At AidData, we believe that game-changing ideas can come from anyone. Our team of staff, students and affiliated researchers work together in locations across the country and around the world towards a common mission.
We embody a "never say it can't be done" attitude and push ourselves to be engines of innovation. In doing so, we deliberately seek out talented people with audacious ideas from the academic, nonprofit and technology sectors.
Nancy is the Co-Executive Director of AidData, and is the Senior Director of Operations at Development Gateway, responsible for the management and strategic direction of DG's programs in over 30 countries. Nancy has extensive experience leading aid management projects and working with governments and donors around the world. Previously, Nancy monitored and responded to natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies for USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. She holds an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a BA from Harvard University.
Brad Parks is Co-Executive Director of AidData and Research Faculty at the College of William and Mary's Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations. He previously administered the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s annual country selection process and managed anti-corruption and judicial reform programs in Indonesia and the Philippines. He is also an author of several books and articles on aid allocation, aid effectiveness, and development theory and practice. Brad holds a PhD in International Relations and an MS in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also holds a BA in International Relations from the College of William and Mary.
Dina, an Associate with Development Gateway, serves as a Project Manager at AidData. Dina served as AidData’s Geocoding Aid Management Fellow in Nepal, and was previously a project manager at the DESERTEC Foundation. Dina holds a master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam and a B.A. in International Relations from the College of William & Mary.
Sharif is a consultant with Development Gateway, and a Data Classification Associate for AidData. His responsibilities include activity coding of different projects into categories, arbitration, and geocoding of aid projects. He received his MBA in Business Administration from BRAC University with a major in Finance. Before working for AidData, Sharif worked for M2SYS Technology, an American Biometric software company, as a Pre-sales and Marketing Officer.
Farhana is a consultant with Development Gateway, and serves as a data classification associate on AidData's Bangladesh Team. She contributes to AidData's data coding, arbitration and geocoding efforts. Farhana received a Masters and a B.A. degree in English, and has over 6 years of experience in the non-profit sector.
Catalin sits on AidData's Steering Committee, and is Development Gateway’s Director of Information Technology where he provides technical oversight and guidance for AidData. Catalin’s role is to ensure the successful execution of Development Gateway and AidData’s missions through development and deployment of information and communications technologies. Catalin has a Master’s degree in Engineering from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in Lyon, France.
Ben is a Technical Associate at Development Gateway and brings his research, data analysis, and GIS development knowledge to AidData, working on various parts of the HESN award. He joins from an IT Consulting company where he focused on GIS and Database Development for various United States Government Agencies. Ben was a former AidData Research Assistant at William and Mary where he received his BA in International Relations and Environmental Science and Policy.
Mandy Badamkhand is an AidData Junior Program Manager and Research Associate. She oversees AidData’s work with non-traditional donors and assists with communications and academic outreach. She also manages day-to-day data collection, coding, and arbitration activities and mentors research assistants in data management and independent research. Mandy holds a BA in International Relations from Brigham Young University and a BBA in Industrial Economics and Management from the University of Business and Economics of Mongolia.
Ariel BenYishay is AidData’s Chief Economist and Assistant Professor of Economics at the College of William and Mary. He previously served as Lecturer in Economics at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. He also served as Associate Director of Economic Analysis and Evaluation at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Ariel has served as the principal investigator on a variety of large-scale experiments in developing countries, including Malawi, the Philippines, and the Solomon Islands. His work has been published in leading journals, including the Journal of Human Resources, the Journal of Comparative Economics, and Economic Development and Cultural Change. Ariel holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland.
Caroline Bergeron is a Partnership Associate and supports the Director of Strategic Partnerships at AidData. Her responsibilities include developing partnership opportunities and business development collateral publications. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia.
Mauricio is a software developer who has been working with Development Gateway since 2009. He has extensive experience with in-country aid systems and the creation of visualization dashboards. Mauricio has participated in country missions in Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and Honduras. He has 5 years of software development in Argentina.
Samantha is the Director of Policy and Communications for AidData. She has co-authored World Bank papers on open data and citizen feedback with the Open Development Technology Alliance, and assisted former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to teach a class on foreign policy. Samantha previously advised on multilingual education policy with SIL International and coordinated the advocacy efforts of the Asia Multilingual Education Working Group for UNESCO. She holds a dual masters in Foreign Service and Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Kelly oversees the grants and budget for the Political Economy and Development Lab at Brigham Young University. She received an MPA from the University of Utah and a BA in psychology from the University of Utah.
