Our Africa team combines backgrounds in academic research and private industry to promote a healthy mix of rigor and pragmatism to all of our engagements.  The core team is supported by over 120 seasoned project managers, field officers, and support staff across our three country offices -- Kampala, Addis Ababa and Nairobi.  

Directors

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FRANCIS MEYO, ENGAGEMENT DIRECTOR
BA Economics and Political Science, Vassar College
Previously:
IPA

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JAMES VANCEL, MANAGING DIRECTOR
BA Economics, University of Arizona
Previously: 
IPA, World Bank
Interests: Digital finance, alternative risk models, judgement and decision-making  

MICHAEL BEILMAN, SENIOR STRATEGY ADVISOR
MSc Applied Economics, John Hopkins University
Previously: FHI360 - Family Health International, Southwest Air Vacations
Interests: Aid effectiveness, social enterprise, econometrics

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JONNA DAVIS, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
MA Global Ethics, King's College London
Previously: SOKO, charity: water, Ernst & Young
Interests: Financial inclusion, entreprenuership

NIKHIL RAVICHANDAR, ENGAGEMENT DIRECTOR
MSc Behavioral and Economic Science, University of Warwick; MSc Economics, University College London
Previously: 
Behavioral Science GRP
Interests: Machine learning, behavioral design, governance and accountability

CHANING JANG, DIRECTOR
Postdoc Princeton University; PhD Economics University of Hawai'i
Previously: 
Princeton University, Payden & Rygel
Interests: Technology for development, Data Science

 

Associates

ANNSHARON NJAVIKA
MSc Health, Community and Development, London School of Economics
Previously: 
GOAL Global, Africa Research Analysis
Interests: Social enterprise, critical thinking in childhood education, social development

ARIANA KEYMAN
MGA Environmental Security and Development, University of Toronto
Previously: 
WWF, HCA - Refugee Advocacy and Support Program
Interests: Rural development, food security, environment

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CLARA ZELLER
MSc Cognitive and Decision Sciences, University College London
Previously: 
KL.7, Millward Brown
Interests: Self-control and agency, mental models, embodied cognition

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FIONA MAHIAINI
MSc Psychology, University of Westminster
Previously: 
NHS Foundation Trust; NHS Mental Health Trust
Interests: 

 
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DAVID CLARANCE
MA Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
Previously: 
Human Centric Systems Group, Tata Research Development and Design Center, Pune, India
Interests: Routines, experiment design, agent based modeling

JAMES OGADA
MA International Management, University of Liverpool
Previously: 
Milward Brown
Interests: Digital finance, mobile solutions for development

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LEAH KIWARA
MSc Development Finance, University of Manchester
Previously: 
BDO International
Interests: Poverty, inequality, governance, financial inclusion, development policy, social development

LORNAH WAHOME
MPA International Policy and Development, New York University
Previously: 
New York University, UN-DPKO
Interests: Governance, public finance, health policy, education policy

 
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MARK MILLRINE
MSc Behavioral and Economic Science, University of Warwick
Previously: HSBC Research
Interests: Other-regarding preferences, cognitive biases, decision-making under risk

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MERCY MUSYA
MA Public Policy Management, Strathmore University
Previously: Capital Markets Authority, Shekere Africa Ltd
Interests: Corruption, accountability, governance and development policy

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LOUIS GRAHAM
MSc Economics for Development, University of Oxford
Previously: UNESCAP Trade and Investment Division; Whave Solutions
Interests: 

ROBERTO FIGARI 
MPS Applied Behavioral Economics and Individual Choice, Cornell University
Previously
: IBECC & BEN Center (Cornell University)
Interests: experimental design, cognitive biases, choice arquitecture

 
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ROZA TESFAY
Master in International Business and Economics, University of Pavia
MA in European Business, University of Fribourg
Previously
: International Trade Center, Alchemy World Projects
Interests: financial inclusion, consumer protection, value chains, women empowerment, entrepreneurship

 

RUTH CANAGARAJAH
MPP Cambridge University
Previously: 
World Food Programme, Fulbright Fellowship
Interests: Informality, land and resource rights, decision-making

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NICHOLAS OWSLEY
M.Comm Economics of Development, University of Cape Town / Universiteit Gent
Previously: Research Unit in Behavioral and Neuroeconomics (RUBEN); Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA)

Interests: 

SARAH SWANSON
MA African Studies, SOAS, University of London; MA History and Politics, University of Oxford
Previously: Danish municipal government
Interests: Gender, East African culture and society, development policy, governance

 
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TOM WEIN
BA War Studies, King's College London
Previously: 
SCL, Aware International, Centre for Applied Intelligence
Interests: Governance, conflict, models of behavior

GIDEON TOO
BA Economics, Wesleyan University
Previously: Ernst & Young - New York
Interests:  Financial inclusion, digital financial services, consumer protection, public sector efficacy

 

NATHANIAL PETERSON
PhD Behavioral Decision Research, Carnegie Mellon University
Previously: Human Capital Research Corporation
Interests:  

ASSOCIATE ALUMNI

COLIN WEST - PhD Marketing, UCLA
SAMI HORN - IDE, YALE
RAFAEL BATISTA - Commonwealth Bank of Australia
VIKKI ISIKA - The World Bank
LAURA FLEISCHER - OECD
LUCY RIMMINGTON - PwC
SARA OMBIJA - Strathmore University


