Our team

Bhavika Kohli

Bhavika Kohli

Research Associate

Bhavika Kohli

Bhavika Kohli

Research Associate

Bhavika has a wide-ranging experience of working across non-governmental organisations and different levels of government in India. Her interests lie at the intersection of inclusive development and behavioral economics, which led her to work with NITI Aayog and different state governments over the last two years. She has been working on developing pathways to livelihood generation for women with disabilities, as a Program Director at ARISE Impact. Currently, she is leading the state-level planning of a monitoring and evaluation project aimed towards women empowerment at IMAGO India.

Bhavika holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi and continues to engage in development research courses by World Bank in the pursuit of honing her intellectual abilities.

Jimena Vallejos

Jimena Vallejos

Imago LATAM Lead

Jimena Vallejos

Imago LATAM Lead

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

India Head Of Office

Gayatri Rao

India 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.

Hannah Clifford

Hannah Clifford

Program Manager

Hannah Clifford

Hannah Clifford

Program Manager

Hannah has seven years of program management experience in media development and gender-focused programming. She is a Program Manager at IMAGO after being a summer fellow in 2021.

Previously, Hannah worked as a Senior Program Manager at an international media development organization. She managed projects at the intersection of human rights, press freedom and access to information in Jordan, South Africa and across Canada focusing on Indigenous representation in media, combatting disinformation and misinformation and policy responses to support independent media in the country.

Hannah holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) where she specialized in Gender and Public Policy and Technology, Media and Communications. She also holds a certificate in Non-Profit Leadership for Impact, and is a graduate of the University of Toronto majoring in International Relations, and Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. She is particularly interested in the intersection of representation, gender, public discourse, and policy.

Isabel Guerrero

Isabel Guerrero

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Scaling Up, Livelihoods

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.

Johanan Rivera

Johanan Rivera

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

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.

Michael Walton

Michael Walton

Director For Economic Development, Research, And Strategy

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.

Jossie Fahsbender

Jossie Fahsbender

Program Manager – LATAM

Jossie Fahsbender

Jossie Fahsbender

Program Manager – LATAM

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.

Nicole Carpentier

Nicole Carpentier

Program Manager

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.

Prakarsh Diwaker

Prakarsh Diwaker

Senior Associate

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.

Priyal Patil

Priyal Patil

Senior Research Associate

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.

Ria Dutta

Ria Dutta

Senior Research Associate

Ria Dutta

Ria Dutta

Senior Research Associate

Ria is a Senior Research Associate at IMAGO Global Grassroots where she is leading the state-level planning and implementation for convergence of NRLM and MGNREGA across Madhya Pradesh and supporting the same in Bihar.

Her research interests lie at the intersection of gender, labour economics and entrepreneurship. She has previously worked at J-PAL South Asia and IFMR LEAD (now LEAD at Krea University).

She did her undergraduate studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences and her Master's in Public policy and Governance from Azim Premji University

Siddhant Gokhale

Siddhant Gokhale

Knowledge Manager

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 examined 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 and 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 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.

Zachary Green

Zachary Green

Co-Founder & Director for Leadership and Training

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.

Carmen Hernandez-Ruiz

Carmen Hernandez-Ruiz

Summer Fellow, 2021

Carmen Hernandez-Ruiz

Carmen Hernandez-Ruiz

Summer Fellow, 2021

Carmen is a candidate for the Masters in Public Administration in International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Prior to commencing her graduate studies, Carmen worked as a social protection consultant for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. In these roles, she focused on policy analysis on social programs, labor market, care policy, and barriers to female labor participation in Mexico and Latin America.

Carmen has a strong interest in advancing gender equality and social inclusion with evidence-based strategies. In addition, she has experience working on international economics and monetary policy since she started her career at the Economic Research Division of the Central Bank of Mexico. Carmen holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE).

Hannah Clifford

Hannah Clifford

Summer Fellow, 2021

Hannah Clifford

Hannah Clifford

Summer Fellow, 2021

Hannah is a Masters of Public Administration in Development Practice candidate at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, specializing in Gender and Public Policy. She is particularly interested in the intersection of representation, gender, public discourse, and policy.

