Multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary to the core—global in outlook and approach—our authors are steeped in the challenges of delivering development solutions in the field. They are committed to sharing our innovation and experience to inform international development practices worldwide.
Standing and staring as yet another flaming wall of tires blocked the only access road to the neighborhood, it finally dawned on Adam Fivenson why Dominicans in his Peace Corps neighborhood didn’t relay their demands to their local government in a more constructive manner: burning tires got the government’s attention; formal channels of citizen-government accountability did not. So they burned tires. This early lesson in citizen engagement (or the lack thereof) drove Adam’s interest in how citizen accountability and government transparency and work together to improve service delivery.
During his decade-long career as a specialist in international development and conflict management, Anand Varghese has managed complex operations with a commitment to using information and communications technology (ICT) tools to create peaceful social change around the world. Anand helps DAI’s projects integrate ICT into their activities and build partnerships with local technology companies. Prior to joining DAI, he served as Senior Manager at the PeaceTech Lab at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Anand played an integral role in creating and launching the PeaceTech Lab, the first nonprofit spin-off the institute has created in its 30-year history. In doing so, Anand guided elements of strategic planning for the transition of the PeaceTech Lab, including its conceptual foundation, business development, space design, and collaboration with the private sector.
Since 2014, Chloe Messenger has worked for DAI in Europe, both in business development and project management for clients including the European Commission, the U.K. Department for International Development, the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Chloe’s passion is for civic engagement, tech4dem and democratic governance. While studying for her master’s degree in politics, security and integration, she researched the role of social media as a tool for civic engagement and activism in Russia. Her thesis looked into how Russians use Twitter as a tool to connect, inform, and be heard. As Digital Fellow at DAI’s Europe office, Chloe works across business units and donors to help integrate new technologies into development work.
Greg has spent his career working at the intersection of global development and diplomacy, technology, and the arts. In previous roles, he conducted data driven conflict analysis research at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, designed data collection and analysis tools for the University of Denver’s Global Health Affairs Program, and developed some of the first distance learning courses at the US Institute of Peace’s Academy for Conflict Management and Peacebuilding. He holds an MA in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and BA in Policy, Ethics, and Conflict from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Karim Bin-Humam joined DAI in 2015 to help bridge the divide between cutting-edge technology and the needs of poor and vulnerable communities globally. Karim studied mechanical engineering in the United States and Germany and worked as an engineering project management consultant at BMW in Munich, where he led battery development projects for hybrid and electric vehicles. His passion for international development and desire to aid social impact led him to pursue further studies in international development and economics, focusing on politics and governance in development. His international development work includes communications media with UNICEF in New York, construction management with the United Nations Development Programme in Palestine, and innovation in international development with the Global Knowledge Initiative in Washington, D.C.
From her early research in cultural anthropology to subsequent work in management consulting, Krista Baptista has always been engaged around ways to do things better and empower entrepreneurs to use new skills and tools. Combining this background with an interest in international development led her to DAI and, specifically, to ways that information and communication technology (ICT) and geospatial tools can be integrated into development work.
Before joining DAI, Kristen Roggemann held advisory and business development positions within a variety of mobile-for-development and international development organizations, most recently as the Strategic Partnerships Manager for GSMA mWomen, driving partnership strategy at the intersection of the mobile operator and international development sectors.
Throughout her career, Talia has focused on the power of innovation and ICT to transform health outcomes, specifically in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Talia has more than 5 years of experience working in global health for a variety of institutions including USAID Office of HIV/AIDS, the Liberia Ministry of Health, the advocacy wing of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and Grassroot Soccer. Talia has a Masters in Global Human Development from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she specialized in global health and private sector engagement. She has field experience in Liberia, Kenya and South Africa, where she piloted a project that uses soccer to educate young girls about HIV prevention, gender-based violence, and female empowerment.