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José Morales

José Morales Arilla is a Research Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and International Development (MPAID, 2012) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela. His intellectual interests focus on the political economics of natural resource extraction and rent management, macroeconomic policy, institutional development and culture. Before joining CID, José served as policy advisor to Henrique Capriles’ Presidential Campaign, and as researcher and consultant for the Interamerican Development Bank, IESA, Transparency International, the Revenue Watch Institute, the International Budget Partnership and Venezuela’s Central Bank. He loves playing the drums, watching movies and reading political chronicles. [Email]


Dany Bahar

Dany Bahar is a PhD in Public Policy candidate at Harvard University, and doctoral fellow at the Center for International Development. His research is focused on international knowledge diffusion,  private sector development, development economics and international economics. Dany has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and other international organizations in India, Turkey, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Dany was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela where he studied Systems Engineering. He then immigrated to Israel where he worked in both the public and private sector for five years. He enrolled in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he earned an MA degree in Economics, researching topics related to foreign aid and demographics. In the fall of 2008, he joined the MPA/ID program at Harvard Kennedy School. After completing his MPA/ID degree in 2010, Dany joined the PhD program in Public Policy at Harvard. [Website] [Email]


Sebastian Bustos

Sebastian Bustos is a Research Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University and a Doctoral candidate in Public Policy at Harvard University. His research interests are the development of the private sector and how governments can solve market failures to accelerate the process. Sebastian holds a B.S. in Economics and Business Administration from University of Chile and a Masters in Public Administration / International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School. Before his studies at Harvard, Sebastian served as Economic Adviser to the Minister of Finance of Chile, focusing on capital markets and tax reforms. In recent years he has been a consultant for IADB, CAF and a number of national governments regarding industrial policy issues. Sebastian was born in Chile, loves traveling and sporting activities. [Email]


Jasmina Beganovic Chauvin

Jasmina Beganovic Chauvin is a Research Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University and a Doctoral candidate in Strategy at the Harvard Business School. Her research interests are the development outcomes of business-government deals in resource concessions and large projects. She is also interested in other forms of business-government collaboration, especially relating to private sector development and diversification. Jasmina holds a B.S. in International Political Economy from Georgetown University and a Masters in Public Administration / International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School. Most recently Jasmina served as deputy to the Economic Adviser to the President of Liberia, during which time she advised the government on concessions negotiations, development strategy, and private-sector development. Jasmina has also consulted for the World Bank, the Revenuewatch Institute, and a number of national governments. Previously she worked in project finance at Citigroup on a variety of infrastructure and energy financings in North and South America. Jasmina originally hails from Bosnia, loves traveling, and languages. [Email]


Juan Pablo Chauvin

Juan Pablo Chauvin is a PhD student of Public Policy, and a researcher associated with the Center for International Development and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard. His research focuses on the role of industrial composition in the economic development of cities and regions. In the past he was Consultant with the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) in Ecuador where he advised local and provincial governments on economic development policies. He also held teaching positions at three Ecuadorian universities. He holds a BA in Economics and a BA in Sociology from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, a Master in Public Policy degree (Local Development) from FLACSO-Ecuador and a Master in Public Administration in International Development degree from Harvard. [Email]


Timothy Cheston

Timothy Cheston is a Research Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. Prior to joining CID, Tim worked for the World Bank in the Social Protection and Labor team for the Latin America and Caribbean region, where he led in the design, negotiation, and supervision of major social protection and labor projects and research in the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Bolivia, and Belize. His research interests focus on the intersection of social policy and economic policy, including the use of growth diagnostics to unlock structural transformation processes. His experience also includes research on the use of psychometric screening tools for small business financing in South Africa with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Africa. He also serves on the Board of Empowerment Health, an NGO providing community-based maternal and child health services in Afghanistan. Previously, Tim led remittance research with the Inter-American Dialogue, worked on microfinance with FINRURAL in Bolivia, and lived in the Dominican Republic, serving undocumented Haitian immigrants through the Dominican Literacy Project. Tim holds a BA in the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs from Princeton University and a MPA/ID from Harvard. [Email]


