Faculty Director

Ricardo HausmannRicardo Hausmann is Director of the Center for International Development and Professor of the Practice of Economic Development at Harvard University. Previously, he served as the first Chief Economist of the Inter-American Development Bank (1994-2000), where he created the Research Department. He has served as Minister of Planning of Venezuela (1992-1993) and as a member of the Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela. He also served as Chair of the IMF-World Bank Development Committee. He was Professor of Economics at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administracion (IESA) (1985-1991) in Caracas, where he founded the Center for Public Policy. His research interests include issues of growth, macroeconomic stability, international finance, and the social dimensions of development. He holds a PhD in economics from Cornell University. For publications, teaching, and additional information, visit

Executive Director

Marcela EscobariMarcela Escobari is the Executive Director of Harvard's Center for International Development. Marcela has over a decade of experience in economic development, including work with industrial strategy, technology policy, and private sector development. Before joining as CID's Executive Director, Marcela led the Americas region and served on the Executive Committee of OTF Group, where she advised heads of state and private sector leaders on how to improve their countries' export competitiveness. Prior to working at OTF, she worked with indigenous communities in Bolivia for the World Bank and was a Mergers & Acquisitions investment banker with JP Morgan in New York. Marcela holds a B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College and a Masters in Public Policy (MPP) from the Harvard Kennedy School. [E-mail]

Staff Listed Alphabetically

Andrea CarranzaAndrea Neilan Carranza is the Assistant Director of Harvard's Center for International Development. Prior to CID, Andrea was an Advisor to Grameen Research and Director with Cambridge Energy Research Associates (IHS CERA), a global energy research firm. She launched several new businesses for IHS CERA, including the firm's Global Power Forum, a membership serving C-level executives from electric utilities, independent power producers and host government ministries. Andrea had a lead development role in the launch of CERA's Asia Pacific energy practice and global financial services practice. Andrea co-founded Boston Cares and after college spent a year teaching English at Kai Tak Vietnamese refugee camp in Hong Kong. Andrea has a MA in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and a BA from James Madison University. [Email]

Trudi BostianTrudi Bostian is EPoD's Faculty Staff Assistant, supporting Professor Michael Callen and Director Deanna Ford. She joined the Harvard Kennedy School in 2007 as Staff Assistant to the Harvard Electricity Policy Group, a think tank which provides a forum for the analysis and discussion of important policy issues facing the electricity industry. Ms. Bostian's career at Harvard began in 1999 when she joined the Harvard Business School as a Faculty Assistant, and participated in the team that created the new Required Curriculum course, "Leadership and Corporate Accountability." A native of Ireland, she holds a Bachelor's Degree in Oboe Performance from the New England Conservatory, a Master's Degree in Oboe Performance from Boston University, and a Master's Degree in Mass Communication and Public Relations from Emerson College. [Email]

Veronique CorrdinVeronique Corrdin is the Senior Grants and Finance manager for EPoD. Veronique has over 10 years of experience in financial forecasting, analysis and budgeting, grants and operational management at a variety of organizations. In her role at EPoD she manages the complex funding streams that support EPoD in addition to being the primary fiscal contact. Most recently she was a Grants and Finance manager at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Veronique is on the board of Sulam, an after school language immersive program. Veronique holds a BA from San Diego State University and an MBA from Simmons College. [Email]

Katy DoyleKaty Doyle is a Program Manager at Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), supporting the research projects of Michael Callen and Monica Singhal. Prior to joining the EPoD Team, Katy worked at Management Sciences of Health (MSH) as a Financial Analyst and Project Specialist for a portfolio of public health, leadership and management projects based primarily in Southern and Eastern Africa. She's worked previously at the Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship at MIT and at the European Parliament. She holds a Master of Business Affairs from IE Business School in Madrid and a BA in International Affairs from Northeastern University in Boston. [E-mail]

Deanna FordDeanna Ford is the Director of Evidence for Policy Design. Prior to joining CID, Deanna was based in Nicaragua leading the Nica HOPE Project of Fabretto Children’s Foundation as the Project Director and founder. Deanna completed her Master of Public Policy at Georgetown University in 2007, where she focused on issues in international development, education and SME/microfinance. During school, she also worked as a consultant for Agora Partnerships, an organization fostering business development in Nicaragua, and as a Research Fellow at the Center for Research on Children in the U.S. Previously, she worked for two years as a research assistant at the International Monetary Fund. Deanna graduated in 2003 from Princeton University with a degree in Economics and Latin American Studies.[E-mail]

Sarah HopkinsonSarah Hopkinson is a Research Assistant at the Center for International Development. Sarah graduated from Harvard University in 2013 where she studied English Literature and was cross-registered with the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Sarah has worked with NGOs in Nepal and Boston, and is a freelance journalist with The Somerville Times. Currently, Sarah is looking at historical instances of forced migration in terms of the movement of knowledge and the consequent creation of new economic activities. Sarah speaks French and German. [E-mail]

