Kate Wilson, CEO
Kate believes that digital technology products, new technology policies and updated business model practices are required to make transformative change in the lives of the underserved and decrease the growing digital divide. Kate joined DIAL in February 2016 as its CEO to fulfill this vision. She has committed the past 26 years to bringing diverse stakeholders together to find common ground in business, technology and policy, holding leadership roles in both the corporate and non profit sectors. Learn More
Chris Maloney, Senior Director for Strategy and Business Development
Chris Maloney joined the Digital Impact Alliance in April 2021 as the Senior Director for Strategy and Business Development. In this capacity, he oversees strategy integration efforts across DIAL’s business units, and works closely with the CEO on donor and partner outreach. Learn More.
Monitoring and Evaluation Team
Laura O’Brien, Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
Laura is motivated by the vast, ever-changing digital development ecosystem and the continuous opportunities for research, collaboration, and learning it provides. She joined the DIAL as the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager in February 2018, building on her previous work at the nexus of international development, evaluation and innovation. Learn More
Scott Neilitz, Manager, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
Scott believes that creative innovation and technology have the potential to improve the lives of people in low- and middle-income countries. He also believes that through constant and iterative research and learning, we can improve programs and their impact on underserved populations. Scott joined DIAL in 2018 as a Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Associate and has since gained the experience to become a Manager of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning.
Prior to joining DIAL, Scott worked at the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) where he managed 3ie’s replication program; oversaw outreach for the push-button replication project; managed the Science, Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships evidence gap map, and managed the impact evaluation expert roster database. Before that, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kazakhstan teaching English and leading youth development initiatives. He also has experience working with social enterprises in Africa and in politics as a Field Organizer with multiple campaigns in the United States.
Scott has a master’s degree in International Development Studies with a focus on social entrepreneurship and impact investing from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in International Political Economy and French from Carthage College. He is fluent in English, French, Russian and has some proficiency in Portuguese. Learn More
Mark Mulobi, Associate, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
Mark joined DIAL in May 2021 as the Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Associate. He was attracted to DIAL to be a part of the team that helps bridge the gap of digital inclusiveness using evaluation to better the lives others and ensure that no one is left behind in the world.
Prior to DIAL, Mark worked with Benaphil consultants Ltd as the evaluation intern. He has also worked for EvalYouth Global Network as the Vice chair, African Evaluation Assosiation (AfrEA) network for Young and Emerging Evaluators (YEEs) as the co-chair. Mark is a champion for Eval4Action campaign geared towards accelerating the delivery of SDGs by advocating for stronger evaluation capacities and evidence-based policies.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in community development, a Diploma in marketing from Graffins college, Kenya, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Monitoring and Evaluation from Daystar University. Learn More
Insights and Outreach Team
Laura Walker McDonald, Senior Director, Insight and Outreach
Laura is a technologist, lawyer and strategist with more than 12 years of global experience in the aid and development space. Laura’s career has focused on helping social change organizations all over the world use technology in principled and impactful ways to support their mission. She brings together practices and people humanitarian aid and development, applied research, software product management, and human-centered design. Learn More
Mary Jo Kochendorfer, Director, Policy and Research
Mary Jo has over 10 years of experience in addressing challenges across the global development sector from building open source software, implementing mobile and web based health solutions to measuring social impact. Learn More
Michael Downey, Director of Community
Michael’s career in IT and open source spans nearly two decades both in the healthcare and financial services industries, as well as the nonprofit world. In his current role, he helps build a vibrant and active open source software community for high-impact technology for development (T4D) projects that advance DIAL’s mission. Learn More
Brenda Quiroz Maday, Senior Manager, Digital Principles Training
Brenda Quiroz Maday is an award-winning professional with over 20 years of designing and delivering capacity-building programs and facilitating national and organizational strategies across diverse sectors, including entrepreneurship, gender equality, health care, energy and environment, and education.
She joined the United Nations Foundation’s Digital Impact Alliance as the Sr. Manager for the Digital Principles Training. In this role, she develops a sustainable business model, and plans for DIAL’s accredited Digital Principles trainers piloted in Kenya.
Before DIAL, she led, managed, and strengthened complex multimillion-dollars programs as a contractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State, the International Finance Corporation, and the German Agency for International Cooperation.
She received a Chemical and Industrial Engineering degree from the Instituto Politecnico Nacional in her native Mexico, a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University, and is currently working towards her Doctoral Degree in Education with Northeastern University (NEU). Also, at NEU, she is advising on the creation of the Venture Funding Program, an initiative of Northeastern’s Center for Research Innovation (CRI). Learn More
Claudine Lim, Manager, Principles for Digital Development
Claudine first joined the Digital Impact Alliance in October 2017, shortly after receiving a dual masters in international relations and public relations from the Maxwell School and S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University. After working as a Program Coordinator and Researcher for DIAL’s Business Operations, she is currently working with the Principles of Digital Development. Learn More
Nicki Ashcroft, Program Manager
Nicki joined DIAL in April 2021 as Program Manager. Before that, she was at Population Services International, working on sexual and reproductive health projects and general operations, and at the Institute for Reproductive Health, working on mobile and digital health projects. Learn More.
