Global Management Team

Dalberg is managed as a single global firm by a group of partners based in offices around the world. The Dalberg partners work collaboratively across borders, drawing upon extensive experience in international development in the public and private sectors. Their mandate is four-fold: to ensure every one of our projects contributes to lasting impact for the world; to ensure we deliver disproportionate value for our clients; to make substantial contributions to the knowledge and insights within the development community; and to help our colleagues grow into true leaders in the development sector.

Pritha Venkatachalam,

Pritha is a Principal at Dalberg and leads the New Delhi office. She has worked extensively on global development issues advising governments, donors and foundations, multilateral organizations, not-for-profits, and the private sector. Her expertise spans across public policy formulation, design and implementation of development interventions, strategy and financial advisory, and evaluation of programs.

Previously, Pritha was a Director at Cambridge Economic Policy Associates (CEPA), where she led the Global Health practice as well as mandates in the international infrastructure and agriculture sectors. Pritha's prior responsibilities include being a financial specialist at the World Bank on urban infrastructure projects, a Research Scholar at the Development Studies Institute at the London School of Economics, and a Senior Consultant at Accenture in London and New Delhi.

Pritha holds a Masters in Development Management from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore including an exchange program at Melbourne Business School. She was a recipient of the Citibank Leadership Award and has published on topics ranging from innovative municipal finance to immunization and health financing. Pritha is currently on the Advisory Board of a social impact start-up in India.

Nneka Eze,
Associate Partner

Nneka Eze leads Dalberg's work in Nigeria, where she is an Associate Partner and the Lagos Office Director. She has worked with private corporations, state governments, and foundations on strategic planning, market analysis, investment planning, and performance transformation. She has focused on a range of sector including agriculture, education and youth, financial services, and inclusive growth, and is a Deputy in Dalberg's Global Agriculture and Food Security practice area.

Prior to joining Dalberg, Nneka was a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Washington, DC. Nneka holds an A.B. in Economics cum laude from Harvard University, is a native English speaker and is proficient in French.

Varad Pande, Associate Partner

Varad is an Associate Partner in Dalberg's Mumbai office. Varad has held diverse roles across government, strategy consulting and multilateral institutions. Before coming to Dalberg, he was Special Advisor to India's Minister for Rural Development and Environment and Forests, where he drove the agenda on sustainable livelihoods, water and sanitation, financial inclusion, environment, and climate change.

Varad was also a member of the Government of India's Low Carbon Expert Group and on the launch team of India's Unique ID Program Aadhaar, which aims to transform service delivery. He was Principal Advisor to Abhijit Banerjee on the UN's High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda and sherpa on the UN-SG's Global Sustainability Panel.

Previously, Varad was a Team Leader at the Monitor Group, where among other things he helped set up a national economic development agency and led a large multi-stakeholder project to scale-up inclusive business models that create social impact. He has also worked at the World Bank on governance decentralization, primary education, and water and sanitation.

Varad has an M.P.A. in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School, an M.A. in Economics from University of Cambridge and a B.A. Honours in Economics from St. Stephens College, Delhi. He is a Fellow of the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard, a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for International Cooperation at NYU and sits on the Policy Advisory Group of the Global Financial Inclusion Initiative (GFII) at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Yale University.

Aly-Khan Jamal, Associate Partner

Aly-Khan is an Associate Partner in Dalberg's London office, where he focuses on work in the practice areas of Inclusive Growth, Agriculture and Food Security, and Mobile and ICT for Development. In particular, he has worked with FMCG, Consumer Goods, Telecoms, Media and Technology firms on their emerging and frontier market strategies.

In addition to strategy consulting, Aly-Khan also draws on extensive transaction advisory experience across the full activity chain, having worked on over 40 transactions and with most of the largest private equity firms in the world as well as several emerging-markets focused funds. As a result of this combination, Aly-Khan works closely with D Capital Partners, which is also based in London.

Aly-Khan started his career at OC & C Strategy Consultants in London and Paris. He holds a Bachelors in Arts from Oxford University in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and a Masters in Economics from McGill University.

Robin Miller, Associate Partner

Robin Miller is an Associate Partner in Dalberg's Johannesburg office where her work focuses on ICT strategy, access to finance, global health, and institutional strategy. Robin has recently worked with the World Bank, the South African National Planning Commission, one of the largest telecommunications operators in South Africa, and a large African based international investment holding company on issues including ICT investment strategy, design and development of new mobile technology ventures, organizational reform, and performance evaluation.

