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).

Navendu Saxena Director of Product

Navendu Saxena is PAD’s Director of Product in India. Mr. Saxena holds a degree in computer science from Delhi College of Engineering. He worked at the Bank of America as Senior Technical Associate before launching the startups ‘LetMeDrive’ and ‘Suggest Me on Call’ as Product Head and Chief Architect of Technology, respectively. He has a strong background in product strategy, product design, marketing, analytics, and technology.

Swapnil Agarwal Senior Research Associate

Swapnil Agarwal is a Senior Research Associate at J-PAL South Asia at IFMR. Ms. Agarwal holds a Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad (where she ranked 9th in her class) and B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur. She previously worked in consulting at Inductis.

Jaagruti Didwania Research Associate

Jaagruti Didwania is a Research Associate at J-PAL South Asia. Ms. Didwania holds a BA in economics from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. She previously worked as a research assistant in the Economics department of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur; and as an associate at Citizens Alliance, a non-profit organization working on skill development in India.

Meghna Singh Research Consultant

Meghna Singh is a Research Consultant at J-PAL South Asia, currently working in Odisha. Ms. Singh holds an MA in Economics from Ambedkar University, Delhi. Previously, she interned with the Delhi Commuting Study (now the Bangalore Comming Study) pilot under JPAL South Asia, and with the Institute for Competitiveness, Gurgaon.

Africa 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.

Carolina Corral Director of Program Expansion

Carolina Corral is PAD’s Director of Program Expansion. Ms. Corral holds an M.Sc. in Economics from Université de Montréal and has more than 10 years of experience in applied economic research and managing large projects in Latin America and Africa for Innovations for Poverty Action, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, and Qué Funciona para el Desarrollo. 

Getu Shikur Ethiopia Country Representative

Getu Shikur is PAD’s Ethiopia Country Representative. 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. 

Daniel Mokrauer-Madden Research Manager

Daniel is a Research Manager 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.

Lillian Alexander Implementation Associate

Lillian Alexander is an Implementation Associate at Innovations for Poverty Action in Kenya. Lillian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University. She most recently returned from teaching English on a Fulbright grant in Malaysian Borneo. Lillian previously worked for DAI and participated in research on agriculture, nutrition, and ecological change in Uganda and Ethiopia. 

Victor Perez 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.

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 Lead Agronomist

Violet Omenyo is an Associate Field Manager - Agronomist with 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. William holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Chemistry from the University of Nairobi. He has more than 6-years 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' experience working with smallholder maize farmers and evaluation of barriers for fertilizer use in western Kenya. He previously worked for the Kenyan Government as Community Development Assistant, working with communities and welfare groups within western Kenya.

Chris Musungu Project Field Manager

Chris Musungu Namulundu is PAD's Project 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' 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.

Carolyne Nekesa Consultant

Carolyne Nekesa Khagondi is a consultant with PAD in Kenya. 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.

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. Mr. Ali holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance from University of London with distinctions in Economics and Microeconomics. Previously, Ali worked as a Consultant at Inov8 Limited on Mobile Money Initiatives for Financial Inclusion in Pakistan. He also worked to provide financial relief to internally displaced people of Pakistan during Zarb-e- Azab (Pakistan's War on Terror). Prior to this, he served as a Research Analyst, aiding research on financial currencies and commodities and their impact on investors and public.

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. 

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.

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 Global Research Manager

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. 

Olga Rostapshova Global Development Advisor

Olga Rostapshova is PAD’s Global Development Advisor. Dr. Rostapshova holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University, and a BS in Engineering and BA in Economics, with minors in Environmental Studies and Public Policy, from Swarthmore College. She serves as Technical Director of Impact Evaluation at Social Impact, and has previously worked at Ernst & Young’s Quantitative Economics and Statistics group, and consulted for the World Bank, MIT, Harvard and the Weiss Family Program Fund in Development Economics. She has designed and led numerous impact evaluations in Africa and Asia. 

Wendy Hernandez Administrative Assistant

Wendy Hernández is an experienced Administrative Assistant who specializes in supporting high-level executives in the education and non-profit sector. Ms. Hernandez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management and Writing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. 

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.