Prior to SIPA, Hannah worked for five years at an international media development organization. She managed projects at the intersection of human rights, press freedom, and access to information in Jordan, South Africa, and across Canada focusing on Indigenous representation in media, combating misinformation and disinformation, and supporting independent media.

Hannah is a graduate of the University of Toronto majoring in International Relations and Peace, Conflict, and Justice studies, and minoring in Women and Gender Studies.

Jessica Peck

Jessica Peck

Summer Fellow, 2021

Jessica Peck

Jessica Peck

Summer Fellow, 2021

Jessica Peck is a Masters of Public Administration in Development Practice candidate at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA.) At SIPA, she is focusing her studies on both global food systems and the potential for social enterprise to address development challenges.

Prior to SIPA, Jessica was a Senior Program Analyst at the Howard G. Buffett Foundation where she oversaw $100M+ in grants in Africa and Latin America. The grants were primarily related to the intersection of environmental concerns and livelihood building opportunities in agricultural development. Jessica received her BA in Spanish and French, with a minor in International Development, from the University of Notre Dame. While there, she studied abroad in Paris, France, and Toledo, Spain, and received funding for two independent research projects: an evaluation of a community-based organization in El Salvador and research on urban agriculture in Santiago, Chile.

Julia Tauscher

Julia Tauscher

Summer Fellow, 2021

Julia Tauscher

Julia Tauscher

Summer Fellow, 2021

Julia is a candidate for the Master of Public Administration in Development Practice at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. Julia also holds a B.A. in Political Science and Government and an M.A. in Applied Economics.

Before commencing her graduate studies, Julia joined the Buenos Aires City Government’s Delivery Unit to support the Mayor’s top priorities. She also led a program of evidence-based initiatives to perform evaluations and to apply behavioral science interventions. Julia is interested in leveraging evidence-based policy design to raise the accountability and effectiveness of policymaking in developing countries.

Kevin Vu

Kevin Vu

Summer Fellow, 2021

Kevin Vu

Kevin Vu

Summer Fellow, 2021

Kevin is currently a candidate at the School of International Public Affairs, pursuing a Masters of Public Administration in Development Practice at Columbia University. Prior to starting his master’s degree, Kevin served as a Peace Corps Community Economic Development Volunteer in Mbacké, Senegal. In this role, Kevin worked with the Ministry of Community Development to consult community members in MSME development and gender empowerment to build human capital and spark economic growth within the area.

Kevin initially started his career as a Certified Public Accountant and worked in the venture capital practices of KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers audit and tax teams, respectively. He was part of initial-public offering audit engagements and assisted in the tax preparation for Venture Capital partnerships through his experience at these accounting firms.

Nadine Bibawi

Nadine Bibawi

Summer Fellow, 2021

Nadine Bibawi

Nadine Bibawi

Summer Fellow, 2021

Nadine is a candidate for the Masters of Public Administration in Development Practice at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. She is passionate about bridging the gap between technology and sustainable development through social entrepreneurship among marginalized and vulnerable populations.

During her time at SIPA, Nadine led a team of graduate consultants in assisting a non-profit social innovation and venture philanthropy organization launch its first for-profit fund to support social entrepreneurs of color scale their impact in the future of the work sector.

Prior to commencing her graduate studies, Nadine spent six years working in the IT industry as a storage engineer before moving to a business development position in a development and innovation consulting firm in Cairo, Egypt. Nadine holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Informatics from the German University in Cairo, Egypt.

Isabella Maina

Isabella Maina

Summer Fellow, 2020

Isabella Maina

Isabella Maina

Summer Fellow, 2020

Isabella is a candidate for the Masters in Public Administration in International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS). Prior to commencing her graduate studies, Isabella was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in Nairobi. Isabella worked on both public and private sector strategies across Africa, with a focus on economic development. Some of her work includes industrial promotion, investment attraction for national flagship projects, and research on Chinese economic engagement in Africa.

