Our Team

Multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary to the core—global in outlook and approach—DAI’s technical leaders are steeped in the challenges of delivering development solutions in the field. They are committed to sharing our innovation and experience to inform international development practices worldwide.


Alia Afshar-Gandhi works in the area of food security and agriculture, where she specializes in rural livelihood creation in post-conflict countries.

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Corin Armstrong, a member of our Business Development team, has more than 10 years of experience supporting the design, implementation, and management of governance and economic development programmes.

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Miguel Baca is a development expert with extensive experience in the Middle East, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific region.

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As Regional Managing Director for Asia, Jenny oversees DAI operations from Central Asia to the Pacific Islands. DAI’s current portfolio of 18 long-term field projects in the region tackle development challenges in sectors as diverse as economic growth, governance, and environment.

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Richard is a land tenure professional with more than 20 years of experience managing and providing technical assistance to land projects in Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Caribbean.

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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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Edwin Berk has made a career of building the businesses of professional services companies where public and private sectors intersect. After a brief stint teaching at Yale University, he joined a public policy consulting firm.

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Dorival Bettencourt is a private sector development specialist with extensive policy and extractives industry experience.

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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. Karim studied mechanical engineering in the United States and Germany and worked as an engineering project management consultant at BMW in Munich, where he led battery development projects for hybrid and electric vehicles.

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Nate Bourns began learning the value of language as a 12-year-old while on a trip to Mexico with his Spanish class—and the lesson stuck. “Language opens up all sorts of windows to the world, and lets you think the way other people think,” Nate says.

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Duke Burruss joined DAI in November 2010, bringing 30 years of experience centered on agricultural and rural development, marketing and distribution, competitive value chains, international trade and public-private partnerships.

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Clare Callahan provides project management, financial management, business development, and technical support to the Energy and Resources Group.

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Larry Campbell, the Vice President of the Office of Information Management and Technology, has been at DAI for more than 16 years. He oversees the global IT department that supports offices in more than 50 countries.

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As a behavioral economist, Kevin’s work has focused on resource use efficiency (water, energy) and governance of land and its natural resources. He has particular interest in environmental finance, such as payments for ecosystem services, and in working to demystify how to access climate adaptation funding.

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Stephen Carpenter is a governance specialist with 15 years of experience whose field-based work has focused on anticorruption, public financial management, customs modernization, and institutional strengthening.

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Outside of the classroom, Sean’s first exposure to international development challenges came in the form of a group of teenage boys from the Langa Township in South Africa.

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Daniel Charette specializes in private sector development. He has experience applying the principles and tools of various international development frameworks, including value chain analysis/development, making markets work for the poor, and business environment reform.

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Andrea Chartock’s work at DAI focuses on promoting economic growth and designing and managing monitoring and evaluation of projects.

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As part of the Energy and Resources Group, Dipika Chawla leads the communications strategy, designs technical service offerings, performs market intelligence on extractive industries in developing countries, and conducts new business efforts.

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Anne-Marie Chidzero has more than 20 years of experience in private sector development, specifically in the financial sector, microfinance, and small and medium enterprise development throughout Africa.

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Thirty years ago Chuck Chopak earned a bachelor’s degree, but couldn’t see earning a living in biology or sociology, his dual major at Tulane University. He was intrigued, though, by an aquaculture opening in northern Senegal.

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Twenty years ago, John Costenbader graduated from a small New England college and felt a need to see how the rest of the world lived. Joining the Peace Corps, John served as a forestry volunteer on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Mali’s remote Dogon Plateau region.

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Donal Cotter has more than more than 23 years of experience in the fields of finance and economic growth, including 15 years of experience in international development. He has held management roles on five major donor-funded economic growth initiatives in transitioning economies.

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Sani Daher rejoined DAI in 2005 after serving as CEO of the Palestine Trade Center from September 2004 until October 2005.

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Noemi first worked internationally as a summer volunteer for a rural vaccination campaign in Paraguay. That experience kickstarted 25 years of international development work.

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John DeRiggi is a spatial products developer with 10 years of experience in software and data engineering. John learned Java in college and started his career developing Java-based web applications, which were used to help analysts make sense of massive data sets.

