Daniella Ballou-Aares is a Partner based in the Washington, D.C. office, leading work across a number of expertise areas including social impact in the United States.
Daniella joined Dalberg after serving in the Obama Administration for four and a half years as the Senior Advisor for Development to Secretary of State Clinton and Kerry. In this capacity she advised the Secretary of State on how to best deploy US government diplomatic and financial resources to respond to long term global economic, social and environmental challenges. Her work to increase the effectiveness of the $30 billion annual foreign assistance budget led to a major strategic shift towards data-driven targeting of US government HIV/AIDS programs, resulting in a significant increase in the number of patients receiving HIV treatment within flat budgets. She also championed active US leadership in the negotiations of the Sustainable Development Goals and led their implementation at the State Department. She placed a major focus on the potential to harness innovative and dynamic sources of data to drive progress, securing senior leadership support and funding to invest in a new data partnership of companies, governments and nonprofits.
In 2014 she was selected as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and currently sits on the group’s Advisory Council. Prior to serving in government, Daniella was a Dalberg Partner and Director for the Americas region and founded the firm’s global health practice. Before working at Dalberg, she was a management consultant at Bain & Company and advised financial services, healthcare and consumer product firms in the US, UK and South Africa. Daniella holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.