Alessandro Nava

Alessandro Nava

 
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Alessandro is a Senior Associate for the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics in Nairobi. His work focuses on access to finance, exploring in particular how FSPs can fully capitalize the power of data to design more inclusive solutions. He has worked with private and public sector clients in projects ranging from analysing consumer credit in Tanzania, FinTech startups in Kenya on how to increase product uptake and reduce default, and exploring data privacy understanding and concerns amongst low income people in Kenya. Previously, Alessandro worked as a Senior Economist for the Financial Conduct Authority, the UK financial service regulators, and for CGAP, where he was exploring the potential of crowdfunding for emerging markets. He holds a MPhil in Economics from Oxford University and a BA in Economics and Econometric from Exeter University.

Sarah Hopwood

Sarah Hopwood

 
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Sarah Hopwood joined Busara Center in February 2019 as a Senior Associate.

Prior to Busara, she worked in Botswana with Young 1ove as an Innovation Manager. In this role she was responsible for the design and testing of new programs and developing monitoring and evaluation strategies. Before Young 1ove, she worked with the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Bangladesh as the Head of Policy Coordination and Corporate Business. She has worked in the Department of Health, UK Government in different capacities as well.

Sarah holds a MSc Behavioral and Social Science Interventions from Brown University and a BA Social and Political Sciences; plus Experimental Psychology from University of Cambridge.

Stanley Ngugi

Stanley Ngugi

 
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Stanley Ngugi joined Busara in April 2019 as an Instructional Designer. He has expansive experience spanning over a course of 8 years in learning design, training delivery, client management and business development. In previous roles at Genesis Ark Training, Spire Education and Centonomy Ltd, Stanley has been involved in leading the design and launch of training programs, building leadership training, business strategy and sales training programs to multiple clients from scratch.

Stanley holds an M.A in Diplomacy & International Relations and a Bachelor's Degree in Law both from the University of Nairobi.

Christine Mbaabu

Christine Mbaabu

 
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Christine Mbaabu joined Busara in September 2018 as a Full-Stack Developer. She has been working closely with our Project and Lab teams to support existing projects, creatively develop solutions, and design the overall architecture of applications.

Before joining us Christine worked at Indra and Onfon Limited as a software engineer. In these organizations, she played key roles in developing business solutions for various business enterprises. She has worked with Novel Technologies as a system administrator and client support. Among Christine's major achievements in her career have been that she has previously developed a mobile app in DHTMLX touch mobile which is used to collect data from farmers and developed and deployed a real estate management system as a team lead.

She has a BSc. in Computer Science from the Masinde Muliro University.

Lara Tembey

Lara Tembey

 
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Lara Tembey joined Busara as a Senior Associate in January 2019. Prior to joining Busara, Lara worked with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency in Abuja Nigeria as an Overseas Development Institute Fellow. In this role she worked with the Nigerian government to provide technical assistance on a World Bank funded project–the Nigeria State Health Investment Project.

Lara has worked in the Monitoring and Evaluation field, first as Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor (Senior Associate), Girls Education Challenge, at PWC (UK) and later as a Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Officer at Promoting Equality in African Schools (PEAS).

She holds an MSc Development Studies from University of London and a BA (Hons) Economics from the University of Cambridge.

Charity Okaba

Charity Okaba

 
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Charity Okaba joined Busara in 2016 as a Field Officer and a Senior Field Officer thereafter. She later became a Lab Assistant in July 2017. She has been engaged in running mobile lab and field research projects in Uganda. Charity is enthusiastic about the power of integrating behavioral insights in the economics of development and is optimistic that it will continue enhancing the performance of developing nations in many domains. She holds a B.A in Development Economics from Makerere University Kampala.

Mary Chebet

Mary Chebet

 
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Mary Chebet joined Busara in 2015. She has worked as a field officer and field coordinator until 2018 when she took up the role of a lab assistant. In addition to working in the lab, she has extensive field experience across Kenya and in Zambia. Chebet has overseen project implementation and has monitored overall project progress especially the process of data collection, back checks and quality checks in the field. She has also been involved in the training of the field staff on research instruments and general field ethics. Chebet has a BA in Education from Makerere University.

Brian Baraza

Brian Baraza

 
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Brian Baraza joined Busara in September 2016 as a field officer. He has risen to the position of a lab assistant where he helps in executing different Lab projects which include: translation of study protocols, inviting respondents, identifying respondents and running of Lab sessions. Prior to joining Busara, he worked as a Field Officer at Innovations for Poverty Action(IPA) and as a research assistant with Measure Africa.

Baraza has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Psychology from The University of Nairobi.

