Team

Without people, organizations are merely concepts that are incapable of action. Precision Development is privileged to draw on the talents of a strong multi-national, multi-cultural and multi-talented team dedicated to empowering people living in extreme poverty.

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Adam Abramson

Adam Abramson

Business Development Consultant

Kenya Team

Dr. Adam Abramson is a Business Development Consultant at PxD, focusing on identifying new opportunities, partnerships and programs, with an emphasis on Africa. He holds an MSc and PhD from Ben Gurion University in Environmental and Development Economics, and an AB from Harvard in Environmental Science & Public Policy. He has over ten years of experience researching and innovating for smallholder farmers in Eastern and Southern Africa. He also runs a startup, Farmster, in Kenya connecting farmers to local buyers and other services.

Adeel Shafqat

Adeel Shafqat

Senior Program Manager

Leadership Team, Pakistan Team

Adeel Shafqat is a Programs Manager at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). He holds a Master’s degree in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick. Previously, Adeel worked at a Canadian Public Financial Management services firm where he helped introduce ERP software to governments in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Pakistan

Ahmad Ayub

Ahmad Ayub

Senior Research Associate

Pakistan Team

Ahmad Ayub is a Senior Research Associate at PxD Pakistan. He holds an MSc in Development Economics from University of Oxford as a Commonwealth Shared Scholar, and a Bachelors (Hons) in Economics from LUMS. His substantive interests lie in the areas of applied microeconomics, econometrics and research methods. He previously worked on the Asset Transfer Project at Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP) aimed at poverty alleviation of the ultra-poor via asset transfers in parts of Southern Punjab. He has also served as the Project Manager for the Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) financial inclusion drive in Lahore to revolutionize the asset financing for small entrepreneurs being implemented by University of Oxford and LUMS researchers.

Alexander Ramirez

Alexander Ramirez

Software Engineer

Technology Practice

Alexander Ramirez is a Software Engineer at PxD. He holds a B.S. in Computer and Information Science from East-West University, Chicago. Prior to joining PxD he worked as a software engineer in the financial sector and as a CyberSecurity engineer at various military installations. He is currently also a CyberSecurity instructor at the University of Minnesota. His interests include functional programming, cybersecurity, and automated program synthesis.

Amrita Ahuja

Amrita Ahuja

Board Member

Board of Directors

Amrita Ahuja is a founder of Evidence Action where she led the start-up of Dispensers for Safe Water, and chaired the board of Deworm the World as it scaled to reach 30 million children. Amrita leads the Douglas B. Marshall, Jr. Family Foundation, an innovative funder with a focus on international education. Amrita previously worked as a Management Consultant at the Monitor Group. She holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University. In addition to her service to PxD, Amrita currently serves on the boards of the Global Innovation Fund (UK), STiR Education, and Evidence Action.

Aparna Priyadarshi

Aparna Priyadarshi

Research and Operations Manager

India Team

Aparna Priyadarshi is PxD’s Research & Operations Manager in India. She received her Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs and her BA from the University of Michigan in Economics and Political Science. She has had international development experience in India, West Africa, and Eastern Europe spanning the areas of economic research, program evaluation, and predictive modeling. Aparna’s interests lie in rural development, impact evaluation, data & quantitative analysis, and inequality.

Ashish Kamra

Ashish Kamra

Senior Research and Operations Associate

India Team

Ashish Kamra is PxD’s Senior Research and Operations Associate in India. He holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai and a B.E. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Chandigarh. Ashish has over two years of experience in Big Data Analytics. Before joining PxD, Ashish interned with Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore and EPW Research Foundation. His interest lies in agriculture economics.

Bakhtawar Ali

Bakhtawar Ali

Project Manager

Pakistan Team

Bakhtawar Ali is a Project Manager at PxD Pakistan on the IFAD project. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in Applied Statistics from the University of Punjab, Pakistan. In his postgraduate education, Bakhtawar graduated with a perfect GPA and was awarded an Honorary Gold Medal by the Chief Minister on account of his 1st Position in the State. He previously worked with Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) and Pakistan Television Network (PTV). He is currently working with the Government of Pakistan and Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). His research interests are in agriculture economics, political economy, and development economics.

