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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 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 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 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.
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 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.
Founder and Scientific Director
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
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.
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.
Prior to joining Busara as an Associate in February 2018, Opeoluwa worked as a Programs Manager with TechPrenuer Africa, where he garnered experience working with several tech startups across Africa. Opeoluwa also worked briefly as an investment research analyst with Afrinvest West Africa.
Opeoluwa holds a Bsc. in Economics from Bowen University, loves music and is keen on exploring the application of behavioural science in enhancing prosocial behavior.
Hafsah has been an associate at the Busara Center since 2018. Hafsah has experience as a junior researcher at the Environmental Economic Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town, conducting research centered around the risk preferences and behaviour of farmers in relations farm technology uptake. She served as the anchor for the Trade, Investment and Competitiveness Policy Commission at the Nigerian Economic Summit Group as well as Business Development Officer at MicroDevelopment Consulting Limited. Prior to joining the Busara Center, Hafsah founded CoAmana Market, a social enterprise that is focused on applying progressive economic instruments to boost market linkages and facilitate exchange with and between business entities in low income communities
Hafsah has an undergraduate and master's degree from the University of Cape Town.
Before joining Busara, Joseph worked as a Business Analyst Intern at Ten Talents Limited and previously as an Ecosystem Manager at Impact Hub Lagos Limited. Joseph holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Lagos. Joseph is passionate about Economics and Finance. He also loves football, chess and athletics.
Prior to joining Busara, Maryam worked as an Associate Consultant at Henshaw Capital Partners. She was also an Assistant Analyst within the Macroeconomic Coordination and Strategy team in Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT). Maryam holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Finance from Brunel University. She's also pursuing her Chartered Financial Analyst certification.
She is passionate about rural & urban development and was elected the Vice President of the UN Millennium Development Goals (Now SDG) Group in Abeokuta South, Ogun State, during her National Youth Service (2015).
Francis joined Busara as an Engagement Director in 2016. Francis oversees a portfolio of projects across a number of sectors, from financial inclusion to health, with a particular focus on work in Kenya. Prior to joining Busara, Francis worked at Innovations for Poverty Action for three years, most recently as the Policy Lead for IPA-Kenya where he instituted country level policy strategies across 8 government agencies on evidence-backed policies.
Francis has a BA in Economics and Political Science from Vassar College.
Joseph Kimani joined Busara in May 2015, and has served as a Junior Programmer since May 2016. He has worked on a number of internal systems, and is primarily focused on experiment programming in zTree and oTree. Joseph passionate about the ever growing field of technology.
Joseph has a Bsc. in Computer Science from the University of Nairobi.
Caroline Marohasy joined Busara as an Operations Strategy Associate in September 2017. The position is uniquely placed to identify gaps and meet Busara’s evolving needs by driving and implementing key strategic internal initiatives. Caroline has a background in Kenyan fin-tech innovation, partnerships and strategy consulting having worked previously for Musoni Kenya, 4G Capital, Village Capital, and a number of Kenyan-based start-ups. She is particularly interested in the application of leading behavioral science research in product development processes within East-African emerging markets.
Caroline received a Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Sciences from the University of Sydney, and was a Dean’s Scholarship recipient.
Emily joined Busara as a Project Associate in August 2017. She is based at the Busara offices in Kampala working on a technical capacity building project led by Busara. Emily has more than eight years’ experience in human rights programming, research and advocacy with a focus on governance, child protection, and care, inequalities in maternal and child health outcomes, child poverty and social protection more generally. Emily has worked predominantly in the non-profit sector in diverse contexts including Liberia, Tanzania, and Uganda
Emily seeks to learn and explore how to create social impact; and is looking to work on and get involved in assignments to help drive the adoption and implementation of shared value strategies and practices that can contribute to poverty reduction, the well-being of communities and environmental sustainability.
Emily received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Makerere University.
Edward joined Busara in December 2015. At Busara, Edward is actively involved in project planning, contextualization and management. His primary interest include exploring talents and/or potentials for individual/community empowerment.
Edward has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Religious Studies from Egerton University, Kenya.
Irene joined Busara in 2013 as one of the first members of staff and currently serves as a Project coordinator, a position she has held since September 2017. At Busara, Irene manages contextualization & implementation of multiple lab and field projects. She is passionate about Education and community development.
Irene holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology & Communication from the University of Nairobi.