Robin is currently leading a Dalberg team tasked with supporting South Africa's ICT Investment Working Group to develop a 2020 vision and investment strategy for ICT that will facilitate economic growth and drive job creation. Robin also recently completed a study for the World Bank looking at the impact of mobile phones on health systems in developing countries and she is currently leading a team to support the Southern African NGO Network and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the monitoring and evaluation of a project that aims to deploy mobile technology solutions that will drive operational efficiency and increased income for smallholder farmer associations in Kenya and Zambia.

Prior to joining Dalberg, Robin co-founded the Praekelt Foundation, an African mobile technology incubator that designs and deploys innovative solutions focused on health, economic development and education. Praekelt Foundation has deployed its services across 15 countries in Africa, in particular, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana, and Nigeria and worked with leading network operators and development partners including MTN, Vodacom, USAID, and the Omidyar Network. Robin has worked extensively across Africa as well as Europe, Asia and North America. Robin earned her BA in Economics and Business Management from Boston College.

Devang Vussonji, Associate Partner

Devang is an Associate Partner in Dalberg's Johannesburg office. He advises both public and private sector clients on topics such as primary, secondary and vocational education, innovative financing mechanisms, and enterprise development. His recent projects have included investor due diligence on a chain of low-fee private schools in Kenya, development of a public-private partnership for the introduction of contract/charter schools in South Africa, review of the vocational skills training landscape in India and Africa, development of a scale-up and financial sustainability strategy for a youth accelerator, and development of a management training program for the agribusiness sector in Africa. He also helped Dalberg develop HUGinsure (the world's first social impact insurance mechanism) which enables non-profit organizations and social enterprises to accelerate funding and access more working capital.

Outside of Dalberg, Devang has volunteered as a Due Diligence Committee Member at the Beyond Capital Fund, helping the organization invest in social enterprises in the health, water, and sanitation sectors. Prior to joining Dalberg, Devang worked for six years with Mercer Consulting in the United States where he advised Fortune 500 companies on strategic human capital and performance measurement issues. He was an Education Pioneers Fellow in Chicago through which he advised the Chicago Jesuit Academy (a charter-type school) on scaling its operations. He has also advised the Meritas Family of Schools, a network of private boarding schools, on their performance management framework. Devang taught mathematics in rural Tanzania and is familiar with the unique challenges facing teachers and administrators in Africa. Devang holds an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Claremont McKenna College. He was born and raised in India.

Afua Sarkodie, Associate Partner

Afua Sarkodie is an Associate Partner in Dalberg's Dakar office. Afua has over 10 years' experience working across Africa with development institutions and governments undertaking research, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, strategy development, and performance improvement activities.

Afua has worked in over 15 countries and across multiple sectors undertaking engagements ranging from supporting a West African country's National Investment Commission with its investment prioritization and promotion activities, to diagnosing Burkina Faso and Mali's agriculture sectors and recommending how a global Foundation can best support agricultural transformation.

Prior to Dalberg, Afua worked as an independent consultant with the World Bank where she coordinated the collection of quantitative and qualitative data pertaining to infrastructure spending in 34 sub-Saharan African countries. Afua also spent three years working as a consultant with PwC's public sector advisory team in Tanzania, worked as an Analyst for Genesis Analytics in South Africa, and spent two years as an Economist/ODI Fellow for the Ministry of Local Government in Rwanda. Afua holds an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London and a BA in Economics and Development Studies from the University of Manchester.

Matt Shakhovskoy, Associate Partner

Matt Shakhovskoy is an Associate Partner in Dalberg's Johannesburg office and a specialist in agricultural markets, mobile technology, and entrepreneurship. In these areas, Matt advises leading foundations, NGOs, corporations, and multilateral organizations in areas of strategy, performance and the design of new initiatives. Since joining Dalberg, Matt has worked across a range of sectors and clients and developed a keen understanding of agricultural markets and food security systems, the use of ICT for development and entrepreneurship in emerging markets.

Prior to Dalberg, Matt worked for Deloitte, where he developed deep analytical skills in his work with a range of high-profile government, corporate, and NGO engagements. Matt has an educational background in Management and Economics and a keen interest in economic development.