Bhaumik Shah

Bhaumik Shah

Head of India Operations

India Team

Bhaumik Shah is PxD’s Head of India Operations. Bhaumik holds a MBA in Rural Management. He previously worked with the Institute of Financial Management and Research as a consultant, and at Awaaz.De as the Vice President of Operations. He has led ICT4D interventions in India and Ethiopia. His interest and experience lies in project management and operations.

Brian Keefe

Brian Keefe

Director of Finance and Operations

Leadership Team, Global Team

Brian Keefe is PxD’s Director of Finance and Operations. He holds a Masters degree in Business from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Merrimack College. He has over 30 years of experience in Finance and Operations, with the last five years spent working in non-profits. Prior to joining PxD, he worked at Housing Families Inc., Lazarus House, DHL, Ryder and GE.

Caitlin McKee

Caitlin McKee

Assistant Director, Research

Global Team, Leadership Team

Caitlin McKee is PxD’s Assistant Director, Research. She holds a Master of Public Administration with a certificate in International Development from the University of Washington. She has experience in agricultural research, impact evaluation, and policy analysis and most recently worked for the Center for Global Development in London. Caitlin has implemented randomized control trials in East Africa, notably for cassava farmers in Tanzania and sugarcane growers in Uganda. She has also conducted data analysis on Tanzanian smallholder farmers with projects for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala working on women’s empowerment issues.

Carolyne Nekesa

Carolyne Nekesa

Africa Chief of Operations

Kenya Team, Leadership Team

Carolyne Nekesa is PxD’s Africa Chief of Operations. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BSc. in management from Africa Nazarene University. She has significant experience in partner relationships, project management, and public policy advocacy. She previously worked for Innovations for Poverty Action and has consulted for Nadel University, Evidence Action, and the Programme for Agriculture and Livelihoods in Western Communities.

​Charles Misiati

​Charles Misiati

Associate Field Manager

Kenya Team

Charles Misiati is an Associate Field Manager at Innovations for Poverty Action in Kenya. He holds a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Childline College in Nairobi and a Certificate in Supervisory Management from GTI Mombasa. Charles has 7 years of experience working with smallholder maize farmers and evaluation of barriers for fertilizer use in western Kenya. He previously worked for the Kenyan Government as a Community Development Assistant, working with communities and welfare groups within western Kenya.

Chris Musungu

Chris Musungu

Field Manager

Kenya Team

Chris Musungu Namulundu is PxD’s Field Manager in Nairobi, Kenya. Previously, he worked for PxD as a field manager under Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). Chris has a Certificate in General Agriculture and Home Economics from Kilifi Agricultural College. He has over 10 years of experience in research and partnership development and has worked as a manager on various projects including the Fertilizer Markets for Local Information (MALIK) project in Kenya.

Claudia Carbajal Morelos

Claudia Carbajal Morelos

Regional Director for Latin America

Colombia Team, Leadership Team

Claudia Carbajal Morelos is PxD’s Regional Director for Latin America. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Tecnologico de Monterrey and a Master in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School. She has over seven years of experience in research, program design, implementation, and evaluation. Claudia has worked in government, non-profit, and multilateral organizations in Mexico, India, and the United States.

Crystal Aghadi

Crystal Aghadi

Research Associate

Nigeria Team

Crystal Aghadi is PxD’s Research Associate in Nigeria. Crystal holds a Collaborative MSc in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Nairobi, Kenya in collaboration with the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Prior to joining PxD, Crystal worked at the Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) as a Researcher, and at the Abia State Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development. She has worked on a variety of projects including the Feed the Future Nigerian Agricultural Policy Project (NAPP) co-sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Michigan State University (MSU).

Daniel Mokrauer-Madden

Daniel Mokrauer-Madden

Project Manager

Kenya Team

Daniel Mokrauer-Madden is a Project Manager at PxD. He earned MS degrees in International Agricultural Development and Agriculture & Resource Economics at University of California, Davis. Previously, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya and co-founded the Twende Social Innovation Center in Arusha, Tanzania.

