The Global Human Development program draws on faculty with extensive knowledge of economics, political science, sociology, anthropology, international relations, and development. In addition, GHD’s faculty bring extensive experience in the field of international development, with expertise from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Faculty members teach core and elective courses as well as advise students in GHD’s designated concentration areas.
"It is clear that the GHD faculty and staff understand the importance of experiential learning, which is why the program has provided students with such a wide variety of opportunities to complement their classroom learning in this way."
Mallory Plaks, '14
Director & Faculty
Professor Radelet holds the Donald F. McHenry Chair in Global Human Development and is the Director of the Global Human Development Program. His work focuses on economic growth, poverty reduction, foreign aid, and debt, primarily in Africa and Asia. Dr. Radelet has extensive experience as a policy maker in the U.S. Government; as an adviser to developing country leaders; and as a researcher, teacher and writer. He previously served as Chief Economist for USAID, Senior Adviser for Development to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He currently serves as an economic adviser to the President of Liberia, and previously was an adviser to the President of Malawi. He spent four years as a resident adviser to the Ministry of Finance in Jakarta, Indonesia, and two years as a resident adviser in the Ministry of Finance in The Gambia. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Western Samoa. From 2002 to 2009, Dr. Radelet was Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development. From 1990 to 2000, he was on the faculty of Harvard University, where he was a Fellow at the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) and a Lecturer on Economics and Public Policy. He holds a PhD in public policy from Harvard University.
Jock R. Anderson
Jock R. Anderson left his home farm near Monto, Queensland, Australia, to study agricultural science at the University of Queensland. He subsequently pursued a PhD in agricultural economics at the University of New England, Armidale, Australia, where he stayed on as a staff member, including as a Professor of Agricultural Economics, and Dean of the Faculty of Economic Studies. He joined the World Bank in 1989 where he served in various roles including as Adviser, Strategy and Policy in the Agriculture and Rural Development Department. As a retiree since 2003 he works for various international organizations, including IFPRI, USAID and the World Bank, and recently led an evaluation of policy work at FAO. He holds numerous professional awards and is widely published, with over 300 publications in his field of expertise.
Ana-Maria Arriagada is a senior-level international development practitioner with extensive experience in the areas of social protection and safety nets, education, and health and nutrition. Her recent work focuses on scaling up alternative models to deliver social services to poor women and children in developing countries, especially in Indonesia and South Africa. Dr. Arriagada worked at the World Bank for 26 years concentrating on policy research, strategy and program design, implementation and evaluation, and organizational management. She held several senior technical and managerial positions including Social Protection Sector Manager and, later, Director for the Human Development Department for the Latin America and the Caribbean region. She twice received the World Bank's President "Excellence Award" for cutting-edge work with country clients, pioneering innovative approaches to program design, implementation and management, including community managed schools and transparent financial management of social expenditures and poverty programs. She currently works with several international organizations and non-profits, and is a senior advisor for the Results for Development Institute. Dr. Arriagada holds a BA from the Catholic University of Chile—her native country, and an MA and PhD in Economics from American University.
Tony Barclay is Director of Development Management and Practice. For 30 years, Tony was a senior executive at DAI, an employee-owned international development consulting firm, and served as CEO from 1999 to 2008. During his tenure, DAI grew from a boutique firm to a global company with annual revenues of $375 million and 2,500 employees working in more than 50 countries. Honored as Executive of the Year in the October 2008 Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards ceremony, Tony has had a long career as a global development professional. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in western Kenya in the late 1960s, and returned there for his Ph.D. research in anthropology on the impact of a large-scale sugar project. He joined DAI’s development consulting staff in 1977. He moved into a senior management role in 1979, became DAI’s President in 1990; and succeeded the founding CEO in 1999. Tony was a founding board member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and is a past President of the Washington Chapter of the Society for International Development. He has also taught management courses at UC Berkeley, Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in the Master's in Development Practice (MDP) Program, and Columbia's Middle East Research Center in Amman, Jordan.
