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Victoria Omachi-Chimaroke

Co-Chair

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Victoria Omachi-Chimaroke is a graduate student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education pursuing a master's in education policy and analysis, focusing on global and international comparative education. She is vast in core human resource functions and learning and development practices, having worked as a human resource analyst for over four years in Nigeria. Deeply committed to making a tangible difference, Victoria founded Sustainable Allies of Africa, a nonprofit organization in Nigeria that supports displaced children and women, especially in the crisis-ridden North Central region. Her commitment to humanitarian causes engineered the start of "All Hands On," a forward-thinking startup dedicated to bridging the skills gap in today's job market, a mission that resonates with her profound belief in the power of education and economic empowerment to effect positive change. Her vision is not only to advance academic opportunities but also to equip individuals with the practical skills necessary for success in an evolving professional landscape.  

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Kailash Raj Pandey

Co-Chair

Harvard Kennedy School

Kailash, born in Nepal, is currently an MPA/ID student at Harvard Kennedy School. He holds a bachelor’s in computer science and economics from Middlebury College, Vermont. His professional experience includes developing algorithms and fostering organizational partnerships on remote sensing-based solutions for climate adaptation. He is passionate about building low-cost scalable solutions for international development. Additionally, he has provided soft-skills training to first-generation public school students in Nepal and has published research work in public health. In his free time, Kailash enjoys playing musical instruments, racquet sports, and exploring the outdoors in New England.

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Alison Kim

Podcast Lead

Harvard Kennedy School

Alison is a current MPA-ID candidate, interested in understanding how private capital can create a more sustainable and equitable world. Prior to HKS, she worked for four years, first at Goldman Sachs, and then most recently at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). At IFC, she served as a key team member of the Global Water team, where IFC has invested over $1.8bn in the past decade. Alison graduated in 2019 from Western University in Canada with a Bachelor of Business Administration.

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Shunta Takino

Event Lead

Harvard Kennedy School

Shunta is a Master in Public Policy student at HKS interested in designing and implementing economic policies to tackle global poverty, especially in health and education. Prior to HKS, Shunta worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris on youth, mental health, and workplace health policy, and he most recently interned at Teaching at the Right Level Africa in Côte d’Ivoire. Shunta is from Tokyo, Japan, and holds a BA in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford.

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Matthew Andrews

Comms Lead

Harvard College

Matthew is a junior at Harvard College studying applied mathematics with a focus in economics and a secondary (minor) in computer science. He serves as one of the Undergraduate International Student Society Co-Presidents, a teaching fellow for CS 50, the college's introductory computer science course, and a peer advising fellow. Last summer, Matthew was in Malaysia with the CID Global Internship program where he worked on industrial policy and green development.

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Dara Adamolekun

Harvard College

Dara Adamolekun is a junior at Harvard College concentrating in social studies with a secondary in economics. Within her studies, she focuses on development in post-colonial Africa. Her Nigerian-American background and passion for ensuring opportunity, stable governance, peace, and prosperity have motivated her to engage in the world international development, allowing her to view it as both a means of understanding the present realities of an unjust world and a mechanism to change it.  Over the years, her fascination with international development has provided her the opportunity to cultivate her interest across a variety of disciplines, from academic research for the UN Development Program Pacific Office, to creating US-Africa policy recommendations with the Harvard Undergraduate Foreign Policy Initiative, to magazine writing for the Harvard International Review, and to development consulting with a USAID-funded organizational development activity based in Uganda. At HKS CID, Dara is excited to collaborate with and learn from others within the international development field while working towards CID’s vision of creating a world where all can thrive.

Sami Almutairi

Harvard Kennedy School

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April Canahuati

Harvard Graduate School of Education

I recently graduated from the University of Virginia, where I earned a degree in education. Currently, I am an Ed. M. candidate in the Human Development and Education program at HGSE. My concentration is in global, international, and comparative education. Drawing from my firsthand experience as a first-generation immigrant from Honduras, I have a deep passion for studying and supporting immigrant youth in the realm of international education development. My overarching goal is to be an advocate for immigrant education development, striving to be a catalyst for positive change in international contexts. Additionally, I am interested in education policy analysis. I aim to delve into the processes by which various nations draft and implement their educational policies, assessing their effectiveness, addressing challenges, and analyzing the resulting impacts on student outcomes. I am eager to deepen my understanding of global educational frameworks and strategies. I am currently a student fellow with the Immigration Initiative and work as a researcher for both the Harvard Human Flourishing Program and Research Schools International. I am looking forward to learning more in my role as a CID student ambassador and connecting with peers who are as passionate about international development as I am.