Dat Huynh

Dat Huynh

Software Engineer

Technology Practice

Dat Huynh is a Software Engineer at PxD. He holds a B.A degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from the Ho Chi Minh University of Technologies (VietNam). Prior to joining PxD, he worked as a Software Engineer at DEK Technologies, and has experience in the Ericsson 4G IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and building high availability calling systems.

Diana McLeod

Diana McLeod

Global Research Associate

Global Team

Diana McLeod is a Global Research Associate at PxD with most of her work concentrated in Rwanda. She holds a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Middlebury College. Diana has conducted research on immigration in the U.S. and has field experience in Peru, working to improve the nutritional and economic outcomes of rural communities through greenhouse development and agroecological practices. Additionally, she is a Senior Researcher for Brown University Professor Emily Oster’s COVID-19 School Data Hub.

Dianah Nakubulwa

Dianah Nakubulwa

Agronomist Consultant

Kenya Team

Dianah Nakubulwa is PxD’s Agronomist Consultant based in Kampala, Uganda. She has a Bsc. Degree in Agricultural Land Use and Management and is currently awaiting schedule of defense for Msc. Soil Science all from Makerere University, Uganda. Dianah is an Agronomist and soil scientist with strong spatial skills. She is fueled by her passion to boost production of small holder farmers and improve their livelihoods through fostering their knowledge in Agronomy and soil. Dianah has previously worked with IITA (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture), Bioversity International and the National Agriculture Research Organisation.

Dina Rodrigues

Dina Rodrigues

Global Research Support Associate

Global Team

Dina Rodrigues is PxD’s Global Research Support Associate. She holds a MSc. in Economics with a specialization in Development and Trade from the NOVA School of Business and Economics and a BSc. in Economics from Católica-Lisbon SBE, in Portugal. Dina has fieldwork experience in Portugal and Mozambique, having coordinated RCTs in the areas of migration, livelihoods, and labor markets for the Novafrica Research Centre and the International Growth Centre. She has also consulted for the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator in Mozambique.

Emmanuel Bakirdjian

Emmanuel Bakirdjian

Africa Regional Director

Kenya Team, Leadership Team

Emmanuel Bakirdjian is PxD’s Africa Regional Director. Emmanuel holds a MPhil in Development Economics and a MSc in Economic Development and Project Analysis from CERDI (Centre for Studies and Research on International Development), Clermont-Ferrand, France. He has been a Senior Research Manager for the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Africa office, based at the University of Cape Town, and also worked for Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) in Rwanda and Sierra Leone.

Eric Njue

Eric Njue

Research and Operations Manager

Kenya Team

Eric Njue is PxD’s Research and Operations Manager in Nairobi, Kenya. He holds an M.Sc. degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics and a Bachelor in Agribusiness Management from Egerton University. Eric has over 8 years of technical expertise in agricultural development, spanning across multi-disciplinary research and program management. Before joining PxD, Eric worked as a Consultant for the USAID project in Kenya, an associate consultant at WFP (World Food Program), a researcher at Tegemeo Research Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development, among other roles both at county and national government institutions. His professional interest includes farming capacity development, designing and implementing household and community surveys in diverse settings, econometric and statistical techniques, management of survey databases and scientific writing skills and, innovative approaches for integrating quantitative and qualitative research.

Erika Caballero

Erika Caballero

Country Launch Manager

Leadership Team, Colombia Team

Erika Caballero is PxD’s Country Launch Manager for Colombia. She holds a B.A. in Economics, from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and a Master in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to joining PxD, Erika worked as a Senior Manager at IDinsight where she led client engagement and project management for a portfolio of Africa-based initiatives. Erika has also worked in government and non-profit organizations in Mexico and India.

