Our Team

The PAD team spans numerous geographies and affiliations. Our team members listed here are supported by a vast network of agronomists, field officers, and call center employees who do most of the farmer-facing work. 

Co-Founders

Michael Kremer Co-Founder

Michael Kremer is the Gates Professor of Developing Societies, Department of Economics, Harvard University. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, recipient of MacArthur Fellowship and Presidential Faculty Fellowship, and named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has ten years of experience leading cutting-edge research on agriculture and other topics in Kenya, including mobile-agricultural extension in a contract farming context. He has strong experience working with NGOs, donors, and developing country governments to scale practical solutions to development challenges. He also led the Deworm the World Initiative and is founder and board chair of WorldTeach.

Shawn Cole Co-Founder

Shawn Cole is a Professor of Business Administration, Finance Unit, Harvard Business School. He has conducted research on corporate and household finance in emerging markets, with a focus on banking, microfinance, insurance, and the relationship between financial market development and economic growth. He is an Affiliate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, MIT’s Jameel Poverty Action Lab, and the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development. He has extensively studied impact of providing agricultural advice through mobile phone services in India.

Dan Björkegren Co-Founder

Dan Björkegren is an Assistant Professor of Economics, Brown University. He holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University. He has worked extensively on mobile phone systems and technology adoption, including recent work with a major telecommunication provider to analyze the factors that lead to successful diffusion of network goods in developing countries. He has a background in mobile software development, and created the photo app for Microsoft’s first smartphones. His work has been featured by the World Bank, World Economic Forum, and NPR.

Heiner Baumann Managing Director, Co-Founder

Heiner Baumann is the Managing Director and a Co-Founder of PAD.  Mr. Baumann has over fifteen years of experience funding and supporting high growth social change organizations focused on sustainable agriculture, clean energy, community health, education, and conservation in East Africa, India, and Haiti through the Barr Foundation, The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, New Profit, Inc., and McKinsey & Co.. He is also a former Board member of KickStart; funder and strategy advisor with several agricultural organizations (One Acre Fund, IDE-India) and mobile technology-based solutions in Africa and India (D-TREE, BBC Media Action).

India Team

Madhur Jain India Country Director

Madhur Jain is PAD’s India Country Director. Mr. Jain has a graduate degree in management from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, and holds a Bachelor of Technology  in Agricultural Engineering from G.B. Pant University, Pantnagar, India. He previously worked at Godrej Agrovet, where he was a Godrej Fellow; and at Omnivore Partners and Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE), IIM Ahmedabad. He has experience in operations, supply chain management, and sourcing.

Tarun Pokiya Lead Agronomist

Tarun Pokiya is PAD’s Lead Agronomist in India. Mr. Pokiya has a postgraduate degree in agriculture science and has  over 8 years of experience in agricultural research projects. He previously worked as an Agronomist at the Centre for Microfinance, IFMR LEAD in Gujarat, India. He also led field management for the “Avaaj Otalo” project, a mobile based agriculture extension impact evaluation study, and has experience in studying ICT-based interventions for agriculture in India with Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR).

​Abhilekh Paul Director of Strategic Alliances and Partnerships

Abhilekh Paul is PAD’s Director of Strategic Alliances and Partnerships. Mr. Paul has a graduate degree in management from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. He has previously worked with Amazon and Zensar Technologies. He has had experience in e-commerce marketplace building to consulting companies to use data as a competitive differentiator. Partnership building and projects with massive transformation potential is what excites him.

Bhaumik Shah Head of India Operations

Bhaumik Shah is PAD’s Head of India Operations. Mr. Shah holds a MBA in Rural Management. He previously worked with the Institute of Financial Management and Research as a consultant, and at Awaaz.De as the Vice President of Operations. He has led ICT4D interventions in India and Ethiopia. His interest and experience lies in project management and operations.

Niriksha Shetty South Asia Project Manager

Niriksha Shetty is PAD’s South Asia Project Manager in Bangalore, India. Ms. Shetty holds a Masters in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics from Franklin and Marshall College. Prior to joining PAD, she worked as a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Microfinance IFMR, managing impact evaluations related to mobile phone-based agricultural extension systems.