Taryn is an Associate with Development Gateway, primarily focused on the Aid Management Program, and she serves as a Geocoding Project Manager for AidData. Previously, she was an Aid Management Fellow in Laos, worked with DG’s communications team, and worked for the American Red Cross as the Service to Armed Forces Coordinator. Taryn received her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.
Harsh Desai is a Junior Program Manager and Research Associate for Tracking Under-Reported Financial Flows (TUFF) at AidData. He is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, with a double major in Political Science and Philosophy. As an undergraduate researcher for Dr. Mona Lyne, an ARC Research Fellow, and as a summer research fellow at the 2013 REU-NSF World Politics Program at Texas Christian University, Harsh researched U.S. development finance and democracy assistance.
Diego is an IT Consultant with Development Gateway and a software developer for AidData. Diego specializes in GIS application development, and has developed software for the Aid Management Platform (AMP), AidData, and external clients. Diego has 15 years of experience in web development, has worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Honduras, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Haiti, Burundi, Liberia and Madagascar, and manages the AMP in Honduras.
Sebas is an IT Consultant with Development Gateway, and serves as the Team Lead for AidData’s software development team and architect for the AidData.org portal and other client applications. Previously, he developed software for the Aid Management Platform (AMP) at Development Gateway, working in Bolivia, Malawi, Madagascar, and DRC. Sebastian has more than 14 years of experience developing software and has worked with Gedas / T-Systems, Motorola Argentina, and other local enterprises.
Ionut is an IT Consultant with Development Gateway, and works as a software developer on AidData. He has worked on implementing the mobile version of the Teamworks Application and dgMarket, an open procurement system tracking with more that $1 trillion worth of procurement notices. He holds a M.Sc. degree in computer science and also was a teaching assistant for 'Mobile Software Development' course.
Carrie is a GIS Analyst for AidData and a Research Fellow in Public Policy at the College of William and Mary. Carrie has over 10 years of experience using spatial tools such as geographic information systems and global positioning systems. She has written several articles on utilizing geocoded data to examine health outcomes and has advised projects in Africa and Latin America. Carrie holds an MPH from Tulane University and is pursuing her PhD in Healthcare Policy and Research at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Fernando is a software developer for AidData, specializing in data visualization and dashboard development. Fernando has worked for Development Gateway on the Aid Management Platform (AMP) in Bolivia, Burundi, Cook Islands, Honduras, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Uganda. Fernando has more than ten years of software development experience.
Dennis is a Programmer at AidData. He previously served as an Air Force communications officer and a systems specialist for the AF Public Affairs Agency. Dennis received a BS in Biology from the US Air Force Academy.
Daniel is a Visiting Research Associate at AidData. His responsibilities include research and collaboration with emerging development partners. Daniel holds a BA in International Relations from Fray Bartolome de las Casas University, and an MA in International Development Cooperation from Instituto Mora in Mexico.
Josephine is AidData’s Financial and Business Analytics Manager, where she develops and analyzes information to assess the current and future financial status of the project. She previously worked as a Program Cost Control Analyst responsible for managing program’s financial operation, coordination of annual cost proposals, and contract administration. Josephine attended minor studies at the University of Santo Tomas, and received her BA in Business with a concentration in Accounting from Saint Leo University with honors.
Vanessa is the Field Operations Manager for AidData's HESN award, where she oversees in-country data collection, capacity building, and the the Aid Management Fellowship program. Vanessa has managed the implementation of aid management systems in Kosovo, Moldova, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Mozambique. Vanessa has a MA in International Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and a BA from the University of Miami.
Seth is a Technical Associate at AidData. He designs and develops tools to improve AidData's capacity to provide and analyze data for research and decision-making communities. Seth completed his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering at Villanova University, where he minored in geography. His previous work includes defense research for the Navy, developing an alternative energy system for a health clinic in Tanzania, and documenting humanitarian projects for IEEE. His main interests are in finding new and meaningful ways to work with and analyze data.
Brian is the Senior Advisor to Development Gateway and AidData, advising on the OECD partnership. Brian previously chaired the IATI Technical Advisory Group and Aid Effectiveness Steering Committee. He was formerly Head of the Statistics and Monitoring Division in the OECD-DAC Secretariat and worked for the UK Department of International Development, as a statistician and then as head of information systems. He holds a BA in economics and statistics from Exeter University.
