Yulia Buynova: Writer and Researcher, World Bank
Yulia Buynova is a MA candidate at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with a concentration in International Development and Economics and a minor in Energy, Resources and Environment. Yulia has been working as a Writer and Researcher for international development organization focusing on energy and infrastructure issues. She is also an Editor for SAIS Perspectives, an online student-run publication focusing on international development. In her free time, Yulia enjoys swing dancing, playing piano, and doing sports.
Erica Garroutte: Program Manager, Institute for Integrative Conservation, William and Mary
Erica Garroutte is the Program Manager for the Institute for Integrative Conservation at the College of William & Mary. For over a decade, Erica has worked as an ecologist, community engagement manager, field-based educator, and program manager contributing to a diversity of conservation initiatives in Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, East Africa, and Mongolia. Her research and conservation work focus on promoting the resilience of grassland ecosystems and pastoralist community livelihoods threatened by climate variability and human land use change across the western United States, East Africa, and Mongolia. Holding a master’s degree in ecology from Montana State University, she leverages robust socioecological research, diverse partnerships, capacity building, and community engagement to implement science-based conservation actions.
Dillan Patel: Manager, DHInfrastructure
Dillan Patel is a Senior Analyst at DHInfrastructure, an economic consulting firm headquartered in Northampton, Massachusetts. We specialize in regulated network infrastructure. Our services include policy and regulatory support, economic and financial analysis, investment planning, project evaluation, and PPP advice for multilateral donors (such as the World Bank and Asian Development Bank), governments, and private companies. Although DHInfrastructure focuses on energy and water regulations, Dillan has been involved in a range of infrastructure sub-sectors such as elevators and elder care. Dillan graduated from William & Mary in 2016 with a B.A. in International Relations. At W&M he interned as a Research Assistant for AidData and published research on AidData's First Tranche Blog on aid flows and development in Pakistan.
Jamila White: Commissioner, District of Columbia
Jamila White is an International Development and Humanitarian expert with 15 years experience managing, designing and implementing more than 100 million dollars in complex economic and social development initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas. Raised in Virginia and Southeast D.C., Jamila’s life's work has been focused on opening doors, creating access, and supporting Black, Indigenous and people of color worldwide. Jamila holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Hampton University and a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Economic Development and International Affairs from Indiana University. She was recently elected to local office in Washington D.C. and was sworn in as a Commissioner in January 2021 to a two-year term.
Social Entrepreneurship Stream
Heather Lane Chauny: Strategy Advisor, FHI Foundation
Heather Lane Chauny is the Foundation Relations and Strategy Advisor for the FHI Partners. She brings more than 20 years’ experience in building structures, systems and developing business partnerships for organizational growth and impact. Heather is known in her work as a silo-buster (collaborating across traditional company boundaries); an opportunity-spotter (finding innovation potential where others see risk or challenge); a systems-thinker (seeing the interconnections between business value and societal pressures); and a story-teller (bringing others on board with a vision for “shared-value”). She has worked throughout Africa and Latin America on global health and sustainable economic development for organizations including the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Oceana and Jhpiego, a global health affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. She also served with the U.S Peace Corps in Durban, South Africa as a Capacity Building Consultant for HIV/AIDS integration programs and services within community-based and national non-governmental organizations.
Gabrielle Hibbert: Graduate and Teaching Assistant, William & Mary Blockchain Lab
Gabrielle Hibbert is a current Master’s Candidate in Sustainable International Development and Business Management at Brandeis University, who combines her area of focus with blockchain use-cases for alternative models of development and policy. In addition to her social science research, she holds a certificate in Ethereum development. Gabrielle has spoken and appeared at panels from the Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition to the Congressional Halls of the United States. She received her B.A. from the College of William & Mary in Global Studies, concentrating on German and Russian studies. After graduating from the College she worked in Washington D.C. on Capitol Hill as a staffer and as a research analyst within international development finance.
Wesley Garner: Advisory Associate, Global Public Sector, Grant Thornton
Business analyst for Grant Thornton's federal practice; mostly in the organizational improvement and project management space. Garner’s main client is the Department of Education. He also does business development work for Grant Thornton’s USAID and MCC accounts. Additionally, Garner provides his strategic planning and grant-writing skill sets to Embolden, a volunteer-based non-profit advancing the professional opportunities of under-resourced high school students around DC. At William & Mary (2019), he majored in international relations and minored in economics through the joint-degree program with St Andrews. Garner regularly participated in the College's parliamentary debating team, and served on the undergraduate Honor Council. His honors thesis examined el-Sisi's digital repression tactics as head of Egypt during the Arab Winter.