Abhijeet Kumar Program Lead for Odisha

Abhijeet Kumar is PAD’s Program Lead in Odisha, India. Mr. Abhijeet has a Masters Degree in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad and a Bachelor of Technology in Agricultural Engineering from G B Pant University, Pantnagar, India. He has over five years of experience in supply chain management and commodity trading. Prior to joining PAD, Mr. Kumar worked at Tropical General Investment Group, Archer Daniels Midland, and Mahindra and Mahindra Limited.

Raghuchandra K R Senior Technical Product Manager

Raghuchandra KR is PAD’s Senior Technical Product Manager in India. Mr. KR holds a degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Adichunchanagiri Institute of Technology of Chikmagalur, Karnataka, India. He has over seven years’ experience in Software Development, Remote Sensing, and Product Management from startups such as CropIn and RangDe.

Swapnil Agarwal Senior Research Associate

Swapnil Agarwal is a Senior Research Associate at J-PAL South Asia at IFMR. Ms. Agarwal holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad and B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur. Prior to joining PAD in June 2017, she worked on various research projects in education, governance, and social mobility. She has also worked as a data consultant with Inductis.

Aparna Krishna Post-Doctoral Researcher

Aparna Krishna is PAD’s Post-Doctoral Researcher in India. Ms. Krishna holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from Anand’s Institute of Rural Management and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Lucknow. She is also currently a Management Program Public Policy Fellow at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. She has been published in a number of academic journals such as the IIMB Management Review and the MicroFinance Review.

Pratyush Parasuraman Research Associate

Prathyush is a Research Associate at J-PAL South Asia. He has a Bachelor of Arts in economics and South Asian studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and has research assistance experience from the UC Berkeley and the National University of Juridical Sciences of Calcutta, India. Mr. Parasuraman has previous experience in field research, academia, law, and the social sector. His interests include economic research, policy, and pedagogy.

Abha Indurkar Research Associate

Abha Indurkar is a Research Associate at J-PAL South Asia. Ms. Indurkar holds a Master of Science degree in International and Development Economics from the University of San Fransisco, and a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Pune University of India. Prior to joining PAD, she has worked for BRAC Uganda in public health intervention and assessment of performance of Panchayat Raj Institutes in villages of Maharashtra region of India.

Suman Sourav Research Consultant for Coffee

Suman Sourav is PAD’s Research Consultant for Coffee in Bangalore, India. Mr. Sourav holds a joint Masters Degree in rural development from Ghent University in Belgium, Humbolt University in Germany and the University of Pisa in Italy. Prior to joining PAD, Mr. Sourav worked in a variety of Indian research organizations, including IWMI, UNESCAP, ICRIER and ISEC.

Jagadisha Behura Senior Implementation Associate

Jagadisha Behura is PAD’s Senior Implementation Associate in Odisha, India. He has a MBA from Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar. Prior to joining PAD, Mr. Behura worked at Care India Solutions for Sustainable Development as a Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation Officer. With over six years of experience in data analysis, Mr. Behura’s expertise lies in designing and implementing large-scale quantitative studies.

Meghna Singh Implementation Associate

Meghna Singh is PAD’s Implementation Associate in Odisha, India. Ms. Singh holds an MA in Economics from Ambedkar University, Delhi. Prior to becoming a PAD employee, she has worked with us through J-PAL South Asia as a Research Consultant. In addition, Ms. Singh has interned with the Delhi Commuting Study pilot under J-PAL South Asia, and with the Institute for Competitiveness, Gurgaon.

Vishal Vincent Implementation Associate

Vishal Vincent is PAD’s Implementation Associate for Data in Odisha, India. He hold a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka. Prior to joining PAD, Mr. Vincent worked as a Research Associate with the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in projects focused on the urban informal sector in India. He has experience in field research, data analysis and machine learning.

Umang Agarwal Animal Husbandry Project Associate

Umang Agarwal is PAD’s Animal Husbandry Project Associate. Mr. Agarwal holds a Ph.D. in animal sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park. He has 6 years of research experience in nutritional biochemistry across multiple animal species and humans, and additional experience in manufacturing of veterinary medicines. Mr. Agarwal has been awarded the USDA postdoctoral fellowship of 2014-2016, and is currently pursuing a MBA in food and agribusiness management from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.