James Mwangi, Executive Director

James Irungu Mwangi is Executive Director of the Dalberg Group, a collection of impact-driven businesses that seek to champion inclusive and sustainable growth around the world, and a Partner with Dalberg Global Development Advisors. Mr. Mwangi founded and built up Dalberg's presence in Africa, beginning with the Johannesburg office in 2007, Nairobi in 2008, and Dakar in 2009, and served as Global Managing Partner from 2010 to 2014.

As a consultant, Mr. Mwangi's clients have ranged from heads of state to senior leaders of multilateral organizations and foundations. He has also advised chief executives and investors on the intersection of commercially attractive and socially impactful business in frontier markets, particularly in Africa.

Prior to Dalberg, Mr. Mwangi worked at McKinsey and Company. He is a 2009 Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow of the African Leadership Institute and serves on the Institute's board. He is also a 2013 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and currently serves on the Program Advisory Committee of the Clinton Global Initiative. Mr. Mwangi holds a BA in economics from Harvard University.

Andria Thomas, Associate Partner

Andria Thomas is an Associate Partner in Dalberg's Washington, DC office, where she works with organizations ranging from the United Nations and the World Bank, to foundations, governments, and corporations seeking to develop evidence-based strategies that will improve the lives of the poor.

Andria specializes in Dalberg's Strategy & Performance practice area, with a particular focus on organizational strategy and change management, and the ICT & Mobile for Development practice. Her work has ranged from creating the five-year business plan for a UN agency, to developing the governance model for a multi-stakeholder partnership in support of digital payments, to assessing how women access and use the Internet in development countries.

Prior to Dalberg, Andria worked with the Boston Consulting Group in their Financial Services practice from their Chicago and Helsinki offices, as well as with numerous technology startups. She was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia. Andria holds an MBA and MS in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BA in Mathematics and English from the University of Virginia.

Henrik Skovby, Partner and Executive Chairman, Dalberg Group

Henrik Skovby is the former Global Managing Partner and founder of Dalberg. In his current capacity as Executive Chairman of Dalberg Group most of Henrik time is dedicated industry innovation and establishing new business lines under the Dalberg brand. As a strategy consultant, Henrik's main focus has been corporate strategy and organizational reforms. He has led a series of institutional reviews in the development sector and has been involved in launching several global commissions and thought leadership initiatives.

Prior to Dalberg, Henrik worked at McKinsey & Company, where his focus was financial and public institutions. He began his professional career at the United Nations Development Program, where he worked on project management, budget matters, and strategic positioning of the organization. Henrik holds a Master's of Public Administration degree from Harvard University, a degree in Business Economics from Copenhagen Business School, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from University of Aarhus.

Edwin Macharia, Partner

Edwin Macharia is a partner at Dalberg and based in Nairobi. He advises developing countries' governments, bilateral and multilateral donors, international organizations, foundations, non-governmental organizations and corporations on a range of issues including strategy, operational efficiency, and program implementation.

Edwin joined Dalberg from the Clinton Foundation where he held multiple roles focused on rural communities. As Director of Agriculture, he led the Foundation's thinking, operations and partnership-building in the agriculture space for a $100M initiative focused on effecting holistic development at the grassroots. Before that, Edwin was Director of the Rural Initiative for the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, charged with developing and supporting execution of programs that extend HIV/AIDS care and treatment services to low level heath facilities (health centers and dispensaries) across partner countries.

Prior to joining the Clinton Foundation, Edwin was at McKinsey & Company where he served clients in the financial services and pharmaceuticals sectors. Edwin holds a degree in Biology from Amherst College.

Gaurav Gupta, Partner and Regional Director for Asia

Gaurav Gupta is Dalberg's Regional Director for Asia, based in Mumbai, and also co-leads the firm's Energy and Environment practice. His work includes developing social impact strategies for multinational corporations, expanding energy access, assisting market entry into frontier markets, and helping to develop strategies to fight human trafficking.

In work outside of Dalberg, Gaurav has been a founding partner in a string of social ventures including two eco-resorts, a sustainable tourism online platform, an organic tea plantation, and an eco-friendly fair trade fashion label. He founded a leading Indian environmental non-governmental organization with Al Gore and JSW Group, and he also helped establish a leading public policy think-tank on Australian Aboriginal issues.

Gaurav is on the advisory boards of several rural energy and social entrepreneurship funds and sits on the curriculum advisory board for the Economics department at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. Prior to Dalberg, Gaurav spent six years at The Boston Consulting Group in Sydney and London. He holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford and an MA in Development Economics from Yale University.