Michele Coscia

Michele Coscia obtained his Master in Digital Humanities (2008) and his PhD in Computer Science (2012) from the University of Pisa. He then spent seven months conducting research at Northeastern University's Center for Complex Network Research, led by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi. Michele currently works as a Growth Lab Fellow at CID. He is trained in data mining and his research is focused primarily on Complex Network analysis, particularly on multidimensional networks, i.e. networks expressing multiple different relations at the same time. His current project is on aid coordination. The project aims to understand the extent to which international aid organizations address the issues related to aid in their countries of operation. Personal Website [Email]


Brad Cunningham

Brad Cunningham is a Research Fellow at CID. Brad's research interests intersect the agendas of both the Growth Lab and Building State Capability – including structural transformation, growth diagnostics, and building the capacity of states to implement a growth strategy. Prior to joining CID, he applied growth diagnostic methods for the Millennium Challenge Corporation in a variety of countries including Nepal and Liberia. Brad began his career working on the Consumer Price, which developed his appreciation for effective public administration. His experience in developing countries has reinforced the importance and challenge of promoting effective bureaucracies. Brad holds a B.A. in economics from Virginia Tech and a MPA-ID from the Harvard Kennedy School. [Email]


Dario Diodato

Dario Diodato is a Ph.D. student at Utrecht University and he joined CID for 2014 spring semester, as visiting researcher. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics of International Markets and New Technologies from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) and a Master of Science in Economics and Geography from Utrecht University (Utrecht, The Netherlands). Previous to his Ph.D. project he worked at the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency for three years. His research interests are primarily in the fields of geographical economics, evolutionary economics and development economics. He worked on agglomeration economies, regional trade and competitiveness, regional resilience and sector relatedness. The current Ph.D. research of Dario focuses on the evolutionary dynamics of industrial clusters and their role in explaining economic growth in emerging countries. [Email]


Miguel Flores

Miguel Flores is a Growth Lab Fellow at CID. He is also a faculty member in the School of Government and Public Transformation and affiliated researcher at the Institute for Regional Development at Tecnologico de Monterrey. He previously was a postdoctoral fellow at the GeoDa Center for Spatial Analysis and Computation at Arizona State University. His research interest areas lies in regional economics, spatial data analysis, and spatial econometrics. His experience also includes research on spatial clustering, migration, demography, and applied work involving Geographic Information System (GIS). Miguel holds a BA in Economics (Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon), MSC in Economics (University of Essex), and a PhD in Demography (University of Texas at San Antonio). [Email]


Ermal Frasheri

Ermal Frasheri is a Growth Lab Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. Ermal finished his doctoral studies, S.J.D, at Harvard Law School, where he worked in the areas of law and development, international law, European integration, and social and political theories. He has written on legal reform and comparative law, European Union law, and his dissertation examined the relationship between regional integration and development strategies. Ermal has been teaching at Harvard in various roles since 2006 in the fields of political and social theories, European integration and EU law, democracy, international institutions, and sociology. He was awarded a teaching excellence award by Harvard and was appointed a Byse Fellow at Harvard Law School (fall 207) where he taught a series of workshops on Law and Development. He has also taught international law at Babson College, and European Union law at New England Law – Boston. Ermal has worked on development and rule of law projects in Albania, Nepal, and Thailand. Prior to starting his graduate studies, LL.M. and S.J.D., at Harvard, Ermal was a Fulbright Scholar in Washington D.C., and a head of section at the Ministry of Justice in Albania. His current research at the Center for International Development focuses on socio-economic development and regional integration processes in the Balkans. [Email]


Ina Ganguli

Ina Ganguli is an Assistant Professor at SITE at the Stockholm School of Economics. Her research areas are labor economics, the economics of science and innovation, international development and economic history.  Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University and part of the Harvard Business School-Harvard Medical School Innovation Lab.  Ina holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University, a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences from Northwestern University. [Email]