Kenya Team

Emmanuel Bakirdjian Kenya Country Director

Emmanuel Bakirdjian is PAD’s Kenya Country Director. Mr. Bakirdjian holds a MPhil in Development Economics and a MSc in Economic Development and Project Analysis from CERDI (Centre for Studies and Research on International Development), Clermont-Ferrand, France. He has been a Senior Research Manager for the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Africa office, based at the University of Cape Town, and also worked for Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) in Rwanda and Sierra Leone.

Carolyne Nekesa Director of Kenya Operations

Carolyne Nekesa Khagondi is the Director of Kenya Operations. Ms. Nekesa holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and BSc. in management from Africa Nazarene University. She has broad experience in partner relationships, project management, and public policy advocacy. She previously worked for Innovations for Poverty Action and has consulted for Nadel University, Evidence Action, and the Programme for Agriculture and Livelihoods in Western Communities.

Michelle Febrone Atieno Kenya Finance and HR Coordinator

Michelle Febrone Atieno is PAD’s Kenya Finance and Human Resources Coordinator. Ms. Atieno has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from the University of Nairobi. Prior to joining PAD, Ms. Atieno worked as the Senior Accountant for Innovations for Poverty Action. She has over 10 years experience in accounting and financial management for international non-profit organizations and private companies, such as the African Canadian Continuing Education Society (ACCES) and Literacy for all (LIFA).

Daniel Mokrauer-Madden Research Coordinator

Daniel Mokrauer-Madden is a Research Coordinator at Innovations for Poverty Action, Kenya working with PAD. He earned MS degrees in International Agricultural Development and Agriculture & Resource Economics at University of California, Davis. Previously, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya and co-founded the Twende Social Innovation Center in Arusha, Tanzania.

Ivan Landers Agronomist

Ivan Landers is PAD’s Agronomist in Kenya. He holds an MSc degree in Agricultural Sciences in the Tropics and Subtropics from University of Hohenheim in Germany and has been working in the field since 2010. He has worked alongside smallholder farmers with the Peace Corps in Paraguay, Save the Children in Guatemala, and the CIAT in Nicaragua, as well as working with NGOs and a social enterprise, including myAgro, in Ghana, Senegal, and Sierra Leone.

Christine Nabulumba Research Associate

Christine Nabulumba is a Research Associate at Innovations for Poverty Action in Kenya. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management from Uganda Management Institute and a Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Kyambogo University. Previously, she worked with Brac Uganda as a Data Manager.

Giulia Zane Postdoctoral Associate

Giulia Zane is a postdoctoral associate at Harvard University. Dr. Zane holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and her dissertation focused on the interaction between labor and development economics. She has experience working with international organizations and country governments on agricultural projects in East Africa. 

Violet Omenyo Associate Field Manager - Agronomist

Violet Omenyo is an Associate Field Manager - Agronomist at Innovations for Poverty Action in Kenya. Ms. Omenyo holds an M.S. in Soil Science from the University of Eldoret and B.S in Soils and Land Use Management from Moi University. Previously, she worked with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and the Paris School of Economics as a Field Agronomist where she managed randomized controlled trials and researcher managed trials.

William Wanjala Oduor Data Manager

William Wanjala Oduor is a Data Manager at Innovations for Poverty Action in Kenya where he is responsible for coordinating data and evaluation teams, data management, programming survey instruments, and data cleaning and analysis. Mr. Oduor holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Chemistry from the University of Nairobi. He has more than 6 years of experience in data collection, data management, and field team management.

​Charles Misiati Associate Field Manager

Charles Misiati is an Associate Field Manager at Innovations for Poverty Action in Kenya. Mr. Misiati holds a Bachelor's in Social Work from Childline College in Nairobi and a Certificate in Supervisory Management from GTI Mombasa. Mr. Misiati has 7 years of experience working with smallholder maize farmers and evaluation of barriers for fertilizer use in western Kenya. He previously worked for the Kenyan Government as a Community Development Assistant, working with communities and welfare groups within western Kenya.