Previously, Isabella was a Business Development Associate at a startup Buymore, focusing on strategic partnerships and product development. Isabella holds a B.Sc. in Financial Economics, first class honours, from Strathmore University, Kenya.

Jossie Fahsbender

Jossie Fahsbender

Summer Fellow, 2020

Jossie Fahsbender

Jossie Fahsbender

Summer Fellow, 2020

Jossie is a candidate for the Masters in Public Administration in International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Prior to graduate school, Jossie was a consultant at the Rural Development Division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, D.C. She collaborated on the impact evaluation of rural development projects, including the design, sampling, data collection and analysis. She participated in studies for several countries of Latin American and the Caribbean region, including Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua and Peru. She also contributed to the incorporation of a gender analysis component to the project assessments.

Before joining the IDB, Jossie was as an analyst at the Department of Economics Studies of the Central Reserve Bank of Peru, where she worked in the compilation of the national accounts. Jossie is a graduate of the Universidad de Piura with a major in Economics.

Katherin Martinez Gomez

Katherin Martinez Gomez

Summer Fellow, 2020

Katherin Martinez Gomez

Katherin Martinez Gomez

Summer Fellow, 2020

Katherin is a candidate for the Master in Public Administration in Development Practice at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. Prior to commencing her graduate studies, Katherin worked as an Economic Advisor at the National Planning Department in Colombia. In this role, Katherin advised the royalties director and lead the investment target planning for the regional investment in the country.

Katherin started her career at Citibank Colombia, analyzing risk for the portfolio of small and medium enterprises-SME. There, she developed a strong ability for conducting financial analysis, as well as to create effective strategies for mitigating risk and uncertainty. Katherin is a graduate of La Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia, with a major in Economics.

Siddhant Gokhale

Siddhant Gokhale

Summer Fellow, 2020

Siddhant Gokhale

Siddhant Gokhale

Summer Fellow, 2020

Siddhant is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration and International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Prior to Harvard, Siddhant worked as a research associate at the Behavioral Development Lab at J-PAL South Asia on a project based in Goa that examines the effect of low-cost, peer-delivered psychotherapy on economic well-being. Earlier, he worked with IFMR LEAD 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.

Siddhant holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Cornell University and a master’s degree in economics from Columbia University. His interests lie in the intersection between behavioral and development economics.

Summer Siman Li

Summer Siman Li

Summer Fellow, 2020

Summer Siman Li

Summer Siman Li

Summer Fellow, 2020

Summer is a dual-degree candidate for the Master in Public Policy (MPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School and Master in Business Administration (MBA) at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Before graduate school, Summer worked as a management consultant at McKinsey and Company across Europe with a focus on public sector, private equity and principal investors, and strategy work. She drove recruiting and activities for women in her office as a Female Committee member and also worked on collaborations with Teach First Denmark and CEMS.

Concurrently, she was the Vice-Chairman and ran fundraising for a non-profit providing creative after-school classes in Copenhagen and spent a summer in Ladakh, India, supporting and teaching young nuns. Summer is a graduate of Copenhagen Business School with a BSc in International Business whose interest in education and economic empowerment was awakened during her exchange semester in Hong Kong, during which she travelled and volunteered in rural China and Southeast Asia.

Thomas Brown

Thomas Brown

Summer Fellow, 2020

Thomas Brown

Thomas Brown

Summer Fellow, 2020

Thomas is a candidate for the Masters in Public Administration in International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS). He is passionate about combining analytical approaches with qualitative research and human-centered design to improve service delivery in developing countries.

Prior to commencing his graduate studies, Thomas spent four years in Indonesia, first working as an anthropological researcher focused on refugee communities, and subsequently as a research analyst at the World Bank in Jakarta. There he worked on a range of community driven development and governance programs focused on improving early childhood development, education and maternal health service delivery in rural and remote regions. Whilst in Indonesia he co-founded the Jakarta Development Network and served as president of Same Skies, an NGO that supports the provision of education and other services to asylum seeker and refugee children across Southeast Asia. Following this he worked as a researcher working in early childhood development, supporting randomized control trials and population surveys projects in Laos, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Samoa.