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Kevin Chen

Harvard College

Kevin Chen is a junior at Harvard College concentrating in applied math and economics. He was born and raised in Shanghai, China, but immigrated to the United States when he was 12. He is passionate about macroeconomics and international development, and he hopes to pursue a career in these fields. As a CID Student Ambassador since freshman year, Kevin is excited to lead new initiatives at CID and share CID's work with more people on campus.

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Stephanie Chen

Harvard College

Stephanie Chen is a first-year at Harvard College concentrating in applied math with a government focus. She is interested in development economics, particularly in working with experimental- and data-driven approaches to craft policy solutions for governments and other third-party practitioners. Having lived in five different cities growing up, Stephanie is also interested in comparing various developmental strategies adopted by governments around the world and understanding how geography, regime type, culture, comparative advantage, and a variety of other factors can shape a place’s path to development. She has interned at a nonprofit helping migrant workers in China and advocating for rural-urban equity in development and also published a profile in the New York Times detailing the experiences of rural workers in Shanghai under the Chinese development policy concentrated on developing Special Economic Zones. At Harvard, she is also involved with debate, the Institute of Politics, and various groups on campus focusing on international relations. As a CID Student Ambassador, Stephanie is excited to help promote the study of international development across campus and engage with a community of scholars seeking to improve the world.

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Shikha Dahiya

Harvard Kennedy School

Shikha Dahiya is currently pursuing a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School. As a civil servant from India, Shikha has worked in the field of public policy and development finance with the federal government. She is passionate about filling some of the critical gaps in education and health sector in India arising out of inadequate investment, with a special focus on women. In her role as a CID student ambassador and W3D Development Chair she plans to seamlessly integrate her experience in policy to efficiently orchestrate W3D events in coherence with CID’s vision and initiatives.

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Taylor Fang

Harvard College

Taylor Fang is a junior at Harvard College originally from Utah. She studies English with a secondary in computer science, and hopes to use storytelling and technology to tackle social issues. Taylor has worked with the World Data Lab, Impactive, MIT Media Lab, and Foothill Ventures in the past. On campus, she is involved with the Creative Writing Collective, Art's First, and serves as a Public Service Student Representative. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and going to museums.

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Jiaze Gui

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Jiaze Gui is a Master of Instructional Technology student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She previously completed her bachelor’s in applied mathematics in Australia. Her interests encompass international relations, globalization, educational policy, and technological innovations. Jiaze serves as the president of the HGSE Policy and Political Ethics Association, with a mission to explore the ethical dimensions of national education policy and the transformative impact of various policy areas on international education. In her professional experience, Jiaze works as a director of educational research and analysis. Her research primarily focuses on student internal self-concepts and systematic curriculum development in undeveloped and underdeveloped regions of East Asia and Oceania. Jiaze is an entrepreneur in Australia; she is establishing international partnerships and forming education alliances with K-12 schools and universities globally to pinpoint opportunities and address challenges in the education sector. At Harvard, she aspires to leverage digital technology to innovate inclusive programs and to improve educational policies that can positively influence marginalized students.

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Matthew Harmon

Harvard Kennedy School

Matt is a Harvard Kennedy School MPP candidate who is passionate about international investment, public finance, and private capital mobilization. Prior to HKS, he worked in public policy research at Abt Associates on topics including workforce development, food security, and agricultural capacity building. Matt is a New England native and holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Samuel Joo

Harvard Kennedy School

Samuel (Sam) Joo is a Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Prior to joining HKS, he was an investment analyst at the International Finance Corporation (IFC, part of the World Bank Group), where he supported venture capital and growth equity investments in emerging markets. Prior to joining IFC, Sam worked as a private equity investment associate at AMP Capital (New York office), focusing on infrastructure equity investments in North America. Sam began his career as an analyst at PFM Financial Advisors, where he advised public-private partnership solutions to governmental and nonprofit organizations in the United States.

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Chika Komine

Harvard Law School 

Chika is an LLM student at Harvard Law School. She is from the Ministry of Finance in Japan and is interested in policymaking and international development. She is pursuing master’s degrees both in law and economics since she believes that knowledge in both fields is essential in poverty reduction. Her other main interests are social impact entrepreneurship and peace building.

