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. In 2019 Michael was named with Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee as a Nobel Laureate for Economic Sciences. 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. Michael 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. He 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. Madhur 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. He 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).

Bhaumik Shah Head of India Operations

Bhaumik Shah is PAD’s Head of India Operations. Bhaumik 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 Senior Project Manager - South Asia

Niriksha Shetty is PAD’s Senior Project Manager for all projects in South Asia. She 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.

Sonam Sahu Senior Implementation Associate

Sonam is PAD’s Senior Implementation Associate in Odisha, India. She holds a post graduate degree in Business Management from Praxis Business School, Kolkata. Prior to joining PAD, she worked with many reputed firms such as UNDP, VSO and Fairtrade International. She has experience in conducing market assessment and value chain analysis in agriculture sector.  

Rohit Goel Implementation Associate

Rohit Goel is PAD’s Implementation Associate in India. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from Anand’s Institute of Rural Management and a B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Durgapur. Prior to joining PAD, Rohit interned with the International Water Management Institute, BAIF Development Research Foundation and Uttar Pradesh State Rural Livelihood Mission.

Rishabh Dwivedi Project Manager

Rishabh Dwivedi is PAD’s Project Manager in Odisha, India. He holds a postgraduate degree in management from Institute of Rural Management, Anand. Prior to joining PAD, he was working as Research Manager at Catalyst Management Services, Bangalore. He has led teams in large scale research studies and impact evaluations involving policy level implications across sectors. He has worked with multiple organizations including Ministry of Rural Development, Government of Netherlands, World Bank, BMGF and UNDP.

Vineet Keshaw Senior Implementation Associate

Vineet is PAD’s Senior Implementation Associate in Odisha, India. He holds a postgraduate degree in Development studies from IIT Guwahati. Prior to joining PAD, he was working as an Assistant Consultant with Oxford Policy Management, New Delhi. He has experience in conducting impact evaluations studies.

Prateek Uniyal Project Lead

Prateek Uniyal is PAD’s Project Lead in Punjab, India. He holds a degree in IT Engineering from G.B. Pant University, Pantnagar, India. Prior to joining PAD, he was working as Program Manager at Intellecap Advisory Services, Hyderabad . He has led large scale projects (national and international) with various organizations in and outside India in the sector of Agriculture. Prateek has worked with multiple organizations including SRIJAN, ICCO, Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives etc.

Ashish Kamra Implementation Associate

Ashish Kamra is PAD’s Implementation Associate in India. He holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai and a B.E. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Chandigarh. Ashish has over two years of experience in Big Data Analytics. Before joining PAD, Ashish interned with Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore and EPW Research Foundation. His interest lies in agriculture economics.

Samyam Shrestha Implementation Associate

Samyam Shrestha is PAD's Implementation Associate in Odisha, India. He holds M.S. degree in Applied Economics from Montana State University, U.S., and B.S. degree in Business Information Systems from Kathmandu University, Nepal. Prior to joining PAD, he was involved in several impact evaluation projects based in Nepal and was involved with organizations like IFPRI, Feed the Future, Heifer International, etc. He also has experience in qualitative research and journalistic writing.  

Aayush Malik Implementation Associate

Aayush Malik is PAD’s Implementation Associate in Bhubaneswar. Prior joining PAD, he worked with the American India Foundation as a William J Clinton Fellow, and with Stanford University as an Enumerator. He has a MA in Social Entrepreneurship from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and a BS in Statistics from University of Delhi. His interests are in Development Economics and Artificial Intelligence for Social Development.

Suyashi Purwar Implementation Associate

Suyashi Purwar is PAD’s Implementation Associate in Ludhiana, India. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) and a B.Tech. degree in Information & Communication Technology from Dhirubhai Institute of Information & Communication Technology. Prior to joining PAD, Suyashi was working as an Associate Manager, CSR with Vedanta Aluminum Ltd. She also has experience in business analytics and dashboard management.

Srinivas V T Implementation Associate (Data)

Srinivas V T is PAD’s Implementation Associate (Data) in Bhubaneswar, India. He holds a master's degree in Rural Management. Prior to joining PAD, he was associated with Centre De Sciences Humaines (Delhi), CIMMYT (Bhubaneswar), and livelihood promoting NGOs in Hyderabad with research as his main focus area. His earlier work involved managing primary and secondary data, bio- economic modeling and project evaluation.

Maya Woser Research Associate

Maya Woser is PAD's Research Associate in Odisha, India. She holds a B.A. in International Politics and Economics from Middlebury College. Previously, she worked as an economic consultant in Washington, DC, working on labor and employment cases. She has experience in research and data analysis, and is interested in environmental sustainability, social impact, and technology.