Derek Byerlee conducted his early studies in Australia before completing his PhD at Oregon State University and joining the Faculty of Agricultural Economics at Michigan State University, focusing on West Africa. He then worked for many years at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico and South Asia, finishing as Director of Economics. He moved to the World Bank in 1994, serving as its Rural Strategy Adviser and Co-Director of the World Development Report 2008 Agriculture for Development. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, and serves on a number of international boards and advisory bodies. He has published widely and is a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
AUDREY BRACEY DEEGAN
Audrey Bracey Deegan is President/CEO of StepByStep Worldwide (SBS), a global non-profit committed to developing community-designed health, education and livelihoods solutions in last mile communities worldwide, using mobile renewable energy and ICTs. Before SBS, Audrey co-founded Last Mile4D, a social enterprise, and Hudson Chesapeake Ltd (HCL), a women-owned strategy and organization consulting firm where she led the global non-profit practice. Audrey also served as interim CEO for Plan International USA, a global, child-centered, community development organization. Audrey’s career has included leadership positions at Deloitte Consulting LLP, J.P. Morgan, McKinsey & Company, OMG Center for Collaborative Leadership, Textron, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. She is an honors graduate of Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in international politics, and holds a joint J.D./Masters in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University. She is also an adjunct professor of international business strategy at Georgetown University, and the recipient of Georgetown’s 1820 Award.
Professor Joshi's research focuses on poverty alleviation and demographic change in the developing world. She is particularly interested in the evaluation of development policies using a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods. Her recent papers explore the effects of maternal and child health programs on the well-being of families in Bangladesh, and the impact of self-help group participation on the lives of women in rural Rajasthan, India. She is also interested in patterns of marriage and household structure across the developing world. Professor Joshi holds a PhD in Economics from Yale University.
Marko Klašnja is an assistant professor of political science at Georgetown University, with the joint appointment in the Government Department and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He specializes in comparative politics, political behavior, and political economy of democratic accountability. Prior to joining Georgetown, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University, and received his PhD from the Department of Politics at New York University.
Jeremy Konyndyk is a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development. His research focuses on humanitarian response, USAID policy reform, and global outbreak preparedness. He previously served in the Obama Administration from 2013-2017 as the director of USAID’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), where he led the US government’s response to international disasters. Konyndyk led a global team of nearly 600 humanitarian professionals, managed annual resources of more than $1.4 billion, and oversaw OFDA’s responses to an average of 70 disasters in 50 countries every year. He led major US government humanitarian responses to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the 2016 Ethiopia Drought, the complex emergency in Northern Nigeria, the Nepal earthquake, the Iraq crisis, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the conflict in South Sudan, and the ongoing war inside Syria, among other crises. He also led the Agency’s preparations for the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit. Konyndyk previously worked for Mercy Corps as director of Global Policy and Advocacy. From 2008-2013, he led the organization’s high-level strategic outreach to governments, donors, the United Nations, and other partners. From 2003-2008, he served as the American Refugee Committee’s country director in South Sudan, Uganda, and Guinea, designing and leading humanitarian responses in conflict and post-conflict settings. Konyndyk earlier worked with the US Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, and for an NGO in the Balkans. He is currently a member of the World Health Organization’s high level Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee, which oversees the agency’s Health Emergencies Programme. Previously, he served on the independent Advisory Group to the WHO Director General that helped to design the agency’s post-Ebola emergency response reforms.
Sarah Lane is an economist in the USAID Office of Economic Policy. She has worked as a development economist for nearly a decade in USAID's Asia Near East Bureau and Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment. In recent years, she has worked extensively on the economic analysis of development projects with a particular focus on cost benefit analysis. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics and International Relations from the College of William and Mary, an M.A. in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University, and an M.A. in Economics from Georgetown University.
Guido Lara is the Founder and CEO of LEXIA Global, a research and consulting firm devoted to create communication solutions based on insights. He is a Doctor Summa cum laude, by the Universidad Complutense of Madrid where he was awarded this degree in the Communication Theory and Social Research Methods program. He has been a professor in Master’s and Diploma Course programs at the UIA, FEPADE, CADEC, and ITAM. Together with Adriana Arizpe, he published a book entitled “Political Communication and Democracy” (published by Cal y Arena). His paper “The Contribution of Qualitative Research in Vicente Fox’s Presidential Campaign” presented at the ESOMAR International Congress is a classic for students of public opinion and electoral campaigns. With over 20 years of experience as qualitative researcher and communications consultant, his innovative methodological approach has become a benchmark in public opinion and social studies. He is an authority in Communication and Qualitative research issues, pursuant to his academic background as well as his years in the industry. He is often invited to participate in congresses and collaborate in media (Mente Social blog in Animal Politico and often guest of TV and radio programs in Televisa and El Financiero/Bloomberg). As a Branding consultant, he was a leader in the realization and launching of the Mexico´s nation brand.
