some of the leading partners and funders in the world to create lasting change.

OUR STRATEGIC ADVISORS

GDI works with a team of advisors to bring cutting-edge expertise on a wide variety of disciplines to the ideas, initiatives, and organizations we support.

Strategy
Communications
Finance
Leadership
Design
Fundraising
Metrics
Organization

Represented by Dan Berelowitz

  • Social franchising models
  • Replication strategies
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Organizational development

Represented by Annie Simonds

  • Executive recruiting
  • Board development
  • Leadership and succession advisory

Represented by Raj Pannu

  • Communications and positioning
  • Brand identity
  • Public relations and thought leadership

Represented by Mark Heffernan

  • Financial management
  • Nonprofit financial operations
  • Cost models
  • IRS filings, accounting

Represented by Vicky Hausman

  • Global development strategy advisory
  • Research and analysis
  • Partnership development

Represented by Susan McPherson

  • Thought leadership and media strategy
  • Digital and social engagement
  • Strategic partnership development
  • Fundraising strategy

Represented by Robert Fabricant

  • Human-centered design
  • Design lab facilitation
  • Service and program design
  • Innovation strategy

Represented by Carolyn Bess

  • Fundraising strategy
  • Fundraising leadership training
  • Donor management
  • Organizational development


Represented by Stace Lindsay

  • Leadership mentoring
  • Entrepreneur coaching
  • Organizational development


Represented by Chloe Holderness

  • Legal support for nonprofits
  • Governance and organizational structure advisory
  • Organizational development


Represented by James Weinberg

  • Leadership coaching
  • Organizational development
  • Efficient systems development




Represented by Dan Berelowitz

  • Social franchising models
  • Replication strategies
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Organizational development

Represented by Raj Pannu

  • Communications and positioning
  • Brand identity
  • Public relations and thought leadership

Represented by Mark Heffernan

  • Financial management
  • Nonprofit financial operations
  • Cost models
  • IRS filings, accounting

Represented by Annie Simonds

  • Executive recruiting
  • Board development
  • Leadership and succession advisory

Represented by Vicky Hausman

  • Global development strategy advisory
  • Research and analysis
  • Partnership development

Represented by Susan McPherson

  • Thought leadership and media strategy
  • Digital and social engagement
  • Strategic partnership development
  • Fundraising strategy

Represented by Robert Fabricant

  • Human-centered design
  • Design lab facilitation
  • Service and program design
  • Innovation strategy
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Represented by Carolyn Bess

  • Fundraising strategy
  • Fundraising leadership training
  • Donor management
  • Organizational development

Represented by Chloe Holderness

  • Legal support for nonprofits
  • Governance and organizational structure advisory
  • Organizational development

OUR FUNDERS

The first step to creating real change is believing that it’s possible. GDI appreciates the contributions from its funders whose support is instrumental in bringing innovative ideas to life.

Do you have an idea, initiative, or organization
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