Syon is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Swarthmore College, studying behavioral and public economics. His areas of interest include pro-social behavior, environmental conservation behavior, development, and personal finance decisions. He primarily runs experiments that seek to improve our understanding of decision making and inform public policy around important social and economic issues. You can read more about his work at


Johannes is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs and Affiliated Faculty in the Department of Economics at Princeton University. He is interested in understanding whether poverty has particular psychological and neurobiological consequences, and whether these consequences, in turn, affect economic behavior. His research combines laboratory experiments with randomized controlled trials of development programs. Johannes has a BA in Psychology, Physiology and Philosophy from Oxford, a PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard, a PhD in Economics from Zurich, and was previously a Prize Fellow in Economics at Harvard and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT.


Chaning is a post-doctoral research associate at Princeton University. He is interested in the intersections of psychology, behavioral economics and development. Chaning’s current work includes an RCT on savings mechanisms and work on the effect of stress on decision making. Previously, Chaning was an English teacher in the Czech Republic and a futures trader in Los Angeles. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Hawaii.


Edward Miguel is the Oxfam Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics and Faculty Director of the Center for Effective Global Action at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned S.B. degrees in both Economics and Mathematics from MIT, received a PhD in Economics from Harvard University. Ted's main research focus is African economic development, including work on the economic causes and consequences of violence; the impact of ethnic divisions on local collective action; interactions between health, education, environment, and productivity for the poor. He is Faculty Director of the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS).


Robert Mudida is a Senior Lecturer at Strathmore Business School in Nairobi and has considerable lecturing and research experience in the areas of economics, applied econometrics,  public policy, international finance and negotiation. He is also the Director of the Strathmore Institute for Public Policy and Governance (SIPPG) that is currently based at Strathmore Business School of Strathmore University. He holds a doctorate in International Studies from the University of Nairobi with a specialisation in the area of international political economy and conflict analysis. He also possesses an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies and an MA in International Studies from the University of Nairobi. He has also attended courses at the London School of Economics in the UK, Harvard Business School and IESE Business School in Spain. 


David M. Ndetei is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Nairobi, Kenya and the Founding Director of the Africa Mental Health Foundation – a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) dedicated to research for evidence-based policy and practice in mental health, and the promotion of neurological health and healthy behaviour. He has served as the Principal Investigator (PI) for many of the Kenyan published clinical and community epidemiological studies on mental health, authored six books and 21 monographs, and over 250 publications in peer reviewed journals.



Kate Orkin is the Peter J. Braam Junior Research Fellow in Global Wellbeing at Merton College and a post-doc in the Department of Economics and Centre for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford. She works in applied microeconomics in labour, education, and agriculture. Her current research explores if interventions to provide information and motivation, underpinned by an understanding of psychological mechanisms, change attitudes and political and economic behaviour. Her PhD is from the University of Oxford. More on her current research is at

Jeremy obtained his PhD in Economics at MIT where he focused his research on development economics and behavioral economics. He then worked as a post-doctoral associate at Yale University, continuing to research development economics and aid effectiveness in India, the Philippines, South Africa, Mexico, Kenya, and Peru. Jeremy was a co-founder and director of GiveDirectly from 2009-2012, and brings a wide range of consulting experiences from his time at McKinsey & Company.


Tungodden is a professor in the Department of Economics at the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen, Norway and the co-director of The Choice Lab. He has published extensively in a broad range of international journals and is presently an associate editor in Management Science, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and Social Choice and Welfare.

CEO / VP Advisory

James has experience working with private industry, non-profits, and government to apply behavioral insights in emerging economies, and has conducted large-scale behavioral trials in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Peru, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Sierra Leone. As CEO and VP, Advisory for Busara, James is responsible for the overall strategy and planning for the organization, developing the Center’s new partnerships and revenue streams, and overseeing Busara’s international offices in Nigeria, Kenya,  and Uganda.