Our core team spans the globe and includes people from a variety of backgrounds who share a track record of entrepreneurship, deep social sector experience, and a culture of doing — not talking.
Andrew is the Founder and Acting CEO of GDI, and also serves as an ex-officio member of GDI’s US Board and a member and the Chair 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 board of Emerging Public Leaders, the steering committee of citiesRISE, and the advisory board of Upstart Co-Lab.
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.
Alice is the Managing Director, Africa 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 is the Managing Director, East Asia 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.
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.
Chintan is the Founder and Executive Director of Leapfrog to Value (L2V) at the Global Development Incubator. L2V is an early-stage initiative of USAID, Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and the UN Special Envoy for Health. L2V is exploring how emerging markets can adopt value-based care on the path to universal health coverage. Chin 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.
Jon joins GDI as a Director from EY, where he conceived and set up a global non-profit unit that worked with leading impact entrepreneurs in low and middle-income countries. Pulling in specialists from across EY, the unit has helped hundreds of innovative, BOP-focused enterprises build and grow resilient business models across off-grid power, water and sanitation, healthcare, financial inclusion and smallholder livelihoods. Earlier in his career, Jon worked for Accenture, The Prince’s Trust – a leading youth development NGO in the UK – and was an infantry officer in the British Army.
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.
Sara is the Head of Brand, Marketing, and Communications at GDI. She collaborates closely with GDI’s incubated initiative partners to bring their initiatives to life by defining their organization’s strategic positioning, building a brand and digital presence, and mapping out and executing on a marketing/communications strategy that will help the organization achieve its goals. Before joining GDI, Sara was part of the communications team at global development consulting firm Dalberg Advisors and supported communications + fundraising at AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation. She has also worked at several 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 wandering aimlessly in the forests and mountains of California.
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.
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 is a firm believer that every person should have an equal opportunity to build a better future for themselves and their families. This passion motivates Joanne’s work as Manager at GDI, where she helps design, build, and launch social impact startups to change traditional practices of global development.
At GDI, Joanne serves as the COO of Refugee Investment Network, served as the former COO of Emerging Public Leaders, and has worked extensively with the Global Digital Health Index, President’s Young Professionals Program of Liberia, Precision Agriculture for Development, and Co-Impact. She is also the co-author of “Paradigm Shift: How investments can unlock the potential of refugees,” “State of Digital Health 2019,” and “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.
David is a Consultant in GDI’s Africa office. Over the course of his career, David has been involved in social transformation and human capital development on various fronts. He has had the privilege of serving in various capacities: as an entrepreneur, leadership developer, consultant, facilitator, entrepreneurship coach, program developer, mentor, project manager and leader. Before joining GDI, David worked with Deloitte East Africa where he was a key member of the founding team that established the YALI Regional Leadership Center, East Africa under President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. Initially in the role of Learning/Curriculum Director, he designed a robust, experiential and innovative leadership development experience for the participants from 14 East and Central African countries. He later served as Director of the Center where in addition to providing general oversight to the Center, his role was focused on long term sustainability and key stakeholder engagement. During that period, he also coordinated and led the efforts towards the establishment and launch of YALI Africa — a coming together of the four YALI Regional Leadership Centers across the continent. Through his work at the Young African Leaders Initiative, thousands of youth continue to be impacted across the African continent. David has a BA in Psychology, an MA in Leadership and is currently pursuing an MPhil in Development Policy and Practice at the University of Cape Town. He is passionate about youth development and is committed to see Africa transformed. He consistently seeks to actively influence a new breed of leaders that will radically transform Africa, for good.
Wadzi is Manager at the Global Development Incubator (GDI) where she has worked on multi stakeholder initiatives focused on capital mobilization and system change including the Collaborative for Frontier Finance. Prior to joining GDI, Wadzi was a Vice President at an emerging markets private equity firm specialized in insurance and fintech. Here, she directed key performance improvement projects for the firm’s portfolio companies in Africa, Asia and North America. Previously, Wadzi was an analyst in the Public Private Partnerships Unit of the Western Australian Treasury, and a Director at African Leadership Academy where she led Marketing, Sales and Human Capital. Wadzi holds an MBA from INSEAD and undergraduate degrees in Commerce (with honors in Finance) and Science from the University of Western Australia. Outside of work, she maintains a carefully calibrated balance between practicing Bikram yoga and eating biltong.
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.
