Center for Digital Acceleration

DAI’s Center for Digital Acceleration builds on DAI’s decades of experience to design and deploy innovative, user-centered digital tools that drive change across emerging markets.

Digital Strategy

CDA builds digital strategies that help clients understand and integrate new opportunities, technology partners, and emerging digital tools. We provide advisory services to build digital strategies, by combining DAI’s more than 20 years of experience implementing new technology in emerging markets with real-time data and analysis of broader political, economic, and social trends.

Our experts travel to emerging markets, drawing upon DAI’s extensive professional networks to identify private sector, government, civil society, and other key stakeholders. Efficiency and thoroughness are key tenets of our approach, creating strategies that lay the groundwork for successful implementation of digital and innovation programming.

Our Experts


From her early research in cultural anthropology to subsequent work in management consulting, Krista Baptista has always been engaged around ways to do things better and empower entrepreneurs to use new skills and tools.

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Karim Bin-Humam joined DAI in 2015 to help bridge the divide between cutting-edge technology and the needs of poor and vulnerable communities globally.

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Chetna Chawla is Technology Director of DAI Global Health and has more than 20 years’ experience in technology consulting, delivering high-impact electronic governance programs.

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At the Center for Digital Acceleration, Rachel identifies, researches, and designs digital development solutions and works on business acquisition.

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With a consistent focus on the integration of user-centered design in digital development, Talia conducts digital strategic analyses, manages digital projects, and supports the Center for Digital Acceleration in its innovation work, for example by managing the implementation of digital prizes and challenges.

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Adam Fivenson is a human-centered design specialist and innovation strategist at DAI’s Center for Digital Acceleration.

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Brigit Helms has more than 25 years of experience pioneering innovative approaches to financial inclusion and seeking enterprise and market-based solutions to poverty.

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Kate Heuisler is a development practitioner with 15 years of experience designing and managing development programs in 16 countries.

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Bobby Jefferson, a leader in the field of information and communications technology for development, is working to expand DAI’s range of digital health services.

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Chloe Messenger is a Consultant within DAI’s dedicated Center for Digital Acceleration, working across business units and donors to help integrate new technologies into development work.

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Galia Nurko is an Associate Digital Specialist at DAI’s Center for Digital Acceleration.

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Alejandro brings extensive experience working on development projects across Central America and the Caribbean.

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Our Projects


Ghana—Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC)

DAI helped Kosmos Energy to design, launch, and implement the Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC) program as part of the oil and gas company’s corporate social investment strategy in Ghana.

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Iraq Governance and Performance Accountability (IGPA)/Takamul

The Iraq Governance and Performance Accountability (IGPA)/Takamul porject supports the Iraqi Government to shore up fiscal stability while rapidly and visibly improving service delivery.

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