Garima Taneja

Garima Taneja

Senior Research and Operations Associate

India Team

Garima Taneja is a Senior Research and Operations Associate at PxD. She holds a master’s in economics from TERI University and a bachelor’s in economics from Delhi University. Prior to joining PxD, she has worked with many reputed organizations such as GIZ, IFPRI, Centers for International Project Trust, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment. She has experience in conducting impact evaluation studies, input-output optimization models & willingness to pay studies, developing water-sustainability plans and conducting capacity building trainings for farmer producer organizations.

Gautam Bastian

Gautam Bastian

Research and Program Development Manager

Global Team

Gautam Bastian is PxD’s Research and Program Development Manager. He holds a Master of Public Administration specializing in Advanced Policy and Economic Analysis from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a BA in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He has designed and implemented impact evaluations in agriculture, mobile finance, education, and business training in India, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Nigeria. Before joining PxD, he was an Economist at the World Bank’s Africa Gender Innovation Lab and a Research Associate at Harvard Business School.

Georges Poquillon

Georges Poquillon

Senior Research and Operations Manager

Kenya Team

Georges Poquillon is a Senior Research and Operations Manager at PxD in Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a Master of Economics from the Toulouse School of Economics (France) and a PhD in Economics from the University of Essex (UK). Prior to joining PxD, Georges worked at the World Bank as an Impact Evaluation Evaluation Field Supervisor on a youth employment project in Kenya (Kenya Youth Employment Opportunity Project).

Getu Shikur

Getu Shikur

Senior Manager-Partnerships and Communication

Ethiopia Team

Getu Shikur is PxD’s Senior Manager-Partnerships and Communication in Ethiopia. He holds a PhD in Sociolinguistics from Addis Ababa University. He has been an advisor to the Barr Foundation on work related to Ethiopia and East Africa, and has consulted various organizations including WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS, CIFF, ICAP, and JHPIEGO. He has extensive experience in participatory research, socio-economic studies, development program formulation, monitoring and evaluation, and impact assessments.

Godfrey Meyer Petgrave

Godfrey Meyer Petgrave

Agronomist

Nigeria Team

Godfrey Meyer Petgrave, is PxD’s Agronomist in Nigeria. Godfrey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Crop Protection and MSc in Crop and Soil Science, Agricultural Entomology both from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He previously worked with JOF Nigeria Limited, Lagos Nigeria and as their Agribusiness Project Manager. Godfrey also worked with Nigerian Starch Mills- Anambra and Ekiti States, Nigeria, and at Myrtles Farms and Foods Company Limited- Rivers State. He also worked with Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemical Limited as Field Agronomist for Rivers State and was responsible for providing detailed content on various crops best management practices, fertilizers and pesticides application to improve productivity and profitability for rural farmers in the Southern Region of Nigeria.

Habtamu Yesigat

Habtamu Yesigat

Director of Programs, Ethiopia

Leadership Team, Ethiopia Team

Habtamu Yesigat is PxD’s Director of Programs, Ethiopia. He holds a PhD from the Technical University Munich in Production and Resource Economics, a MSc degree in Agricultural Economics from Haramaya University, and a MSc in Rural Development from a consortium of European Universities. He is an Agricultural Development Economist with extensive research experience in sub-Saharan Africa and Germany. He has previously worked for the Gondar Agricultural Research Center of Ethiopia, FAO, ILRI, and the World Bank.

Hannah Timmis

Hannah Timmis

Senior Research Manager

India Team

Hannah Timmis is PxD’s Senior Research Manager for India. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics. Hannah has six years of experience conducting rigorous research and managing programs in the international development sector. She has previously worked as a Research Associate at the Center for Global Development and the Institute for Development Studies, as a Project Manager at Adam Smith International and as an Analyst at Instiglio.

Hassan Ammar

Hassan Ammar

Project Manager

Pakistan Team

Hassan Ammar is a Project Manager at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). Hassan holds two degrees from the University of Pennsylvania: a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies. He has previously worked as an Education Coordinator at the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia (UNAGP), where he spearheaded the Education and Outreach Program. He has also served as an Education Coordinator at the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative (PGWI), raising awareness about global water and sanitation issues.