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Zihao Mei

Harvard Kennedy School

Zihao Mei is a Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. Zihao was a Schwarzman Scholar in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University, China, after completing his bachelor's study in statistical science from University College London, U.K. He is interested in global infrastructure investment, economic integration, poverty alleviation, and legal justice, with a focus on developing countries in Asia and Africa and having worked in the relevant fields with different entities. Immediately prior to Harvard, Zihao served as a paralegal in international and corporate laws. As a CID student ambassador, Zihao hopes to contribute to a more equitable international development, and, in particular, just global legal transformation.

Ahmad Mustafa

Ahmad Mustafa

Harvard Kennedy School

Ahmad is a Harvard Kennedy School MPA/ID candidate who is passionate about mobilizing private capital for sustainable development and climate adaptation. Prior to HKS, he raised public and philanthropic capital, scaled evidence-based social impact initiatives, and built diverse coalitions at the University of Chicago's Development Innovation Lab, Precision Development, and Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago.

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Anjali Nair

Harvard Kennedy School

Anjali is passionate about applying economic analysis to tackle complex real-world problems. During her undergraduate degree in mathematics and economics at Northeastern University, she interned with J-PAL and saw firsthand how rigorous program evaluation enables evidence-based policymaking. Since graduating, Anjali has worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and of Dallas, leveraging real-time anecdotal data to map current economic trends. She is currently pursuing an MPA in International Development at Harvard Kennedy School to further her passion for data-driven solutions, especially in education and gender policy, to address global challenges. Anjali brings strong analytical skills, as well as a commitment to translating research into impact to her role as a CID student ambassador.

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Itsuki Nishizawa

Harvard Kennedy School

Itsuki is a Master of Public Policy candidate at HKS/current vice-consul at the Consulate General of Japan in Boston. He completed his bachelor’s in law at the University of Tokyo. Through the experience of traveling the world as a national athlete, he started to pursue a career in contributing to the correction of opportunity gaps between nations. He is interested in building a bridge between the private and public sectors in international development: how government can induce private investment/capitals into developing countries using a limited national budget. Itsuki previously worked as a diplomat/foreign service officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Itsuki was in charge of G7/G20 summits (04/2021-05/2022), addressing the pandemic and Russian invasion with other member countries. He was also in charge of the revision of “Development Cooperation Charter,” which stipulates Japan’s 10 years of Official Development Assistance (ODA) policy (in 2022) and evaluation and monitoring of non-military use of ODA (in 2022).

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Jay Rappaport

Harvard Kennedy School

Jay Rappaport is a JD/ MPP student at Georgetown University Law Center and Harvard Kennedy School, class of 2024, and he is very interested in economic policy and the law. During law school, Jay has worked on economic and regulatory questions across the U.S. government, for the U.S. Treasury Department, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB): Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Before starting law school, Jay worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, D.C., for two years. Jay graduated from Columbia University in 2018 with BA degrees in economics and history.

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Angelica Remache Lopez

Harvard Kenneth C. Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Angelica Remache Lopez is currently a master's candidate in international relations at Harvard University and holds a BA in economics and political science from the University of Wisconsin. Her research interests focus on economic development, economic growth, migration, corruption, and political economy. She is particularly interested in the Latin American region, where she studied the impact of youth unemployment on youth migration and the impact of government performance on economic and human development. Angelica is a Latina writer, poet, social entrepreneur, and human rights advocate. She is the author of a Spanish mystery novel and a poetry book about social and economic justice. Angelica founded a nonprofit organization to help children in extreme poverty in Latin America, and to date the RL Foundation has helped more than 10,000 children from the region. She served for four consecutive years as an Ambassador for the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, where she also served as a member of the Political, Humanitarian, and Legal cluster at the Office of the President of the United Nations General Assembly.

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Manuel (Alberto) Rodriguez

Harvard Kennedy School

Alberto Rodriguez is a native of El Salvador and is currently a Harvard Kennedy School Mid-Career Master in Public Administration candidate.  In his professional role, he volunteered with the nonprofit sector and the humanitarian organization Operation Blessing International. He started as a program manager and eventually became the national director in El Salvador. Also, as an elected official, he has been a deputy congressman at the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN) representing El Salvador and a deputy director at the National Electoral Observance Board. He has taken nonprofit management and leadership executive education courses at Harvard University. He has participated in the internship program with the Organization of American States (OAS) based in Washington, D.C., and with the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) through the Graduate Study Program. Also, he has been awarded several fellowships, which include with the U.S. State Department on the topic of Economic Development at Duke University, the Israeli Agency for Development MASHAV, and the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. Currently, he is a member of other organizations based in El Salvador, including the Israeli Alumni Association SHALOM, the Israeli-Salvadorian Chamber of Commerce, the Chilean Association, and the local United States Scholars Alumni Association.