Anne Healy

Anne Healy

 
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Anne is the Chief Innovation Officer at Evidence Action, a global development organization dedicated to scaling cost-effective interventions backed by rigorous evidence. In this role, she leads the organization’s efforts to “incubate for scale” promising, evidence-based innovations through a process of designing, prototyping, rigorously testing, and delivering measurably impactful, cost-effective programs that are ready for implementation at scale by Evidence Action and our partners. Before joining Evidence Action, Anne led Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Global Development Lab. DIV is USAID’s venture capital-inspired, tiered, evidence-based innovation fund that invests comparatively small amounts in relatively unproven concepts and continues to support and scale only those that prove they work. Anne has worked across the private, public, and social sectors on evidence and innovation in government and international development, supporting the start-up of Innovations for Poverty Action in Kenya; advising companies, governments, and philanthropies as a consultant at McKinsey & Co.; advising the former Deputy Secretary at the U.S. State Department as an Obama Administration appointee; and, serving on the board of IDinsight. She has a JD and a Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from Harvard and a BA from Princeton.

Carolina Trivelli

Carolina Trivelli

 
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Carolina Trivelli, currently works as Senior Researcher at the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP). She serves as Chair of the Board of Pagos Digitales Peruanos S.A. Carolina is an independent member and current Chair of the ExCom of CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) and is also a member of the High-Level Panel of the ID4D Initiative. She is currently a columnist for El Comercio, a national newspaper in Peru. She is a former Minister of Development and Social Inclusion of Peru and has worked as Managing Director of Pagos Digitales Peruanos and Director General of the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos. Ms. Trivelli holds a MSc in Agricultural Economics from The Pennsylvania State University.

Anisha Singh

Anisha Singh

 
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Anisha joined Busara as a Research Engagement Director in February 2019 to handle the portfolio of research within Busara's Labs division. Prior to joining Busara, Anisha was engaged with IFMR LEAD in India and managed experimental and non-experimental research in financial inclusion. She holds an MSc in Social Cognition from University College London (UCL) and a BSc in Economics from Singapore Management University.

Francis Nyaga

Francis Nyaga

 
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Francis Nyaga joined Busara in February 2018 as the IT Systems and Network Administrator. Previously he was the head of the IT department at Aimkim Technologies. He has vast experience in Networking, Troubleshooting, Server management, MIS, UPS and Laptop and printers repairs.

He holds a Bsc in Computer Sciences and Information Technology and is currently undertaking BBIT at KEMU. He also has a HND in MIS and computer Engineering.

Cecilia Juma

Cecilia Juma

 
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Cecilia Juma joined Busara in 2015 as a field officer. She has risen to the position of senior field officer and is currently a bookkeeper in the Finance department. Prior to joining Busara, she worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation officer at Carbon Zero Kenya and as a research officer at IPSOS synovate.

Cecilia has a Bachelors Degree in Biomedical Science from Egerton University.

Grace Kamau

Grace Kamau

 
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Grace has served as an Associate in Busara since October 2018. Prior to joining Busara, Grace worked with Ernst & Young LLP in Nairobi. Her key areas of interest include Social Behavior change, Experimental design, Gender Empowerment, Health and Financial inclusion. Grace currently holds an MSc in Economic Development and Policy Analysis from the University of Nottingham, UK.

Pooja Gupta

Pooja Gupta

 
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Pooja has served as an Associate with the Busara Center since October, 2018. She has been involved in research and advisory projects testing key behavioural biases in healthcare practices. Her work has given her significant exposure to leveraging social and behaviour change communications to increase the demand for health and financial products. Prior to joining Busara, Pooja worked on skill development and governance-related projects with Federal and State governments in India. Her work with international organisations like UN Women and UNDP has exposed her to rigorous monitoring and evaluation skills in project management for multi-million dollar projects. She holds a Master in Public Administration from Columbia University and a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi.

Fred Kiarie

Fred Kiarie

 
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Fred joined the Communications Division in October 2018. Previously he was at Ringier Africa where he worked as a Senior Writer and Native Advertising Lead. In this role, he developed and edited stories for publishing, ensured Search Engine Optimization for the organization website and generated native advertising content for different corporate clients.

Prior to this, he worked as the Regional Communications Officer-Eastern & Southern Africa for Esoko Kenya. In addition to this, he brings communication experience from other organizations including Hemingways, Growth Africa, Capital FM and ‘Business Now’ Magazine.

Catherine Lwangu

Catherine Lwangu

 
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Catherine joined Busara in September 2018 and is responsible for overseeing Busara’s global operations. Day facilities planning and management, logistics and procurement, fleet management, security, and operations risk management fall under her purview.

In the last ten years, Catherine has been supporting international programs and staff in several regions in the areas of administration, logistics, program support, human resources, event planning, and organization and financial management. She was previously working at Nature Conservancy in the capacity of Operations Manager at the Africa regional office in Nairobi.

She holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Human Resources Management, from Kenya Methodist University, and she is currently pursuing her MBA in Daystar University

Aya Vang

Aya Vang

 
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Aya is an economics enthusiast always striving to solve problems regarding the economics of development and poverty alleviation.

She joined Busara in September 2018 and her research interests include development economics, applied microeconomics and econometrics. She has specialized in behavioral and experimental economics combined with a solid understanding of econometric policy evaluation.

Before joining us, she previously worked with the Danish Parliament as an Economic Junior Consultant and she has also worked with State Serum Institute as a Junior Data Analyst.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Copenhagen.