Anais Anderson

Anais Anderson

Summer Fellow, 2019

Anais Anderson

Anais Anderson

Summer Fellow, 2019

Anais is a candidate for the Masters in Public Administration in International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS). Prior to commencing her graduate studies, Anais worked as an analyst at the Economic Research Division of the Central Bank of Mexico. In that capacity, Anais produced research on labor markets in Mexico, as well as the impact of social policy in the labor market.

Having developed a strong interest in social inequalities since she was young, Anais started her career as an RA for a Mexican NGO-her first hands-on experience with the design, implementation, and evaluation of social projects. Anais is a graduate of the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) with a double major in Economics and Political Science.

Claudia Caceres

Claudia Caceres

Summer Fellow, 2019

Claudia Caceres

Claudia Caceres

Summer Fellow, 2019

Claudia is a candidate for the Masters in Public Administration in International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Before commencing her graduate studies, Claudia was a Labor Policy Specialist at the Governmental Delivery Unit in the Peruvian Prime Minister’s Office. In that role, she advised and monitored the second-line management of the Ministries of Economy, Labor, and Production in planning and implementing prioritized policies for achieving the government’s goal of labor formalization. Previously, Claudia worked as an Economic Studies Specialist in that same office, analyzing data related to the government priorities to assess their level of implementation and identify bottlenecks.

Claudia started her career at the Ministry of Education, collaborating on the development and monitoring of new educational policies. There, she developed a range of monitoring systems and created roadmaps for improvement for different schemes that existed under the Ministry. Claudia is a graduate of the Universidad de Piura with a major in Economics.

Vaishnavi Bala

Vaishnavi Bala

Summer Fellow, 2019

Vaishnavi Bala

Vaishnavi Bala

Summer Fellow, 2019

Vaishnavi is a Masters in Development Practice student at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She specializes in Gender and Public Policy. During her time at SIPA, Vaishnavi has worked with the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in Gujarat, India, to help their smallholder farmers build climate resilience by identifying agricultural technologies that suit their needs.

Before her graduate studies, Vaishnavi spent close to four years working in investment banking in Chennai, India. During her time at graduate school, Vaishnavi has developed a keen interest in working with the economic and social inclusion of refugees affected by conflict, by improving their access to education, training, and livelihood opportunities, while adapting a gender-sensitive approach.

Erika Caballero Montoya

Erika Caballero Montoya

Summer Fellow, 2018

Erika Caballero Montoya

Erika Caballero Montoya

Summer Fellow, 2018

Erika is a candidate for the Masters in Public Administration in International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Prior to commencing her graduate studies, Erika was the Deputy Director of Research and Analysis of the Financial Market at the Ministry of Finance for Mexico. In that capacity, Erika analyzed data on global development to assess their impact on Mexico’s macroeconomic fundamentals.

Alongside her professional career, Erika collaborated with CREA, an organization that develops and implements programs designed to empower women entrepreneurs in deprived areas, where she led a project to implement a business plan at a textile processing business in the Mexican state of Zacatecas. Erika started her career at the Central Bank of Mexico where she performed forecasts on cash flow management strategies in order to ensure the effective transmission of Monetary Policy. Erika is a graduate of the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México with a major in Economics.

Homa Koohi

Homa Koohi

Summer Fellow, 2018

Homa Koohi

Homa Koohi

Summer Fellow, 2018

Homa is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration, International Development (MPA/ID) at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Before joining Kennedy school as an student, Homa was a Research Assistant at MIT, Sloan School of Management. In that role, she investigated how retail industry corporations can transition effectively from “bad jobs strategy” to “good jobs strategy”, in which employees have higher wages, more predictable schedules and more advancement opportunities. In this research, Homa focused on designing and developing human subject experiments to understand barriers to effective implementation of this transition.