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Francis DiMora leads the Energy and Resources Group’s new business, market intelligence, and product development functions.

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Peter Dimitroff holds more than 20 years of international development and project management experience, primarily in the Middle East and Afghanistan and focusing on anti-corruption, budget transparency, legislative strengthening, and women’s empowerment.

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Lief Doerring is a senior international development expert, leader, and portfolio manager with more than 20 years of experience working in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific.

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For the last decade, Keith Doxtater has provided strategic direction and project management expertise from both the field and home office for U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) projects in Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, the Philippines, Somalia, and Sri Lanka.

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Rob Dressen is a banker with 25 years of experience in microfinance, commercial banking, and financial advisory services. He worked for Meridien BIAO S.A. for three years and Chase Manhattan Bank for 15 years, where he specialized in trade finance, branch operations, and credit and risk management.

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Dr. Sambe Duale serves as a Senior One Health Technical Advisor for the Preparedness and Response Project, a component of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 Program. He joined the RESPOND Project in 2014 as the Technical Lead for the Ebola Virus Disease preparedness and response for the at-risk countries in Central and West Africa.

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Elizabeth Elfman, a health specialist, began her career in Massachusetts working to accelerate health care delivery. Seven years later she has accrued a vast array of experience working and studying health systems.

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Clive English is a highly experienced project manager and adviser with more than 35 years of project experience in Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South Asia.

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Thomas Erdmann specializes in natural resources management. A trained forester, he offers expertise in community forestry, agroforesty, ecoregional or landscape-scale conservation and development, conservation forestry, and land use planning.

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Doreen Erfe joined the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Philippine Water Revolving Fund Support Program in 2008 as Senior Policy and Institutional Development Specialist.

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Arsalan Faheem works with our London-based Private Sector Development practice, where he is responsible for advising DAI’s portfolio of economic development programmes, as well as growing the practice through client development.

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Jeremy Finch heads up the internal audit, ethics, and compliance functions for DAI Europe. As such, he is the custodian of the control environment for the company and its complex network across the project portfolio as well as being the liaison for DAI Europe’s formidable ethics policy and exemplary code of business conduct.

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Adam works to make interventions more efficient and more effective by introducing new technologies that help citizens report corruption, monitor biodiversity, access markets, and adapt to climate change.

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Polly Gillingham is a livelihoods specialist, with a particular interest in social inclusion and institutions for the governance of—and resolution of conflicts over—natural resources.

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Enrique Giraldo has more than 20 years of experience in tax policy and administration, demonstrated management credentials in leading U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) projects, and established credibility with Salvadoran counterparts.

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Max Goldensohn joined the Peace Corps after college and spent two years in Gabon building schools with villagers in remote communities. After graduate school, Max went to Laos as a civilian volunteer during the Vietnam War and taught future teachers to do community development.

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Bill has played an important role in the development and application of subsector and value chain approaches and is currently leading numerous programs applying the Making Markets Work for the Poor approach for private and international donors.

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Describing herself as a “reformed global banker”, Greta Greathouse has more than 35 years of experience innovating emerging markets and coupling the private and public sector for technology development.

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Since joining DAI in 2000, Colleen Green has served as a microfinance specialist providing short-term support to bank downscaling and other programs to benefit micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises

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For more than 30 years, Jim has worked widely in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and China as a project director and rural development specialist.

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For 30 years, Jonathan Greenham has focused on identifying new options for agribusiness entrepreneurs in developing countries, improving production, increasing access to markets, and forging public-private partnerships.

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Nandi Hall is a Principal Project Manager with more than 15 years of experience working in international development in both the private and nongovernmental sector.

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Growing up in a developing country and witnessing poverty first hand, Eunice Heredia-Ortiz always knew she wanted to help people get on the path to prosperity. Specializing in public finance, Eunice has helped governments in many countries transform their fiscal policy and management, laying the foundations for more efficient and accountable use of public resources, better public service delivery, and improved living standards.

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Kate Heuisler is a development practitioner with 13 years of experience designing and managing development programs in 16 countries. As a cultural anthropologist, Kate is passionate about user-centered design and working with partners to design and run programs based on political, economic, and cultural needs in the countries and regions where she works.