Matte Hartog

Matté Hartog is a PhD student at Utrecht University. He holds an MSc in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics and an MSc in Human Geography and Planning from Utrecht University. His current research focuses on how firms diversify into new activities and which type of firms foster structural change of regions. Do entrepreneurs successfully branch into activities that require capabilities that are new to regions, or rather incumbent plants that expand, relocate and/or diversify? And do they typically come from within the region or from elsewhere? Previous research of Matté investigates how mergers and acquisitions foster the spatial clustering of industries over time, how exponential random graph can be used to explain the structure of inter-organizational networks, and how regional variety of industrial activities affects regional growth. [Email]


Eduardo Lora

Eduardo Lora is a Senior Fellow at the Growth Lab. He has been Chief Economist of the Inter-American Development Bank (2008-2012) and Executive Director of Fedesarrollo, Colombia (1991-1996). He is Vice-President of the Latin American and the Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) and editor of Vox.Lacea. He has a monthly column in the Colombian magazine Dinero. His academic and professional awards include the title of "Distinguished Alumnus" of the London School of Economics, where he obtained his M.Sc. in Economics in 1982. He has published in numerous academic journals and has been the coordinator and main author of several books on Latin American development issues, most recently More than Revenue: Taxation as a Development Tool (2013), The State of State Reform in Latin America (2008), and Beyond Facts: Understanding Quality of Life (2008). He is also the author of a textbook of Economic Statistics that is now in its fourth edition (Técnicas de Medición Económica, only in Spanish). [Email]


Raphael Martins

Raphael Martins is a Growth Lab Research Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, he holds a B.A. in Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, a Master in Economics from the University of São Paulo and a Master in Public Administration/International Development from Harvard University. His research interests are private sector development and the intersection between economics, business and public policy, as well as macroeconomics. Raphael worked for the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) in its Public-Private Partnership unit, where he was involved in health and infrastructure projects. He was also a summer analyst at the Investment Banking unit of BTG Pactual. In his free time he can be most easily found playing basketball, soccer and enjoying samba music. [Email]


Ljubica Nedelkoska

Ljubica Nedelkoska is a Growth Lab Research Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. She holds a PhD in Economics of Innovation from the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Appalachian State University, North Carolina. Before joining the CID, Ljubica worked as a post-doctoral researcher and a coordinator of the Economics of Innovation Research Group in Jena, and as a research fellow at the Zeppelin University in Germany. Ljubica's research focuses on the areas of regional structural change, transferability of skills across jobs and occupations, learning on the job and capital-labor relations. She has also been contributing to several projects at the intersection of research and policy in the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Germany and Albania. [Email]


Frank Neffke

Frank Neffke is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the CID's Growth Lab. His research focuses on how economic actors diversify from one productive activity to another. Central in this research is that activities can be more or less similar in terms of the capabilities or skills they require. This similarity is shown to affect diversification processes throughout the economy, ranging from individuals’ career paths and corporate diversification strategies, to structural change in regional and national economies. Before joining the CID, Frank worked as an assistant professor at the Erasmus School of Economics in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He holds a Ph. D. in Economic Geography from Utrecht University and Master degrees in Econometrics and Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam. [Website] [Email]


Neave O'Clery

Originally from Dublin, Neave O'Clery is currently a Fulbright Scholar and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School where she is working in the field of complexity/network theory and economic development. Neave received her PhD in Mathematics from Imperial College London, and was previously an MSc student at Lincoln College, Oxford. She undertook her undergraduate studies at University College Dublin, which included a year at Ecole Polytechnique, Lausanne. Neave is also founder and Editor-in-Chief of A Global Village, a online and print publication focusing on the intersection between science, policy, politics and international affairs. [Email]