Previously, Homa worked with several educational non-profits in Iran, including Asemaan, where she worked as an executive and project manager, developing systems thinking skills in young children. Homa holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Sharif University of Technology, Iran.

Jimena Vallejos

Jimena Vallejos

Summer Fellow, 2018

Jimena Vallejos

Jimena Vallejos

Summer Fellow, 2018

Jimena has over seven years of program management experience in poverty elimination and financial inclusion programs. 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.

Niriksha Shetty

Niriksha Shetty

Summer Fellow, 2018

Niriksha Shetty

Niriksha Shetty

Summer Fellow, 2018

Yalda Amini

Yalda Amini

Summer Fellow, 2018

Yalda Amini

Yalda Amini

Summer Fellow, 2018

Yalda is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Policy Administration in International Development at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Before attending Harvard, Yalda worked as a data analyst and policy consultant in Iran’s Ministry of Social Welfare. She also has experience as a public relations supervisor in the private sector, IT industry. She has MBA and BSc in Electrical Engineering.

Namrata Saraogi

Namrata Saraogi

Summer Fellow, 2017

Namrata Saraogi

Namrata Saraogi

Summer Fellow, 2017

Namrata is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration, International Development (MPA/ID) at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. Previously, Namrata was working with the World Bank Group on education policies and service delivery in East Asia and Pacific, South Asia and Middle East.

Namrata holds a B.A. Honors in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University and an M.Sc. in Economics from University College London.

Paroma Husain

Paroma Husain

Summer Fellow, 2017

Paroma Husain

Paroma Husain

Summer Fellow, 2017

Paroma is a development professional with more than 5 years of international experience in microfinance, digital financial services, qualitative research and project management. She worked as a Deputy Manager at BRAC – one of world’s largest NGOs – for nearly 4 years in several large-scale projects in Bangladesh and Uganda. She holds a Bachelor degree in Finance from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and a Master degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University – where she studied Development Economics and Business for Social Impact. She has also consulted for various financial institutions and development agencies including FinTech Sandbox, Fundación Paraguay, and IMAGO Global Grassroots.

Surili Sheth

Surili Sheth

Summer Fellow, 2017

Surili Sheth

Surili Sheth

Summer Fellow, 2017

Surili brings experience in governance, gender, rural livelihoods, data analytics, program evaluation, and community development work in India and other developing countries. Prior to joining IMAGO, she served as Manager for IDinsight, in the Concurrent Evaluation Cell for the Andhra Pradesh Society for the Elimination of Rural Poverty (Ministry of Rural Development) and for various other governance -related projects. She has also worked with the MIT Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL South Asia), the Affordable Housing Institute, and the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics in Kenya.

Surili holds a B.S. in Economics and Political Science from The Ohio State University and a Masters in Public Administration, International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Vince Jeong

Vince Jeong

Summer Fellow, 2017

Vince Jeong

Vince Jeong

Summer Fellow, 2017

Vince is a consultant at McKinsey & Company and a recent graduate of Harvard Kennedy School’s MPA/ID Program. Throughout his career, he has focused on tackling development issues from different angles: as a management consultant advising global development organizations, as a project manager leading program implementation for a healthcare NGO in Tanzania, and as a business designer launching new companies for the emerging Latin American middle class at a venture builder in Colombia. Vince graduated top of his class in the Operations Research & Financial Engineering Department from Princeton University.

Marcela Gutierrez

Marcela Gutierrez

Summer Fellow, 2016

Marcela Gutierrez

Marcela Gutierrez

Summer Fellow, 2016

Marcela is a research analyst at the World Bank Group. When she was working with IMAGO she was pursuing a Masters in Public Administration and International Development at the Kennedy School of Government. Prior to graduate school, Marcela gained five years of experience designing, implementing and evaluating social programs in more than 10 countries in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and the Western Balkans. Among others, she worked with the World Bank as project coordinator of the STEP Skills Measurement Program (the first initiative to measure cognitive and socio-emotional skills in developing countries). Prior to that, she was the Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Social Protection and Inclusion in Peru. Marcela graduated cum laude from Universidad de los Andes with Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Management.