Wijnand de Wit, Partner and Regional Director for Europe

Wijnand de Wit is Dalberg's Regional Director for Europe, based in Geneva. He also co-leads the firm's Strategy and Performance practice. Wijnand advises international organizations, corporations, developing and developed country governments, foundations, and NGOs on strategic planning, organizational transformation, financial management, and performance management. He has extensive experience in areas including global health, technology, and international trade.

Before joining Dalberg, Wijnand worked at KPMG Consulting in the Netherlands on financial management in the public and private sector. He has advised several large public sector organizations, including the Netherlands Ministries of Finance and Infrastructure, on the implementation of enterprise resource planning applications and on the implementation of results-based management. Wijnand holds an MBA from Nyenrode University and a Bachelor's degree from Rijswijk Polytechnic in logistics management. He is a Certified Management Accountant.

Paul Callan, Global Operating Partner

Paul Callan is Dalberg's Global Operating Partner and co-leader of the firm's Strategy and Performance practice area. Based in the Washington D.C. office, Paul has provided advice on strategy, organizational development, design of new initiatives, and change management to many United Nations agencies, the World Bank, regional development banks, non-governmental organizations, donors, and governments.

Paul has worked in 30 countries and across multiple sectors, ranging from the launch of a global e-schools initiative and studying the use of mobile phones for educational applications, to evaluating the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, to strategic planning for the International Council for Research on Women, to developing ideas for using social media to tackle absenteeism by health workers and teachers. His recent work includes change management for the UN's "Delivering as One" initiative in eight pilot countries and strategic reform at the Inter-American Development Bank

Paul recently presented at The Economist's Ideas Economy conference and the Inter-American Development Bank's Strategic Partners Dialogue. Paul holds a PhD in physics from Harvard University and a BA from Trinity College Dublin.

Veronica Chau, Partner and Regional Director for the Americas

Veronica Chau is Dalberg's Regional Director for the Americas, based in the Washington, D.C. office. She leads the firm's work on strategic evaluations of global organizations, impact evaluations of funds and initiatives, and social impact metrics. She has served as the principal investigator or evaluation advisor for the many of the firm's major impact evaluations, including the independent evaluations for multilateral institutions, bilateral donors and foundations.

Veronica has also worked with social impact investors to develop innovative approaches for measuring and communicating the impact of investing in small and growing businesses in emerging markets. She has been a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, International Trade Canada, and the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development. Veronica holds a Masters of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from the University of Waterloo (Canada).

Oren Ahoobim, Associate Partner

Oren is an Associate Partner in Dalberg's New York office and part of the firm's Energy and Environment leadership team. Oren advises governments, international development institutions, philanthropic foundations, and corporations on strategies for the effective management and authentic valuation of energy resources, ecosystems, and natural capital. He also leads Dalberg's work on urban systems, working to find solutions to make cities more inclusive, and their inhabitants more resilient and prosperous.

Oren joined Dalberg from Frontier Strategy Group (FSG), a consulting and information services firm focused on emerging markets. Prior to FSG, Oren worked as an Associate in the San Francisco office of Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman). He holds a BA and a PhD in Economics from Stanford University, where his doctoral research focused on clean energy markets and sustainable development. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the NYU Stern School of Business, where he teaches a course on global energy and environmental issues to MBA students.

Sonila Cook, Partner

Sonila leads Dalberg's Energy and Environment practice and directs the firm's New York office. Her work has included assisting the US government with a strategy for Haiti's energy sector and assisting New York City with its engagement of consumers to combat climate change and improve environmental quality. She has also designed an innovative financing mechanism for climate change projects within the UN Development Program (currently operational as the MDG Carbon Facility), developed business models to engage the private sector in the phasing out of CFC technologies in various parts of Latin America, and created the business plan for an innovative technology to produce non-food biofuels.

Sonila also led the development of the first ever market-based assessment of the capacity of non-governmental organizations and multilateral agencies to collaborate with companies, in collaboration with the United Nations Global Compact and the Financial Times. Prior to joining Dalberg, Sonila worked for McKinsey & Company, where she served organizations in the financial and media industries and the non-profit sector. She holds an MBA from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Harvard University.

Wouter Deelder, Partner

Wouter Deelder is a partner in Dalberg's Geneva office. He focuses on the design of business models and financial mechanisms for investment in several aspects of international development. Recently, Wouter helped to create the Affordable Medicines Facility - malaria, a pioneering innovative financing mechanism. He has also worked extensively on market failures in markets for global health commodities and on issues in research and development for global health.