Manuel Orozco

Manuel Orozco is Senior Migration and Remittances Advisor for the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Senior fellow and director of remittances and development at the Inter-American Dialogue, president of Migration and Development Group. He has theorized, conducted extensive research, policy analysis and advocacy on issues relating to global flows of remittances, and migration and development worldwide. His work has led to international policy and business initiatives leveraging these flows to build assets among families and migrants, and strengthen market competition. Dr. Orozco is also chair of Central America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute at the U.S. Department of State. He also teaches at American University, and George Washington University. He testified every year before Congress and has spoken before the United Nations. Orozco holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Texas at Austin, masters in public administration and Latin American studies, and a BA in international relations from the National University of Costa Rica. [Email]


Miguel Santos

Miguel Angel Santos is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University and a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Universidad de Barcelona. Before joining academia, Miguel Angel accumulated more than ten years of experience doing corporate finance and business development in Latin America, working for large family business, investment banks, and multinational companies. He holds an MBA degree from Instituto de Estudios Superiores en Administracion (IESA), two M.Sc. degrees in Economics and Specialized Economic Analysis from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He has been granted the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation since 2004. In 2013, he was the Head of the Macroeconomic Policy Team for presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski in the Venezuelan elections of that year. Miguel Angel is an Adjunct Professor to the Center of Finance at IESA, where he has been teaching macroeconomics and corporate finance since 1997. His interests revolve around macroeconomic policy, economic growth, financial flows, and the political economy of reform. Born in Venezuela, he enjoys traveling, reading and writing. [Email]


Juan Tellez

Juan Tellez is a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) scholar and Growth Lab Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard Kennedy School. He holds a Master in Economics (2005), a Master of Advanced Studies in Econometrics (2008) and a PhD in Econometrics (2014) from the University of Geneva. His previous research has focused on proposing new econometric methodologies that are useful in the areas of development, health, inequality and social and public policy. He was a research assistant in the Applied Economics Lab of the University of Geneva (2006) and a teaching and research assistant in the Department of Economics of the University of Geneva (2006-2012), for the courses of Econometrics, Time Series, Probability, Statistics and Mathematics. He was also a Boninchi scholar and visiting researcher at McMaster University in Canada (2010-2011) and he worked as a researcher in the French Institute of Health and Medical Research (2011-2013). [Email]


Martina Viarengo

Martina Viarengo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva. She is Faculty Associate at the Harvard University Center for International Development, at Harvard’s Women and Public Policy Program, a Member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Women's Empowerment and a Member of the International Growth Centre in London. Prior to joining the Graduate Institute's faculty, Professor Viarengo was an Economist at the Centre for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. Professor Viarengo is a specialist in applied microeconomics and development. Her research focuses on comparative education policy, gender and international migration. She has examined education policy, gender gaps and labor market outcomes in the OECD and developing countries in trying to better understand how to reduce poverty and inequality. In 2009 Professor Viarengo was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and she was named Newton International Fellow by the British Academy, Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University. [Email]


Romain Vuillemot

Romain Vuillemot is a Data Visualization Fellow who currently works on the design of novel visualizations for The Atlas online. Romain holds a PhD in Computer Science from INSA Lyon, France (2010) and was previously a post-doc at AVIZ, INRIA Saclay, France (until 2013). His general research interest is in the visual communication of complex data. He specifically focuses on exploring novel visual design spaces, as well as structuring existing ones. He is also interested in making visualization more accessible and understandable to non-initiate both on the web and in casual environments. [Email]


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EPoD

Reem Alsaud

Reem Alsaud is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Policy Research Engagement with the Ministry of Labor of Saudi Arabia project. Reem is working with Professors Asim Khwaja and Rohini Pande on assessing current constraints in the areas of employment and job acquisition in Saudi Arabia and researching potential policy solutions. She obtained her PhD from the University of Oxford where her research examined the religious discourse that influences social, economic, and political change among women in Saudi Arabia. She also completed a Master of Science degree in Evidence-Based Social Intervention, also at Oxford. Reem has work experience in developing and managing a social inclusion project in an orphanage in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She has also worked as a researcher on a women’s leadership project at the UNDP in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and on a famine relief project in Niamey, Niger. Her long-terms goal is to be involved in policy-oriented research that will foster social and economic development among women in Saudi Arabia. [Email]