Alnoor Ebrahim

Alnoor Ebrahim

Professor, The Fletcher School Of Law And Diplomacy

Alnoor Ebrahim

Alnoor Ebrahim

Professor, The Fletcher School Of Law And Diplomacy

Alnoor Ebrahim is a Professor at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His current research addresses two core dilemmas of accountability facing social enterprises, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies: How should they measure and improve their performance? How should they address competing demands for accountability from diverse stakeholders? These questions are addressed in his new book, “Measuring Social Change: Performance & Accountability in a Complex World,” (Stanford University Press, 2019). He is also author of the award-winning book, “NGOs and Organizational Change: Discourse, Reporting, and Learning,” and is co-editor of “Global Accountabilities: Participation, Pluralism, and Public Ethics,” (both with Cambridge University Press).

Professor Ebrahim presently serves on advisory boards to the Global Impact Investing Network and Acumen Fund on the topic of impact measurement, and he previously served on a working group established by the G8 to create global guidelines on social impact measurement. He has also worked with the NGO Leaders Forum, an annual gathering of CEOs of the largest humanitarian development organizations based in the US. His previous research on accountability mechanisms within the World Bank led to a Congressional Testimony on improving the Bank’s information disclosure policy. Alnoor teaches courses on leadership and strategy, and also co-chairs an executive education program at the Harvard Kennedy School for the Schwab Foundation’s social entrepreneurs. Prior to joining The Fletcher School, he served on the faculty at Harvard Business School where he chaired two executive programs for social sector leaders, Harvard Kennedy School, and Virginia Tech. Professor Ebrahim received his doctorate and master’s degrees from Stanford University, and his bachelor of science from M.I.T.

Isabel Guerrero

Isabel Guerrero

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Scaling Up, Livelihoods

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.

John Wilton

John Wilton

Deputy President, National University Of Singapore

John Wilton

John Wilton

Deputy President, National University Of Singapore

John serves as a Senior Adviser for higher education at McKinsey & Company, to which he brings his experience as Vice Chancellor at University of California, Berkley. While at Berkley, John initiated reforms and programs designed to address the financial pressure the university confronted as well as modernize and professionalize many administrative and financial functions. Before his tenure at Berkley, John was a managing director and director of international research at Farallon Capital Management, a multi-strategy investment management firm, and worked for more than 20 years at the World Bank including serving as Vice President for Strategy, Finance and Risk Management. John serves on the boards of several companies and organizations including Enfoca, a private investment company in Peru, Leblon a private investment company in Brazil, and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkley.

Kerry Young

Kerry Young

Board Member

Kerry Young

Kerry Young

Board Member

Kerry is a second year PhD candidate in Financial Economics at Columbia University, with a focus on credit and banking systems. She has experience working in investment banking at Morgan Stanley in New York, consulting at McKinsey & Company in China, and investing with Acumen Fund in West Africa. Prior to her PhD, she completed her MBA/MPA-ID at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Kerry has worked with IMAGO in various capacities since 2014, in both Ahmadabad and Washington DC. Kerry is from South Kingstown, Rhode Island, and studied Economics at Harvard College.

Krystin Jones

Krystin Jones

Personalization At Scale Lead, Nestle Usa

Krystin Jones

Krystin Jones

Personalization At Scale Lead, Nestle Usa

Krys Jones is the Personalization at Scale Lead at Nestle USA, leading marketing technology strategy around personalized consumer engagements. Krys has nearly 15 years of digital and marketing strategy experience from General Mills and Proctor & Gamble, where she helped develop national brands like Betty Crocker, Olay, and COVERGIRL. She’s passionate about scaling capabilities and amplifying impact. Krys has a B.S.B.A from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a M.B.A. from Duke University.

Michael Walton

Michael Walton

Director For Economic Development, Research, And Strategy

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.