Wouter is active in the firm's energy and environment practice, having managed projects on the design of a global methane fund and business models for second-generation biofuels. He was the lead author of Dalberg's landmark study on franchising in frontier markets, which outlined strategies for distributing essential goods and services, and has helped the public and private sector with investment strategies for agriculture in Africa.

Wouter worked previously for Bain & Company. He holds a master's degree from the London School of Economics as well as bachelor's and master's degrees from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Serena Guarnaschelli, Partner

Serena is a Partner in Dalberg's Geneva office and an expert in access to finance, strategy and performance, and economic development. She has advised senior decision-makers in public and private organizations on diverse topics with a focus on impact investments, strategic planning, and performance management. Recently Serena has worked on an overview of innovative financing mechanisms for food security and agricultural development for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, a review of a leading insurance company's strategy and operations for serving the low-income market, and a review of policy adoption processes for pediatric malaria medicines in endemic countries. She has also conducted an assessment of private sector development investments in Serbia and Kenya, with a focus on agriculture and energy.

Serena was a senior manager at McKinsey & Company, where she served Fortune 500 corporations on complex strategic planning and growth questions, especially in the financial services and private equity industries. Serena has also worked with Mercy Corps in Darfur, where she built an operational office providing public health and education support. Serena holds a PhD in social sciences from Caltech and a Laurea in International Economics from Bocconi University.

Angela Hansen, Partner

Angela is the leader of Dalberg's Agriculture and Food Security practice and Director of its Johannesburg office. She has a depth of experience helping clients enhance performance, meet objectives, and design results-based strategies. She is also a skilled facilitator of multistakeholder and cross-sector dialogues.

Angela's work ranges from policy to practical implementation in areas such as sustainable land and water management, food security, agricultural market access, and infrastructure. She has worked with national governments, regional bodies, and apex organizations across the African continent and has also advised bilateral and multilateral organizations, international non-governmental organizations and leading foundations at the global level. She is active in the field of agricultural finance, regularly speaking and writing on the topic.

Angela was educated at the University of Minnesota (BSc), Columbia Business School, and the University of Cape Town (MBA). She has professional experience in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, and Africa.

Madjiguene Sock, Partner

Madji Sock is Dalberg's Regional Director for Africa, based in the Dakar office. She has more than 14 years of experience implementing and managing projects in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the United States. Madji has supported a number of development projects and organizational transformation initiatives in sectors as varied as agriculture, health, information and communication technologies, economic development, and many others.

Madji's recent engagements have included serving on the functional review of the president's office in a West African nation, assessing private financing needs in the health sector in Cameroon, supporting the organizational transformation of a Belgian technical assistance fund in Senegal, and the review of an organization responsible for the development of agricultural infrastructure in a region of Burkina Faso.

Prior to Dalberg, Madji worked for Deloitte Touche Tomatsu in Washington DC, where she managed a project to promote Black Economic Empowerment in South Africa's agricultural sector and served on one of the world's largest corruption investigations in Indonesia. Madji holds an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Daniel Altman, Director of Thought Leadership

Daniel Altman serves as an economic advisor within the firm and helps the firm to distill and disseminate its most powerful ideas for raising livings standards. He has been involved in projects serving a wide range of clients, from governments and multilaterals to foundations and major international corporations. Recently he authored the 2011 Thematic Report of the Global Campaign for the Health Millennium Development Goals with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. He also oversaw the preparation, analysis, and publication of the 2011 Dalberg Survey of Social Enterprise.

Before coming to Dalberg, Daniel founded North Yard Economics, a not-for-profit consulting firm serving developing countries. Daniel also served as an economic advisor in the British government and was an economics columnist at The Economist, The New York Times, and The International Herald Tribune. He holds the AB, AM, and PhD degrees in economics from Harvard University and teaches as an adjunct at New York University's Stern School of Business.

Vicky Hausman, Partner

Vicky Hausman is a Partner in Dalberg's New York office. She leads the firm's Global Health practice and its work on the use of information and communications technology in development. Vicky has advised Fortune 500 companies and leading institutions in global health such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United Nations Foundation, GAVI Alliance, Open Society Institute, World Bank, and GBCHealth.

Vicky has worked across disease areas and health systems, including financing, supply chain, procurement, and human resources. She has designed innovative solutions, including a financing tool to increase access to medicines that secured a $20M guarantee from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Vicky was also recently commissioned by the World Bank to author the health chapter of its flagship report on mobile for development.

