Affiliated Associates

Thomas Abt is a Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy with the Center for International Development. Both in the United States and globally, Thomas teaches, studies, and writes on the use of evidence-informed approaches to reducing gun, gang, and youth violence, among other topics. He brings a wealth of experience in the crime, safety, and justice sectors from research, policy, and practice perspectives. Before joining Harvard, Thomas served as Deputy Secretary for Public Safety to Governor Andrew Cuomo in New York, where he oversaw all criminal justice and homeland security agencies, including the Divisions of Corrections and Community Supervision, Criminal Justice Services, Homeland Security and Emergency Services, and the State Police. During his tenure, Thomas led the development of New York’s GIVE (Gun-Involved Violence Elimination) Initiative, which employs evidence-informed, data-driven approaches to reduce violence. He also established the Research Roundtable on Criminal Justice, a statewide criminal justice community connecting research with policy. Thomas received a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and a law degree with honors from the Georgetown University Law Center. [Email]

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]

Daniel Isenberg is founding executive director of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project and Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School. From 1981-7 and 2005-9 Daniel was a professor at the Harvard Business School, and in the interim was an entrepreneur and venture capitalist in Israel. Daniel authored Worthless Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value (Harvard Business Review Press 2013), published over 30 online and print articles on entrepreneurship in the Harvard Business Review, and has been featured in the Economist, Forbes, NPR, Bloomberg, Quartz, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, etc. In 2012 Mikhail Gorbachev awarded Isenberg the Pio Manzu Award for “Innovations in economic development.” Daniel earned the Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University in 1981. While at the Center for International Development at Harvard, Daniel will be launching a new book project on contemporary entrepreneurship in the Jewish Diaspora. [Email]

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]

Martina Viarengo is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva. She is a Faculty Associate at Harvard University's Center for International Development, at Harvard's Women and Public Policy Program, and a Member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Women's Empowerment. 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]

Muhammed A. Yildirim is an associate at the Center for International Development at Harvard University as well as an assistant professor of economics at Koç University in Istanbul. His research is focused on understanding network and spillover effects in multitude of research areas including international trade, productivity and economic growth.  He obtained his PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University and BS degree from California Institute of Technology. [Email]