Patricia Armendariz

Patricia Armendariz

CEO Of Financiera Sustentable

Patricia Armendariz

Patricia Armendariz

CEO Of Financiera Sustentable

Patricia is the CEO of Financiera Sustentable and Board member of Banorte, one of the largest Mexican banks. She was a Director of the Bank for International Settlements in Basel and a regulator in charge of the supervision of the Mexican banks during the 1994 crisis.

Praful Patel

Praful Patel

Urban Planner, MIT

Praful Patel

Praful Patel

Urban Planner, MIT

Praful is an urban planner from MIT with decades of experience in the World Bank, including as a Regional Vice-President for South Asia. He is on the Board of Association for Social Advancement, now the largest micro-finance institution in Bangladesh.

Shaida Badiee

Shaida Badiee

Managing Director, Open Data Watch

Shaida Badiee

Shaida Badiee

Managing Director, Open Data Watch

Managing Director of Open Data Watch, Shaida brings decades of experience in managing global development statistics as the Director of the World Bank’s Development Data Group. In 2010, she led the World Bank’s Open Data Initiative, a ground-breaking program to provide full and free access to the World Bank’s extensive statistical databases.

Vince Jeong

Vince Jeong

Engagement Manager, Mckinsey And Company

Vince Jeong

Vince Jeong

Engagement Manager, Mckinsey And Company

Vince brings a multidisciplinary perspective that cuts across private, public, and social sectors: he has driven corporate strategy development and large-scale transformations (leveraging innovative capabilities such as digital, analytics/AI, design, agile, etc) for Fortune 500 companies and public sector organizations as a McKinsey consultant, led health systems strengthening programs for a USAID-backed healthcare NGO in Tanzania, and launched an education startup for LatAm’s emerging middle class at a venture builder in Colombia. Vince holds a bachelor’s in operations research from Princeton and a master’s in international development from Harvard.

Zachary Green

Zachary Green

Co-Founder & Director for Leadership and Training

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.

Isabel Guerrero

Isabel Guerrero

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Scaling Up, Livelihoods

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.

Joseph Stiglitz

Joseph Stiglitz

Founding Imago Board Member Nobel Memorial Prize In Economics

Joseph Stiglitz

Joseph Stiglitz

Founding Imago Board Member Nobel Memorial Prize In Economics

Joe is a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics (2001) and the John Bates Clark Model (1979). He is a former Chief Economics of the World Bank and a former chairman of the US president’s Council of Economic Advisors. Joe founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD), and co-chairs the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. He also chairs the University of Manchester’s Brooks World Poverty Institute

Michael Walton

Michael Walton

Director For Economic Development, Research, And Strategy

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.

Naoko Ishii

Naoko Ishii

Founding Imago Board Member CEO, Global Environmental Facility

Naoko Ishii

Naoko Ishii

Founding Imago Board Member CEO, Global Environmental Facility

Naoko is the CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the world’s largest public funder of environmental projects. Previously, Dr. Ishii was a Deputy Vice Minister of Finance, responsible for Japan’s international financial and development policies.

Ngozi Okonjo Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo Iweala

Founding Imago Board Member Former Finance Minister, Nigeria

Ngozi Okonjo Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo Iweala

Founding Imago Board Member Former Finance Minister, Nigeria

Ngozi has served twice as Minister of Finance in Nigeria as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs. She led the restoration of macroeconomic stability, tripling growth, and initiated a strong fight against corruption. She was Time Magazine European Hero of 2004, Euromoney Magazine Global Finance Minister of the year, and Financial Times Finance Minister of the Year in 2005. Ngozi was also a Managing Director at the World Bank between 2007-2011.

Nisha Agrawal

Nisha Agrawal

Founding Imago Board Member, CEO Of Oxfam India

Nisha Agrawal

Nisha Agrawal

Founding Imago Board Member, CEO Of Oxfam India

CEO of Oxfam India, Nisha has been working on poverty and inequality for more than two decades. She has been the CEO of Oxfam India since its inception in March 2008. Prior to that she has worked with the World Bank on development issues for 18 years in East Asia (Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia) and in East Africa (Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda).

