Faculty Director

Ricardo 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 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

Mali Akmanalp is a software engineer, and leads back-end development of the Atlas online. He believes code is as much craft as engineering, and that like any craft, it can be honed with practice. He's a big believer in the open source philosophy. Before working at CID, he's been at a variety of organizations from to Turkish National Research Institute of Electronics and Cryptology. When he's not deep in code or lurking on Hacker News, he enjoys reading, writing, noodling on the guitar, running and hiking.. [E-mail]

Rihab Babiker is the Sponsored Program Administrator at Harvard’s Center for International Development. She is also responsible for the center's Financial Management. Prior to joining CID, Rihab spent a decade at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Her most recent position was Resource Management Analyst in WFP’s Yemen office, where she was responsible for overseeing four projects with a combined budget of $250 million. Prior work included financial process setting and providing financial management advisory support to country office operations, as well as postings in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Algeria, Tanzania, and Jordan. Rihab holds a BA in Finance and Banking and a Masters in Managerial Finance from universities in Jordan. [E-mail]

Marie Barraud is a Financial Analyst at Harvard’s Center for International Development. She is responsible for managing all financial transactions and financial reporting for CID operations. She is in charge of the oversight of core financial and administrative activities associated with various operations budgets, gifts and grant budgets. Prior to joining CID, Marie spent five years working in industry in budget analysis and financial management, including accounting responsibilities, internal audit and cash management. Marie holds a BA in Management and a Masters in Finance and Internal Audit from the University of Lyon, France. [E-mail]

Trudi 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]

Andrea Neilan Carranza is the Assistant Director of Harvard's Center for International Development. Andrea oversees the center’s operations and strategic 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 taught 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]

Veronique 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 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 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]

Kali den Heijer is the Program Coordinator at Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), supporting Senior Grants and Finance Administrator Veronique Corrdin on grant proposals and financial reporting and providing human resources support for Research Fellows. Kali previously worked as a Program Manager and Finance Director at WorldTeach, an international education non-profit sending volunteers to teach in developing countries. Kali received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Creighton University and her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. [E-mail]

Amanda LaPorta is EPoD's Area Administrator for International Development. She also supports Professor Asim Khwaja and Professor 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.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]

Quinn Lee is a web developer at the Growth Lab working on the Atlas online. He graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. He was in the Peace Corps from 2010-2012 in Namibia where he set up computer labs and taught Computer Science and Mathematics in local secondary schools. Since then he has worked on an application for oncology decision support for McKesson, a RCT database for American Economics Association, and a building management application for Autodesk. While he is not working on open source projects, he dabbles in visualization and R. [Email]

Ryan MacLennan is a Program Assistant in the Growth Lab. He graduated in June of 2014 with an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University. He wrote his senior thesis on the American environmental movement. While at school, Ryan was a course assistant and grader in the Harvard Economics Department. He has worked on a variety of research projects, ranging from a report on New Mexico’s higher education system to a statistical analysis of American horseracing. Prior to joining CID, he worked at Los Alamos National Labs and the United States Senate. He is originally from Taos, New Mexico. [Email]

Chuck 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]

Sarah 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 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]

Stuart 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]

Greg Shapiro is a software engineer in the Growth Lab, where he currently leads development for the Atlas of Economic Complexity, and for local economic insight tools in Mexico, Colombia, and Peru. Previously, as a technical lead at NGP VAN, Greg built analytical tools for political campaigns, labor movements, and non-profits around the world. When he's not shipping code or building productive software teams, Greg celebrates his Boston residence by drinking iced coffee 11 months out of the year. [Email]

Karen 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]