Lauren is a Junior Program Manager at AidData. Her responsibilities include supporting the data team and working on student engagement activities. Lauren recently graduated from the College of William and Mary in May 2014 with a BA in economics and a minor in art history. She has conducted research on the relationship between mineral wealth and conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and won AidData’s 2013 student Map-Off Competition. This past summer she worked with Seeds of Life and the Government of Timor-Leste Ministry of Agriculture GIS Unit.
Nazmul is a consultant with Development Gateway, and serves as a data classification associate for AidData. His primary responsibilities include data classification and categorization, arbitration of data discrepancies, and geocoding aid projects. Nazmul completed his BBA in Marketing and Finance, and is currently pursuing his MBA in Marketing from BRAC University.
Dustin is an Associate with Development Gateway, involved in developing a results-based management information system, and he serves as a Project Manager for AidData. Prior to Development Gateway, Dustin worked on impact evaluations with US-based evaluation firm Social Impact and co-founded a Haiti-based community development NGO. Dustin has published peer-reviewed research on education-aid effectiveness, and managed a groundbreaking randomized controlled trial on international law.
Gaby is an IT Consultant for Development Gateway, and serves as a software developer on the AidData program. He has over 10 years of experience as a systems engineer and analyst, has worked on DG’s Aid Management Platform (AMP) in Togo and Madagascar and performed a technical assessment in Cape Verde. He previously worked for Gameloft, Vates S.A., Promecor S.A. and All Technology, among others. He holds degrees as both a systems engineer and systems analyst from Universidad Tecnologica Nacional.
Alex is a GIS analyst at AidData where he contributes to database management and research. He has a background in GIS, tech, and environmental science, with experience in open source software, open data, processing and analysis of satellite imagery, and field surveys in both terrestrial and marine environments. Alex has worked with developers and researchers at Development Seed, the U.S Forest Service, Penn State, Harvard Forest, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the School for Field Studies in Turks and Caicos. Alex received his BA in Environmental Science, and will receive his MS in GIS (Fall 2014), from Clark University.
Christopher is the Communications Associate for AidData, overseeing AidData.org's First Tranche blog as well as AidData's social media platforms and media outreach. Prior to joining in August, 2014, he was involved in domestic political affairs primarily supporting government relations efforts in the private sector. Additionally, he held leadership positions in state and local campaigns in Pennsylvania and in political organizations in Virginia. Christopher proudly holds a BA in Political Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
Rebecca is AidData's Policy and Communications Program Manager. She holds an MPA from New York University, where she specialized in policy analysis and international development. Prior to earning her Master’s degree, Rebecca worked in communications and marketing, and she has experience coordinating high-level events and with diverse stakeholders and audiences, including product launches, trade shows, and the Leading Large Scale Change Executive Briefing Series. She has a particular interest in food security and served as a graduate intern in USAID’s Bureau for Food Security where she helped establish the strategic review process for Feed the Future focus countries. Rebecca holds a BA in History with Honors from the University of Washington.
Miranda is a GIS Analyst at AidData located at the College of William and Mary. Prior to joining AidData, she worked as a programmer for Idrisi, a geospatial software for earth system. She has extensive experience in spatial analysis, management of geospatial database, open source, and software development. Miranda holds a MS in GIS and a MS in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University.
Takaaki Masaki is a Data Analyst and Research Fellow at AidData. His primary role is to advise/oversee efforts to clean, code, and run policy analyses utilizing complex datasets generated from surveys, crowdsourcing, web scraping, etc. Takaaki is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Cornell University. He holds an MA in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and a BA in Liberal Arts from Soka University of America.
Lilliana is a Technical Associate for AidData, and has over 10 in the software industry. She has extensive experience in various techincal different roles and activities; including: functional analyst, process auditor, and tester. For the past 2 years, Lilliana worked to improve and audit the technical processess of major software development companies in Argentina.
Gerald is an IT consultant at Development Gateway, working as a software developer for the AidData. Previously, he developed mobility solutions for various organizations. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Maseno University (Kenya).
Ashley Napier is a Junior Program Manager and Research Associate at AidData. Her work includes supporting the USAID HESN award, managing student engagement opportunities, and coordinating student research activities. Prior to joining AidData, Ashley was the Senior Research Assistant for the Reform Incentives project at ITPIR. Ashley received a BA in Public Policy and Finance from the College of William & Mary in May 2014.
Doug is an AidData Project Manager and manages all data collection, coding, cleaning, and arbitration activities at AidData’s William and Mary campus. He also facilitates independent research and student-faculty research opportunities for more than 40 AidData student research assistants and interns. He holds a BA in Economics and Neuroscience from the College of William and Mary.
