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.

Amrita Ahuja

Board Member

Amrita Ahuja is a founder of Evidence Action where she led the start-up of Dispensers for Safe Water, and chaired the board of Deworm the World as it scaled to reach 30 million children. Amrita leads the Douglas B. Marshall, Jr. Family Foundation, an innovative funder with a focus on international education. Amrita previously worked as a Management Consultant at the Monitor Group. She holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University. In addition to her service to PAD, Amrita currently serves on the boards of the Global Innovation Fund (UK), STiR Education, and Evidence Action.   

Michael Kremer

Co-Founder and Board Member

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 and Chair of the Board

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 and Board Member

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, and Board Member

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).

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).

Tomoko Harigaya

Chief Economist and Director of Research

Tomoko Harigaya is PAD’s Chief Economist and Director of Research. 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. tomokoharigaya.com

Carolyne Nekesa

Chief People Officer

Carolyne Nekesa is PAD’s Chief People Officer. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BSc. in management from Africa Nazarene University. She has significant 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.

Emmanuel Bakirdjian

Africa Regional Director

Emmanuel Bakirdjian is PAD’s Africa Regional 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.

Niriksha Shetty

India Country Director

Niriksha Shetty is PAD’s Country Director for India. 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.

Claudia Carbajal Morelos

Country Director for Brazil and Acting Regional Director for Latin America

Claudia Carbajal Morelos is PAD’s Country Director for Brazil and Acting Regional Director for Latin America. 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 seven 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.

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.

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.

Jonathan Lehe

Chief Development Officer and Director of New Programs

Jonathan Lehe is PAD’s Chief Development Officer and 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, designing, implementing, and evaluating programs to scale up access to critical services in 30+ countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe. 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.

Ilana Kessler

Director of Programs

Ilana Kessler is PAD’s Director of Programs. She holds an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She specializes in innovation and strategy for scaling impact, and has previously served as General Partner at One Acre Fund and Director, Innovation at Evidence Action.

Jonathan Faull

Director of Communications

Jonathan Faull is PAD’s Director of Communications based in Washington DC. He holds an MPP from Harvard University, and degrees in Economics and Political Theory from the University of Cape Town. Inter alia, Jonathan has worked as a journalist and columnist, as a governance and quality assurance expert at the World Bank, as a researcher at the Parliament of South Africa, and as a Political Researcher for the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA).

Uzoamaka Ugochukwu

Country Launch Manager

Uzoamaka Ugochukwu is PAD’s Country Launch Manager for Nigeria. Uzoamaka holds an MA in Global Human Development from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. She has worked with the Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigerian Government and was a Foreign Service National at the United States Department of State. She has also previously worked on sustainable development, Women, Peace and Security with a grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). She is currently on the board of Youth Agro Entrepreneurs, Ajima Farms, NativSol Kitchen, and iamwanda.org.

Habtamu Yesigat

Director of Programs, Ethiopia

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

Senior Project Manager and Acting Director Partnerships and Operations, Ethiopia

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.

Niriksha Shetty

India Country Director

Niriksha Shetty is PAD’s Country Director for India. 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.

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.

Rohit Goel

Research and Operations Associate

Rohit Goel is PAD’s Research and Operations 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.

Vineet Keshaw

Senior Associate – Process and Product Innovations

Vineet is PAD’s Senior Associate – Process and Product Innovations 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

Senior Research and Operations Associate

Ashish Kamra is PAD’s Senior Research and Operations 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.

Suyashi Purwar

Research and Operations Associate

Suyashi Purwar is PAD’s Research and Operations 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, Ms. Purwar was working as an Associate Manager, CSR with Vedanta Aluminum Ltd. She also has experience in business analytics and dashboard management.

Srinivas V T

Research and Operations Associate

Srinivas V T is PAD’s Research and Operations Associate 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

Senior Research and Operations Associate

Maya Woser is PAD’s Senior Research and Operations 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.

Otini Mpinganjira

State Lead – Odisha

Otini Mpinganjira is PAD’s State Lead in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Otini holds a Master in Public Policy degree from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Prior to joining PAD, he worked with One Acre Fund as its Malawi Systems Lead. His interests are in Effective Public Management, Civil Service Reform, Sustainable Impact and Tech for Development.

Hannah Timmis

India Research Manager

Hannah Timmis is PAD’s Research Manager for India. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics. Hannah has six years of experience conducting rigorous research and managing programs in the international development sector. She has previously worked as a Research Associate at the Center for Global Development and the Institute for Development Studies, as a Project Manager at Adam Smith International and as an Analyst at Instiglio.