Kenya Team

Emmanuel Bakirdjian Kenya Country Director

Emmanuel Bakirdjian is PAD’s Kenya Country Director. Emmanuel 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. She 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. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from the University of Nairobi. Prior to joining PAD, she 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).

Simon Robertson Research and Operations Manager

Simon Robertson is PAD’s Research and Operations Manager in Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a MMath in Mathematics from Oxford University and an MSc in Economics from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. Prior to joining PAD, Simon managed randomized evaluations in governance, financial technology and universal basic income across East Africa for Innovations for Poverty Action. Additionally, he has worked for MIT, UPenn, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Institute of Fiscal Studies in London.

Daniel Mokrauer-Madden Senior Research Coordinator

Daniel Mokrauer-Madden is a Senior Research Coordinator at 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.

Kaitlyn Turner East Africa Research Manager

Kaitlyn Turner is PAD’s East Africa Research Manager in Nairobi, Kenya. She earned her Master of International Development Policy from Georgetown University. Prior to joining PAD, she worked in the region for Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development and Evaluation in the transportation and digital financial inclusion sectors.  

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.

Simon Rubangakene Project Associate

Simon Rubangakene is a PAD’s Project Associate in Kampala, Uganda. He holds an MSc degree in International Development from the University of Bath in United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Public Administration from Gulu University, Uganda. Prior to joining PAD, Simon supported an impact evaluation on transparency and accountability in the public sector at IPA Uganda as a Field Manager.

Maureen Kuboka Agronomy Associate

Maureen Kuboka Nandwa is PAD’s Agronomy Associate in Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and a Master of Science degree in Crop Protection from the University of Nairobi. Prior to joining PAD, she worked with Koppert Biological Systems Kenya. She has experience in research, development, programming and agronomy.

​Charles Misiati Associate Field Manager

Charles Misiati is an Associate Field Manager at Innovations for Poverty Action in Kenya. He holds a Bachelor's in Social Work from Childline College in Nairobi and a Certificate in Supervisory Management from GTI Mombasa. Charles 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 Outreach Officer

Chris Musungu Namulundu is PAD's Outreach Officer in Nairobi, Kenya. Previously, he worked for PAD as a field manager under Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). Chris 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. He 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.

Sidney Muchule Research Associate

Sidney Muchule is a Research Associate at PAD. He is a graduate of Kenyatta University with a BSc in Mathematics. Prior to joining PAD, he worked on various projects assisting start-ups and SMEs in exploring the potential of low-income markets, gaining consumer insights and creating new value propositions with the aim of accelerating the impact of market-driven innovations to BoP.

Phelix Okoth Akugo Junior Accountant

Phelix Okoth Akugo is PAD’s Junior Accountant based in Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Nairobi and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from Kenya Accountants and Secretaries Board (KASNEB). He also has a Certificate of Proficiency in Insurance from Kenya College of Insurance. Prior to joining PAD, he worked for BRITAM as a financial advisor and underwriter, and Hope for Victoria Children (Hovic) as Finance and Admin Assistant.

Wanjiku Caroline Macharia Junior Software Developer

Wanjiku Caroline Macharia is Junior Software Developer at PAD, she holds a B.A degree in Economics, Sociology and Mathematics and is a self-taught software developer. Prior to joining PAD, she worked with Little Kidogo as a Software Developer, and has experience in building robust API’S and automating workflows.

Dianah Nakubulwa Agronomist Consultant

Dianah Nakubulwa is PAD’s Agronomist Consultant based in Kampala, Uganda. She has a Bsc. Degree in Agricultural Land Use and Management and is currently awaiting schedule of defense for Msc. Soil Science all from Makerere University, Uganda. Dianah is an Agronomist and soil scientist with strong spatial skills. She is fueled by her passion to boost production of small holder farmers and improve their livelihoods through fostering their knowledge in Agronomy and soil. Dianah has previously worked with IITA (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture), Bioversity International and the National Agriculture Research Organisation.

Emmanuel Musafiri Project Associate

Emmanuel Musafiri is PAD’s Project Associate based in Rwanda. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Rwanda and a Master’s degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics from University of Nairobi. Prior to joining PAD, he worked for Innovations for Poverty Action in Rwanda as a Senior Research Associate.

Ethiopia Team

Habtamu Yesigat Senior Research and Operations Manager

Habtamu Yesigat is PAD's Senior Research and Operations Manager in Ethiopia. He 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. He 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. She 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.

Lidya Tesfaye Project Associate

Lidya Tesfaye is PAD’s Project Associate in Ethiopia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Development Economics from Addis Ababa University School of Commerce and has earned her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Unity University. Prior to joining PAD, she worked with Echnoserve Consulting in Ethiopia, gaining extensive experience in action-orientated research, project management and monitoring and evaluation.

Getu Shikur Senior Advisor

Getu Shikur is PAD’s Senior Advisor in Ethiopia. He 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. 