Angela is a Business Analyst Consultant for AidData’s internal system. She serves as the link between AidData’s information technology capabilities and its organizational objectives. Angela was a project manager for AidData from 2010-2012. She holds a MS in Public Policy and a BA in Political Science from Brigham Young University.
Katie Paulson-Smith is the Special Assistant to AidData’s Co-Executive Director at the College of William and Mary. She is responsible for supporting strategic communications, program management, and policy outreach. She holds a BA in Government from Smith College, where she worked as an Assistant at the Lewis Global Studies Center. She was previously a Student Ambassador at the 2014 Women in Public Service Project Institute and a Development Intern at International Bridges to Justice in Geneva, Switzerland.
Emanuel is a software developer working on several projects for Developmenet Gateway who has experience with various programming languages. He previously worked in Motorola, HP, Nimbuzz and as a consultant in Malaysia and Belgium. He holds a Systems Engineer degree from Universidad Teconologica Nacional.
Charles is a Research Associate at AidData. He oversees AidData’s project to track Chinese development finance to Africa. He holds a BA from the College of William & Mary in International Relations.
Aldo is an IT Consultant for Development Gateway, and works as a software developer on the AidData program. Aldo has over twelve years of software development and project management experience using a variety of technology solutions (JAVA, .NET, PHP). He holds a degree in systems engineering from the Universidad Tecnologica Nacional in Córdoba, Argentina, and is currently pursuing his MBA.
Josh manages the Innovation Team for USAID's HESN Award, which includes scoping and managing IT programs for coding, sharing, visualizing, and analyzing data; developing in-country pilots using the latest technology; and supporting the technical needs of the Field Operations team. Josh has managed and supported teams and projects in Nepal, Tunisia, Malawi, Senegal, Haiti, and Argentina. He holds a MS in Public Policy from Brigham Young University and a BS in Finance from the University of Baltimore.
Zach is AidData’s Research Officer and supports its policy research and impact work. Before joining AidData, he managed all stages of multiple large-scale elite survey projects as the Survey Methodologist with Reform Incentives at William & Mary. He also has direct experience with numerous primary data collection activities, such as one-on-one interviews, community workshops, and group-based survey pre-tests. He has written articles and policy reports on wide-ranging issues including the MCA Eligibility Criteria and Senegalese student attrition and has served as a human rights workshop facilitator in the Western Cape of South Africa.
Dan Runfola is AidData's Geospatial Scientist at the College of William and Mary. He previously worked on research projects for the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers examining the use of Geographic Information Science (GIS) in climate-change related decision making. Currently, he is working to integrate AidData's information into better decisions regarding aid allocation. Dan has widely published his work in a number of high-profile outlets, including recent contributions to the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change fifth assessment report. Dan holds a PhD and MA in Geography from Clark University, and a BA in Geography from Georgia State University.
Brooke is a Non-DAC Research Consultant with AidData focused on non-traditional donor relations. She overseas work with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) related to collecting development cooperation from non-traditional donors, focused on addressing HIV/AIDS. Previously Brooke was a project manager for AidData from 2009-2011. She holds a MA in Public Affairs from the University of Texas in Austin and a BA in Political Science and Business Administration from Brigham Young University.
Vanessa has a Master’s degree in Telecommunications and Computers from The George Washington University. After working for 5 years at the World Bank in DC, she moved back to Senegal. She has been with DG since 2008 and has 5 years of experience working in 6 countries implementing aid information management systems.
Stepan is responsible for IT systems planning and administration. He designed and implemented DG's migration to private cloud infrastructure. Stepan has worked in system administration and management in Ukraine, and holds a Master's degree in State and Public Administration from Moscow State University, Russia.
Troy Shepley is a Project Manager at AidData. He oversees geocoding operations and manages fifty student research assistants in data collection and arbitration. Troy recruits and trains interns and research assistants, as well as helps facilitate student-faculty research collaboration opportunities. He holds a BA in International Relations with an emphasis on East Asian studies from Brigham Young University.
Pranay Sinha is a Non DAC Manager and Research Fellow at AidData. He previously worked as a principal investigator of a DFID funded research focused on the compatibility of IATI with South-South Cooperation. He also has a decade long experience of managing ODA projects in India. Pranay’s overall role is to ensure the successful execution of AidData’s data collection initiatives and applied development research projects related to Non DAC providers of development finance. Pranay holds a MS in Aid Management from the University of Birmingham of UK, Post Graduate Diploma (MA) in Rural Development from the Xavier Institute of Social Services of India and Certificate in Development Diplomacy from the Diplo Foundation of Malta and is pursuing a doctoral degree from the University of Birmingham.
