GDI TEAM

  • Gary Edson
    Gary Edson
  • 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
  • Andrew Stern
    Andrew Stern
  • Matt Shakhovskoy
    Matt Shakhovskoy
  • Moitreyee Sinha
    Moitreyee Sinha
  • Dan Zook
    Dan Zook
  • Craig Courtney
    Craig Courtney
  • Sara Wallace Beatty
    Sara Wallace Beatty
  • Zoe Benezet-Parsons
    Zoe Benezet-Parsons
  • Erika Boll
    Erika Boll
  • Joanne Ke Edelman
    Joanne Ke Edelman
  • Tilly Josephson
    Tilly Josephson
  • Jamie LePinnet
    Jamie LePinnet
  • Chintan Maru
    Chintan Maru
  • Chris Roe
    Chris Roe
  • Martin Slawek
    Martin Slawek
  • Malia Bachesta
    Malia Bachesta
  • Ruofei Chen
    Ruofei Chen
  • Christine Dickason
    Christine Dickason
  • Brendan Kelly
    Brendan Kelly
  • Ann Murage
    Ann Murage
  • Sarah Music
    Sarah Music
  • Lian Zeitz
    Lian Zeitz
  • Is This You?
    Is This You?
Gary Edson

Gary is the President and CEO of GDI and a member of the GDI U.S. board. Through these roles he oversees and coordinates GDI’s efforts to design, launch, and advise cutting-edge social impact initiatives. Gary is a White House veteran, business entrepreneur, and non-profit executive. As Deputy National Security Advisor in the George W. Bush White House, he established the ground-breaking Millennium Challenge Corporation to fight global poverty and co-led the development of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). He also served as the president’s chief negotiator for global summits and launched initiatives on clean water, human trafficking, and global peacekeeping. Gary has applied a results-oriented approach to everything from disaster relief, as CEO of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, to business strategy, as a Managing Director of what is now the Albright Stonebridge Group. Gary earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Stanford University. He worked as a reporter for The Japan Times in Tokyo as a Luce Scholar before getting his J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from The University of Chicago. After hours, he spends time with his two daughters, takes his golden retrievers for long walks, and pursues his interest in astronomy.

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.

Andrew Stern

Andrew is the Founder, Director of Business Development, and former Executive Director of GDI, and also serves as a member of GDI’s Hong Kong Board. He shapes new opportunities for GDI to drive the global development sector forward and provides strategic guidance to select incubated initiatives. 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, citiesRISE, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Zoe Benezet-Parsons

Zoe is a member of GDI’s finance and administration team. Most recently, Zoe served as a project manager and start-up specialist for USAID-funded economic growth contracts at DAI Global, and prior to that, worked in similar roles at Chemonics International and the National Democratic Institute. Before entering the USAID world, Zoe supported research on democracy and governance programs at a DC-based foreign policy think tank, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. In her free time, Zoe enjoys exploring the hills around Oakland, tending to a modest collection of house plants, and trying to finish yesterday’s crossword.

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.

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.
Tilly Josephson
Tilly Josephson is originally from Sydney, Australia and is a Manager in GDI’s Impact Escalated team in New York. Tilly has experience leading teams and programs at a range of mission-driven organizations. Before joining GDI she led an award-winning social enterprise in India supporting non-profits, social enterprises, and foundations to implement technologies to improve program monitoring, reporting, and learning, and led regional Corporate Responsibility programs at Salesforce.com in Asia Pacific and Microsoft in the Middle East and Africa. Tilly has consulted on a number of market-entry projects for Australian firms in Mainland China and was a National Director of the world’s largest youth leadership organization, AIESEC.
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.

Chintan Maru

Chintan is a medical doctor and public health advocate. He previously founded Janm, a consultancy focused on value-based care in emerging markets. Prior to that, he was a consultant in McKinsey & Co’s health systems practice, where he led value-based care reforms for payers, providers, and state governments in the United States; and advised on public sector delivery transformations in Africa. He also co-wrote a report for WHO/PAHO on financing primary care in Latin America. Chin is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and majored in political science at Duke University. He was a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at Princeton University and a Fulbright Scholar to Jamaica.

Chris Roe

Chris is a Manager at GDI based in Nairobi. Chris brings deep emerging markets experience to GDI having lived and worked in Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia and Kenya.  Over the last ten years, Chris has examined the role that business and the private sector can play in delivering social impact and is firmly of the belief that business principles can be harnessed to scale solutions which address the world’s toughest social, environmental and economic issues.

Prior to GDI, Chris managed the climate change and cities work-streams on the Nigerian Infrastructure Advisory Facility – a £100m DFID funded technical assistance program which supported the Nigerian Government to unblock infrastructure bottlenecks. He has also set up and managed successful social enterprises in Ghana and Zambia. Chris holds an MBA from Said Business School, University of Oxford. When not at work, Chris will do pretty much anything outdoors and sporty – tennis, surfing, squash, very bad yoga and soccer in particular!

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.

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.

Ruofei Chen

Ruofei is an Associate at GDI and works in GDI’s China portfolio. Currently she focuses in work with Huiling, Narada and the Model district initiative. She brings over 5 years corporate experience as a brand and marketing manager at Colgate Palmolive in China, Peru and Colombia. Prior to GDI, Ruofei was the teaching and external relationships manager for Teach for China and a summer consultant with UNICEF in Jakarta. She holds a Masters in International Development with a Double Concentration in Program Evaluation and Corporate Social Responsibility from Emory University, and a B.S. in Biotechnology from Sun Yat-Sen University in China. Ruofei is native Chinese with business fluency in Mandarin, Cantonese, English and Spanish. Ruofei spent her childhood in both Peru and China and in her spare time loves doing long treks, diving, and watching sunrises/sunsets!

Christine Dickason

Christine Dickason is a member of the Communications team at the Global Development Incubator. Prior to joining GDI, she managed social media and digital assets at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. She also served as the Deputy Director of Correspondence for First Lady Michelle Obama. Christine earned her B.A. in Public Policy Leadership from the University of Mississippi, where she focused on inequities in education and issues of food insecurity. She is currently a 2018 Master’s in Public Policy candidate at the George Washington University. In her free time, she focuses on learning new cooking techniques (recently, pizza dough from scratch), cuddling with her roommate’s dog, Cooper, and enjoying the occasional Netflix binge.

Brendan Kelly

Brendan Kelly is a member of GDI’s finance and administration team. Prior to joining GDI, Brendan served as a Peace Corps Educator in Rwanda, where he worked closely with counterparts to provide Rwandan schoolchildren with access to a student-centered pedagogy and a quality English language education.  While serving in this role, Brendan also collaborated with non-governmental organizations on a range of projects, from English curriculum development at Mahama Refugee camp to establishing an integrated savings and loans group within a local cooperative. Brendan earned his B.A. in Political Science at the University of Mary Washington, where he focused on political philosophy and public policy. In his spare time, Brendan enjoys brushing up on economics and current affairs, writing, and, every once in a while, singing at piano bars.

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.

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.

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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