Board of Directors

 

Michael Kremer
President of the Board

Michael Kremer is the Gates Professor of Developing Societies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Presidential Faculty Fellowship, and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Kremer’s recent research examines education and health in developing countries, immigration, and globalization. He and Rachel Glennerster have recently published Strong Medicine: Creating Incentives for Pharmaceutical Research on Neglected Diseases. He is a graduate of Harvard College, and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Scott Leland

Secretary of the Board

Scott Leland is the Executive Director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government, supporting the Center’s research programs, general administration, strategic planning, and day-to-day operations. Prior to joining M-RCBG, he was the Administrative Director of the Center for International Development at Harvard from 1998 to 2004 and manager of a workforce development project at the Education Development Center from 1996-1998, with programs in Peru, Namibia, and India. From 1992 to 1995, he worked as a Project Assistant with the Harvard Institute for International Development in Singapore where he taught courses in economics and policy analysis at the National University of Singapore. He has also worked as a Research Fellow with the Environmental Protection Agency in Seattle, a Program Coordinator for Vision Health International in Costa Rica, and Regional Director for South America and the Caribbean with Amigos de las Americas based in Houston, traveling extensively through Latin America. He is a graduate of Stanford University and has a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School.

Steven W. Zimmerman 

Steve Zimmerman has more than 35 years of senior and executive-level experience in non-profit management. An accountant and economist by training, he has held numerous headquarters and overseas positions within several large non-profit organizations, including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Program Vice-President.  In recent years, he has focused on managing organizational growth, including strategic planning, and on the development and expansion of programs supported by both traditional and non-traditional donors and investors. Throughout his career, he has served in more than a dozen long-term overseas positions, including most recently in Mongolia and China. Steve has worked for Mercy Corps, Room to Read, Save the Children, AFS Intercultural Programs, and the Medical and Health Research Association of New York City, and is currently the Regional Business Manager for Lutheran Community Services Northwest.  He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, and has also studies at the University of Tunis in Tunisia and the University of Grenoble in France.

Roger Arjoon 

Roger Arjoon works in merchant banking and is currently based in New York. He has held a variety of roles primarily in financial services including investment banking, mergers and acquisitions with UBS and Lehman Brothers in the US and the UK. He has also worked in private equity with broad international experience including the Middle East and India. Roger holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Yale University with Distinction and graduate degrees in Economics and an MBA from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Roger is from Georgetown, Guyana, and made the connections to establish the WorldTeach program in Guyana. He was previously an international squash player.

Thomas Gabrielle 

Thomas Michael Gabrielle was himself a volunteer teacher with the Boston College International Volunteer Programme in Corozal, Belize. After two Master’s Degree’s (Literature and International Development), Thomas worked as the System Administrator for Clark Labs Idrisi Project, a University-based not-for-profit software company who develop the Geographic Information System software Idrisi. The work allowed him to travel to many countries as an instructor and advisor to governments and organizations who utilize mapping tools to enhance their spatial understanding of various phenomena such as climate change and deforestation. In 1999, Thomas began working for the United Nations World Food Programme and then the Food and Agriculture Organization as a Food Security Information Analyst in countries as diverse as Angola, Afghanistan, Haiti, Nepal, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, China, and Somalia. Currently, Thomas is a founding partner of T-Ana International, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, a firm which provides consulting services to governments, United Nations, NGOs, and project working in the fields of relief and development. Thomas is an active advisor to the governments of Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, as well as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Ambassador Mark Green

Mark Green is the CEO of the Initiative for Global Development. Before joining IGD, he served as United States Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania where he worked tirelessly to build lasting relationships with the government and people of Tanzania and then as the Managing Director, Malaria Policy Center, the Washington D.C. office of Malaria No More. America’s global health programs like the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) were key parts of his diplomatic efforts. Prior to serving as Ambassador, he served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, as the Congressman from the eighth congressional district of Wisconsin. One of his committee assignments included the House International Relations Committee where he coauthored the Millennium Challenge Act, America’s historic commitment to invest in developing nations that are pursuing political and economic reforms. He also played a leading role in crafting the Global Access to HIV/AIDS Prevention, Awareness and Treatment Act of 2001, and the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act. Mark Green is very much a Wisconsin product, having received both his bachelor’s and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin, and though he resides in the Washington, D.C. area, remains a staunch supporter of the Green and Gold. Mark was a former WorldTeach volunteer in Kenya.

