Meet the Team

"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

 

STEVE RADELET, DIRECTOR

Professor Radelet is the Ambassador Donald F. McHenry Professor of Global Human Development and Director of the Global Human Development Program. His work focuses on economic growth, poverty reduction, foreign aid, and debt, primarily in Africa and Asia. Professor 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 Presidents of Liberia and Malawi. He spent four years as an adviser to the Ministry of Finance in Jakarta, Indonesia,and two years as 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.

TONY BARCLAY

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.

SHAREEN JOSHI

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 KLASNJA

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.

 

RAJ SHAH

Rajiv Shah served as Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from January 2010 to February 2015, advancing its mission of ending extreme poverty and promoting resilient, democratic societies. He pioneered new public-private partnerships, catalyzed scientific innovation and enlisted the private sector and Congressional leaders of both parties to join in this cause. In his role as Administrator he served on the President's National Security Team, and on the boards of the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Dr. Shah also led the U.S. Government’s humanitarian response to catastrophic crises around the world, including the Haiti earthquake, Typhoon Haiyan and the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Previously, he served as Under Secretary and Chief Scientist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he created the National Institute for Food and Agriculture. Prior to serving in the Obama Administration, Dr. Shah spent eight years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from its inception, where he led efforts in global health, agriculture, and financial services. He currently serves on the Secretary General's High Level Panel on Pandemic Threat Preparedness at the United Nations. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at the Rockefeller Foundation and is a member of the Trilateral Commission.

CHARLES UDOMSAPH

Charles Udomsaph is Assistant 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.

HOLLY WISE

Professor Wise leads the GHD/SFS Global Social Enterprise and Development Fellows Program with the McDonough School of Business. Her teaching areas include social enterprise, innovation and enterprise development. Current 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.

ELIZABETH POWELL

Elizabeth Powell

Elizabeth Powell, Events and Communications Coordinator, received a BA in International Studies from the University of Miami and an MA in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University. Prior to working for the Global Human Development program at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, Elizabeth coordinated events full-time at Georgetown University's Law Center. Her prior event experience includes coordinating regional and national trade shows for NAFCU, a financial trade association in Arlington, VA and 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.

KATIE LI

Elizabeth Powell

Katie Brooks 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.