ANALYSTS

PROJECT LEADS

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ANN WANJIKU
MSc Public Health, JKUAT-KEMRI
Previously: IPA
Interests: Epidemiology, environmental management, financial inclusion, behavioral experimentation

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BEHAILU GETACHEW
MBA Specialization in Information System Management, Sri Sai College
Previously:
Vision Fund Ethiopia,Micro finance Institution
Interests: Research,Project Management,Data Analysis and mathematical modeling

 
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DONNAH KIGAN
MA Project Planning and Management, University of Nairobi
Previously: IPA
Interests: Health policy, food security, development policy, experiment design

ESTHER OWELLE
BSc Food, Nutrition and Dietetics, Kenyatta University
Previously: IPA, UNICEF
Interests: Policy advocacy, monitory and evaluation, humanitarian affairs

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DEBRA OPIYO
Business Management, The Kenya Institute Of Management
Previously:
Crown Berger, IPA
Interests: Human rights, poverty, leadership and community development

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JAMES KENGAH
BA Political Science, Maseno University
Previously: National Council for Population and Development, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights
Interests: Governance, human rights, public policy

JOHN MURIITHI
MSC /PGDIP Actuarial Science, University of Kent
Previously: United Nations Human settlement Program
Interests: Urbanization and Development, Monitoring and evaluation


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GLADYS MUANGE
MPH Epidemiology and disease control, Moi University
Previously: I
psos synovate, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Research
Interests: Public Health, Reproductive health and poverty


 

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LISA MACHARIA
BBS Financial Economics, Strathmore University
Previously:
STANLIB Kenya
Interests: Financial inclusion, development policy, inequality, gender

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ISAAC OBARA
BA Community Development, Africa Nazarene University
Previously:
International livestock research institute, Innovations for poverty action.
Interests: Community policing, development economics, gender mainstreaming, rural community development.

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JANE ATIENO
Community development and social work, Kenya institute of social work and community development.
Previously: APHRC, IPA
Interests: Social Policy/Social Welfare

 
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MERCY MUTTAI
BBS Financial Economics, Strathmore University
Previously: CfC Stanbic Bank, Transnational Bank Kenya Limited
Interests: Financial deepening and financial security, environmental conservation, women and children empowerment.

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MONICA KAY
MA Gender and Development Studies, Kenyatta University
Interests: Gender, development policy, governance

 

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JENNIFER ADHIAMBO
Education: BA of Education, University of Nairobi
Previously:
IPA
Interests: Project and research administration.

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JOEL MUMO
Egerton University,B.A Economics and Sociology
Previously: IPA

Interests: Social psychology, economic models, agriculture and digital banking

 
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ROBERT WANYIRI
BBS Financial Economics, Strathmore University
Previously: AC Nielsen, Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA)
Interests: Development economics, rural development, financial inclusion

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RUTH WAMBUA
BSc Nutrition and Dietetics, Egerton University
Previously: IPA, Alive and Thrive Initiative
Interests: Health interventions, poverty alleviation, social inclusion

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KENNETH OKUMU
BA Philosophy and Anthropology, Pontifical Urbanian University
Previously:
ICS, IPA, Aquaya Institute.
Interests: poverty alleviation with special bias to education.

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MILLICENT OJUKA
Community development and social work, project planning and management, Nairobi Institute of business Study
Previously
: IPA
Interests: Gender based issues and policy making

 
 
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PAUL OMONDI
BA in Anthropology, University of Nairobi.
Previously:
Programs officer at Kenya Alliance for Rural Empowerment, IPA
Interests: Social research and Gender related issues.

RAPHAEL MALENYA 
BA Sociology and Political science majors, University of Nairobi
Previously:
IPA,Consolidated bank
Interests: Project management, political economy, good governance


OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

JOSEPH MUIRURI, HEAD OF PROJECT OPS
BA Project Planning and Management, University of Nairobi
Previously: Kuehne + Nagel, Africa SOMA Montreal, Kiangurwe Electricity, IPA
Interests: Policy making and advocacy, community development

DAMARIS MUTUMA, SPECIAL PROJECTS MANAGER

KAWIRA MUNGANIA, ASSISTANT TO THE MANAGING DIRECTOR
 

ROSE NDOTI, OPERATIONS ASSISTANT


DATA & PRogramming

BENSON NJOGU, Programmer
BSc Computer Science, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)
Previously: MortimerSmythe Designs, Beyonic, Upwork
Interests: Data science, embedded systems and cloud computing

CHRISTINE OKEYO, Data Assistant
Applied Statistics with Computing, Rongo University
Previously: Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO)
Interests: Experimental designs, programming, survey methodology

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CYRUS MURIITHI, Assistant Survey Coordinator
Applied Statistics, Technical University of Kenya
Previously: 
Elimu Impact Evaluation Center

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FRIDAH WANJALA, Data Analyst
MSc. Biostatistics (Hasselt University)
Previously:
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

 
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JOB MATHEKA
Mobile App Development, M:Lab East Africa
Previous:
Freelance, DishiHub (startup)
Interests: Machine Learning

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JOSEPH KIMANI
BSc Computer science, University of Nairobi (uonbi)
Previously: National ICT Innovation and Integration Center
Interests : mobile technology and Innovation