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Said Abu Hijleh has nearly 20 years of experience in the Middle East with leading multinational companies, including serving on boards, managing, advising, and improving the competitiveness of manufacturing and services industries in Palestine, Jordan, and Kuwait.

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Nick Hobgood has 22 years of experience leading complex, multi-sector development projects in humanitarian response, democratic initiatives, community-based natural resource management, agriculture, and small business development.

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Allen Hollenbach is a Senior Project Manager in the Environment and Health Team, Asia region. He specializes in governance and the environment, with an emphasis on environmental services finance and local government administration.

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Anne-Sofia Holmberg is a Principal Consultant working on our portfolio of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) programmes and bids. She manages The Polish Sustainable Energy Financing Facility II and the Morocco Sustainable Energy Finance Facility.

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Don Humpal has worked for more than 30 years on agricultural production, postharvest handling and storage, marketing, and food safety programs, primarily in Africa as well as in Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, and Middle East.

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While working at The Housing Bank for Trade and Finance in Amman, Jordan, Jamal Al Jabiri progressed from clerical positions to managing a post at the bank’s currency trading desk, then managing a small investment portfolio, and finally directing the correspondent relations department.

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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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Eleven years ago, John left his job at Rolling Stone Magazine in New York City to start as an associate with DAI’s Finance, Banking, and Enterprise group. Little did he know his new job would turn into a lifestyle.

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Marika Kanatova is the director responsible for bids for the European Commission (EC), Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (formerly AusAID), New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (formerly NZ Aid), and other donors.

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Jeremy Kanthor’s interest in governance started during a high school trip to Dakar, Senegal, that coincided with presidential elections. After observing an opposition rally and getting caught between opposition supporters hurling rocks and police using tear gas, he was quickly ushered into the home of the leading opposition candidate, Abdoulaye Wade.

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Originally from North Carolina, Zachary Kaplan never planned to become a development professional. Instead, he wanted to be a veterinarian. However, after creating an international development outreach program as a graduate student, Zach decided to pursue a career in development instead.

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Jeremy specializes in biodiversity conservation and climate change, with an emphasis on environmental governance, climate change adaptation, and anti-wildlife trafficking.

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Harris Khalique is an internationally recognized civil society leader with more than 20 years of professional and voluntary work with civil society organizations with a focus on human rights and community development. He has held senior management and advisory positions with national and international nongovernmental organizations and civil society networks.

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Hélène Kirémidjian has 10 years of professional experience in analysis, design, and implementation of economic growth projects focusing on value chain development and business enabling environment reform.

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Alexander Kitain is a Harvard-trained public administration professional with a unique combination of skills in tax policy, tax and customs administration, tax and financial accounting, trade, economics, and public finance.

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Tine Knott joined DAI in January 2011 on the strength of a 17-year development career that included 15 years of service at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she managed multimillion-dollar project portfolios in Jordan and Mozambique, among other responsibilities.

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Luke Kozumbo specializes in economic analysis and issues of trade and economic competitiveness.

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Marina Krivoshlykova specializes in enterprise development and competitiveness. She provides technical assistance and management support to private sector development projects worldwide, focusing on issues of value chain strengthening, [market analysis][3], and design of strategies for firm and industry competitiveness.

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While in graduate school for international development, Carmen Lane was surprised to learn there was an emerging field of international democracy assistance, where she could apply her practical U.S. political experience in campaigns to her development studies.

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Since 1996, Rebecca Lawrence has planned and implemented more than a dozen large-scale development programs, and contributed to the design or management of at least 20 others.

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John, a Principal Consultant in our land team, has 14 years of international project experience in the land, natural resources, and environment sectors in Europe, Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, and South America.

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Donald has worked at the company for 10 years and has been instrumental in building its portfolio of environment and climate change work.

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Following his graduate program at the University of Minnesota, Rich Magnani joined Experience, an agribusiness consultancy. He focused on new venture analyses, export market development, and policy analysis for grain and oilseed processors, dairy and livestock processors, trade associations, and state government development agencies.

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Sarah joined DAI’s London office as a Director of Technical Services, Governance, in March 2015. She brings to DAI extensive experience in promoting human rights in fragile and conflict-affected countries, and at the policy level with donors, United Nations entities, and nongovernmental organizations.

