Our Board

DIAL's Board is composed of select high-level stakeholders, donors, leading emerging market entrepreneurs, technologists and development experts

Board of Directors

Selorm Adadevoh, Chief Executive Officer, MTN Ghana

Selorm is a seasoned telecoms and financial services business leader with more than 20 years of experience and a reputation for strong leadership, analytical rigor and business transformation skills. Learn More

Andrew Axelrod, Chief Operating Officer, United Nations Foundation

Andrew Axelrod serves as Chief Operating Officer for the UN Foundation. In this role, he leads organizational strategy development and execution, resource mobilization and allocation, financial planning and management, technology and digital services, and works to ensure the ongoing operational effectiveness for the UN Foundation. Learn More 

Christopher Burns, Director, Center for Digital Development, USAID

Christopher leads technical teams focused on digital finance, development informatics, digital inclusion, and advanced data and geospatial analysis, as well as the role they play in driving an inclusive digital economy. During his ten years with USAID, he has spearheaded and served as technical lead for a number of public-private partnerships, including with DIAL, the GSMA Connected Women Program and the Alliance for Affordable Internet. Learn more

Kerstin Jonsson Cissé, Head, Unit for Globally Sustainable Economic Development, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Kerstin is responsible for the implementation of the strategy on Global Action for Sustainable Economic Development, which includes support, free and fair trade, agriculture, private-sector development, entrepreneurship and innovation. The unit leverages digital as a cross-cutting issue and supports increased and improved access to ICTs for all on the global level. Learn More

Sabyasachi Das, Managing Director, NetLeap

Sabyasachi works with NetLeap to enable villagers in India to become digitally active so that they can reap tangible benefits across the areas of income generation, education, health and skills training. He has spent more than 13 years working at the cross-section of ICT in urban slums and rural India, school education, skills training and income generation focused on program design and large scale implementation at the grassroots level. He also worked for three years in the media and entertainment industry. Learn More

Elizabeth Hernandez, Head of Government and Industry Affairs, Asia Pacific, Corteva Agriscience

Elizabeth Hernandez joined Corteva AgriscienceTM on March 1st, 2018, as Head of Government and Industry Affairs, Asia Pacific, and as an integral member of its Asia Pacific Leadership Team. She plays a pivotal role in advancing the company’s brand and reputation in the region, and in building strategic partnerships with governments and other stakeholders across the food and agriculture ecosystem. Learn More

Cees Hesp, Director mHealth Research Labs, PharmAccess Foundation

Cees works to improve access to quality health care in sub-Saharan Africa. He leads PharmAccess’ efforts to design, test and validate new concepts for products and services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of health care transactions. Learn More

Steven Holmes, Vice President of Innovation and Electronics, Rivian

Steven and his team are responsible for delivering critical electronic subsystems and innovations required to make Rivian electric vehicles reliable, versatile, and fun to drive.  Prior to Rivian Steven was responsible for developing products and technologies that would enhance and extend Intel’s product portfolio into new areas of consumer electronics and IOT to position the company to compete and lead new growth markets going forward. Learn More

Lauren Kahn, Head of Digital Policy & Programmes, UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Lauren leads on the development and delivery of DFID’s Digital Strategy for Doing Development in a Digital World, which commits DFID to supporting an inclusive digital society, and to harnessing digital technology to tackle global poverty and deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. She heads up a multi-disciplinary team tasked with building digital capability in the international development community, shaping emerging digital policy, spearheading trailblazing digital initiatives, and brokering innovative partnerships. Learn More

Uyi Stewart, PhD Director, Global Development, Strategy, Data & Analytics, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Uyi and his team are responsible for applying big data analytics to generate crossdomain insights for decision-making, while also leveraging the foundation’s data investment to create global public goods. He has more than 20 years of experience in leading teams to develop and deploy innovative cognitive and artificial intelligence-based technologies that help solve a wide variety of problems, including the use of big data to combat the Ebola outbreak via behavior change, use of data to re-engineer government processes in Kenya, real-time translations and speech systems for under-resourced languages, and the pioneering of traffic-status applications in Nairobi. Learn More

Lauren Woodman, Chief Executive Officer, NetHope

Lauren is the CEO of NetHope, a consortium of more than 50 global nonprofits that empowers committed organizations to change the world through the power of technology. For more than 16 years, NetHope and its members have united with technology corporations and funding partners to design, fund, apply, adapt and scale innovative approaches to solve development, humanitarian, and conservation challenges. Learn More

Heidi Tavakoli Senior Advisor, Digital, Innovation & Capability Department UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Heidi co-leads the delivery of DFID’s Digital Strategy for Doing Development in a Digital World. The Strategy commits DFID to supporting an inclusive digital society, and to harnessing digital technology to tackle global poverty and deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. Heidi leads a multi-disciplinary team focused on shaping emerging digital policy, delivering DFID’s digital programs, and developing new and innovative partnerships to deliver digital solutions for development.  Learn More