Isabel Guerrero
Isabel Guerrero
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Scaling Up, Livelihoods

Isabel Guerrero is driven to change the world in which she lives. Throughout her career, she’s helped those with the least break out of the cycle of poverty while celebrating the intrinsic beauty and dignity in each person. With this goal in mind, Isabel and Zachary Green co-founded IMAGO Global Grassroots, an organization focused on giving people living in poverty the tools to build their own destiny. Isabel worked for 30 years at the World Bank, including five years as Vice-President for the South Asia region, managing a US$39 billion portfolio.

While presenting a different set of challenges, Isabel’s work with IMAGO offers tremendous potential to change the world through tackling some of the most intractable development problems we face today.

In addition to her work with IMAGO, Isabel is on the board of the Presencing Institute at MIT and a Council Member of the United Nations University. She is an economist from London School of Economics and a psychoanalyst trained at the Washington Psychoanalytic Society. Isabel teaches “Scaling Up for Development Impact” at Harvard and is a Senior Lecturer in leadership at MIT.

Zachary Green
Zachary Green
Co-Founder, Director for Leadership and Training

Zachary has 30 years of experience working with grassroots organizations, helping them unleash possibilities and reach their deeper potential. He has a PhD in Clinical and Community Psychology from Boston University, and Med in Counseling from Cleveland University. He is an executive coach, Professor of Practice, and the Associate Director of the Leadership Institute at the University of San Diego.

Michael Walton
Michael Walton
Director for Economic Development, Research, and Strategy

Michael has worked as a development economist for four decades and has lived in four continents. For the past 15 years this has increasingly involved working with the next generation, through teaching and field work. Throughout this time, his central interest, and role, has been to serve as a bridge between the worlds of ideas and practice. Michael has undertaken empirical research, involving primary data collection, using both quantitative and qualitative techniques; and he likes to engage with other disciplines, especially politics and anthropology. For the past six years, he has been working with grassroots organizations, in India, Latin America and the US, through IMAGO Global Grassroots, seeking to help them scale their innovations and practices.

In addition to his work with IMAGO, Michael is a senior lecturer at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi. He worked for 20 years at the World Bank, including as global Director for Poverty Reduction, Chief Economist for East Asia, and director of two World Development Reports. Michael is also a dancer and continue to take modern dance classes as an integral part of his life.

Johanan Rivera
Johanan Rivera
Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Johanan has over 12 years of experience working in both the public sector and with multilateral donors. He is the COO of IMAGO and is working directly with Gates, Pratham, TaRL Africa, NMMF, PCIC and Financiera Sustentable. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, and a master’s in Public Administration and International Development (MPA-ID) from Harvard Kennedy School.

Johanan is a member of the LGBTQ Victory Campaign Board. Prior to joining IMAGO, he worked in the evaluation department of both the Interamerican Development Bank and the World Bank. He is a certified scrum master and small group facilitator.

Jimena Vallejos
Jimena Vallejos
IMAGO Southern Cone Manager

Jimena has over seven years of program management experience in poverty elimination and financial inclusion programs. She is the head of IMAGO’s Latin American Office and is working directly with Lever for Change, UN Women, SEWA Bharat, National Marine Mammal Foundation,  the World Bank, and Poverty Stoplight. Previously, she worked as manager of the Poverty  Stoplight, a participatory poverty assessment tool that has been replicated in over 29 

countries and has consulted with the Government of Paraguay on Early Childhood  Development policies. Jimena holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia  University. Prior to joining IMAGO, she was part of our Fellows’ program and collaborated with Transforming Rural India in New Delhi. She is a certified scrum master.

Gayatri Rao
Gayatri Rao
Head of Office

Gayatri Rao has more than 11 years of experience working with the private sector, civil society, UNDP, and the Government of India. She has worked with the National Rural Livelihoods Mission on women empowerment and poverty alleviation, as the Mission Manager for value chain development and organic farming across all States in India. Her work included the development and financing of farmer producer companies and women-led enterprises, the development of partnerships among technical support organizations, multilateral agencies, civil society, other Ministries, and individuals. She has also worked on citizen engagement campaigns in Bihar and Punjab, and in corporate strategy in the power and banking infrastructure sectors.