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Joey specializes in environment program management, communications, and training design and facilitation, with a focus on climate change adaptation in small island states.

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Ben serves as a Global Practice Specialist for Water and Sanitation with DAI, contributing to new business development, technical project support, and institutional knowledge management.

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Prior to leading the Preparedness and Response program for the U.S. Agency for International Development, Jerry Martin was the Global Lead for the One Health & Infectious Disease practice, working at the intersection of challenges related to animal health, human health, the environment, and economic development.

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Daniel specializes in conducting assessments and developing strategies for donor-funded development programs in areas such as local government reform, human and institutional capacity building, youth at risk, transparency and accountability of government, value chain development, and post-conflict stabilization.

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Del McCluskey was introduced to international development in 1963 when his father joined the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Growing up in Africa, Latin America, and Asia, and seeing his father work to improve agriculture production and food security, instilled in Del a passion to make a difference in the world.

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Doug McLean oversees the company’s international offices, ensuring effective coordination with DAI technical sectors and support departments. From 2005 to 2008, he managed what was then the Private Sector Development Practice.

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Jeff Mitchell has worked in the oil and gas industry for nearly 40 years. His extensive experience informs DAI’s proprietary tool for economic analysis of local content in developing countries’ extractive industries.

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Danijela Kostic performs management, coordination, planning, and assessments of information and communications technology (ICT) projects, writing technical documentation, reviewing ICT components for DAI projects, working on proposals with ICT components, and designing tailored solutions for project beneficiaries.

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Melanie Beth Oliviero has for 35 years worked for human rights and human development. As a strategic adviser on alliances and global business solutions at DAI, she draws on her expertise in corporate social responsibility, global philanthropy, civil society strengthening, and human rights and economic empowerment.

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Shanna Tova O’Reilly has more than 15 years of experience in stabilization and citizen security, working with the U.S. Agency for International Development, Department of Defense, and other donors in fragile states in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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Ejonta Pashaj learned of DAI through a public administration program DAI was implementing in Albania. Ejonta says she was impressed with how DAI approaches working with local governments, especially our emphasis on citizen participation in municipal decision making.

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Daxa Patel has 18 years of multi-country, multimillion-pound project delivery experience. Daxa has built and led large multicultural teams in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Russia and provided troubleshooting, mentoring support, and expertise to achieve success on both a managerial and consultancy basis.

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In the tragic wake of ethnic cleansing and genocide in the Balkans and Rwanda in the 1990s, Brenda Lee Pearson and a dozen colleagues launched the International Crisis Group (ICG) to better monitor the drivers of insecurity and conflict.

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Alma Porciuncula has been leading DAI’s work in the Philippines on innovative financing for water supply and sanitation projects, policy, and regulatory and utility reform since 1994.

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David Pottebaum has more than 27 years of technical and managerial experience focusing on institutional and organizational development, public administration transparency and accountability, policy reform, and rural agricultural development.

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Growing up on a family farm in Wisconsin, Kristi Ragan developed a deep urge to see the world. While Kristi was earning her master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, her professor, Madeleine Albright, urged her to join the United Nations and become “an international civil servant.”

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While on a Fulbright scholarship more than 10 years ago, Zaki Raheem first became interested in microenterprise development while being the only male working with a women’s microfinance program in rural Philippines.

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Bhairav Raja is a multilingual consultant with experience in financial sector development and inclusive finance in Africa and Latin America, employing market systems approaches.

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Jonathan has been working at the intersection of sustainable economic development, climate change, and environmental conservation for more than 14 years with experience in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Maldives, Micronesia, Mozambique, Namibia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and United States.

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Mark Rasmuson currently serves as Senior Technical and Management Advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Preparedness and Response Project. Until January 2016, he was Chief of Party for DAI’s cooperative agreement with USAID in Vietnam to implement the Persons with Disabilities Support Program (PDSP). Previously, he was Vice President and Director of the Center for Global Health Communication and Marketing at FHI 360 and AED.

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Gregg Ravenscroft is a Principal Project Manager with more than 12 years of experience negotiating the diverse challenges that come with successfully designing and implementing international, aid-funded, development projects in fragile states.

