Version 2I’m co-founder and COO of the Mawazo Institute, a nonprofit which helps East African women launch careers as researchers and policy experts.  I’m also a PhD candidate in political science at BerkeleyMy research focuses on the politics of higher education in Africa.  Both projects build on my longstanding interest in expanding access to funding for African academics.

I’ve previously worked as a research manager for Innovations for Poverty Action in the US, and studied agricultural microinsurance with IPA in Ghana.  I’ve also done M&E for FINCA International in the DR Congo and promoted social enterprise development with Rwanda Works.  I have an MA in international relations from SAIS, and a BA in geography and French from Dartmouth.  My CV is available here.

In my free time, you’ll find me keeping up with news from Africa and abroad, taking lots of photos, and hiking, cycling and climbing around Nairobi and the Bay Area.