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 seven-year 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.
Danijela Kostic performs management, coordination, planning, and assessments of information and communications technology (ICT) projects, writing technical documentation, reviewing ICT components for DAI projects, working on proposals with ICT components, and designing tailored solutions for project beneficiaries. Over the years, she has provided ICT services for a variety of sectors on DAI projects around the world. Her services include: project network setup and configuration, ICT needs assessment, system design and specifications, ICT procurement management, strategic planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, ICT project management, technical documentation, and ADS 548 compliance.
John DeRiggi is a data architect with 10 years of experience in software and data engineering. John learned computer science in college and started his career developing data-driven web applications, which were used to help researchers work with massive data sets. After working in Washington, D.C., for a few years he to moved to Partners in Health, where he spent a year in Rwanda teaching programming and developing components for an open source medical record system. John’s ties to Rwanda remain strong as he has returned to the country four times since leaving at the end of 2009, once to go camping on the rim of a Congolese volcano.
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.