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As a seasoned proposal writer, technical specialist, and Chief of Party, Ben brings significant depth of experience in providing strategic direction to program design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation

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Matthew Roberts is a Principal Project Manager in DAI Europe’s Project Management Unit, and is based full-time in Addis Ababa as General Manager. In this role he provides support to three major contracts funded by the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) on tax, audit, and transparency, land administration, and private sector development.

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Before joining DAI, Kristen Roggemann held advisory and business development positions within a variety of mobile-for-development and international development organizations, most recently as the Strategic Partnerships Manager for GSMA mWomen, driving partnership strategy at the intersection of the mobile operator and international development sectors.

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Ian Rose, a lawyer specializing in land tenure, property rights, and access to justice, has led long-term projects in Colombia, Lebanon, Mozambique, and Cape Verde.

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Peter has been a permanent member of staff for 25 years. A member of the project management team, he is responsible for planning and managing our current long-term U.K. Department for International Development-funded programmes in Malawi, Nigeria, and Zambia.

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Mark Rostal is an expert in designing financial services and products for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in developing countries, offering directly applicable technical expertise and senior management experience.

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Robert Ryan-Silva has been with DAI since 2002, when he joined the firm as a group business manager in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Group. Working over a wide range of regions and technical areas in his 20 years in international development, Rob approaches the implementation of complex projects in difficult environments at the level of nuts and bolts.

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Robert Salerno specializes in the intersection of health and nutrition and the role of livelihoods to improve health outcomes. He provides technical assistance and management support to DAI’s health projects, focusing on household-level analysis, vulnerability mapping, and the design and support of programming to build the resilience of vulnerable populations.

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John Sampson has 11 years of experience leading complex, high-speed programs in conflict, post-conflict, and fragile environments, including stability and transition, countering violent extremism, governance, emergency assistance, crisis management, infrastructure, and civil-military coordination programs.

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Joe Sanders has 18 years of experience, including more than 10 years of full-time management experience on projects funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Kongkona Sarma is an experienced economic development specialist who started her career in the capital markets, gaining skills in financial valuation, corporate restructuring, and quantitative research.

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Susan Scribner leads the Preparedness and Response project (P&R). P&R works in 16 countries in East Africa, West Africa, and Southeast Asia to support multisectoral collaboration through National One Health Platforms.

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Christopher Seeley is an expert in sustainable livelihoods, alternative development, and the design and management of large-scale, multi-objective rural development programs.

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Cathy Shaw is a Principal Project Manager at DAI Europe, having joined the company in 2001. Formerly a researcher in economic development in transition countries, Cathy has worked on long-term programmes in Nigeria and Russia, eastern Europe and central Asia, including eight years working with counter-proliferation initiatives to generate civilian jobs for former nuclear weapons sector workers in the former Soviet Union.

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Katja Silva-Leander is a Director at DAI, specialized in inclusive economic growth, with 17 years of experience working in the financial services and international development fields.

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Heather Skilling has more than 25 years of experience in strengthening water and sanitation service delivery through analytic, project design, evaluation, and consulting work with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, the U.K. Department for International Development, private consulting firms, and others.

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Dr. Baba Soumare is a veterinary epidemiologist with a Ph.D in animal health economics. He worked extensively as food safety specialist and as a trainer and field epidemiologist leading the investigation, control, and prevention of major transboundary animal diseases and zoonoses such as Rinderpest, Peste des Petits Ruminants, Rift Valley fever, and Rabies.

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Bruce has worked in various leadership roles, including as Vice President of DAI’s pioneering work in Crisis and Conflict Mitigation and in Democratic Governance. As Managing Director of the Stability Sector, he now directs DAI’s service offerings in the emerging Stability Operations field with the Department of Defense and in Crisis Mitigation and Recovery projects with USAID and other donors.

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Ruth is a Director in our Technical Services team and has oversight of DAI Europe’s livelihoods portfolio.

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Warwick Strong was born in Zimbabwe and spent his formative years in Southern Africa. He then joined the British Army in 1998 and was commissioned as an officer in 2000 from the United Kingdom’s Royal Military Academy.

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Patricia Sturgess has a unique background that combines more than 11 years of experience in the private, public and voluntary sectors, with expertise in livelihoods, aid management, international relations and security, and political analysis.