Coby Jones, Manager, Communications
Coby uses her strategic communications skills and experience to promote justice and equality through her work and writing. She believes storytelling should be at the heart of any communication strategy, and that storytelling can change the world. Learn More
Trish Dorsey, Product Manager, Communications
Trish is passionate about storytelling and has a proven track record of leading cross-functional teams from project initiation to closing. She joined the Digital Impact Alliance in March 2020 and plays a pivotal role in the planning, execution, and dissemination of products that support DIAL’s overall strategy and goals. Learn More.
Rachael Keyl, Senior Associate, Brand and Events
Rachael manages, plans and coordinates international and domestic events in support of DIAL’s mission, including gatherings of stakeholders, launches of new initiatives and programs, and annual meetings of the Board of Directors. She joined DIAL in August 2016 as an Executive Assistant to DIAL’s Focus Areas, overseeing travel logistics and scheduling. Learn More
Caitlin Flattery, Senior Associate, Digital Communications
Caitlin joined DIAL in June 2021 as a Senior Digital Communications Associate. Previously, she spent four years at an engineering management consulting firm focusing on public outreach and communications efforts for national- and regional-level energy sector projects for the U.S. Agency for International Development. She completed her dual M.A./M.S. in Public Diplomacy from Syracuse University in 2017, and her M.A. in French Language, Literature, and Linguistics from West Virginia University in 2014. Learn More.
Nick Gates, Senior Associate, Policy and Research
Nick believes in the power of sustainable and inclusive digital technology to extend good governance, as well as promote social and economic empowerment. He joined DIAL as a Fellow during the Summer of 2019, working on partnerships and the ICT4SDG program, before continuing with the organization as an Associate in April 2020.
Nick has a background working in mixed-methods research, data analysis, project management, and partnership building for digital and grassroots development, with additional international experience in nonprofit advocacy, organizing, and community building. Currently, Nick is focused on policy and research supporting digital government and national digital transformation, with a focus on national transformation processes and social inclusion in digital development. In his current role, Nick is responsible for driving a number of key research projects for the Policy Team, as well as helping to manage DIAL policy advocacy and outreach, overseeing the DIAL interns program, and supporting the country team on research and policy.
Nick brings forth experience in academic research, business development, and nonprofit advocacy, including research work centered on trade policy and social economy. He has worked and volunteered in several NGOs in the United States, Denmark, and India. As part of a team working to expand the Fairtrade movement in India, Nick helped expand outreach for the Fairtrade Week 2017 and license the first Fairtrade-certified coffee brand in India. This experience motivated Nick to write his graduate thesis about women’s empowerment in the Fairtrade movement in South India, and later to pursue work on inclusive digital technology in agricultural development. Nick graduated with an MSc in Global Development from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark in 2018, and also holds a dual degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, with a BA in Political Science and a BA in History. . Learn More
Akshika Patel, Associate, Principles for Digital Development
Akshika joined DIAL in February 2021 as a Post-Graduate intern. She has since transitioned to the Associate role for the Principles Program. Shortly before this, she graduated with her master’s in International Affairs, with a concentration on Economic and Political Development, from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. While there, she focused on digital-economic development and public & private partnerships, with an intersectional lens. Prior to graduate school, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana. Learn More
Jake Watson, Senior Director, Technical Programs
Jake seeks to maximize the positive impact technology can have in support of humanitarian and international development programs and projects. He believes that technology is only one piece of the puzzle and that a deep understanding of context and local ownership are the keys to success. Jake joined DIAL in May of 2018 as Senior Director of the Platforms and Services group and is a member of the Governance Board for Digital Square. Learn More
Rachel Sibande, Senior Director, Country Outreach
Rachel works to demonstrate sector-wide collaboration between D4D actors in deploying initiatives that enhance data use for evidence-based decision-making. She joined DIAL in September 2017 as Program Director, supporting program partners in selected countries. Learn More
Theresa Nyamupachitu, Director, Programs and Operations
Theresa believes in digital inclusiveness for sustainable development. With deep roots in health systems strengthening, she is committed to improving health outcomes through the use of digital data, technologies and platforms. Before joining DIAL, she held senior advisory roles for more than 12 years in program operations, donor compliance, and financial and technical management at IMA World Health and John Snow Inc. Learn More
Diana Sang, Associate Director, Country Strategy and Partnerships
Diana is a firm believer in the power of ICT to become the largest distribution platform for delivering public and private services to millions of people in urban, rural and poor areas. She is convinced that the mobile platform is the single most powerful way to extend economic opportunities and key services to millions of people and is dedicated to supporting more opportunities for connectivity to flourish. Learn More
Steve Conrad, Associate Director of Technology
Steve is a software engineer and technology architect with over 15 years of experience in both the private and non-profit sectors. In his current role, he is focused on making open source software better and more interoperable. He is also an advocate for mentoring and teaching developers and helping to create sustainable jobs in places where talent is abundant but opportunities are rare. Learn More
Tanvir Singh Natt, Delivery Manager
Tanvir is responsible for assessing and mapping the technical capabilities of mobile provider partners in meeting the needs of the NGO sector, as well as helping his team identify opportunities for driving platform integration within the ecosystem so there is a more seamless experience for the provisioning of mobile connectivity within digital services in emerging markets. Learn More
Kennedy Okong’o, Policy Manager
Ken Okong’o joined DIAL as the Policy Lead to spearhead DIAL’s country policy and Responsible Data Use (RDU) initiatives around digital transformation. In addition to conducting research on global and regional policy trends, Ken leads in-country policy dialogues and amplify best digital transformation practices. Previously, Ken worked in Africa and Asia – in both public and private sectors – in the telecommunications and development space. He holds an MSc in ICT Policy and a PhD in Information Systems Technology from University of Cape Town, South Africa. Learn More
Ransford Mensah, Country Lead, Sierra Leone
Ransford is a strong advocate and practitioner of design thinking techniques and approaches to solve complex problems, and he brings to his consulting work a pragmatic approach based on 13 years’ experience in private and development sector. He specializes in areas such as project management, change management, IT service management, training and capacity building.