She holds a postgraduate degree in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where she was an Edward Mason Fellow.

Priyal Patil
Priyal Patil
Senior Research Associate

Priyal Patil is a Senior Research Associate at IMAGO Global Grassroots. She previously worked as a Research Associate in JPAL South Asia on the childhood vaccination project in Pune. Prior to joining JPAL in 2020, she worked with the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. She has also worked in the research projects sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi. Priyal holds a master’s degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University in the United States and B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Government College of Engineering Amravati. Her research interest lies in the field of caste, racial, gender discrimination, health and education.

Prakarsh Diwaker
Prakarsh Diwaker
Senior Associate

Prakarsh has diverse experience of working with grassroot organizations, central government departments, and in engineering. He is currently part of the IMAGO India office. He has experience in project planning & implementation, creative problem-solving, stakeholder management and human-centered design. He is interested in people-centered communication, design thinking, and building humane & resilient organizations.

Prakarsh holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT (BHU), Varanasi and a Post Graduate Diploma in Liberal Studies (Young India Fellowship) from Ashoka University. A perpetual learner, he embraces the uncertainties and ambiguities with an overarching focus on leading a wholesome life of significance and joy.

Nicole Carpentier
Nicole Carpentier
Program Manager

Nicole has around 6 years of experience working in development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Previously, Nicole worked at Fundación Chile, a public-private institution that innovates on public issues. She participated in the intermediate evaluation of a Multilateral Investment Fund (IDB group) program implemented in multiple LAC countries, which aimed at improving socio-emotional skills of young people who neither work nor study. Nicole also worked as field coordinator and research analyst of a parental involvement program impact evaluation at J-PAL LATAM. Nicole holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Universidad de Chile, and a master’s in Public Administration and International Development (MPA-ID) from Harvard Kennedy School. She also holds a Certificate in Management, Leadership, and Decision Sciences from Harvard Kennedy School.

Radia Ali
Radia Ali
Communications

Radia has 8 Years of experience working in purpose-driven Marketing Campaigns for non-profit organizations in Bangladesh & Canada. As a Marketing Strategist & Content Curator for non-profit organizations, Radia has acquired extensive experience in Marketing & Communications creating an impact through purpose-driven projects around the world such as access to clean water in Africa & South Asia, orphan care & education in South Asia, emergency and disaster aid in The Bahamas, Afghanistan, Syria, Turkey & Lebanon, and start-ups by immigrants in Canada. Radia has experience in increasing non-profit brand exposure and online presence through strategic marketing campaigns, content curation, conscious brand design & impactful storytelling. Radia holds a dual bachelor’s degree: Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from United International University & Bachelor of Social Work from York University. 

Jossie Fahsbender
Jossie Fahsbender
Program Manager - Latin America Office

Jossie has around 5 years of experience working in development projects, mainly in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is a Program Manager at IMAGO  focused on the strategic development of the Latin American office. Currently, she is also working with the Division of Social Protection and Jobs at the World Bank on projects on labor markets and good quality jobs in Colombia, Mexico, and Chile.

Previously, Jossie worked with the Rural Development Division of the Inter-American Development Bank. She collaborated on the impact evaluation of rural development projects in several countries of Latin American and the Caribbean, including Bolivia, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Peru, as well as contributing to the incorporation of a gender analysis component to the project assessments. Before joining the IDB, Jossie was an analyst at the Department of Economics Studies at the Central Reserve Bank of Peru.

Jossie holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Universidad de Piura, and a master’s in Public Administration and International Development (MPA-ID) from Harvard Kennedy School. She also holds a Certificate in Management, Leadership, and Decision Sciences from Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to joining IMAGO, she was part of our Summer Fellows program and collaborated with the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in India.

