Eric Chu was born in Minnesota and grew up in Taiwan. Prior to GHD, he was the China Research Coordinator for the University of Minnesota in Nanning, China and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda. Eric is interested in the intersection between science and development in areas such as climate change mitigation, STEM education, and global health as well as the impact of nontraditional donors on development. He first became inspired to work as an development practitioner in central Uganda.
Margret Chu joins GHD after working with Oxfam America’s CHANGE Initiative, a national youth leadership program. Prior, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Albania where she engaged in youth and community development.
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, 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 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 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.
Emma Edwards spent three years with the Peace Corps in Benin as an agricultural volunteer. In her third year, she facilitated data collection, research, and technology training for BeninCaju, a Catholic Relief Services project that trains farmers on best agricultural practices. During her time as a GHD student, she has held internships at the World Bank Global Agriculture Practice and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition. She has also participated in the 2018 Social Innovation Lab for Food Security and the 2019 Georgetown Africa Business Conference. She is specializing in agriculture and speaks French.
Parker Essick comes to GHD with an interest in the apex between governance, rural development, and civic engagement, pushing the field to look toward the civic rise of rural populations and ethnic minorities as a foundation for economic development. At GHD, he has focused his research on innovative governance reforms and domestic revenue mobilization, all while boosting his analytical and quantitative proficiencies. Parker graduated from Clemson University in South Carolina with a BA in English and Political Science.
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 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.