Katherine Marshall has worked for four decades in international development with a focus on issues facing the world’s poorest countries. She is currently a senior fellow at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and Visiting Professor in the School of Foreign Service, where she enjoys the gift of working with the next generation. Before coming to Georgetown, Marshall worked for 35 years at the World Bank. Among her many assignments, she was Country Director in the World Bank’s Africa region, first for the Sahel region, then Southern Africa. She serves on two international prize committees, the Opus Prize Foundation and the Niwano Peace Prize Foundation, and chairs the board of the World Bank Community Connections Fund. She was a core group member of a World Economic Forum initiative to advance understanding between the Islamic World and the West. She serves on several other boards including AVINA Americas, a foundation working across Latin America. She co-moderates the Fes Forum, part of the world renowned Fes Festival of Global Sacred Music. Marshall writes and speaks on wide ranging development and humanitarian topics. She contributes regularly to the religion page of the Huffington Post. Her two most recent books are Global Institutions of Religion: Ancient Movers, Modern Shakers, and The World Bank: From Reconstruction to Development to Equity. From 2003 – 2009, she served as a trustee of Princeton University – her alma mater -- where she earned an MA in History and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Rehana joined the Case Foundation in 2016 as part of the Social Innovation team. Rehana serves as Vice President of Social Innovation, leading the Foundation’s efforts around Impact Investing. Previously, Rehana worked at the Bank of New York Mellon to help design the firm’s Social Finance program. She worked closely with the Wealth Management business to build internal expertise around Social Finance, and engage clients on this topic. While at BNY Mellon, Rehana also created a prototype for the firm’s first Impact Investment Fund. Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Rehana was a Program Associate at The Rockefeller Foundation, working on program initiatives that pertain broadly to economic development and innovative finance, with a specific focus on impact investing. Rehana also supported the Global Clearinghouse for Development Finance and the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) as an Assistant Director, working to utilize project finance in strengthening domestic financial institutions in East Africa. Rehana recently served as an Assistant Adjunct Faculty member at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU, teaching on topics related to CSR and Social Finance. Rehana holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors degree in Political Science from Queen’s University, as well as a Master of Arts in Development Economics and Foreign Policy Analysis from the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy.
Gary Newton teaches a course on vulnerable children at the Global Human Development Program. He is Director of Policy at Whole Child International, an LA-based NGO that focuses on improving care for disadvantaged children in Central America. Gary serves on the Advisory Council of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and is on the board of Columbia University's school of public health alumni association. He served as a Foreign Service Officer with USAID for 25 years, including 16 years in Africa. His positions included USAID Director in Namibia and U.S. Government Special Advisor for Orphans and Vulnerable Children. Prior to the Foreign Service, Gary was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger and worked for EngenderHealth in Bangladesh. Following the Foreign Service, he worked for Save the Children.
Mead Over is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development researching the economics of efficient, effective, and cost-effective health interventions in developing countries. Much of his work since 1987, first at the World Bank and now at the CGD, is on the economics of the AIDS epidemic. He co-authored the Bank’s first comprehensive treatment of the economics of AIDS in the book “Confronting AIDS: Public Priorities for a Global Epidemic” (1997,1999). His most recent book is “Achieving an AIDS Transition: Preventing Infections to Sustain Treatment” (2011) in which he offers options for donors, recipients, activists and other participants in the fight against HIV to reverse the trend in the epidemic through better prevention. In addition to ongoing work on HIV/AIDS, he is working on optimal pricing of health care services at the periphery, on the measurement and explanation of the efficiency of health service delivery in poor countries, and on optimal interventions to control a global influenza pandemic. Professor Over serves as a member of PEPFAR’s Scientific Advisory Board and as a member of the Steering Committee of the HIV/AIDS modeling consortium funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He earned his PhD in economics at the University of Wisconsin, and served in the US Peace Corps’ first program in Burkina Faso. He has taught at Williams College, Boston University, and the University of the Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France.
George Psacharopoulos is a former elected member of the Hellenic Parliament and a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois. He is known world-wide for his major contributions to the development of the economics of education. After receiving his MA and PhD in economics from the University of Chicago, Psacharopoulos taught at the Universities of Hawaii and Chicago and at the London School of Economics before moving to the World Bank, where he has been Senior Advisor to the Vice President of Human Capital and Operations Policy, Chief of the Human Resources Division and Chief of the Education Research Division, among others.