Siddhant Gokhale
Siddhant Gokhale
Knowledge Manager

Siddhant has two years of experience working in behavioral and development economics research. He works as a Knowledge Manager, responsible for IMAGO’s learning agenda, strategy, and framework.  He previously worked as a Research Associate at the Behavioral Development Lab, establishing J-PAL South Asia’s first project in the state of Goa. In Goa, he led a project that examines the effect of low-cost, peer-delivered psychotherapy to treat depression among the poor on (1) preferences and psychological well-being, (2) beliefs, and the processing of information, and (3) real-world economic behaviors. Earlier, he worked with IFMR LEAD (now LEAD at Krea University), in which he was actively involved, in varying capacities, with randomized control evaluations on the impact of sleep deprivation and chronic pain on economic decision-making. He also worked on the scoping of early-stage projects on how savings behavior is correlated with subjective probabilities of life events and the impact of loneliness among migrant factory workers in Chennai. He has conducted various qualitative interviews on motivation at work at the aspirations of the poor.

Siddhant holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Cornell University and a master’s degree in economics from Columbia University. He also has a Master’s in Public Administration and International Development from Harvard University. He was a part of IMAGO’s Summer Fellowship in 2020.

Siddharth Yadav
Siddharth Yadav
Senior Associate

Siddharth works as a Senior Associate at IMAGO Global Grassroots, working primarily with the India Office.

His previous assignments as Senior Research Associate at LEAD at KREA University were to study the methodologies to estimate the prevalence of bonded/forced labor in Tamil Nadu, India, and understanding the role of last-mile technology-based solutions to remove barriers to business growth among rural artisans in Rajasthan, India. His primary research interests include questions in the field of labor economics and poverty alleviation in South Asia.

Siddharth holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Hansraj College, University of Delhi.

Mini Kouamé
Mini Kouamé
Consultant

Mini has worked for more than 7 years in management consulting in France and Africa. His experience has been built mainly at EY and KPMG in the transformation of companies and the implementation of the regulatory framework that supports their development. He has provided analytical support and contributed to the implementation of large transformation programs in a wide range of industries and entities.

Mini is also an economist candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School’s MPA/ID program and has previously earned a Master’s degree in Finance from ESCP Europe and the Diploma in Statistical Engineering from the École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Économie Appliquée.

Sandra Naranjo
Sandra Naranjo
Senior Advisor, Early Childhood Development

Sandra has broad experience working in the public sector for over 10 years in Ecuador as acting Vice President, Minister of Planning and Development, Minister of Tourism, and Chief of Administration at the President’s Executive Office. She also has a rich international perspective through her experience working in Kenya and Indonesia. Her focus over the years has been on implementation, public sector efficiency, and public financial management. She holds a Bachelors degree in Economics and Finance with a minor in Mathematics from Universidad San Francisco de Quito and a Masters in Public Administration and International Development from Harvard University.

Mohini Malhotra
Mohini Malhotra
Senior Advisor, Leadership

Mohini Malhotra is a development economist, organizational facilitator, and founder and CEO of Shakti LLC (www.artbywomen.gallery), a social art venture to better women’s and girls’ lives globally.  She teaches at Georgetown University, and provides strategic consulting and organizational development services to several international development organizations.

She worked at the World Bank from 1995 to 2014 in various leadership capacities: founded and managed CGAP, a global program focused on increasing poor people’s access to financial services; led a program to upgrade slums and improve housing access for the poor through a global partnership, Cities Alliance; headed the South Asia program based in India to build client capacity across a range of topics (governance and accountability, HIV/Aids and health systems, urban development)  in partnership with civil society organizations; and advised governments in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia on small business and private sector development initiatives.  In her last position she managed the Leadership and Staff Learning Department and chaired the Learning Board.