Dan Levy

Lecturer in Public Policy and Faculty Chair of MPA Programs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, teaches courses in quantitative methods and program evaluation. He is currently directing impact evaluations of school construction programs in Burkina Faso and Niger. He was recently involved in the evaluation of conditional cash transfer programs in Jamaica, a technical assistance project to Mexico’s Social Development Ministry (Sedesol), the evaluation of an after-school program in the U.S., and a methodological review of studies comparing the use of various methods to estimate program impacts. He has served as a senior researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, is a lab affiliate at the Poverty Action Lab (MIT), and has served as a consultant to several organizations including the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Global Development Network (GDN). He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University, grew up in Venezuela, and is fluent in Spanish and French.

Lant Pritchett

Lant is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Co-Chair of the Masters of Public Administration/International Development Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In addition he is consultant to Google.org, a Senior Fellow of the Center for Global Development, and is a senior fellow of BREAD. He is also co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics.  After finishing his PhD at MIT Prof. Pritchett joined the World Bank, where he held a number of positions in the Bank’s research complex and has been part of the team producing many World Bank reports. He has worked in Argentina, Indonesia, and India. In addition, he has authored numerous papers published in refereed journals, chapters in books, or as articles. In 2013, his book The Rebirth of Education: Schooling Ain’t Learning, on education in developing countries was published.

Steve Reifenberg

Steve is the Executive Director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Previously he was the Program Director for the Chile Regional Office, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Prior to his time in Chile, he was DRCLAS’s Executive Director of DRCLAS from 1996 – 2002. Steve Reifenberg is the former Program Director for Latin America of the Conflict Management Group (CMG), an international non-profit organization created from the Harvard Negotiation Project at the Harvard Law School. He served as the Director of the Edward S. Mason Program in Public Policy and Management, jointly administered by the Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Institute for International Development from 1990 to 1993. In the early 1980s, he lived and worked for two years at a small orphanage in Santiago, Chile. From his experiences there he wrote the award winning “Santiago’s Children.” Steve is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government where he earned a Master in Public Policy. He also holds a Master in Print Journalism from Boston University and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.

Fernando Reimers

Fernando Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education and Director of Global Education and International Education Policy at Harvard University. He teaches courses on the relationship between education policy, democratic citizenship, instructional improvement and educational innovation, and social entrepreneurship. As co-chair of Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative, he leads an Education Think Tank which convenes global education leaders to discuss solutions to aligning education systems with the development of 21st century skills. His current research focuses on the impact of education policies and programs in developing 21st century skills. Prof. Reimers is a member of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, of the State’s Education Preparation Advisory Group, a Vice-Chair of the board of LASPAU, a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, a Fellow of the International Academy of Education, a Member of the US Commission for UNESCO, and serves on the boards of several education organizations, including the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, Room to Read, and the Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities. He advises leaders of governments, foundations, educational organizations and international development agencies. Prof. Reimers earned Doctoral and Master degrees in education at Harvard University and obtained a Licenciatura en Psicologia at the Universidad Central de Venezuela.

Ebonya Washington

Ebonya is the Henry Kohn Assistant Professor of Economics and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale. She received her Ph.D. in Economics, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her BA with honors in Public Policy from Brown. Previously she was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. Ebonya is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She has written on the political representation and efficacy of marginalized groups and on the financial behavior of low income Americans.

Catherine Winnie

Cathy Hutchison Winnie is an international educator with expertise developing study abroad and academic enrichment opportunities for students. Her extensive knowledge of foreign universities and academic programs arises from a career traversing Harvard, Smith, Yale, and the Rochester Institute of Technology where she led offices of international education as well as fellowships and honors programs.  She is currently the Director of Education Abroad at SMU in Dallas, Texas.  Cathy has studied, researched, and worked in France, Germany, and Colombia and speaks several languages.  She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and earned her doctoral degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan.