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Staff

Directors

Temina Madon

Temina Madon

tmadon@berkeley.edu
Executive Director

Temina Madon is Executive Director of CEGA and provides leadership in the Center's scientific development, partnerships, and outreach. She has worked as science policy advisor for the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center, where she focused on enhancing research capacity in developing countries. She has also served as Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, managing an extensive portfolio of global health policy issues. She holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and an S.B. from MIT.

Edward Miguel

Edward Miguel

Edward Miguel is the Oxfam Professor in Environmental and Resource Economics and Faculty Director of the Center for Effective Global Action at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 2000. Ted's main research focus is African economic development, including work on the economic causes and consequences of violence; the impact of ethnic divisions on local collective action; interactions between health, education, environment, and productivity for the poor; and methods for transparency in social science research. He has conducted field work in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and India.

Faculty Advisors

Ernesto Dal Bó

Ernesto Dal Bó

Faculty Chair, Institutions

Ernesto Dal Bó is an Associate Professor in Management Philosophy and Values at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He is also director of the Berkeley Center for Political Economy (BCEP). His interest lies in political economics, with a focus on political influence, corruption, social conflict and the behavior of political figures and public servants.

Paul Gertler

Paul Gertler

Scientific Director, Human Development and Faculty Chair, Financial Inclusion

Paul Gertler is one of the co-founders of CEGA and a Professor of Economics at the Haas School of Business and the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. His research explores health, child development, and micro-finance in developing countries. He has also conducted field research on health care payment systems in Rwanda, conditional cash transfers in Mexico, aging in Bangladesh, and contraception and fertility in Indonesia. He was Chief Economist for the World Bank Human Development Network from 2004 to 2007.

Aprajit Mahajan

Aprajit Mahajan

Faculty Chair, Health

Aprajit Mahajan is a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley. His research has been in the fields of econometric theory, development and applied econometrics. His past studies have looked at child nutrition, financing bednet provision, and firm management in India.

Craig McIntosh

Craig McIntosh

Faculty Chair, Agriculture

Craig McIntosh is a Professor of Economics at UCSD. His main research interest is the design of institutions promoting financial services for micro-entrepreneurs. He has conducted field evaluations in Mexico, Guatemala, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania. He is currently investigating how to boost savings among the poor, whether schooling can be used as a tool to fight HIV/AIDS, and what mechanisms improve the long-term viability of Fair Trade markets.

Manisha Shah

Manisha Shah

Faculty Chair, Health

Manisha Shah is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs. Her work investigates the influence of economic incentives on risk behavior choices and health outcomes in developing countries. Shah has conducted field research in Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, India, and Indonesia, studying topics ranging from sex markets to maternal labor supply.

Operations

Jeanette Aguilar

Jeanette Aguilar

jaguilar@berkeley.edu
Administrative Associate

Jeanette Aguilar joined CEGA in 2012 and is responsible for supporting the Center's operations. Jeanette has extensive administrative experience at several Bay Area nonprofits, including Californians for Justice, Eviction Defense Center, and the YWCA of San Francisco and Marin.

Alex Dobyan

Alex Dobyan

adobyan@berkeley.edu
Administrative Associate

Alex Dobyan works to support CEGA's Faculty Director and organize the Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) as an Administrative Associate. Before joining CEGA, Alex completed a Princeton-in-Africa fellowship at the African School of Economics in Benin. He has also previously completed internships at the Center for International Policy and the U.S. Department of State, and worked as a teacher and mentor for high school students in Shanghai. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.

Dustin Marshall

Dustin Marshall

dmarsh1231@berkeley.edu
Events and Communications Associate

Dustin supports CEGA’s events and communications activities. Previously, he interned with CEGA as Energy and Financial Inclusion Intern, supporting the programs staff in events planning and in the initial research for the Energy and Economic Growth (EEG) program. Dustin graduated from UC Berkeley with a double major in Political Economy and Sociology, holding multiple leadership positions within the int’l development community on-campus and locally.

Emily Martin

Emily Martin

emily.martin@berkeley.edu
Operations Associate

Emily supports CEGA's operational and communications activities. Before joining the Center, she managed fundraising, communications, and community outreach with performing arts organizations, including San Francisco Opera and Colorado Ballet. Previously, she taught English as a foreign language at the Lycée Henri IV in Paris and worked as a research assistant with the French National Archives. Emily holds a BA in International Studies and a BA in French from the University of Denver, with a certificate from Sciences Po Paris.

Lauren Russell

Lauren Russell

laurenrussell@berkeley.edu
Operations Manager

Lauren leads CEGA's organizational development, performance management, and administration. Prior to joining the Center, she managed a $20M countywide public health initiative out of UCLA, and grantmaking activities at multiple nonprofit organizations. Previously, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador where she designed economic development and maternal-child health interventions. Lauren has a Masters in Public Administration in International Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and a BA in Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz.