Ernesto is a software developer working on AidData for Development Gateway. He is experienced with various programming languages and paradigms, oriented to research, and is object oriented designer and requirements analyst. He has more than 8 years of experience developing, designing and implementing large development software applications at Motorola, HP, and Nimbuzz. He holds a Systems Engineer degree from Universidad Teconologica Nacional.
Alena is AidData's Program Manager for the USAID HESN award, whose portfolio includes donor relations, program management, and monitoring and evaluation. Prior to joining AidData, she worked as an Associate at Chemonics International. Alena received her BA in International Relations and Economics from the College of William and Mary.
Scott is AidData's Data Manager, and oversees data collection, standardization and quality assurance efforts. He is a technologist with 20 years of experience in a wide variety of fields for various state and federal government agencies, including database design and implementation, data quality and assurance, and scientific data processing. Scott is a Williamsburg native, where you can find him running, working on the family farm, kayaking, catching live music or traveling. Scott has a B.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.
Austin M. Strange is a Research Associate at AidData, where he helped co-create the Tracking Chinese Development Finance initiative. Currently he is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Goverment at Harvard University. Previously he attended Zhejiang University (M.S.), Peking University, Tsinghua University, and The College of William & Mary (B.A.), and was formerly a researcher at the U.S. Naval War College's China Maritime Studies Institute.
Tarek is a consultant with Development Gateway, and serves as a data classification associate with AidData. His responsibilities include defining projects as per their sectors, arbitration of projects, and geocoding of aid projects and their activities. Tarek completed his BBA in Management from Garden City College of Science and Management, and previously worked at Desh Data Processing Limited as Assistant Manager.
David is Director of Operations at AidData. Previously, David served as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and to USAID's Chief Economist as a Presidential Management Fellow. He worked as a faculty assistant to Secretary Madeleine Albright, USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios and as a consultant for the World Bank and ExxonMobil Foundation. He holds a MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and BA from Brigham Young University.
Rachel is a Senior Program Manager and Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at AidData. She oversees work with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development related to nutrition resource tracking, and provides leadership on a range of monitoring and evaluation issues. Previously, Rachel supported monitoring and evaluation activities for the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group, Social Impact, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Rachel holds a MS in Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Llanco is a consultant for AidData and a designer with over 20 years of graphic design and branding experience. He developed premiere design projects for HBO, AOL, the NBA, the World Bank and other organizations. Llanco has worked for more than fifteen years in the advertising design, marketing and promotion industry. His most recent expertise has included user interface and experience design for map-driven projects. Llanco’s expertise in transforming information into successful user and brand experiences has earned him numerous awards and accolades. His portfolio of work includes corporate identity, brand redesigns, user interface design, dashboard and info-graphic development, interactive branded micro-sites, mobile application, and e-published interactive books and zines.
Jessica is the Research Manager with AidData, serving as AidData Research Consortium’s (ARC) principal point of contact. Previously, she served as the Chief Operating Officer at the WomanStats Project, and worked with the Worldwide Organization for Women as a Global Education Opportunity Intern in Geneva, Switzerland. Jessica received her MS in Public Policy and BA in Economics from Brigham Young University.
Alex is Director of Strategic Partnerships for AidData. He previously worked as Vice President for Communications and Development at InterMedia and oversaw the start-up of a USAID-funded media development program in Sierra Leone. A former editor of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Alex has written for Public Diplomacy Magazine and The Huffington Post. Alex holds an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University.
Walter is an IT Consultant for Development Gateway, and he serves as the Lead Drupal developer for AidData’s program. He worked on implementing the design and all the Drupal related features of the site. He implemented highly configurable pages without having the need to go and consult a user manual. Walter has a wide experience in performing various site architecture improvements and optimizations that lead to performance enhancements.
Vinay is a Data Analyst at AidData. Working as part of the data team, his responsibilities include operationalizing data collection/publishing and data quality assurance. He graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Masters in Computational Operations Research.
Michelle Zelli is AidData's Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives Associate & Technical Writer at the College of William and Mary. Previously she served as a Kosovo Project Assistant with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). Michelle received an MA in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) and a BSc in Anthropology from Rutgers University.