Prior to joining Dalberg, Vicky was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. She holds a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA from Harvard. She serves on the board of the African Medical Research and Education Foundation.

Michael Tsan, Partner

Michael is a Partner based in Mumbai who helps lead Dalberg's access to finance, renewable energy, and program evaluation work in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Africa. Michael specializes in developing and assessing inclusive business models and base-of-the-pyramid-focused market transformation programs for off-grid products and services.

Michael works regularly with social enterprises, multinational corporations (MNCs), development agencies, foundations, and specialized non-governmental organizations in the renewable energy, gender, access to finance, health, and agriculture sectors. A sample of his recent engagements includes a social business and corporate social responsibility strategy for a leading pharma MNC in Asia, a growth strategy for a high-profile agricultural extension NGO, the midterm evaluation of the International Finance Corporation's advisory services portfolio in South East Asia, and an ex-post evaluation of the World Bank Group's Lighting Africa program.

Prior to his work at Dalberg, Michael spent six years at McKinsey & Company in the US, Europe, and Asia. He earned a JD from Yale Law School, a mini-MBA from Tuck Business School at Dartmouth, and a BA in Economics and History from Swarthmore College. Michael sits on the steering committee of the South Asia chapter of the Aspen Development Network of Enterpreneurs and writes and speaks regularly on inclusive business and renewable energy issues.

Yana Watson Kakar, Global Managing Partner

Yana Watson Kakar is the Global Managing Partner of Dalberg Global Development Advisors. Ms. Kakar heads the firm's 30-person partner group and roughly 200 staff across 13 offices worldwide. As Chair of Dalberg's Strategy, Impact, and Quality Committee, Ms. Kakar has supported the establishment of Dalberg's newest offices in Lagos, London, and Singapore, as well as the recent integration of a new business line in human-centered design.

In her client work, she advises senior leaders across the public and private sectors on innovation, inclusive business growth, and investment, particularly in the agriculture, financial services, and technology sectors. Ms. Kakar has led engagements across Africa, South Asia and Latin America, including post-conflict and post-disaster countries such as Haiti and Afghanistan.

Prior to joining Dalberg, Ms. Kakar was with the Boston Consulting Group, VISA International, Women's World Banking, and Arthur D. Little. She holds a BA from McGill University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Adrien Couton, Partner

Adrien is a Partner at Dalberg based in Mumbai. He leads the firm's Water and Sanitation Practice, focusing primarily on expanding access to water and sanitation in partnership with development institutions, multinational corporations, and entrepreneurs.

Adrien was previously Chief Executive Officer of Naandi Water, the largest base-of-the-pyramid water utility in India, set up as a joint venture between Naandi Foundation (a leading Indian NGO) and Danone. He also worked with Acumen Fund as Global Manager of the Water and Sanitation and Agriculture portfolios and as a consultant for the World Bank's Water & Sanitation Program.

Prior to joining the Acumen Fund, Adrien worked with large utilities at McKinsey & Company. Adrien holds a Masters in Management from HEC Paris, a Masters in Political Science from the Sorbonne, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is an Acumen Fund Fellow, a Yale World Fellow and an Asia Society Asia 21 delegate.

Joe Dougherty, Partner

Joe Dougherty leads Dalberg's San Francisco office. He has served as a trusted advisor to donor agencies, governments, NGOs, and leading corporations for nearly twenty years, and has worked in more than thirty countries. Before joining Dalberg, Joe was the Director of the Economic Growth practice at Cardno Emerging Markets, where he worked with the World Bank, Nike Foundation, USAID, AusAID and others to improve access to finance, raise agricultural productivity, and enhance the lives of the poor in developing countries. Earlier in his career, Joe worked with both Deloitte and A.T. Kearney, where he served as the firm's first country manager for Thailand and worked extensively across Southeast Asia.

In addition to his work in development, Joe served on the Board of the North Carolina World Trade Association and as Co-Chairman of the DREAMS Center, an award-winning program for at-risk youth. He has taught MBA courses at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and continues to teach seminars on Consulting Skills, Project Management and Professional Writing at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) as well as the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley. Joe graduated from Loyola University in Maryland and received an MBA from the Wharton School of Business as well as an MA from SAIS.