​Yabebal Ayalew Data Research Associate

Yabebal Ayalew is PAD's Data Research Associate in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Statistics with a minor in Computer Science, a M.S. in Biostatistics from Addis Ababa University and a European Master in Data Mining and Knowledge Management from UPMC and UPC. He worked as a lecturer of statistics in Addis Ababa University and Data and Knowledge management officer at ECRC (previously EDRI). He has extensive experience in machine learning and statistical data analysis.

Gashaw Kedir Project Associate

Gashaw Kedir is a Project Associate within the PAD Ethiopia team. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Mathematics and Economics from Lafayette College. He has been involved in a wide range of companies and organizations in the past, including positions at the Development Bank of Ethiopia, Bloomberg, the Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) of Ethiopia and Government Financial Strategies (GFS) of California.

Pakistan Team

Adeel Shafqat Senior Program Manager

Adeel Shafqat is a Programs Manager at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). He 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.

Joshua Gill Senior Research Associate

Joshua Gill is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). Josh 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, he 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). He 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, he works as a research assistant on the impact of flooding on agricultural productivity and farm size in Pakistan. 

Hassan Ammar Project Manager

Hassan Ammar is a Project Manager at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). Hassan holds two degrees from the University of Pennsylvania: a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies. He has previously worked as an Education Coordinator at the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia (UNAGP), where he spearheaded the Education and Outreach Program. He has also served as an Education Coordinator at the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative (PGWI), raising awareness about global water and sanitation issues. 

Mahroz Haider Research Associate

Mahroz Haider is working as a Research Associate at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan. Mahroz holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from National University of Sciences & Technology Islamabad (NUST) and a Master's degree in Management from New York University (NYU). He has previously worked as an Executive Projects at Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim Limited.

Global Team

Owen Barder Chief Executive Officer

Owen Barder is PAD’s Chief Executive Officer. He is also a Visiting Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics, and an adviser to the House of Commons International Development Committee.  From January 2020 he will be a Non Executive Director of Social Finance, a UK non-profit. Previously Owen served as Vice President and Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD) in Washington DC, before establishing CGD Europe and building it into an influential European think tank. Prior to his work in civil society, Owen was a British civil servant in HM Treasury, the office of the Prime Minister, and the UK Department for International Development in career spanning a quarter of a century. He was private secretary to the Prime Minister and to two Chancellors of the Exchequer. He also took breaks from the civil service to work at the South African Treasury, the Center for Global Development, Development Initiatives, and was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley.  Owen has served on the board of several NGOs and as an Associate at the Institute for Government.

Heiner Baumann Managing Director, Co-Founder

Heiner Baumann is the Managing Director and a Co-Founder of PAD. He 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).

Brian Keefe Director of Finance and Operations

Brian Keefe is PAD’s Director of Finance and Operations. He holds a Masters degree in Business from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Merrimack College. He has over 30 years of experience in Finance and Operations, with the last five years spent working in non-profits. Prior to joining PAD, he worked at Housing Families Inc., Lazarus House, DHL, Ryder and GE. 

Tomoko Harigaya Director of Research

Tomoko Harigaya is PAD’s Senior Researcher. She holds PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University. Tomoko 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. 

Jonathan Lehe Director of New Programs

Jonathan Lehe is PAD's Director of New Programs. Jonathan 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 agriculture, 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, DFID, 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. She 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. Claudia 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. He 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.

Jessica Zhu Researcher

Jessica Zhu is PAD’s Researcher. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Bard College and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has extensive experience in conducting research in development economics, specifically in agriculture related area. She has previously worked at the World Bank’s Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) group and consulted for IFPRI. 

John Marshall Global Research Assistant

John Marshall is PAD’s Global Research Assistant. John 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. He 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. He holds a B.S. in International Economics from Georgetown University. Grady 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. He has been published in the Case Studies of the Environment journal.

Kara Czeczotka Global Operations Analyst

Kara Czeczotka is PAD’s Global Operations Analyst. She holds a B.A. and a Master in Business Administration from Boston University, focusing on strategy, innovation, and environmental sustainability. Kara has previous experience in healthcare and higher education administration, and has done work with various non-profits in the US and abroad.

Theresa Solenski Global Research and Program Associate

Theresa Solenski is a Research and Program Associate at PAD. She holds a M.S. in International and Development Economics, with a focus in microeconomics, from the University of San Francisco and a B.A. in Writing and Spanish from Loyola University New Orleans. Previously, she has contributed to poverty alleviation programs in Latin America, including an experimental intervention with female micro-entrepreneurs in Colombia, and a parasitic-disease reduction campaign in Guatemala.

Research Collaborators

Beyond this core team, PAD benefits enormously from the contributions of research collaborators 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.