Laura B. Rawlings is a Lead Social Protection Specialist at the World Bank currently working primarily in Africa on strengthening social protection and labor systems. She was previously the Strategy and Results team leader in the World Bank’s Social Protection and Labor unit and manager of the Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF). She worked in the Latin American and Caribbean region where she led numerous project and research initiatives in the areas of conditional cash transfers, social funds and social protection systems; and worked as Sector Leader for Human Development in Central America where she was responsible for coordinating the World Bank’s health, education and social protection portfolio. She began her career at the World Bank in the Development Research Group where she worked on the evaluation of social programs. Prior to joining the World Bank she worked for the Overseas Development Council. An economist by training, she has published books and articles in the fields of evaluation and human development.
Kinnon Scott is a Senior Economist in the Poverty and Equality Global practice. She is presently working in the Latin America and Caribbean region and manages the Poverty and Equity work program for Central America. She has co-authored Systematic Country Diagnostics for Panama and Guatemala looking at growth, inclusion and sustainability and is leading studies on female migrants in Mexico and the wiliness of higher income individuals to give up fuel subsides in El Salvador. Prior to this she was in the Poverty and Inequality within the World Bank's Research Group where she managed the Living Standards Measurement Study. In this capacity she worked extensively with governments to produce policy-relevant data for poverty measurement and monitoring in many regions of the world. Professor Scott has been engaged in work on poverty measurement and highlights methodological research in household surveys (in areas of finance, income and consumption) as well as disability, the evolution of poverty and social protection targeting.
David J. Spielman, a U.S. national, joined the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in 2004, and is currently a senior research fellow based in Washington, DC. His research agenda covers a range of topics including agricultural science, technology and innovation policy; seed systems and input markets; and community-driven rural development. Prior to this, David was posted to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with IFPRI’s Knowledge, Innovation, and Capacity Division. Earlier in his career, he worked on agriculture and rural development issues for the World Bank (Washington, D.C.), the Aga Khan Development Network (Pakistan), and several other organizations. His work maintains a regional emphasis on East Africa and South Asia. David received a Ph.D. in Economics from American University in 2003, an M.Sc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics in 1993, and a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University in 1992.
Sharon Stash is an Adjunct Lecturer in Global Health. She received her Ph.D. in Demography from the University of Michigan, and her MSc. in Global Health and Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. She served as Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Global Health Policy Center within the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), advising US global health policy and engagement efforts, particularly focused on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the role of the US government in global TB control. Previously, she provided technical and managerial leadership to major global health programs such as the USAID funded AIDS Support and Technical Resources (AIDSTAROne). Earlier in her career, Dr. Stash helped shape the strategic direction of global health grant portfolios and management of publ-private partnerships as a Program Officer for both the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Packard Foundation. She has provided technical assistance to numerous foreign governments to develop national HIV/AIDS programs and prevention frameworks. She has published more than 30 policy papers and white papers for peer-researched journals, academic journals, conferences, and other publications.
Professor Thompson has over 25 years of experience working on energy, climate, and development issues from a variety of institutional perspectives. He began his career at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), where he was detailed to the U.S. Export Council for Renewable Energy and managed the Asia program for the U.S. private sector, leading efforts to increase the diffusion of renewable energy into China, India, Indonesia and the Philippines. After leaving NREL, Professor Thompson became the executive director of the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC) and later served as Director of the Office of Energy at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). At the State Department's climate change office, he managed the multimillion dollar climate program portfolio and served as lead U.S. climate negotiator at the United Nations. Professor Thompson is currently Director of the Office of Electricity and Energy Efficiency in the State Department’s Bureau of Energy resources. His work includes advancing U.S. foreign policy and national security goals in priority countries through the promotion of electricity system reforms and increased access to clean and affordable energy services. He received a B.A. in English from Gonzaga University and a Ph.D in Political Philosophy from Georgetown University.
Erwin R. Tiongson is Professor in the Practice of International Affairs and Concentration Chair for International Development in the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) Program at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. He concurrently serves as Deputy Director of the MSFS Program. Prior to joining Georgetown in 2014, Erwin was a Senior Economist at the World Bank and served in the Europe and Central Asia Region and, more recently, in the Latin America and Caribbean Region. He first joined the World Bank in 2003 through its Young Professionals Program. He also served as staff member of the International Monetary Fund from 1997-2003 and served as Associate Professor at the Asian Institute of Management from 2009-2011, where he remains a Nonresident Research Fellow. He is a Research Fellow of Das Institut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA) (Institute for the Study of Labor), External Research Fellow of the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) at the University College London, and Senior Fellow of the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM). Erwin holds a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in Economics from The George Washington University, an M.P.P. from Georgetown University, an M.A. in Economics from Fordham University, and a B.A. in Philosophy from the Ateneo de Manila University. He was born and raised in Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines.