Patricia Armendariz

Patricia Armendariz

CEO Of Financiera Sustentable

Patricia Armendariz

Patricia Armendariz

CEO Of Financiera Sustentable

Patricia is the CEO of Financiera Sustentable and Board member of Banorte, one of the largest Mexican banks. She was a Director of the Bank for International Settlements in Basel and a regulator in charge of the supervision of the Mexican banks during the 1994 crisis.

Praful Patel

Praful Patel

Urban Planner, MIT

Praful Patel

Praful Patel

Urban Planner, MIT

Praful is an urban planner from MIT with decades of experience in the World Bank, including as a Regional Vice-President for South Asia. He is on the Board of Association for Social Advancement, now the largest micro-finance institution in Bangladesh.

Shaida Badiee

Shaida Badiee

Managing Director, Open Data Watch

Shaida Badiee

Shaida Badiee

Managing Director, Open Data Watch

Managing Director of Open Data Watch, Shaida brings decades of experience in managing global development statistics as the Director of the World Bank’s Development Data Group. In 2010, she led the World Bank’s Open Data Initiative, a ground-breaking program to provide full and free access to the World Bank’s extensive statistical databases.

Trinidad Zaldivar

Trinidad Zaldivar

Chief Creativity And Culture Unit At The Inter-American Development Bank

Trinidad Zaldivar

Trinidad Zaldivar

Chief Creativity And Culture Unit At The Inter-American Development Bank

Zachary Green

Zachary Green

Co-Founder & Director for Leadership and Training

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.

Ana Revenga

Ana Revenga

Senior Advisor, Poverty And Gender

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.

Carlos Chango

Carlos Chango

Advisor, Indigenous Issues And Leadership

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.

Elena Serrano

Elena Serrano

Senior Advisor, Coaching And Communications

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.

Ellie Walton

Ellie Walton

Filmmaker

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.

Giovanna Prennushi

Giovanna Prennushi

Senior Advisor

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.

Jeni Klugman

Jeni Klugman

Senior Advisor, Gender

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.

Kesone Phimmasone

Kesone Phimmasone

Senior Advisor

Kesone Phimmasone

Kesone Phimmasone

Senior Advisor

Kesone Phimmasone built her career deploying scalable digital platforms, transforming digital into a key growth engine for global brands like Estée Lauder Companies, Apple and WarnerMedia. At Estée Lauder, Kesone drove the company’s online growth from $1M to 4B+ by unifying and actioning real-time data in an enterprise data platform, led global website redesigns for Estée Lauder and M·A·C Cosmetics, and delivered hundreds of successful digital features in 63+ markets around the world. At Apple, she managed the portfolio of worldwide digital product design for Apple Retail in stores and online.

Mohini Malhotra

Mohini Malhotra

Senior Advisor, Leadership

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.

Nicole Hod

Nicole Hod

Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School

Nicole Hod

Nicole Hod

Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School

Salman Zaheer

Salman Zaheer

Senior Advisor, Energy And Leadership

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.

Wilnisha Sutton

Wilnisha Sutton

Advisor

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.

Xoán Fernandez

Xoán Fernandez

Advisor

Xoán Fernandez

Xoán Fernandez

Advisor

Xoán is an innovation for development and social innovation expert with more than 12 years of work experience in Europe, Latin America and the US. He has worked in several innovation labs of multilateral development banks (CAF and IDB) designing, managing and advising innovation projects with entrepreneurs, NGOs, companies and governments using disruptive models and technologies. Currently, it works with organizations such as IFRC, IDB and several B Corps and UN agencies on innovation for the water and sanitation sector, inclusive fintech for climate change adaptation and neurodiversity as a strategic asset for the technology industry. He has a master's degree in innovation for sustainable development at the University of Sussex/SPRU and training in ICT, knowledge management. He is been recognised as a Responsible Leader by the BMW Herbert Quandt Foundation, and is an active researcher in Innovation for Development of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

Xoán advises IMAGO on innovation for development and social innovation projects with a particular focus on Latin America

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