Research Fellows

Jonah Busch

Jonah Busch

jbusch@cgdev.org
Visiting Scientist

Jonah Busch is an environmental economist whose research focuses on the economics of climate change and tropical deforestation. He is the co-author of the book Why Forests? Why Now? The Science, Economics, and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change (Brookings Institution Press, December 2016). He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development and former Climate and Forest Economist at Conservation International. As a Peace Corps volunteer he taught high school math in Burkina Faso. Busch holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Environmental Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Garret Christensen

Garret Christensen

garret@berkeley.edu
Senior Researcher

Garret earned his Ph.D. in Economics at UC Berkeley in 2011 and joined the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences as a researcher in 2014. He has previously worked on child health and education randomized trials in Kenya through Innovations for Poverty Action and Emory University and taught economics at Swarthmore College.

Joan Hamory Hicks

Joan Hamory Hicks

jrhamory@berkeley.edu
Senior Researcher

Joan Hamory Hicks completed her Ph.D. in Economics at UC Berkeley and first joined CEGA as a postdoctoral fellow in 2009. Her research focuses on health, education and transitions to adulthood among rural African youth. She has been working in various capacities in Africa since 2003, and has been conducting field work and assisting in various randomized interventions in Kenya since 2004.

Sean Higgins

Sean Higgins

Sean Higgins is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at CEGA. His research focuses on financial inclusion, with a particular focus on access to financial services through government cash transfer programs in developing countries. Sean has conducted field research in the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

Ken Lee

Ken Lee

Ken Lee is a PhD candidate in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and a researcher for the Energy for Economic Growth (EEG) initiative. He studies topics related to development economics and energy economics. He holds an MIA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a BCom from McGill University.

Kweku Opoku-Agyemang

Kweku Opoku-Agyemang

kweku@berkeley.edu
Research Fellow

Kweku Opoku-Agyemang works on the political economy of development, with current emphasis on technological innovations. Before coming to the University of California, Berkeley, Kweku was a Research Scholar with the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kweku Opoku-Agyemang holds a doctorate in Development Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.A. in Economics from Ohio University, and a B.A. in Economics with Geography and Resource Development from the University of Ghana.

Programs

Natasha Azad Beale 

Natasha Azad Beale 

nbeale@berkeley.edu
Program Manager, Technology for Development

Natasha manages CEGA's Technology for Development portfolio which includes the USAID supported Development Impact Lab and Expanding the Reach of Impact Evaluation using geospatial data as well as the Gates Foundation supported Digital Credit Observatory. Previously, she spent three years as the Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) Specialist at Equal Access International supporting the use of technology for behavior change communication. She has experience working throughout Latin America, West Africa, South Asia and East Asia, including as a Field Manager for the mobile data collection company Dimagi in India and Indonesia. She holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford and a B.A. in International Relations and Economics from the University of Southern California. 

Leah Bridle

Leah Bridle

lbridle@berkeley.edu
Senior Program Associate

Leah currently supports CEGA's initiatives for research in agricultural development and institutional effectiveness, which includes the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI), and the Economic Development & Institutions (EDI) research programme. Previously, she supported management staff at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) with project and partnership development to increase rigorous impact evaluations across IPA’s global portfolio, with a focus on Asia country programs. During this time Leah took on a short-term assignment to support research design and survey launch of a randomized evaluation of a livelihood program targeting the ultra-poor in the Visayas and Mindanao regions of the Philippines. She holds a B.S. in International Development and a B.A. in Anthropology from Michigan State University.

Carson Christiano

Carson Christiano

christiano@berkeley.edu
Deputy Director

Carson leads CEGA's partnership development efforts, incubating new research initiatives and working with faculty, donors, and partners to generate rigorous evidence in priority areas (including technology, financial inclusion, and energy). Prior to joining CEGA, Carson worked with Innovations for Poverty Action in Kenya where she coordinated a large-scale, randomized evaluation of water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy and a BA in Political Science and International Studies from Northwestern University.

Roya Clune

Roya Clune

rclune@berkeley.edu
Donor Engagement Officer

Roya manages CEGA and O-Lab's central fundraising efforts. Before joining the Center, she managed annual contributions and membership at the San Francisco Opera. Roya is a former musician and opera singer with a degree in vocal performance from the University of Redlands.

Chelsea Downs

Chelsea Downs

cdowns@berkeley.edu
Program Associate

Chelsea supports CEGA's training and capacity building network, including the East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative and the BRAC-CEGA Learning Collaborative. Prior to joining the center, she worked in the International Students and Programs Office at UC San Diego, and was an Impact Evaluation Intern with Ashoka. Chelsea has a Master's in International Affairs from UC San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy and a BA in International Relations from San Francisco State.

Katie Hoeberling

Katie Hoeberling

khoeberling@berkeley.edu
Senior Program Associate

Katie supports the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS). Before joining CEGA, she served as a Borlaug Fellow in Global Food Security studying savings-led microfinance and farmer-centered innovation initiatives in Cambodia. She has also supported an environmental impact assessment of California almonds and the revision of the Urban Forest Project Protocol for the California carbon market. She also interned at the Food Chain Workers Alliance and the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. She holds an MSc in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis and a BSc in Environmental Science from UCLA.

