Brian Misachi

Brian Misachi

 
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Brian joined Busara October 2017 as a backend developer. He has experience in building backend systems for product support,  system integrations, functional API design and service architecture design. He is passionate about everything infrastructure.

Brian holds a Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunication and Information Engineering from Multimedia University of Kenya.

Maureen Mumbi

Maureen Mumbi

 
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Maureen joined Busara in July, 2018. She has extensive hands on experience in developing software application using various languages including Java, AngularJS, JSP, SQL and also mobile app development in Android. She has developed workflows using Activiti for various companies to ease the efficiency of day to day business operations within the organisation. She has also being part of developing a Document Management System.

Maureen holds a Bsc. in Computer Science from Egerton University.

Michael Osunga

Michael Osunga

 
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Michael Osunga joined Busara as a Data Analyst in the month of January, 2018. He has a Master of Science degree in Geospatial Information Systems and Remote Sensing from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Science from Kenyatta University. He has vast experience in remote sensing analysis mainly information extraction from remote sensing data through classification algorithms, spectral indices, change detection and time series analysis. He also has vast experience in spatiotemporal data analysis and modeling using machine learning for prediction and classification coupled with other statistical methods such as PCA, factor analysis, clustering and time series analysis and forecasting. He is conversant with tools such as R, ODK and SQL.

Eric M'bwana

Eric M’bwana

 
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Erick has worked with Busara since July 2018 as a backend developer. He has vast experience in developing e-commerce solutions geared towards emerging African markets and crafting mission critical software systems.

Erick is interested in system architecture and design, DevOps and contributing to open source software. He has made contributions to widely popular open source softwares such as the Wagtail CMS, Virtualenvwrapper and the Django Oscar e-commerce framework. He is also an avid reader and an extreme programming aficionado.

He has a Bsc. in Analytical Chemistry with Computing from the University of Eldoret.

James Macharia

James Macharia

 
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James Joined Busara on November 2017. He   has a Bsc. in Computer Science from   the University of Nairobi. He has been  engaged in the development and management  of Busara's internal finance system (BusaraPay) which is has streamline payment request management and processing. He has also developed and managed external facing products SmartDuka (a content management platform for small duka owners), Givolution (An unconditional cash transfer platform for donors to send gifts directly to poor families in Kenya). James has   extensive experience in development of data systems, having previously worked to develop an electronic data interchange solution to replace a paper processes in use by top insurance companies in Kenya. He also has experience in integrating these systems with payments platforms having worked  to develop a Electronic Medical Records solution to manage procurement, payments, reconciliation and revenue reports in use by top hospitals in Kenya.

Tilman Graff

Tilman Graff

 
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Tilman joined Busara in August 2018 as a Research Specialist in the team of Johannes Haushofer. He works on a range of projects, including laboratory studies analysing patterns of economic decision making under stress, and behavioural consequences of economic inequality.

Prior to joining Busara, Tilman has conducted research on the optimal design of trade networks in developing countries, studied labor market dynamics in arduous real effort environments, and developed tools to detect early-warning signs of deforestation in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Tilman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from LMU Munich, a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Technology from Technical University of Munich, and an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford.

Hauwa Okorie

Hauwa Okorie

 
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Hauwa joined Busara in 2018 as an Associate. Prior to joining Busara, she worked in Nigeria in areas of financial inclusion, value-chain digitization, and gender equality and has managed research projects related to nutrition in low-income neighborhoods of Washington, DC.  She is passionate about applying the behavioral lens in development issues in Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and a Master’s of Public Health both from the George Washington University.

Kim Kariuki

Kim Kariuki

 
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Kim joined Busara as an Engagement Director in June 2018. Kim comes to us from a position at the IFC working on investment in the PAYG space and building on his previous work in the solar and utility space (D-Light and KickStart).  Earlier in his career, Kim worked with ILRI and KWFT building his research and data chops.  Kim studied Economics at Bates College, and more recently focused his studies on Rural Development at KeMU.

Nnenna Okoye

Nnenna Okoye

 
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Nnenna joined Busara as an Engagement Director in August 2018 and is responsible for all engagements within Nigeria and West Africa. Prior to joining Busara, she spent over 11 years at Accenture where she managed technology deployments for Financial Services and Public Sector clients, new market launches for leading technology firms, and most recently a series of socially-oriented projects in conjunction with Busara.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Technology from Babcock University, Nigeria.

Moses Bwana Ng’iela

Moses Bwana Ng'iela

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Moses joined Busara as the Director of Finance in April 2018. Moses is in charge of Busara's global financial strategy and leads the global finance operations. Moses possesses a wealth of leadership expertise and global and regional experience having worked in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Egypt, Tanzania, Thailand, and Germany. He previously served as Financial Director for a USD 265M Government of Rwanda / World Bank electricity rehabilitation program, as Finance Director at a Ugandan poultry company that had just been acquired by a private equity firm, and as CFO at Precision Air in Tanzania. He's also worked in management roles at a number of other companies and organizations, including KPMG, Siemens, Linksoft, and the British Council.

Moses possesses an MBA from the University of Dar es Salam and Bachelor of Commerce(Accounting) from the University of Nairobi.

Syon Bhanot

Syon Bhanot

Research Affiliate

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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 www.syonbhanot.com.

 

David M. Ndetei

 

David M. Ndetei

Advisory Board

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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.

 

Edward Miguel

 

Edward Miguel

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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).

 

Kate Orkin

Kate Orkin

Research Affiliate

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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 here.

 

Bertil Tungodden

Bertil Tungodden

Advisory Board

 
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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.

 

Jeremy Shapiro

Jeremy Shapiro

President

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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.

 

Johannes Haushofer

Johannes Haushofer

Founder and Scientific Director

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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.

 

Professor Robert Mudida

Professor Robert Mudida

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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. 

 

Mariose Amarikwa

 

 

Mariose Amarikwa

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Prior to joining Busara, Mariose was working as a Marketing Manager and Business Lead at Monitor Healthcare Ltd. She was also the Marketing Research and Consumer Intelligence Lead at Wild Fusion Ltd. Mariose holds a Bachelor Degree in Science Laboratory Technology (Pharmacology/Physiology Major) from the University of Jos, and Masters Degree in Business Administration from Ahmadu Bello University. Mariose has remarkable experience in Communications, Business Development,Project Management, Relationship Marketing and Research". Her interests lie in Public Health, Social Welfare and and Economic Empowerment.