Prior to joining DIAL, Ransford worked for the USAID Digital Libera project as the Change Management Advisor where he developed a locally owned change management framework to assist government in identifying and prioritizing government processes and services to digitize. He has led high performing teams and driven capacity building programs in Sub-Saharan Africa for organizations such as the UNCDF, AfDB, UNDP and GIZ.
Ransford holds a PhD in Information Systems from USQ in Australia, a Masters in Engineering Business Management, Coventry University, UK and a first degree in Computer Engineering, KNUST, Ghana. He is certified in PMP, ITIL Expert, PRINCE2 Practitioner, Change Management, Agile Scrum Master, CISA, TOGAF and Ethical Hacking. Learn More
Sherman Kong, Senior Advisor, GovTech
Sherman Kong is most committed to achieve development impact through informed data-driven decision making and technology-aided efficiency, a principle he reinforces through DIAL by helping to advance the ICT4SDG body of work and to apply the Digital Investment Framework in practice. He has past experience in health systems and digital innovation, data management, and facilitation of knowledge by research and policy priorities. Learn More.
Maurice Sayinzoga, Senior Manager, Policy and Research
Maurice brings nine years of experience as a development professional to DIAL. His work spans the fields of education, public health, youth livelihoods development and ICT. Maurice first joined DIAL in June 2017 as a fellow, and then stayed with the team as a staff member from August 2017. Learn More
Nyoman Ribeka, Software Engineer
Nyoman, who prefers to go by Win, is a passionate software engineer who believes in working together through people and technology to create a better world. Win also believes that nurturing new and passionate engineers brings out the best in them, sets them up for success and eventually, will help sustain software development projects. Learn More
Open Source Center Team
Heath Arensen, Director of Open Source Center
Heath is a global nomad with an itch for entrepreneurship, having spent more than 15 years founding and scaling tech-driven startups in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He thrives at the intersection of technology and social good, with experience in founding startups, in impact investing and in product incubation. Learn More
Business Operations Team
Jessi Ginther, Senior Director, Finance and Program Operations
Jessi is a financial, program, and operations management professional focused on process improvement, change management, and organizational development. She has over 20 years of experience working across the private, non-profit, and public sector in the US and internationally in a range of industries from banking, auditing, financial consulting, IT, and development work. Before joining DIAL, Jessi was the Sr. Director of Operations for Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) where she led the development of an organizational infrastructure made to withstand rapid growth coupled with thoughtful change management and “fit for purpose” processes. Prior to CIVIC, Jessi worked at Amtrak standing up a new pilot “Business Office” to transform IT and support change management efforts across the department. At Management Systems International (MSI), she focused on strengthening program management, financial management, contract compliance functions and cost/pricing mechanisms within the organization. She also has experience as an auditor working at Ernst & Young and Schneider Downs, Inc. Jessi holds an MBA from George Washington University in Washington, DC and a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University. Learn More
Rachel Patterson, Associate Director, Programs and Operations
Rachel joined DIAL in January 2017 as Executive Assistant to DIAL’s CEO and Business Operations team. Before that, she worked in the United Nations Foundation’s Executive Office as an Administrative Assistant providing support to the President and CEO. She has also worked in higher education administration and Air Force libraries. Learn More
Eva Achero, Manager, Programs and Operations
Eva joined DIAL in January 2018. She was attracted to DIAL to be a part of the team that helps bridge the gap of digital inclusiveness in the world. Eva’s professional background spans higher education, social security administration, mobile telephone industry and print media. Learn More
Tianlun Hao, Senior Associate, Finance
Tianlun joined DIAL in April 2021 as a Senior Associate, Finance. Previously, Tianlun was a Financial Analyst of UNICEF USA’s Impact Fund for Children, primarily focusing on the Fund’s financial management, pipeline due diligence, and impact investing efforts. Learn More.
Shruti Ratnaparkhi, Senior Associate, Programs and Operations
Shruti joined DIAL in May 2019 after graduating from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs with a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Economics. Learn More