Nikolaus Axmann

Nikolaus Axmann is a Research Fellow working with Professors Rohini Pande and Erica Field on financial inclusion projects in rural India. He has a BA in Economics from Duke University. Nikolaus is interested in financial inclusion, education, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) applications to development. He has experience working on primary education research projects in Kenya, Nepal and Malawi and has worked in mobile education interventions in East Africa. Nikolaus previously worked with a microfinance institution in Santiago, Chile and is passionate about expanding access to finance, particularly among the rural poor. [Email]


Arielle Bernhardt

Arielle Bernhardt is a Research Fellow with Professor Rohini Pande. Her current projects include a study of the impact of individual bank accounts on female empowerment and a study of the long-run effects of microfinance contract design on female entrepreneurship. Prior to joining EPoD, Arielle spent two years in Manila, Philippines with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), managing an impact evaluation of credit for small and medium-sized enterprises. Arielle holds a B.A. in Economics and Anthropology from Swarthmore College. [Email]


Christina Brown

Christina Brown is a Research Fellow working with Professor Asim Khwaja on education financing and governance programs. Her research interests include development and education economics, and political economy. Prior to joining EPoD, she worked on impact evaluations for Save the Children. Christina holds a BA in Political Science and Physics from UCLA, a Masters of Education from Boston University, and a Masters in Development Economics from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. [Email]


Smita Das

Smita Das is a Research Fellow studying female participation in public work schemes and the use of fertilizer in Bangladesh. She has conducted research on the labor market for domestic work in India, founded a nonprofit market clearing agency for domestic workers, and managed a nonprofit program in foreclosure prevention. Smita holds a BA in Mathematical Economic Analysis and Public Policy with International Affairs from Rice University and an MA in Economics from Boston College. [Email]


Eric Dodge

Eric Dodge is a Research Fellow specializing in data visualization at Evidence for Policy Design. His current work with Professor Rohini Pande aims to increase data accessibility for NREGA, an Indian work guarantee scheme. His past experiences include a stint as a J-PAL Research Associate in Gujarat, India and a consultancy with the Indonesian government to visualize socioeconomic datasets. Eric holds a B.A. in Economics and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and an MPA/ID from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. [Email]


Nils Enevoldsen

Nils Enevoldsen is a Research Fellow on Rohini Pande’s governance projects. He previously volunteered with the Seattle-based Global Technology Academy to install computer labs for underserved communities around the world. He has a BS in Economics from the University of Washington. [Email]


Erin Fletcher

Erin Fletcher is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School working with the Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) research program at the Center for International Development, Harvard University. As an EPoD fellow, she will work with Rohini Pande and other scholars identifying trends and challenges in women’s labor force participation in Asia as well as other projects in India. Her other research falls under two main themes: understanding and reducing discrimination and violence against women and girls in lower- and middle-income countries; and maternal and household investments in children, primarily in US contexts. Fletcher has served as a consultant to UNICEF, DFID, and the Nike Foundation on discrimination against girls and violence against all children in Zimbabwe and around the world. Prior to joining the Kennedy School, Fletcher was a visiting assistant professor of economics at Lafayette College and Gettysburg College. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a B.S. in Economics and Latin American Studies from Duke University. [Email]


Joyce Hahn

Joyce Hahn is a Research Fellow at Evidence for Policy Design. She is currently working with Professor Rema Hanna on writing a chapter about social protection programs. Prior to joining EPoD, she managed education and community programs for a foundation in San Francisco, coordinated youth development projects as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Azerbaijan, and served as an AmeriCorps Volunteer in post-Hurricane Katrina Louisiana. She holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology from Wellesley College and an MPA in International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School. [Email]


Tyler Hoppenfeld

Tyler Hoppenfeld is a research fellow working with Professor Amitabh Chandra. His current research focuses on understanding risk factors within the healthcare system to predict medical outcomes and costs. He holds a Master's degree in Economics from Tufts University, where he also earned his BA. [Email]