Charles Udomsaph is Associate Professor of Teaching in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and teaches the econometrics sequence for the Global Human Development Program. Since 2003, Professor Udomsaph has worked for the World Bank, most recently with the Africa, Latin America & Caribbean, and South Asia Regions. Completed projects range from data collection and capacity building in Cameroon to the implementation of enterprise surveys in Southeast Asia. His current research focuses on private sector development in transition economies, specifically the quantitative assessment of the local business environment in Eastern Europe and its impact on job creation and firm productivity over time. He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s BSFS/MSFS program and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Velez had a distinguished career at the World Bank, serving as the Education Sector Manager for East Asia and the Pacific, Education Sector Manager for Latin American and the Caribbean, Sector Coordinator (Human Development) for the China program, Sector Leader (Human and Social Development for Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela), and Human Development Cluster Leader for Uganda and Tanzania. He also served as Principal Education Specialist for Eastern and Southern Africa. Dr. Velez has also been a Visiting Professor at: Universidad Nacional, Bogotá; Brown University; University of Connecticut; Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá; Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Bogotá; the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá; and most recently at Peking University and Kobe University. Dr. Velez has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Illinois. His areas of interest include Sociology of Social and Economic Development, Sociology of Education, and Analysis and Evaluation of Development Programs.
Professor Wise leads the GHD/SFS Global Social Enterprise and Innovation Fellows Program and supports the SFS NetImpact chapter. Her teaching areas include social enterprise, innovation, enterprise development, and the year long Capstone Course entitled Management, Analysis and Practice in Global Development. Research and advisory activities focus on corporate social responsibility, public-private partnerships, leadership development, social enterprise case studies, and monitoring and evaluation of multi-stakeholder alliances. Professor Wise serves as a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (2006-2011). She sits on the boards of FHI360, Grassroots Business Partners, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), LivingGoods, and GlobalGiving. Ms. Wise is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She spent a career in the foreign service with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), achieving the diplomatic rank of Minister Counselor. She is the founder and first Secretariat Director of the Global Development Alliance, USAID’s business model that forges strategic alliances between public and private partners in addressing international development issues. In addition to overseas tours in Uganda, Kenya, Barbados, the Philippines and China, Ms. Wise served as USAID chair at the National Defense University where she taught political science, environmental courses, and published research on China. Professor Wise is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Connecticut College and holds advanced degrees from Yale University and the National Defense University.
Mexican made, Austin raised, and D.C. educated, Jonathan Dromgoole is the Program Administrator for the Global Human Development Program and the Institute for the Study of International Migration. A true Hoya, Jonathan received his B.S. from the Walsh School of Foreign Service and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy from McCourt focusing on Political Strategy. Prior to joining the team at Walsh School of Foreign Service, Jonathan has worked for Georgetown Law, interned as a Policy Analyst for USAID, interned for a zero-waste fashion startup in Holland and founded the United Nations Association of Georgetown -- the first youth-led organization to focus on educating, communicating, and advocating the importance that young people play in advancing the role of the United Nations. Since founding UNA-Georgetown in 2013, more than 60 chapters have emerged across the country modeled after his work at Georgetown University.
Katie Li is the Associate Director of Academic Programs for the Global Human Development Program at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. She received a BA in International Studies and Chinese from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA in International Education from George Washington University. She previously worked at Johns Hopkins University SAIS where she oversaw the admissions process and provided student services to international students at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China. More recently she worked at Columbia University managing a TESOL training certificate program and an interconnected international language program.
Elizabeth Powell, Events and Communications Coordinator, received a BA in International Studies and Business Law from the University of Miami, an MA in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University, and is currently an MBA candidate at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. Before working at the Global Human Development Program at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, Elizabeth coordinated conferences, dinners, and board meetings for Georgetown University's Law Center. Her prior event experience ranges from regional and national trade shows for NAFCU, a financial trade association in Arlington, VA to putting brides and their families at ease with Ace of Events, a boutique South Asian event company in Baltimore, MD. Her communications experiences range from freelance copy writing, blogging, and consulting for small businesses on their social media strategy.