Chris Musungu Field Manager

Chris Musungu Namulundu is a Field Manager at Innovations for Poverty Action in Kenya. Mr. Musungu has a Certificate in General Agriculture and Home Economics from Kilifi Agricultural College. He has over 10 years of experience in research and partnership development and has worked as a manager on various projects including the Fertilizer, Markets for Local Information (MALIK) project in Kenya.

Sam van Herwaarden Data Scientist

Sam van Herwaarden is PAD’s data scientist in Nairobi, Kenya. Mr. van Herwaarden holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Delft University of Technology and a Masters of Science in Computer Science from Utrecht University. Prior to joining PAD, he worked as an analyst in Dutch healthcare at Intelligence2Integrity, and has additional experience in machine learning and remote sensing.

Ethiopia Team

Habtamu Yesigat Senior Research and Operations Manager

Habtamu Yesigat is PAD's Senior Research and Operations Manager in Ethiopia. Dr. Yesigat holds a PhD from the Technical University Munich in Production and Resource Economics, a MSc degree in Agricultural Economics from Haramaya University, and a MSc in Rural Development from a consortium of European Universities. He is an Agricultural Development Economist with extensive research experience in sub-Saharan Africa and Germany. Dr. Yesigat has previously worked for the Gondar Agricultural Research Center of Ethiopia, FAO, ILRI, and the World Bank.

Kalkidan Arega Project Manager

Kalkidan Arega is PAD’s Project Manager in Ethiopia. Ms. Arega holds a bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management from the University of Houston and has earned her Six Sigma Black Belt, Champion and Yellow Belt certifications. She previously worked with the Agricultural Transformation Agency in Ethiopia and Bechtel and Lubrizol in Texas.

Getu Shikur Senior Advisor

Getu Shikur is PAD’s Senior Advisor in Ethiopia. Dr. Shikur holds a PhD in Sociolinguistics from Addis Ababa University. He has been an advisor to the Barr Foundation on work related to Ethiopia and East Africa, and has consulted various organizations including WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS, CIFF, ICAP, and JHPIEGO. He has extensive experience in participatory research, socio-economic studies, development program formulation, monitoring and evaluation, and impact assessments. 

Pakistan Team

Adeel Shafqat Senior Program Manager

Adeel Shafqat is a Programs Manager at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). Mr. Shafqat holds a Master’s degree in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick. Previously, Adeel worked at a Canadian Public Financial Management services firm where he helped introduce ERP software to governments in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Ali Asad Rashid Project Coordinator

Ali Asad Rashid is a Project Coordinator at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). Mr. Rashid holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance from University of London with distinctions in Economics and Microeconomics. Previously, Ali worked on financial inclusion, mobile money, and financial relief programs as a Consultant at Inov8 Limited and as a Research Analyst. 

Joshua Gill Senior Research Associate

Joshua Gill is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). Mr. Gill is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University, specializing in Experimental and Behavioral Economics in the developing country context. Prior to joining PAD, Mr. Gill has worked for USAID, Lahore University, and the International Food Policy Research Institute.

Ali Bakhtawar Research Assistant

Ali Bakhtawar is a Research Assistant at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). Mr. Bakhtawar holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and is finishing a Master’s degree in applied statistics and operations research from University of Punjab, Pakistan. At CERP, Mr. Bakhtawar works as a research assistant on the impact of flooding on agricultural productivity and farm size in Pakistan. 

Bangladesh Team

Ghida Ismail Bangladesh Research Associate

Ghida Ismail is PAD’s Bangladesh Research Associate. Ms. Ismail holds a Master’s degree in Global Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, where she specialized in quantitative methods and evidence based policy making. Prior to joining PAD, Ms. Ismail worked with the Evidence for Policy Design (EPOD) on a random control trial in Saudi Arabia, aiming to expand female access in the job market through affordable commute. She has also worked on understanding intra-household inequality in rural Bangladeshi villages through analyzing the Village Dynamic in South Asia panel data.

Global Team

Heiner Baumann Managing Director, Co-Founder

Heiner Baumann is the Managing Director and a Co-Founder of PAD.  Mr. Baumann has over fifteen years of experience funding and supporting high growth social change organizations focused on sustainable agriculture, clean energy, community health, education, and conservation in East Africa, India, and Haiti through the Barr Foundation, The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, New Profit, Inc., and McKinsey & Co.. He is also a former Board member of KickStart; funder and strategy advisor with several agricultural organizations (One Acre Fund, IDE-India) and mobile technology-based solutions in Africa and India (D-TREE, BBC Media Action).