Tyler is an experienced executive and manager of global health programs in international settings and a strong advocate of peer learning and adoption of effective, innovative solutions in health. He has provided technical assistance to health systems and other health initiatives in the public, private and non-profit sectors in Central and South America and East and West Africa. At GDI, he has supported the implementation and design of the Business for Health Solutions initiative as well as the FHI Ventures partnership. Tyler’s expertise focuses on improving quality of health care services and strengthening health systems towards universal health coverage. Tyler currently provides design and implementation support to health programs predominantly focused in East Africa, prior to that he was the Executive Director of Health Builders in Rwanda. Tyler is a current MSc candidate at Georgetown University in Health Systems Administration and holds a BS degree in Public Health and International Development from Brigham Young University. A Portland, Oregon native, Tyler currently resides in Kigali, Rwanda where he has lived with his family since 2012. If you were to ask Tyler what he likes to do when he’s not working, you might get a confused look in response.
Alex Nyingi is a Manager on GDI’s Impact Escalated Portfolio team. Alex has over 10 years of experience in Education, Digital Transformation, Partnership Brokering, Solution Selling, Corporate & Public Policy, Strategy, Project Management, and Media Relations in the tech and social sectors, engaging with varied audiences like the Youth, Teachers, Schools, Ministries of Education, ICT and Youth Development particularly on design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, tracking and reporting. Alex has experience with both local and international work, with extensive experience in Africa. Outside of the office, you can find Alex breaking and fixing stuff; or hanging out with his family (1 wife and 3 sons!).
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!
Denis is a member of GDI’s finance and administration team, where he ensures effective accounting management for the organization. Denis has been working in accounting, finance, budget and administration management both domestically and abroad for more than a decade. Prior to joining GDI, Denis served as Staff Accountant at ACDI/VOCA, and as a Finance and Information Manager at Fair Chance, a nonprofit consulting organization in Washington DC. Prior to moving to the United States, he worked at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Ukraine as an Administrative Officer. Denis holds a Master of Science in International Economics from the University of Economics and Law Kiev, Ukraine.
Charles is the Finance Manager at the GDI Nairobi Office and is tasked with strategy and leadership in all financial related matters concerning GDI in the Africa region; driving strategic improvements to regional operations, including country-specific tax-efficient structures and transactions between GDI Africa and GDI US; finance planning, budgeting, expenditure tracking, and auditing; and accounting and cash management. Charles has a strong background in Financial Management across a wide range of social impact organizations. Prior to joining GDI, Charles worked as a Finance Manager at Greensteds International School, Pan African Federation of Film Makers, and Health Education Africa Resource Team (HEART). While at HEART, he was actively involved in small businesses’ set-up from identification, verification, growth, and support through regular monitoring and training of the business holders on entrepreneurship, grants writing, sub grants contracting, and international accounting. Charles is a qualified Public Accountant in Kenya (CPAK), holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) in Finance, Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance (BCOM).
Xiaolin is a Manager at GDI East Asia office. Prior to GDI, she was a global health fellow at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, leading China malaria strategy and tech-enabled health solutions. She also spent 5 years in the talent program at Orange, a leading French telco company, where she held different positions in R&D, product management and global business development. Xiaolin is Chinese French and fluent in Mandarin, English and French. She holds MBA from INSEAD, M.Eng from Telecom ParisTech and B.Sc from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Xiaolin is a foodie and enjoys exploring restaurants and bars around the world. To balance the caloric intake, she does yoga and jogging.
Mira Ahmad is a Senior Associate at the Global Development Incubator where she primarily supports the organization’s health portfolio initiatives. Prior to joining GDI, Mira spent two and a half years at Abt Associates Inc. developing and implementing the firm’s digital strategy, and project managing priority business development efforts. She has consulted for a number of clients on digital interventions for social impact, including the Partnership for Newborn, Maternal and Child Health, Discovery Learning Alliance, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Mira earned a B.A. in History with a minor in Urban Studies from Princeton University. In her free time, Mira enjoys spending time outdoors, travel, and all things food related.
Malia leads communications for GDI’s AgEnterprise focus area, providing initiatives strategic advisory on dissemination and branding, as well as hands-on editorial and digital management. Prior to GDI, Malia was a member of Root Capital’s communication team, where she focused on systems improvements and digital analytics. 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 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!
Lucia is an Associate at GDI. She brings two years of experience as a Creative & Marketing Manager at Leftbrain Creative, managing CSR projects in Taiwan & mainland China. She also founded the “Student Take Initiative Rally” in 2014 to promote efficient volunteering and “learn before you serve” principle. She works with universities across the Greater China Area to develop a comprehensive training, execution, and exit model for student-initiated volunteer projects. Lucia is a native Chinese with business fluency in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English. She holds a B.A in Social Sciences with a major in Psychology and a minor in Social Policy & Community Building from The University of Hong Kong; and finished a Human Rights Law course at The Koc University in Istanbul.