Kunal Mangal

Kunal Mangal is a Research Fellow for Professor Asim Khwaja. Prior to joining EPoD, Kunal spent a year in Thanjavur, India, working with the Centre for Microfinance to evaluate the impact of access to microfinance. Kunal graduated from the University of Arizona in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Mathematics, and International Studies. [Email]


Piyush Panigrahi

Piyush Panigrahi is a Research Fellow working with Professors Monica Singhal, Dina Pomeranz, and Dave Donaldson on trade and taxation projects in South America that look at the effect of various shocks on the economy and their contribution to aggregate fluctuations. Prior to joining EPoD, he worked as a research assistant at National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA. He holds an MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from London School of Economics & Political Science and a BTech in Mining Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. [Email]


Veronica Polin

Veronica Polin is a Research Fellow at Evidence for Policy Design, working with Professor Erica Field on public health projects in Zambia and microfinance projects in India. With a regional focus on Latin America and interests in food security and financial access, Veronica previously worked for the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. She has also contributed to research on corruption in the health care sectors of Kenya, Ghana, and Uganda. Veronica holds a dual Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Relations from Stanford University. [Email]


Kevin Rowe

Kevin Rowe is a Research Fellow working with Professors Rohini Pande, Michael Greenstone, and Nicholas Ryan on environmental policy projects in India. Kevin is interested in energy, environment, and climate change policy in developing countries, and in recent years he has been involved in projects on air and water pollution control policy in India and low-carbon urban development in China. Kevin has a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in Government from Hamilton College, and he studied abroad at the University of Oxford during college. After college he was a recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which supported his research project on urban development, food systems, and environmental management in seven countries. Prior to graduate school, Kevin also worked at the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC. [Email]


Mehmet Seflek

Mehmet Seflek is a Research Fellow at Evidence for Policy Design. He is currently working with Professors Asim Khwaja and Rohini Pande on the Policy Research Engagement with the Ministry of Labor of Saudi Arabia. Before beginning his studies at Harvard, he worked in the economic consulting field specializing in antitrust and competition policy in Oakland, California and Istanbul, Turkey. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MPA in International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School. [Email]


Elizabeth Spink

Elizabeth Spink is a Research Fellow working with Professor Monica Singhal. Her research areas include environmental economics, international development, and public economics. She is currently working on several research projects focusing on commodity taxation in India and tax compliance in Ecuador and Bangladesh. Elizabeth holds an M.S. in Environmental Economics and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Cornell University. [Email]


Building State Capability

Peter Harrington is a research fellow with the CID's Building State Capabilities program, working with the BSC project in the Albanian government and on CID communications. He spends the rest of his time consulting on energy infrastructure with the London-based firm Infrastructure Development Partnership. Previously, Peter was Deputy Country Head in Liberia for the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative. He spent two years in the Office of President Sirleaf advising on policy and communications, set up and led AGI's capacity building program for Liberia's oil sector, and also founded the Liberia Marathon. Before Liberia Peter was Director of Communications at the UK think tank Demos, and a researcher at LSE. Peter holds a BA in Social Anthropology from LSE, and a Masters in Public Policy from HKS as a UK-US Fulbright Scholar. [Email]


Salimah Samji is a research fellow and manages CID's Building State Capability (BSC) Program. She has over ten years of experience working in international development. Salimah was an independent consultant working for the World Bank on issues of governance, and the Hewlett Foundation on strategic planning for one of their grantees. Prior to that, she served as a senior program manager at Google.org leading a transparency and accountability initiative focused on empowering citizens and decision makers, by making information on service delivery outcomes, publicly available. Salimah has also worked at the World Bank as a social/rural development and monitoring and evaluation specialist in South Asia. Born in Kenya, Salimah has a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and a Masters in Public Administration in International Development (MPAID) from the Harvard Kennedy School. She is a qualified Casualty Actuary who decided to change careers after her 18 month experience working in Afghan refugee camps with a Canadian NGO (FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance) based in Pakistan. She has worked and lived in Kenya, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Canada and the USA. [Email]