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David Tardif-Douglin runs Africa Lead II, a project that builds the capacity of agriculture professionals, institutions and stakeholders to position African leaders and institutions at the forefront of increased agricultural productivity and food security.

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Jim Tarrant leads the Biodiversity Results and Integrated Biodiversity Gains Enhanced (BRIDGE) Project based in Washington, D.C.

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Combining geospatial information and climate change is Carmen’s primary interest. From her fieldwork on the North Slope of Alaska and in the Terai region of Nepal, to work in Bangladesh and the deserts of Tunisia, she has witnessed the direct impacts of climate change on diverse ecosystems and cultures.

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Roberto Toso is a senior economist with more than 25 years of international development experience working on financial sector reform, economic policy, public financial management, international trade, and competitiveness strategy.

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Boaz joined DAI in 2010 as a member of the project management team, providing technical direction and oversight of sustainable, ecotourism development projects in and around Nyungwe National Park, one of the region’s most spectacular destinations.

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Alexis has worked in both the private and public sector as an international development specialist.

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Anand helps DAI’s projects integrate ICT into their activities and build partnerships with local technology companies.

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Elizabeth has 13 years of programmatic and operations experience in designing, managing, monitoring, and assessing programs in conflict and post-conflict environments.

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Eliud Wakwabubi provides technical and strategic oversight for integrating economic strengthening approaches into HIV and AIDS programming under the regional project, ROADS II (Regional Outreach Addressing AIDS through Development Strategies), primed by FHI 360, across eastern and southern Africa.

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Catherine Wallis spent her life switching countries from a very early start, which set the path for learning about different cultures and languages. As a trained agricultural engineer in the traditional intensive farming systems of France, she decided to learn about other models and fell into international development.

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Mike Walsh’s credentials as DAI’s leading watchdog were earned over a 30-year career of scrutinizing procurement worldwide. During tenures as the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) contracting officer in Bangladesh, Egypt, and East Africa, Mike managed some of the most successful and innovative projects in the USAID portfolio.

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Over the past 30 years, Andrew’s technical focus has shifted from the earth sciences and remote sensing to environment policy and impact assessment, natural resource management, and biodiversity conservation, and, most recently, to climate change adaptation, with an emphasis on the sustainable use of water resources.

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Walter Weaver has 18 years of experience working on diverse development projects worldwide. At 13, he moved to Alexandria, Egypt, where his father was working on a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) wastewater project.

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Helle Weeke specializes in trade, investment, and legal development issues. As Chief of Party and Senior Technical Advisor to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Vietnam Competitiveness Initiative, she supported the release of the Provincial Competitiveness Index.

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Kirsten Weeks is the Global Practice Lead for Health, Nutrition, and Livelihoods within Solutions. She provides technical support to DAI’s IMARISHA project in Tanzania, which works to improve livelihoods for HIV-affected populations and communities.

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Willet Weeks has four decades of experience in Africa, mostly in conflict and postconflict zones. He is especially knowledgeable about the cultures and the political and social dynamics of the Great Lakes region.

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After graduating from Georgetown University’s McDonough Business School, Jim Winkler accepted a two-year assignment in Costa Rica as a small business advisor with the Peace Corps rather than the well-heeled path of Wall Street and corporate America that most of his classmates followed.

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Mosharraf Zaidi is the Team Leader for the Transforming Education in Pakistan programme and Campaign Director for Alif Ailaan, a political campaign to help end Pakistan’s education crisis.

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Even before Waleed Zaru officially started working in the field of international development, he was helping build up his country’s private sector—first managing the rapid growth of a home builder and then working with a local nongovernmental organization (NGO) focused on local capacity building and community education programs for generating jobs.

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Juan Estrada-Valle has more than 20 years of experience in agriculture, value chain development, and market-based strategies for economic development in conflict-affected environments. Throughout his career, Juan has been an agribusiness entrepreneur, international consultant, researcher and development practitioner.

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Louis O’Brien is a senior water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) expert who has more than 25 years of experience designing, managing, and providing technical direction to development programs in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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Robin Young began to focus her career on micro and small enterprise finance after learning in an undergraduate development economics course more than 20 years ago how this emerging field ‘just worked. … It was so practical and brought macroeconomics and global politics down to a concrete and effective level.’

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