Grace is Personal Assistant and Office Manager at GDI East Asia. Grace has more than 30 years experiences in the position of Secretary, Personal Assistant, Administrative Officer. She spent 17 years in Cisco Sales Organization as Administrative Assistant, Operations Manager in supporting Managing Directors and Vice President. Grace has experience in operations, office management, and event organizing. Grace was born in Hong Kong and speaks Cantonese, English and Mandarin. She likes living a healthy life, yoga, movies, and traveling.
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 graduated with 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 earned her Master’s in Public Policy 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, and enjoying the occasional Netflix binge.
Inga Finkova is GDI’s Accounting Assistant, CPA Candidate and Certified Bookkeeper. Inga has experience working in Accounting, Taxation, and human resources for mid-size and large corporations. Before joining GDI, she worked for a large foreign corporation as a full-charge Accountant working on dual financial reporting and taxation. Moreover, she has experience in public accounting for more than 5 years, where she gained lots of experience working for various sizes companies in different industries. Inga holds a B.A. in Accounting, Analysis & Audit from Ulyanovsk State Technical University in Russia and A.A. in Accounting from Montgomery College in Maryland, USA. Inga is a mother of two beautiful girls, loves traveling and yoga.
Kelly is a Senior Associate at GDI in East Asia. She works in the realm of social service and strategic philanthropy. She was a researcher at the Center of Ageing, Hong Kong University, focusing on scientific community elderly service in China. She also served as a Deputy Director at Shenzhen Innovation Corporate Social Responsibility Development Center to conduct philanthropic advisory and impact investment. Kelly is a clinical supervisor of social work postgraduate students in Beijing Normal University. She holds a BA with honors in Social Work from Nanjing Finance and Economy University and a Master in Social work from the University of Hong Kong. Kelly is Chinese and fluent in Mandarin, English, and Cantonese. She is also a bookworm and photography enthusiast in her free time.
Meredith Husar is a Digital Media Associate on GDI’s Communications team. Prior to joining GDI, she worked in TV, radio, and digital advertising for political campaigns. Meredith graduated with her B.A. in Journalism and Politics from Ithaca College, where she focused on mass media’s influence on immigration policy and public opinion in the United States and Europe. Outside of the office, you can find Meredith at the gym, visiting Delaware beaches, and listening to NPR podcasts.
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.
Nduku is an associate in GDI’s Impact Escalated team in Nairobi. Nduku has a range of experience in ICT, project management, strategic planning, and organizational development. Before joining GDI, Nduku worked with Microsoft in Middle East and Africa supporting the strategy, corporate responsibility programs and the development of technology start-ups. Nduku has championed women and youth empowerment initiatives within the organizations she’s worked with and is passionate about growing small businesses.
Yvonne is an Administrative Assistant in the Nairobi office. Before joining GDI, she worked with the USAID-funded project, Financial Inclusion for Rural Microfinance, as a project coordinator, supporting the technical and operations teams. There, her main role were partnership identification and relationship building, planning and coordinating project activities, event organization and administration support. Yvonne holds a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from East Carolina University and an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems (MIS). She is passionate about supporting small businesses and enjoys traveling and exploring different countries.
Rose is a senior associate in GDI’s Nairobi office. She has over 10 years’ experience in various engagement in both design and implementation of integrated business models such as contract farming, deep procurement, aggregation, micro-franchising, access to finance and rural youth development with focus on improving technical, vocational and employability skills. Her skills range from Training of Trainers, personnel management, coaching and mentorship, project management, resource mobilization, budget management, partnership management with both private and public sectors, event organization-Job Fairs, employability workshops and business plan competition. Before joining GDI, Rose worked with Land O Lakes ID on a youth program as an Agribusiness Specialist. Her achievement included creating on-farm and off-farm employment opportunities for over 2000 youth.
Luke is an Associate, working on GDI’s business operations development and helping implement strategy and build stronger organizations. Prior to GDI, Luke completed his Masters of Public Affairs at Brown University, where he focused on program evaluation, organizational development, and strategic planning. As part of his program, Luke completed a service project in Cambodia with Global Service Corps, evaluating their volunteer programs and providing strategic recommendations for their program relaunch. Before enrolling in his Master program, Luke worked in volunteer service and program development with a refugee resettlement and immigration services Nonprofit. In his free time, Luke enjoys reading, experimenting with new recipes, and chatting with his family back in the UK.
Wing-cee is a Senior Associate at GDI who works in GDI’s China portfolio. Her current focus is with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Narada Foundation, Disability Impact Fund, and the Model District Initiative. She has nearly 6 years of experience across strategy and economic consulting, entrepreneurship, and NGOs in the U.S., China, and India. Wing-cee has a diverse background having worked for Groupon U.S., KPMG Economics Valuation Department, and Stax Inc., a boutique strategy firm. While at Stax she has led commercial due diligence and strategy engagements for top global private equity firms and fortune 100 companies. Prior to that, she served as a pro-bono consultant for the Acumen+ Chicago Chapter and Médecins Sans Frontières. Wing-cee earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame with honors in Economics and Psychology. A native Chinese and travel enthusiast, she is most proud of her spicy food tolerance and luggage packing skills.