Carlijn Nouwen, Partner

Carlijn is a Partner in Dalberg's Johannesburg office. She has worked across a wide range of sectors, most notably in financial services and healthcare, focusing on large scale transformation programs. This includes healthcare system design and operational improvements, identifying and scaling best practices, adapting both solution and scaling approaches to target groups and organizations, and developing best practices through rapid improvement cycles and pilots. In implementation, Carlijn has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement and alignment, including executive coaching and developing and running middle management training and coaching programs to enhance change readiness and build required new skills.

Prior to joining Dalberg, Carlijn spent seven years at McKinsey & Company. She has also worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, focusing on Official Development Assistance as part of the Dutch diplomatic corps. She previously worked for a grassroots development NGO in Delhi.

Carlijn holds a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science (with honors) from the Eindhoven Technical University, a first-year diploma in International Relations and Political Sciences from the University of Amsterdam and has followed diplomat's training with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Naoko Koyama-Blanc, Associate Partner

Naoko is an Associate Partner based in Nairobi, who advises multilateral and bilateral organizations, corporations, foundations, and NGOs on strategy, financial planning and management, market analysis, and monitoring and evaluation. She has experience in agribusiness, global health, inclusive business models, business start-up strategy, access to finance, trade and investment policy, and financial management.

Naoko's recent work includes assisting private companies to develop inclusive business models targeting low-income populations as customers, as well as assessing such models' social impact. For example, she has advised an energy company to establish a business model to distribute an alternative energy source to urban poor on commercial basis and supported the pilot.s design, monitoring, and partnership-building.

Prior to Dalberg, Naoko worked for the International Finance Corporation, where she held positions at the Independent Evaluation Group and the Investment Climate Advisory Services. Naoko holds an M.A. in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and is a U.S. Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Jason Wendle, Associate Partner

Jason Wendle is an Associate Partner in Dalberg's Nairobi office. He provides leadership in the Africa region to the firm's work in SME finance and development, impact investing, and impact evaluations. He also serves corporate, donor, DFI and government clients on projects in private sector development, agriculture development, and national economic growth strategies, among others.

Jason's experience spans the full value chain of development finance to the private sector. He has conducted strategic evaluations of DFIs and their investments, advised emerging market private equity and impact investment funds, developed growth strategies for SME investees, and led key studies on SME banking and credit guarantee schemes. He helped establish and led the East Africa Chapter of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, and worked to develop innovative approaches to measuring and verifying the impact of development investments in the private sector.

Jason holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a BA from the Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College.

Matt Frazier, Associate Partner

Matt is an Associate Partner in Dalberg's Washington DC office and an expert in advocacy strategy and implementation. He has worked on projects in health, agriculture, supply chain and procurement, and monitoring and evaluation. He has experience working with nonprofits, foundations, governments, the private sector, and national, state, and local governments. Prior to joining Dalberg, Matt was the Director of Operations at the ONE Campaign, a global advocacy organization. There, his portfolio included global strategic planning, project management, and organizational development. He also crafted and implemented ONE's new advocacy member engagement strategy.

Earlier in his career, Matt spent five years at McKinsey and Company in their London and Boston offices. Matt has a BA in Public Policy and International Affairs from Princeton University, an MSc in Economics and Economic History from the London School of Economics, and an MA in English Literature from University College London.

Rajen Makhijani, Associate Partner

Rajen Makhijani is an Associate Partner with Dalberg Global Development Advisors. He anchors Dalberg's presence in Singapore, and works closely with the Mumbai office. He co-leads CSR advisory work in Asia, guiding private sector clients on social engagement strategies, market entry models, and inclusive business approaches in emerging and frontier markets to create powerful social and business impact. Rajen's experience includes serving Global Fortune 500, Asian Emerging Companies, as well as public sector clients. He served the Crown Prince of a Middle Eastern country, through its Economic Development Board, on a 30-year vision and 6-year strategy for the country. He has worked with national oil companies in Southeast Asia, and advised government and sovereign wealth fund-owned banks and airlines on CEO succession in South Asia and Southeast Asia.

Rajen previously worked with McKinsey, ECS (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers) and Heidrick & Struggles, where he was an early member of the founding team for their leadership consulting practice. He was also afellow of the McKinsey Centre for Asian Leadership. He is a Sir Dorab Tata Merit Scholar, a Citibank Leadership Award winner, TEDx speaker, and facilitator for initiatives in the social enterprise domain. Rajen holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, and a Bachlelor's of Commerce from Mumbai University.

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