Prior to the World Bank she worked in several economic development focused consulting companies (Nathan Associates, Development Alternatives Inc). She serves on the voluntary boards of CHANGE, focused on global gender equity health rights; and SITAR Arts Center, focused on low-income and largely immigrant youth through the arts in DC.  Mohini has a B.A. in Development Economics from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s in Business Administration from American University (Rome, Italy/Washington, DC), a certification in Facilitation from Georgetown University, and has participated in several leadership development programs at Harvard and other institutions. She is originally from Nepal and speaks Spanish, Italian, Nepali and Hindi, and is the author of numerous publications on economic development issues, and more recently, of literary fiction.

Lynne Anderson
Lynne Anderson
Senior Advisor

For the past 25 years, Lynne Anderson has owned and operated a successful consultancy in environmental health, safety and sustainability management. Her expertise is in helping industrial clients with strategic environmental analysis, sustainability, compliance, and environmental health and safety project management. Prior to owning her own business, Lynne worked as an environmental health and safety professional for a variety of industries including aerospace, steel, and electronics.

Lynne joined Miller Center in 2017 as the Mentor Network Director, bringing her management systems expertise to expand and improve the mentoring process and experience. She has mentored 15 social entrepreneurs since becoming a mentor in 2011. Lynne holds a Master’s of Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley, and an joint executive MBA from Haas School of Business and Columbia University.

Elena Serrano
Elena Serrano
Senior Advisor, Coaching and Communications

Elena has worked on communications for public and private institutions. Recently, she worked as a director at Chile Image Foundation, creating an identity for Chile in the world. Before that, she managed communications for Latin America at the World Bank, the Central Bank of Chile, and Citibank. Elena is Development Director at Alberto Hurtado University and an Executive Coach.

Shafiq Lokhandwala
Shafiq Lokhandwala
Senior Advisor, IT

Shafiq is an engineer from NIIT Warangal in India.  He has been founder, CEO and has scaled and sold three successful software companies. The lastest, Nuview Systems, delivered HR software to over 500 US customers that had 1500 employees across 86 countries using the software in 19 different languages.

Carlos Chango
Carlos Chango
Advisor, Indigenous Issues and Leadership

Carlos has accumulated experience working outside of Ecuador in countries such as the United States, Honduras, Guatemala, and Kazakhstan. In Ecuador, he has held positions in the Dutch Cooperation, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry Coordinator of Production, Employment, and Competitiveness, National Secretariat for Planning and Development, Cooperative Ambato and Pronaca. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of iChasky consulting, a social company whose mission is to improve the world through the formation of people who, believing in themselves, achieve their dreams. He is Kichwa from Chibuleo San Francisco, an indigenous community located in the province of Tungurahua at the central Andes of Ecuador. He holds an Agricultural Engineering degree from Zamorano, is an Ontological Coach certified with the Newfield Network, and has a Masters in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard University.

Jeni Klugman
Jeni Klugman
Senior Advisor, Gender

Jeni Klugman is Managing Director at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, and a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government’s Women in Public Policy Program at Harvard University. Previous positions include Director of Gender and Development at the World Bank, and director and lead author of three global Human Development Reports published by the UNDP.  She sits on several boards and panels, including for the World Economic Forum and the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Australian National University and postgraduate degrees in both Law and Development Economics from the University of Oxford where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

Wilnisha Sutton
Wilnisha Sutton
Advisor

Wilnisha Sutton (she/her) is currently a Community Response Advocate at NVRDC in Washington DC but at heart is a healer. She has always wanted to give back to those impacted by injustice and makes it her duty to serve folks who are trauma survivors. She is a lived experience expert (Survivor), so she knows how important it is to reach out and inspire others who have been through similar hardships as her. Wilnisha is also a powerful speaker: she has spoken on many platforms, panels, organizations, and colleges regarding topics such as human trafficking, racism and activism, self-love, and empowering others to be their authentic self. Wilnisha lives to inspire others to become the best version of themselves and motivates them to find their purpose in life.

Salman Zaheer
Salman Zaheer
Senior Advisor, Energy and Leadership

Salman Zaheer is a development professional with over 35 years of work experience, the last 25 years at the World Bank and before that in the private sector. He specializes in co-creating and executing development strategies, drawing on insights from his international work experience and his multi-disciplinary education, and effectively facilitating action-oriented dialogue and forging productive partnerships.