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Valeria Silva Gomez

Harvard Kennedy School

Valeria Silva Gomez is a German-Colombian development economist, passionate about fighting gender and racial discrimination in employment and building better social systems. She leads Harvard’s Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development (W3D) student organization. She holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Oxford and is a second-year Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. Before studying at HKS, Valeria worked as a strategy consultant for a global consulting company for finance and pharma clients, and gained experience at the German Embassy in D.C. and at the OECD as an intern. 

Abbeny Solis

Harvard College

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Anupama Thekkinkat Vadukkoot

Harvard Kennedy School

Anupama Thekkinkat Vadukkoot is a student in the mid-career Master in Public Administration program at Harvard Kennedy School. She is a civil servant from India, a member of Indian Administrative Service since 2010. Her passion lies in the welfare sector—gender, children, tribal affairs, disaster management, etc. She has served as Head of the Department in various departments in the state of Kerala and is currently designated as special Secretary. She is interested in international development and has experience working with World Bank, UNICEF, and UN Women in her domains of work.

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Gustavo Torres

Harvard Kennedy School

Gustavo is a Master in Public Administration in International Development candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. He dedicated his career to advancing international development through culture, tourism, fighting hunger, reducing inequalities, and promoting employment and income growth. Over eight years, Gustavo held diverse positions within the Brazilian federal public administration, starting as an intern and rising to Senior International Advisor to the Minister of Tourism and Culture of Brazil. His responsibilities in the Ministry of Social Development included addressing food and nutrition security policies and international humanitarian assistance. Gustavo also participated in 24 high-level international missions to 17 countries across the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe. He also played a key role in coordinating Brazil's participation in numerous international organizations' meetings, including UNESCO, FAO, WFP, UNODC, UNWTO, OAS, CPLP, MERCOSUR, BRICS, G20, OECD, SEGIB, and OEI. Additionally, he led the negotiation of more than 20 international agreements, covering topics such as cultural policies, tourism promotion, and bilateral technical projects, always in close coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Gustavo is deeply passionate about international development and aspires to further enhance his skills to continue supporting poverty alleviation, primarily through social inclusion policies.

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Mohammad Usama

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Usama is an education policy analysis student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is passionate about evaluating, designing, and scaling-up interventions to improve learning outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. Prior to joining Harvard, Usama worked in the education development sector in Pakistan in various capacities. He is an alumnus of the Teach For Pakistan Fellowship in which he taught in a low-income community's public school for 2 years. Afterwards, he worked with the Federal Ministry of Education in Pakistan on curriculum reforms and briefly with an ed-tech firm aimed at introducing structured pedagogy in public schools and low-income private schools.

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Herlina Utamawati

Harvard Kennedy School

Herlina Utamawati is a candidate for a master's in public administration in international development at Harvard Kennedy School, set to graduate in 2024. She holds an undergraduate degree in accounting and a diploma in taxation from the Polytechnic of State Finance STAN in Indonesia and complemented by rigorous mathematical training from UC Berkeley Extension and West Texas A&M University. Prior to HKS, Herlina worked with the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia, where she held roles such as an international relations officer, tax treaty analyst, and represented Indonesia in various international forums. She is passionate about international collaboration in taxation and broader fiscal and monetary policy in developing countries. Her sense of community and dedication to nurturing the next generation shines through her voluntary activities. At Harvard, she co-chaired student organizations for the Southeast Asia Caucus and serves as VP of strategic partnership for the Indonesia Student Association.

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Priyanka Varma

Harvard Kennedy School

Priyanka Varma is a Master in Public Policy student at Harvard Kennedy School. She is focused on education, gender, and humanitarian policy at HKS and is passionate about children's and women's rights. Prior to HKS, she worked on development research at the Brookings Institution and Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). This summer, between the first and second years of her master's program, she supported UNESCO and USAID's global education and gender policy portfolios.