Amanda LaPortaAmanda LaPorta is EPoD's Faculty Assistant to Professors Asim Khwaja and Rohini Pande. Prior to joining EPoD, Amanda worked at Ferriter Scobbo & Rodophele, PC as a paralegal and has also worked at the Massachusetts State Archives. Amanda holds a BA in English from Northeastern University. [E-mail]

Jessica McCannJessica McCann is EPoD's faculty assistant to Professors Rema Hanna, Ryan Sheely and David Yanagizawa-Drott. Prior to joining CID, she worked within the Registrar’s and Marketing Offices of Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education. She has also worked in student travel coordination and volunteer recruitment at EF Foundation for Foreign Study, a high-school foreign exchange program, and as a contributing writer for Café Abroad magazine while based in Greece and Italy. Jessica is currently a candidate for the Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies with a concentration in English at Harvard University. She holds a BA in English, with a minor in International Affairs, from Northeastern University. [Email]

Chuck McKenneyChuck McKenney is the Communications Manager at the Center for International Development. Chuck has more than 15 years experience in broadcast, digital and print communications and has worked for academic, media, corporate, and nonprofit organizations. He spent nearly a decade producing television news programs for WBZ-TV in Boston. During his time as Managing Editor for the Live Free or Die Alliance, a NH nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting civic engagement, Chuck helped launch a comprehensive database of hundreds of elected officials. He holds a BS in Mass Communications from Emerson College. [Email]

Emily MyersEmily Myers is the Project Development Manager for Evidence for Policy Design. She has worked previously in health and international development, most recently as an advisor in the Office of Planning and Monitoring at the Mexican Social Security Institute. She has also worked in Guatemala for WINGS, a reproductive health organization, and in New York for the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. She holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in International Politics and Economics from New York University. [Email]

Katie NaeveKatie Naeve is a Research Manager at Evidence for Policy Design. Prior to joining CID, Katie was Policy Advisory at Oxfam America for an agricultural insurance and climate adaptation project for smallholder farmers in Africa. She also served as Colombia Country Manager for Instiglio, a social enterprise that brings social impact bonds to emerging economies. Katie has researched, implemented and evaluated a variety of economic development and social justice programs with CID, UNICEF South Asia, UNOHCHR Colombia, UNDP, Human Rights Watch, and the National Democratic Institute in Morocco. Katie is on the board of directors for Breath of Life, a non-profit in Senegal that provides economic and social opportunities to marginalized women, a mentor of young social entrepreneurs with the Resolution Project, and a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for underserved Boston youth. Katie holds an MPP from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and BAs in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Kansas. [Email]

Sarah OberstSarah Oberst is a Research Associate for Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD). Prior to joining EPoD, she worked with Innovations for Poverty Action on an impact evaluation of a microcredit program in the Philippines. She has also worked with the Water and Sanitation Program at the World Bank in Indonesia and with the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). She holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BS in Mathematics from Davidson College. [Email]

Robert RosenbaumRobert Rosenbaum is a Program Manager for Evidence for Policy Design. He has a background in non-profit management and academic training in public policy. He is a co-founder of the Philani Family Fund, which provides emergency housing and scholarships for impoverished women in the informal settlements around Cape Town, South Africa, and served as the Regional Director for Children of South Africa (CHOSA, Inc) from 2008-2011. He helped run and coach a youth development baseball program in South Africa, with which he remains involved, and recently worked for UNICEF, Liberia. He holds a Master in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a BA in history from Colby College. [Email]

Wendy TrottStuart Russell provides research and administrative assistance to the Growth Lab program. Originally from Ellicott City, Maryland, Stuart graduated from Swarthmore College in June 2014 with high honors in economics and political science. He also studied for a semester at the Institut d’études politiques de Bordeaux in Bordeaux, France through a Middlebury College program. While at Swarthmore, Stuart worked as a research assistant in the political science department and a teaching assistant in the economics department. He has previously worked as an intern with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. State Department in Paris, France. [Email]

Karen VanderwillikKaren Vanderwillik is Executive and Fellows Coordinator for CID. Her prior experience includes communications and program management in the non-profit sector and humanitarian project implementation for the United Nations in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. Karen holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from York University in Toronto and a Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada.[Email]

Erol YoybokeErol Yayboke is a Program Manager for Evidence for Policy Design. He has a background in humanitarian aid and development project management and has long-term field experience working for NGOs (Global Communities, Save the Children & AECOM International Development) in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Ethiopia. He is a member of the board of directors for the Andi Leadership Institute for Young Women, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that seeks to equip the next generation of young, female peacebuilders with the necessary conflict resolution and leadership skills during their formative years, providing them with greater access to peace negotiations and leadership positions in the future. Erol holds a Master's in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a BBA in International Business also from the University of Texas at Austin. [E-mail]