Megan Sheahan Director of Operations

Megan Sheahan is PAD’s Director of Operations. Ms. Sheahan holds an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University and B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Boston University. She has broad experience in agricultural and development economics research, research management and support, project management, and technical assistance. She previously worked at Cornell University, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), and Chemonics International and has consulted for various organizations, including the World Bank and African Development Bank.

Carroll Huss Interim Senior Finance and Operations Manager

Carroll Huss is PAD’s Interim Senior Finance and Operations Manager. Ms. Huss holds a B.S. in Business Management from Boston College and has broad experience in business management, Management Information Systems, project management, finance, and operations, working for Partners in Health's flagship Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti, and Shawmut Design & Construction. Prior to joining PAD, Ms. Huss served as the Director of Internal Operations and Finance at Build Health International for five years.

Tomoko Harigaya Senior Researcher

Tomoko Harigaya is PAD’s Senior Researcher. Dr. Harigaya holds PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University. She has extensive experience working with development organizations and government agencies on evaluation research. She has previously worked at Innovations for Poverty Action and consulted for Grameen Foundation, where she designed and oversaw randomized evaluations on microfinance and health programs. 

Ofir Reich Data Scientist

Ofir Reich is Data Scientist at the Center for Effective Global Action (UC Berkeley). Mr. Reich holds a Mathematics & Physics B.Sc. from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has 10 years of experience in applied mathematical research and data-intensive development research. He was a mathematical research team leader in an elite technological unit of the Israeli army and then chief Data Scientist and Machine Learning expert for a Tel-Aviv based start-up.

Jonathan Lehe Director of New Programs

Jonathan Lehe is PAD's Global Research Manager. Mr. Lehe holds a Masters in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School. He has more than 10 years of experience in the global health and education sectors, managing research projects and implementation of programs to scale up access to critical public services in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. He has previously worked at the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and consulted for the World Bank, Bridge International Academies, and MIT's Jameel Poverty Action Lab. 

Claudia Carbajal Morelos Global Research Manager

Claudia Carbajal Morelos is PAD’s Global Research Manager. Claudia holds a B.A. in Economics from Tecnologico de Monterrey and a Master in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School. She has over five years of experience in research, program design, implementation, and evaluation. Ms. Carbajal has worked in government, non-profit, and multilateral organizations in Mexico, India, and the United States.

Victor Perez Global Data Manager

Victor Perez is PAD’s Data Manager. Mr. Perez holds a B.A. in Economics from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM). He has experience working in nonprofit organizations on evaluation of agricultural interventions that investigate the impact of financial and knowledge barriers faced by smallholder maize farmers in Mexico on their technology adoption decisions.

John Marshall Global Research Assistant

John Marshall is PAD’s Global Research Assistant. Mr. Marshall holds a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University. As part of the Georgetown Initiative on Innovation, Development and Evaluation (Gui2de), he has worked in Tanzania and Washington D.C. on a road fatality reduction project called Funguka!

Fanele Mashwama Global Research Assistant

Fanele Mashwama is a Research Assistant at Harvard University. Mr. Mashwama holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Economics from Harvard University. He has worked as a business analyst for Mckinsey & Company, a researcher for the Central Bank of Swaziland and the Common Market for East and Southern Africa, and holds the World Champion title of the World University Debate Championships, the world’s largest English-speaking debate competition. 


Grady Killeen Global Research Assistant

Grady Killeen is a Research Assistant at PAD and Harvard University. Mr. Killeen holds a B.S. in International Economics from Georgetown University. He has worked on randomized controlled trials in Uganda and Kenya, where he oversaw efforts to capture GPS maps of coffee plots and use satellite data to measure yields. Mr. Killeen has been published in the Case Studies of the Environment journal.

Research Affiliates

Beyond this core team, PAD benefits enormously from the contributions of research affiliates who devote their time to co-directing impact evaluations and A/B tests that improve our services to farmers and partners.

Learn more about job openings at PAD or with one of our partner organizations.