At the World Bank, Salman was an energy specialist for most of his career, retiring in early 2018 as Senior Adviser to the Energy & Extractives Global Practice, growing the Bank’s South Asia energy program (as Sector Manager 2006-10 and the Lead Specialist for India 2004-06), and providing investment and advisory support to improve energy services and establish market-based systems in several countries in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union (1993-2001). He was the first director of the newly-created South Asia Regional Integration program (2010-15), seeding an innovative “championing” process which has combined high quality policy-level dialogue with concessional investment financing to ramp up cross-border connectivity, trade and broader cooperation, most visibly in electricity and transport. From 2001 to 2004, as part of the donor-funded Global Water & Sanitation Program, Salman worked with urban local bodies in India to design and implement strategies to improve water and sanitation services.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Salman worked in the petrochemical industry in the USA and internationally, initially as a technical service engineer and later in marketing and product management. Salman has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Delhi University, and graduate degrees in Business Administration, and in Economics/International Relations from the USA.

Ana Revenga
Ana Revenga
Senior Advisor, Poverty and Gender

Ana Revenga is a non-resident Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution and an Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She also serves on the board of the BBVA Foundation and is the President of the Board of ISEAK, a new foundation for the study of social policies based in Bilbao, Spain. Her areas of expertise are development policy, international economics, poverty and inequality, labor economic, employment, social policy and gender.

Ana Revenga’s professional career has spanned a variety of assignments at the World Bank and at the Spanish Central Bank, as well as teaching assignments at the Centre for Economic and Financial Studies in Madrid and Brown University. She is a member of the COTEC network for innovation in policy in her home country of Spain and a Nonresident Research Associate at the German Development Institute/Deutches Institut fur Entwicklungspolitik (DIE).

She has a Ph. D. and an M.A. in Economics from Harvard University, a B.A. in Economics and Mathemathics from Wellesley College, and a certificate in Human Rights from the Law Faculty at the University of Geneva.

Faizal Karmali
Faizal Karmali
Advisor, Fundraising, Livelihoods

Over a career spanning seven countries and nearly two decades, Faizal has worked within, and at the intersection of the private, public and social sectors in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

His experience includes increasingly senior roles at some of the world’s most impactful organizations including BRAC, The Aga Khan Development Network, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He also founded and led an award-winning social enterprise in Canada, empowering utilities and home owners to be smarter about energy use. These experiences have afforded him opportunities to understand the challenges, opportunities, and dynamics of being both an on-the-ground implementer, entrepreneur and funder. He leverages these experiences to support a diversity of organizations, including family offices, foundations, social enterprises, as well asa breadth of other civil society organizations.

Faizal holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Western Ontario, and two master’s degrees, one in international education from the University of Toronto and the other in business administration from INSEAD.

He is also an avid storyteller and writer, and is working on his first work of fiction.

Giovanna Prennushi
Giovanna Prennushi
Senior Advisor

Giovanna Prennushi is an independent consultant with 25 years of experience as a development economist, practitioner, and lecturer. She worked at the World Bank from 1993 to 2015, focused on poverty reduction strategies, poverty analysis, monitoring and evaluation, and equity and development in various African and South Asian countries. She spent five years as Economic Advisor in the World Bank New Delhi, India office. She lectures at Cattolica University in Milan, the University of Pavia, Kenyatta University in Nairobi, and Stanford University. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy from Carnegie Mellon University and a Laurea in Discipline Economiche e Sociali from Bocconi. She is also a professional hiking guide.

Ellie Walton
Ellie Walton
Filmmaker

Ellie is a film-maker and educator. She directs and produces documentaries with communities across Washington D.C. and is a recipient of the 2011 Mayor’s Art Award. Last year, she spent nine months in India as a Fulbright Scholar, working with adolescent girls in Gujarat. She holds a Masters in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh and a Masters in Screen Documentary from the University of London.