Elena Lunt

Elena Lunt

elenalunt@berkeley.edu
Project Manager, Berkeley Opportunity Lab

Elena is O-Lab’s project manager and is responsible for organizational development, grant administration, and communications/outreach. Prior to O-Lab, she worked with grassroots nonprofit organizations that supported human rights and vibrant communities. Elena holds a Masters in History and a Certificate in Human Rights from the University of Connecticut where she studied the intersection between gender and race in modern day movements.

Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy

Kevin supports the Development Impact Lab (DIL) and the journal Development Engineering. Before joining CEGA, he worked in the antitrust practice of an economic consulting firm, providing data analysis and research support for expert reports. He previously worked on the WASH Benefits study of water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions in Kenya as part of the MHIRT Fellowship program. He also has undergraduate research experience in a biomechanics lab. Kevin holds a BA in both Economics and Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley.

Kuranda Morgan

Kuranda Morgan

kmorgan@berkeley.edu
Program Associate

Kuranda supports CEGA's training and capacity building network, managing the East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative. Prior to joining CEGA, she worked as a Human Resources Assistant for UC Berkeley's Campus Shared Services. She has interned with an NGO in rural Costa Rica and with EducationUSA in Brazil, where she also conducted research on education-based community development programs and Bolsa Familia. She holds a BA in Social Welfare and American Studies from UC Berkeley.

Kelsey Mulcahy

Kelsey Mulcahy

kmulcahy@berkeley.edu
Program Manager, BITSS

Kelsey manages the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS). Previously, she served as the Sex Trafficking Policy Fellow at the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, working to reduce the commercial sex trafficking of minors in LA County. She has also conducted quantitative evaluations of livelihoods-focused community driven development projects in South Asia. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from UCLA and a BA in Global and International Studies from UC Santa Barbara.

Alexandra Orsola-Vidal

Alexandra Orsola-Vidal

aorsolavidal@berkeley.edu
Adviser, Global Networks

Alex directs all training and capacity building initiatives and leads CEGA's efforts to create a network of universities, development agencies and local research institutions that promote rigorous program evaluation. Since 2006, she has consulted for the World Bank, designing and implementing randomized controlled trials of large-scale development programs globally. She has extensive expertise facilitating impact evaluation workshops for government counterparts and bilateral agencies. Previously, she worked for international and local NGOs such as BRAC and Engineers Without Borders. Alex holds a MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

Maya Ranganath

Maya Ranganath

maya.ranganath@berkeley.edu
Program Manager, Global Networks

Maya manages CEGA's training and capacity building portfolio, which includes programs in East Africa and Bangladesh that contribute to local leadership in rigorous program evaluation. She has previously worked as a Research Associate for J-PAL South Asia, supporting a randomized evaluation seeking to improve crop prices for smallholder farmers in Gujarat, and later focused on building a partnership between J-PAL and the Government of Tamil Nadu. She has also worked as a Research Assistant for Women in Cities International, where she supported an initiative to make five cities around the world safer and more inclusive for adolescent girls.  Maya holds an MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BA in International Development and World Religions from McGill University.

Ofir Reich

Ofir Reich

Ofir joined CEGA in 2015 as a Data Scientist in the Financial Inclusion Lab. He has 8 years of experience in ground-breaking applied mathematical research. He was a mathematical research team leader in an elite technological unit of the Israeli army and then chief Data Scientist and Machine Learning expert for a Tel-Aviv based start-up. He holds a Mathematics & Physics B.Sc. from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Jennifer Sturdy

Jennifer Sturdy

Jennifer Sturdy joins BITSS from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), where she was Director of Independent Evaluations in the health, energy, education, and water sectors. In that position, she spearheaded several transparency initiatives, including the establishment of the MCC Evaluation Catalog, as well as the establishment of the MCC Disclosure Review Board for releasing anonymized, public use micro-data. Sturdy also instituted several internal protocols for strengthening the design and implementation of the MCC independent evaluation portfolio. Before MCC, she spent six years as a consultant for the World Bank, working on several large-scale impact evaluations in the health sector. She completed her MS in International and Development Economics at the University of San Francisco.

Alexandra Wall

Alexandra Wall

Ale supports CEGA’s Energy and Economic Growth (EEG), Financial Inclusion (FIL), and Digital Credit (DCO) programs. Prior to joining CEGA, she worked with the Guanacaste Community Fund in Costa Rica where she managed communications and coordinated project funding. Previously, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica with the Community Economic Development program. Ale has also worked as a research assistant with Standard & Poor’s in San Francisco, where she assigned credit ratings for local governments. She holds a B.A. in Economics and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Andrew (Drew) Westbury

Andrew (Drew) Westbury

awestbury@berkeley.edu
Senior Manager, Agriculture and Institutions

Drew supports CEGA's agriculture and institutions portfolios. Previously, he served as the associate director of the Brookings Institution's Africa Growth Initiative, a research unit studying social and economic development policies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Drew also worked for more than four years with Land O’Lakes’ International Development Division, managing large-scale projects to support smallholder farmers in Southern and Eastern Africa. He was also Senior Program Officer for Africa at the international nonprofit Global Communities and began his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal and Uzbekistan. Drew holds a Masters in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University and a B.A. in history from the College of Wooster.