Class of 2019

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Amina Mendez Acosta

Coming from a poor rural village in the Philippines from a family which earned a gross income of USD 4 a day, Amina has experienced firsthand the desperation and hopelessness of poverty. Her family broke through the classic tale of generational poverty through a microfinance loan her mother used to start a small business with and a college scholarship which first sent her to University of the Philippines Diliman and eventually to Ohio Wesleyan University to finish an undergraduate degree in Mathematics (Summa Cum Laude).

Mouayad Albonni

Mouayad Albonni

Mouayad Albonni graduated from the Economics Department at the American University of Beirut. He is from a town in the Qalamoun mountains north of the Syrian capital, Damascus. Arabic is Mouayad’s mother tongue, he is fluent in English, and can communicate fairly well in French.

Anne Buckley

Anne Buckley

Anne Buckley joins GHD after working in community development as a Peace Corps Volunteer for the past two years. Annie began as a Community Economic Development agent in Mali where she spent six months working with a women’s agribusiness cooperative.

Erin Collins

Erin Collins

Erin Collins, a Buffalo, NY native and Georgetown University graduate, joins the GHD program after working in Malawi at the UN World Food Programme (WFP) for close to two years. Erin’s time at WFP Malawi, which began as part of a yearlong Princeton in Africa fellowship, helped to foster her deep interest in food and nutrition security as she saw firsthand how intricately connected access to food is to all aspects of development.

Tiago Cordeiro

Tiago de Barros Cordeiro

Tiago Cordeiro, a Brazilian national, completed his undergraduate studies in International Affairs at the University of Brasilia and holds an MBA in Project Management from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation. From 2012 to 2017, he worked as a consultant and as an operations analyst at the Inter-American Development Bank’s Brazil office, contributing to the design and management of projects in the citizen security, environment and tourism sectors.

Diana Duran Crespo

Diana Durán Crespo

Diana Durán Crespo is originally from Quito, Ecuador but completed her undergraduate degree in International Economics at the University of Navarra, Spain. She joined GHD after working in the private sector for 8 years in Madrid, New York, and Quito. Diana has experience in finance, business and brand management.

Kiersten DeHaven

Kiersten DeHaven

Kiersten DeHaven attended the University of Notre Dame as a student-athlete majoring in Political Science and Spanish while rowing for the varsity women’s rowing team. She spent a summer studying abroad in Toledo, Spain and a summer volunteering at an inner city elementary school in Buenos Aires, Argentina through a service learning program organized by Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns.

Boyeoluwatito Fakoya

Boyeoluwatito “Yinka” Fakoya

Boyeoluwatito “Yinka” Fakoya is passionate about access to quality education and the development and implementation of inclusive, evidence-based education policies. Prior to joining GHD she worked with The Education Partnership (TEP) Centre, where she conducted research on the Nigerian education sector and produced comprehensive reports to support ongoing development interventions.

Francine Fernandez

Francine Fernandez

Francine Fernandez completed her undergraduate degree in Management with a minor in Enterprise Development and her graduate degree in Economics with a specialization in urban and regional development from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.

Danielle Fiorino

Danielle Fiorino

Danielle Fiorino has spent the last four years in various positions at The Mahindra Group, based in Mumbai, India, which is a 19 billion dollar international conglomerate spanning twenty different industries. Her positions included Internal Consulting, Deputy Manager in International Real Estate Sales, and Deputy Manager to the Chairman of the Mahindra Group.