Jake Watson, Senior Director, Platforms and Services

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

Jake comes to DIAL with deep experience in people and technical program management in the humanitarian, international development, and high-tech startup industries.  At VillageReach, he worked with ministries of health to solve healthcare delivery challenges in East and Southern Africa and led the re-architecture of OpenLMIS, an open-source logistics management information system. At the International Rescue Committee, he supported education projects in Haiti and served as a Regional Coordinator for the Syria Refugee Response, overseeing myriad ICT4D projects that support the IRC’s programs. Prior to his non-profit career, Jake spent more than 15 years developing large-scale enterprise, cloud and mobile software systems in the private high-tech sector. He has also worked as a teacher in secondary education in the U.S. public school system. 

Jake holds a B.A. in humanities from Hampden-Sydney College and is a master’s candidate in international relations at the Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.