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Fellows & Associates

Growth Lab Fellows

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]


Dany Bahar

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]


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 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]


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]


Neave O'Cleary

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]


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 post doctoral 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]


Daniel Stock

Daniel Stock is a Research Fellow with a focus on how countries and regions transform their economic structure as they grow out of poverty. He is currently studying patterns of international trade at the industry level, using models of country and product relatedness to explain output growth. Other research interests include the effect of productive structure on labor demand and income inequality, and new trends in national development planning and implementation. Daniel has also worked as a Research Assistant at the MIT Media Lab's Macro Connections group, and a Research Intern at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Santiago, Chile. Originally from Hartford, Connecticut, Daniel earned a B.S. in Quantitative Economics and International Relations from Tufts University. [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]


Muhammed A. Yildirim

Muhammed A. Yildirim is a Growth Lab post-Doctoral Fellow at CID. Originally from Diyarbakir, Turkey, he earned a B.S. degree in Physics and Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 2002 and a Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 2009. Dr. Yildirim’s research interests revolve around using tools and concepts from complexity, network science and evolution to understand complex systems in a wide variety of fields including economic development, systems biology, and the pharmaceutical industry. His research has been published in high impact journals including Science, Nature Biotechnology, Cell, Theoretical Economics and has been cited extensively. During his Ph.D., he worked on biological networks at the cellular level. At CID, Dr. Yildirim focuses on understanding and modeling the evolution of the Product Space (Science, 2007). In his project, he tries to uncover the hidden capabilities behind the Product Space to understand the revealed productive structure of countries. [Email]


EPoD Fellows

Susanna Berkouwer

Susanna Berkouwer is a Research Fellow working with Professors Rohini Pande, Rema Hanna and Michael Greenstone. She holds an MA International and Development Economics from Yale University and a BSc Statistics with Economics from University College London. At Yale she also worked as a research assistant with Innovations for Poverty Action and was a teaching fellow for courses in poverty alleviation and natural resource economics. She worked in Egypt, South Africa, Kenya and the UK before joining EPoD. Susanna is particularly interested in issues in development economics, environmental economics, and political economy.[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]


Aletheia Donald

Aletheia Donald is a Research Fellow working with Professors Ryan Sheely and David Yanagizawa-Drott. Her research areas are international development, political economy and public health. She is currently working on various research projects, including the evaluation of a child welfare initiative in Sierra Leone and the impact of media on HIV rates. Before joining EPoD, Aletheia was a Research Assistant at Innovations for Poverty Action. She holds a Master in International and Development Economics from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Economics from University College London. Aletheia has work experience in Mali, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Italy, Germany, and the UK. [Email]


Johnathan Holmes

Jonathan Holmes is a Research Fellow working with Professors Amitabh Chandra and Rema Hanna. His current research centers on using nonparametric and quasi-experimental methods in the fields of education, health, and environmental economics. He has a master's degree in economics from Queen's University and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Ottawa. [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]


Kunal Mangal

Sreelakshmi Papineni is a Research Fellow for Professors Rohini Pande and Erica Field. She is currently working on a microfinance project based in Kolkata, India that looks at the effect of microfinance contract design variations on entrepreneurship, income growth and consumption smoothing. Prior to joining EPoD, she worked as a field-based RA for Innovations for Poverty Action in Nairobi, Kenya and as an Equity Salestrader in London, UK. She holds a Masters in International and Development Economics from Yale University and a BSc in Economics from University College London. [Email]


Matthew Pecenco

Matthew Pecenco is a Research Fellow at CID/EPoD and a Project Associate for Innovations for Poverty Action. He is working with Professors Sandip Sukhtankar, Paul Niehaus, and Karthik Muraldiharan to evaluate changes in government programs aiming to limit corruption in India. Matthew received a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz in computational mathematics and in economics. [Email]


Niharika Singh

Niharika Singh is a Research Fellow for Professors Asim Khwaja and Rohini Pande. She graduated in 2010 with a BA in Economics from McGill University. Prior to joining EPoD, she worked as a field-based RA on an agricultural extension project in Gujarat, India. [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 Fellows

Frauke de Weijer

Frauke de Weijer is a Fellow with the research program for Building State Capability. She has over ten years of experience in working in and on conflict-affected countries. From 2002 onward she worked as an advisor to several government ministries in Afghanistan, which provided her with a vantage point to see the beauty and the ugly in the efforts to rebuild a state and a society. This led her to believe that new thinking is required on the international engagement with fragile and conflict-affected states, and aims to contribute to this through her analysis and writing. She currently works at ECDPM in the Netherlands in the field of conflict, security and resilience, where she aims to deepen insight into the dynamics of change in societies and organizations, and translate this insight into improved policy and practice. [Email]


Salimah Samji is a Fellow at the CID’s Building State Capability Program. She has over ten years of experience working in international development. Most recently, 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. She has also worked at the World Bank as a social/rural development and monitoring and evaluation specialist in South Asia and Africa. 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]


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