Our work would not be possible without the experienced leaders behind our incubated initiatives. Learn more about the work they are doing by browsing our initiatives or navigating to initiative websites through these leaders’ bios.
Margo is the Project Director of Business for Health Solutions. She has enjoyed a diverse career in corporate & development finance, training and CSR and is experienced working in large multinationals and the non-profit sector. She is passionate about doing business for social good. She has a Diploma in CSR from the University of Geneva (thesis – Opportunities to increase Swiss Private Sector Engagement in Global Health), is a Chartered Accountant and is a board member of the Swiss non-profit Terre des Hommes Schweiz.
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.
Timothy W. Docking, Ph.D. is a Managing Director at the Refugee Investment Network. He is a Washington, D.C.-based business executive with twenty years of emerging market and public sector experience. As an intrapreneur, he worked at the intersection of business, technology and development and built a new $100M revenue stream at IBM; as a public sector executive and manager, he helped start up the MCC (U.S. government agency); and as a scholar, he directed Africa research at a D.C. think tank. Docking has testified before Congress, published and commented widely in the media, is a member of multiple national and international boards including the current co-Chair of the Private Sector Advisory Council at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and has helped form and implement policy at highest levels of government as a White House Fellow. Docking holds a Ph.D. in comparative politics from Boston University and has lived and worked in more than 40 countries.
John W. Kluge is the Founder and Managing Director of the Refugee Investment Network. He is a systems entrepreneur and committed social justice activist. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Alight Fund, an investment and financing company for refugee and host country entrepreneurs. Previously, he co-founded Eirene, a multi-family-office impact investing fund, Toilet Hackers, a social enterprise dedicated to scaling access to dignified sanitation for the 2.5 billion people without a toilet. Kluge currently serves as a Trustee of Babson College, as a member of the Center for Strategic International Studies’ Taskforce on Global Forced Migration, as a Director of the Fonderie 47 Foundation, as the Co-Chair of the Virginia Policy Entrepreneurship Lab, and as a member of the Human Rights Commission of Charlottesville. He is the co-author of the book, Charity & Philanthropy for Dummies (Wylie, 2013), the author of John Kluge: Stories (Columbia University Press, 2008) and has written about the intersection of business and social impact for Forbes and Conscious Company Magazine. Kluge holds a B.A. from Columbia University and an MBA from the Babson F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Patricia (Patty) Mechael has dedicated over 20 years to catalyzing global health movements, including 15 years to harnessing the power of mobile technology to drive groundbreaking innovation to improve health outcomes and strengthen health systems. Patty is a co-founder, principal and policy lead at HealthEnabled and the Global Digital Health Index (GDHI).
Patty is celebrated for her roles as a digital health thought leader, writer, researcher, professor and former executive director of the mHealth Alliance. She is a British Council UK Education Social Impact Award Recipient, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow and Resident, Johns Hopkins University Knowledge for the World Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient, member of the editorial board of the Journal of Medical Internet Research, and co-editor of the book: mHealth in Practice: Mobile technology for health promotion in the developing world. Her writing focuses on translating science, technology, innovation, and public health for the general public as well as women in leadership. She is a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and visiting professor at Princeton University.
Dr. Mechael holds a PhD in Public Health and Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a Masters in Health Science in International Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Arts in Near Eastern Studies from the Johns Hopkins University.
Brian brings 13 years of experience as an innovator and field builder in agricultural finance to his dual role as the CEO of Stawi Africa and Director of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF). He previously served as Chief Innovation Officer at Root Capital, a pioneering impact lender for agriculture enterprises in Africa and Latin America. In this role, he co-founded CSAF to promote industry standards and best practices for lending to agricultural enterprises globally and to disseminate data and learning for this growing sector. He also formed the impact team to align mission objectives with investment decisions; managed advisory services related to financial training and mobile technology; and developed new initiatives, including an innovation fund to finance staple food crops in Africa, a multi-stakeholder initiative to address the coffee leaf rust outbreak in Latin America, and a pay-for-results mechanism to reward high-impact loans. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Harvard University.
Christopher A. Neilson, the Founder and CEO of ConsiliumBots, is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and holds a PhD in Economics from Yale University. Professor Neilson led the research that serves as the basis for ConsiliumBots’ educational search products – focusing particularly on how consumer knowledge and beliefs affect choices and how policy interventions can generate shifts in consumer and provider behavior at the individual level by shifting these beliefs or by making choices and participation easier.
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 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.