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Robin Burgess

Board Member
Founder and Director, International Growth Centre (IGC) & Director, Economic Organisation and Public Policy Programme
Robin Burgess is Professor of Economics, Founder and Director of the International Growth Centre (IGC), and Director of the Economic Organisation and Public Policy Programme all at the London School of Economics. He has published on a variety of topics including natural disasters, mass media, rural banks, land reform, labor regulation, industrial policy, taxation, poverty and growth. He received a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from Edinburgh University, a M.Sc. in Economics from the LSE and a PhD in Economics from Oxford University.

Matt Chanoff

Board Member
Co-Founder, Flashpoint Management Company
Matt Chanoff is co-founder of Flashpoint Management Company, a spinout from Georgia Tech offering startup creation and innovation management for entrepreneurs, investors, and large enterprises. FMC implements a unique process for company creation, called Startup Engineering, that combines insights from behavioral economics, immunity to change theory, and phenomenology into a practical approach to discovering authentic demand. Matt is an active angel investor and also serves on the boards of CodeGuard, an internet security company, Shining Hope for Communities, a girls' school and poverty alleviation program in Nairobi, Kenya, and Internews, which supports robust, independent journalism around the world. He holds an MA in economics and US policy toward Asia from the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins.

Annie Duflo

Board Member
Executive Director, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Annie Duflo is responsible for leading the strategic directions of IPA, the implementation of its strategic plan and the day to day operations. Previously, Annie served as IPA's Research Director where she managed IPA's research network, staff capacity-building, and new project development. She also played a key role in the scaling up of successful programs with particular focus on education. Annie has a wealth of experience implementing and managing randomized evaluations in the field. Prior to joining IPA, Annie was the Executive Director of the Centre for Microfinance (CMF) at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) in Chennai, India, which she joined at its creation. Annie holds a Master of Public Administration and International Development degree from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and Master in Social Sciences from EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)/ ENS (Ecole Normale Superieure) in Paris.

Rachel Glennerster

Board Member
Executive Director, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
Rachel Glennerster is the Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT. She is also a board member of Deworm the World, a project that has seen widespread success in deworming school children in Kenya and India. She currently pursues research in community driven development in Sierra Leone, along with empowerment of women in Bangladesh, and health and education in India. She received her PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London and has worked for the UK delegation to the IMF and World Bank, and the UK Treasury.

Matt Lynde

Board Member
Senior Vice President, Cornerstone Research
Matt Lynde is Senior Vice President of Cornerstone Research, a consulting firm providing economic analysis for antitrust and general commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, and valuation and licensing of intellectual property. Matt received his PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, under the mentorship of Professor Pranab Bardhan. He later became a professor at City College of New York, and then a partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Salil Pitroda

Board Member
Senior Advisor, Francisco Partners
Salil Pitroda is a Senior Advisor at Francisco Partners. Previously, Pitroda led corporate development efforts at Facebook focusing on mergers and acquisitions, investments, and strategy. He was formally a Principal at Symphony Technology Group where he researched potential investments, led transaction execution and worked with management teams to build STG's portfolio companies. From 2006 through 2009, Pitroda was a Principal with Old Lane, LP, a $4 billion public / private investment firm, which was acquired by Citigroup in 2007. He has an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School and Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Anand Radhakrishnan

Chairman of the Board
Managing Director, Corporate Investment, Investcorp Technology Partners
Anand Radhakrishnan joined Investcorp Technology Partners in 2002, where he is currently Managing Director of Corporate Investment, based in New York. Previously, he was with The Carlyle Group in Washington, D.C., where he worked in the Venture Capital Group and at Robertson Stephens in San Francisco, as a member of the Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Team. He currently sits on the boards of Kentrox, OpSec Security Group, Wireless Telecom Group and Zeta Interactive. Anand holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT and an MBA with Distinction from the Harvard Business School.

Hemant Taneja

Board Member
Managing Director, General Catalyst
Hemant Taneja is a Managing Director at General Catalyst, a leading venture capital firm with offices in Cambridge, Palo Alto, and New York. He invests in early stage technology intensive companies and manages a portfolio of energy, healthcare and information technology businesses. He is co-founder of Advanced Energy Economy, a non-profit organization focused on catalyzing regional energy innovation clusters across the US. He is also the founder/Chairman of Sunborne Energy, which is a company that builds large scale solar power plants in India. Prior to joining General Catalyst, he founded and ran a mobile software company that was acquired. He is a graduate of MIT with S.M. in Operations Research, M.Eng in EECS, S.B. in Mathematics, S.B. in EECS, S.B. in Biology and a minor in Biomedical Engineering.

Andrew Weiss

Board Member
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Weiss Asset Management
Andrew Weiss graduated from Williams College and received his PhD in Economics from Stanford University. In 1989, he was elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society. He is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Boston University and has held academic appointments at Columbia University and New York University. He was also a Research Economist in the Mathematics Center at Bell Laboratories. Most recently, he established an international hedge fund, Weiss Asset Management, with more than 30 employees. He is the Co-Founder of Child Relief International.

Doug Wyatt

Board Member
Legal Officer, Human Rights Law Network (HRLN)
Doug Wyatt is currently in Delhi, India as a Legal Officer for Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), an organization that engages in pro bono representation, public interest litigation, legal literacy and awareness campaigns and advocacy efforts on caste discrimination, gender rights, land and housing rights, access to health care, and a range of other human rights issues in India. He received his JD from New York University Law and has previously worked on access to justice issues in West Africa, and remains involved with Timap for Justice, a community-based paralegal organization serving rural Sierra Leone. Prior to attending law school, Doug spent ten years in Boston as a software entrepreneur. He started his first company with two fellow PhD drop outs from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Laboratory for Computer Science. Doug also has a BS and MS in Computer Science from MIT.