Garima Taneja

Senior Research and Operations Associate

Garima Taneja is a Senior Research and Operations Associate at PAD. She holds a master’s in economics from TERI University and a bachelor’s in economics from Delhi University. Prior to joining PAD, she has worked with many reputed organizations such as GIZ, IFPRI, Centers for International Project Trust, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment. She has experience in conducting impact evaluation studies, input-output optimization models & willingness to pay studies, developing water-sustainability plans and conducting capacity building trainings for farmer producer organizations. 

Vijay Badhani

Director of Programs and Strategic Alliances

Vijay Badhani is PAD’s Director of Programs and Strategic Alliances. He has an MBA from SP Jain School of Global Management. His experience spans organizations that include a growing London based fintech startup, a mid-cap Indian IT firm, Fortune 500 multinational companies, and two of the Big-Four business advisory firms (PwC and KPMG). He has worked extensively with Central and State Government Ministries/Departments in India, and has been involved in the design, implementation and management of large government programs.

Tushar Singh

Research and Operations Associate

Tushar Singh is PAD’s Research and Operations Associate in Odisha, India. He has completed his Masters in Agribusiness Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics and also holds a Bachelors in Economics from Ramjas College, University of Delhi. Prior to joining PAD, he worked at ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, as a Senior Research Fellow, focusing on projects aimed at improving maternal and child nutrition.

Revati Vaidya

Process and Product Innovation Associate

Revati Vaidya is PAD’s Process and Product Innovation Associate in Odisha, India. She holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and a B.B.A in Finance and International Business from Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies (SCMS), Pune. Revati has previously worked with a Venture Capital firm, has interned with the National Institute of Rural Development and has volunteered with Teach for India. Her interests are in Sustainable Social Impact, Policy Innovations, and Tech for Development.

Prerna Panda

Research and Operations Associate

Prerna Panda is a Research and Operations Associate at PAD. She holds a Masters in Public Policy and Development from Paris School of Economics and Bachelors in Economics (Hons.) from Miranda House, University of Delhi. She has worked with institutions and public policy think tanks globally such as Center for Civil Society, Center for Youth and Social Development, University of Zurich and Deakin University focusing on healthcare, education and child well-being. Her interests are in conducting impact evaluation, development studies, policy analysis and project management.

Prasanna Kumar

Senior Software Engineer

Prasanna Kumar is a Senior Software Engineer at PAD. He has a B.E in Information Science & Engineering from BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore and a PhD in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. Prior to joining the PhD programme, he worked as a software engineer at National Instruments, Bangalore. His areas of interest are functional programming languages, program synthesis, and using chatbot based systems for teaching. 

Shradha Parashari

Research and Operations Associate

Shradha Parashari is a Research and Operations Associate at PAD. She holds Masters in Development Studies with Major in Economics of Development and specialization in Econometric Evaluation of Policies from Erasmus University Rotterdam. She also holds Bachelors in Economics Honors from University of Delhi. Prior to PAD she has worked in capacity of Research Executive and Research Associate. Her work has focused on topics of education, health and environment. Her expertise lies in conducting primary and secondary research, designing research, data analysis, data management, operations, proposal writing, writing concept notes, coordination and liaising with key stakeholders.

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Emmanuel Bakirdjian

Africa Regional Director

Emmanuel Bakirdjian is PAD’s Africa Regional 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

Chief People Officer

Carolyne Nekesa is PAD’s Chief People Officer. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BSc. in management from Africa Nazarene University. She has significant 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).

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.

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.

Samantha Strimling

Research Associate

Samantha Strimling is a Research Associate at PAD. She earned Bachelor’s degrees in Economics, History, and Philosophy from University of California, Berkeley. Previously, she worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Credit Suisse and Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda, where she worked at a local financial institution. She also co-founded Tuleeta Mukisa Bafuna Subi, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization centered around construction of irrigation systems, and is a Research Assistant for a Harvard University study aimed at increasing access to irrigation and other agricultural technology among dairy farmers in Central Kenya through creative structuring of financial contracts.

Jackson Abuli

East Africa Agronomist

Jackson Sianje Abuli is PAD’s East Africa Agronomist. Jackson has worked in the public sector for over 12 years in various capacities in which he championed the cause of farming communities in Kenya through extension and engagements in sustainable agriculture, agribusiness development, extension and research liaison and enhancing agricultural productivity. He holds a Master’s in Integrated Soil Fertility Management from Kenyatta University and a Bachelor of sciences in Agriculture from University of Nairobi. Jackson has a broad experience in projects management, agricultural research, extension management, agribusiness development, public policy development, local economic development and rural entrepreneurship. He previously worked with OCP Africa as Company Agronomist for OCP Kenya .

Georges Poquillon

Senior Research and Operations Manager

Georges Poquillon is a Senior Research and Operations Manager at PAD in Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a Master of Economics from the Toulouse School of Economics (France) and a PhD in Economics from the University of Essex (UK). Prior to joining PAD, Georges worked at the World Bank as an Impact Evaluation Evaluation Field Supervisor on a youth employment project in Kenya (Kenya Youth Employment Opportunity Project).

Habtamu Yesigat

Director of Programs, Ethiopia

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

Senior Project Manager and Acting Director Partnerships and Operations, Ethiopia

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.

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.

Mengistu Woldehanna

Livestock Specialist

Mengistu Woldehanna is PAD’s Livestock Specialist. He holds a M.Sc. Degree Master of Science in Tropical Livestock Systems from The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and a B.Sc. in Animal Science from Haramaya University (Ethiopia). Mengistu has over 30 years of research and development experience in agriculture specifically livestock production and over 15 years of university teaching experience. He previously worked at Haramaya University, ILRI, IFPRI, EDRI, and The Ethiopian Microfinance Institutions (AEMFI).

Shalom Degfie

Admin and Finance Officer

Shalom Degfie is PAD`s Admin and Finance Officer in Ethiopia. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Addis Ababa University. Prior to joining PAD, he worked for Catholic Relief Service and GOAL Global in different finance, admin, logistic and grant related positions.  

Messay Sintayehu

Project Associate

Messay Sintayehu is a Project Associate within the PAD Ethiopia team. He holds a Master’s degree in Project Management from St. Mary’s University and a Bachelor degree in Business Management from Unity University. Messay has years of experiences in Ethiopia working across climate change, environment, agriculture and sustainable development sectors. His areas of expertise include project management, action research, environmental advocacy and knowledge management. Prior to PAD, Messay has worked at Echnoserve Consulting, Forum for Environment and Unity University.

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.

Bakhtawar Ali

Project Manager

Bakhtawar Ali is a Project Manager at PAD Pakistan on the IFAD project. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in Applied Statistics from the University of Punjab, Pakistan. In his postgraduate education, Bakhtawar graduated with a perfect GPA and was awarded an Honorary Gold Medal by the Chief Minister on account of his 1st Position in the State. He previously worked with Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) and Pakistan Television Network (PTV). He is currently working with the Government of Pakistan and Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). His research interests are in agriculture economics,  political economy, and development economics.

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.

Farheen Sayam

Senior Research Associate

Farheen Sayam is working as Senior Research Associate at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and a Master of Science degree in entomology. She has previously worked with Agriculture Department, Govt. of the Punjab as Agriculture Officer (Extension), Agriculture Officer (Technical) and Business/Investment Specialist in various Govt. based Agriculture Projects and has 10+ years of experience in agricultural extension planning and management, research and development, smart agriculture and agronomy. She is also a trainer and conducted trainings of Agri. exporters/importers regarding WTO, Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary Measures (SPS).

Uzoamaka Ugochukwu

Country Launch Manager

Uzoamaka Ugochukwu is PAD’s Country Launch Manager for Nigeria. Uzoamaka holds an MA in Global Human Development from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. She has worked with the Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigerian Government and was a Foreign Service National at the United States Department of State. She has also previously worked on sustainable development, Women, Peace and Security with a grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). She is currently on the board of Youth Agro Entrepreneurs, Ajima Farms, NativSol Kitchen, and iamwanda.org.

Claudia Carbajal Morelos

Country Director for Brazil and Acting Regional Director for Latin America

Claudia Carbajal Morelos is PAD’s Country Director for Brazil and Acting Regional Director for Latin America. 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 seven 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.

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

Chief Economist and Director of Research

Tomoko Harigaya is PAD’s Chief Economist and Director of Research. 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

Chief Development Officer and Director of New Programs

Jonathan Lehe is PAD’s Chief Development Officer and 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, designing, implementing, and evaluating programs to scale up access to critical services in 30+ countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe. 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.

Ilana Kessler

Director of Programs

Ilana Kessler is PAD’s Director of Programs. She holds an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She specializes in innovation and strategy for scaling impact, and has previously served as General Partner at One Acre Fund and Director, Innovation at Evidence Action.

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.

Jonathan Faull

Director of Communications

Jonathan Faull is PAD’s Director of Communications based in Washington DC. He holds an MPP from Harvard University, and degrees in Economics and Political Theory from the University of Cape Town. Inter alia, Jonathan has worked as a journalist and columnist, as a governance and quality assurance expert at the World Bank, as a researcher at the Parliament of South Africa, and as a Political Researcher for the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA).

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.

Kara Czeczotka

Senior Associate – New Program Development

Kara Czeczotka is PAD’s Senior Associate – New Program Development. 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.

Rohan Shah

Global Research Assistant

Rohan Shah is a Global Research Assistant at PAD. He holds a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard College. Rohan has conducted research on the informal water market in Mathare, Nairobi’s second largest informal settlement and has field experience in Mozambique.

Theresa Solenski

Global Research and Program Associate

Theresa Solenski is PAD’s Global Research and Program Associate. 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.

Vincent Vanderputten

Data Scientist

Vincent Vanderputten is a Data Scientist at PAD. He holds a BSc in electrical engineering, a MSc in Photonics from Ghent University, and a Masters in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School. Vincent has worked in academia, government, and nonprofits, and spent the past couple of years using statistics and data science to answer questions and address issues in economic development, from risk modeling to remote sensing.

Stefania Pozzi

Global Senior Research Associate

Stefania Pozzi is PAD’s Global Senior Research Associate. She holds a MSc in Public Policy and Development from the Toulouse School of Economics, France, and a BSc in Statistics and Information Management from the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy. Prior to joining PAD, she designed and managed an impact evaluation survey of Conservation Agriculture for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Timor-Leste. Stefania is a former Overseas Development Institute (ODI) fellow who has worked for two years in the Timor-Leste national statistical office.

Yifan Powers

Global Senior Research Associate

Yifan Powers is PAD’s Global Senior Research Associate. She holds a MA in International Economics and International Development from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BA in Economics from Boston University. She has worked with smallholder farmers in Zambia, identifying possible interventions to a cotton ginner’s outgrower model, and in India, conducting a needs assessment for a farmer producer cooperative. Prior to joining PAD, she managed communications and outreach at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (TPC) and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the See Forever Foundation in the District of Columbia.

Winnie Njuguna

Global Operations Assistant

Winnie Njuguna is PAD’s Global Operations Assistant. She holds a BSc. in International Business Administration and an MBA in Strategic Management from USIU- Africa. Prior to joining PAD, Winnie worked for 3M Kenya Limited, and has also had experience working in the energy and financial services industries in various capacities.

Caitlin McKee

Global Research Support Manager

Caitlin McKee is PAD’s Global Research Support Manager. She holds a Master of Public Administration with a certificate in International Development from the University of Washington. She has experience in agricultural research, impact evaluation, and policy analysis and most recently worked for the Center for Global Development in London. Caitlin has implemented randomized control trials in East Africa, notably for cassava farmers in Tanzania and sugarcane growers in Uganda. She has also conducted data analysis on Tanzanian smallholder farmers with projects for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala working on women’s empowerment issues.

JingKai Ong

Global Research Associate

JingKai Ong is PAD’s Global Research Associate. He holds a MASc in Data, Economics, and Development Policy from MIT and a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley. Kai has previously managed a randomized controlled trial in rural Zambia as a Research Associate at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). He is also a former Princeton in Africa fellow who served as a Junior Consultant for Imani Development in Malawi.

Diana McLeod

Global Research Associate

Diana McLeod is PAD’s Global Research Associate. She holds a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Middlebury College. Diana has conducted research on immigration in the U.S. and has field experience in Peru, working to improve the nutritional and economic outcomes of rural communities through greenhouse development and agroecological practices.

Gautam Bastian

Research and Program Development Manager

Gautam Bastian is PAD’s Research and Program Development Manager. He holds a Master of Public Administration specializing in Advanced Policy and Economic Analysis from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a BA in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He has designed and implemented impact evaluations in agriculture, mobile finance, education, and business training in India, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Nigeria. Before joining PAD, he was an Economist at the World Bank’s Africa Gender Innovation Lab and a Research Associate at Harvard Business School.

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.