Riley Greenwood: Director of Social Innovation, CHOICE Humanitarian
Riley joined the CHOICE Humanitarian team in August 2017. As Director of Social Innovation, his role focuses on identifying and implementing innovative solutions to the complex challenges of extreme poverty, spanning various sectors including economic development, agriculture, and energy. He graduated from the University of Utah with a Master of Statistics (Econometrics), an Honors BS in Economics, and a BA in International Studies. Riley is well-traveled, speaks Spanish fluently, and has spent significant time living throughout Latin America. His time spent abroad opened his eyes and fueled his desire to do more to improve the lives of people across the globe. He is a passionate believer in the CHOICE approach to international development and has dedicated his life to making as many sustainable impacts on others as possible. Riley is proud and grateful to be in a position to help fulfill CHOICE’s mission to “support the efforts of people around the world to end extreme poverty and build self-reliant, resilient communities.”
Jessica Brown: Data Analyst, Health, Nutrition, and Population Practice, Global Financing Facility, World Bank
Jessica Brown is a Data Analyst in the World Bank’s Global Financing Facility (GFF) in the Health, Nutrition, and Population Practice. In this capacity she performs monitoring & evaluation work with a focus on maternal, adolescent, and child health and nutrition. Jessica spent five years at PricewaterhouseCooper’s Public Sector Practice, supporting the National Institutes of Health and the Department of State/USAID President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) as a data analyst. She graduated from William and Mary in 2013 with a BA in International Relations and Economics. While at W&M, she worked as a Research Assistant at AidData for two years and participated in the D.C. Summer Security Institute. She graduated with distinction from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a MSc in International Development in 2019.
Aili Chatfield-Taylor: Product Manager, Capital One
Aili Chatfield-Taylor works as a Product Manager at Capital One, specializing in data management and customer-centric design. While an undergraduate, Aili studied Public Policy & Public Health and was heavily involved with the Global Research Institute, winning the first iteration of “Shark Tank” – another research competition hosted at the College. Aili continues to stay involved in W&M through her support of GRI, the LatinX Alumni leadership circles, and as a board member of the Society of 1918.
Robert Marty: Research Analyst, Development Impact Evaluation Unit, World Bank
Robert Marty is a Research Analyst in the Development Impact Evaluation unit at the World Bank where his work focuses on impact evaluations of transportation investments, including economic corridors and road safety. In particular, his work focuses on leveraging innovative data sources for impact evaluations, such as satellite imagery, crowdsourced data and private sector data sources. Prior to joining the World Bank he worked at the AidData Center for Development Policy. He holds an MS in Computational Operations Research and a Master of Public Policy from the College of William and Mary.
Liz Rosen: Staff Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton
Liz Rosen graduated from the College of William & Mary with a B.A. in International Relations and Data Science, after four years of research in locations as distant as Liberia and Colombia, on topics as wide ranging as parliamentary gender quotas and recycling supply chains. Her honors thesis, which used structural topic modeling to analyze the impact of liberalization on political speech in Singapore, was awarded the International Relations Award for Excellence. She is especially interested in the nexus of security and development and has worked with both the contractors who implement development policies and the researchers who evaluate policy impacts. Currently, she works as a data science consultant to supply cutting edge solutions to the federal government.
Philip Rothrock: Program Manager, Supply Change Initiative, Forest Trends
Philip is a Program Manager with Forest Trends’ Supply Change initiative where he manages research projects tracking hundreds of companies with commitments and progress toward addressing commodity-driven deforestation. He also recently began part-time work with Forest Trends’ Forest Policy, Trade, and Finance initiative supporting projects on natural rubber and demand-side approaches to addressing illegal deforestation. Previously, he researched sustainability within palm oil supply chains for the Zoological Society of London in Indonesia and for the Gibbs Land Use and Environment Lab in Madison, Wisconsin. Philip has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Dickinson College and a Master’s in Environmental Conservation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Business Consulting Stream
Rohan Desai: Management Consultant, Bain & Company
Rohan is a management consultant with Bain & Company, a global "big three" consultancy that advises leaders in the private, public, and non-profit sectors around the world. In his time at Bain, he has worked on projects in Technology, Real Estate, Automotives, Corporate Venture Capital, and Travel & Tourism in Asia, MENA, and the US. Prior to joining Bain, Rohan worked at Booz Allen Hamilton in MENA, focusing on large-scale transformation projects in the Public Sector. Rohan graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2017 with degrees in Economics and Government. During his time on campus, he was involved with undergraduate research, the student newspaper, and the Global Research Institute, among other activities.
Tim Duff: Consultant, Deloitte
After graduating from William and Mary in 2014, Tim worked in DC at the Society for International Development as the communications manager for the organization. In June 2016 Tim served as an economic development Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso. After returning from the Peace Corps he began working at Deloitte in the government sector as a change management professional. Tim has experience working on supply chain and change management projects across government agencies and is currently doing process improvement work for the Government.
Michelle Fang: Digital Strategy Consultant, IBM iX
Michelle is a Digital Strategy Consultant at IBM iX, based in the New York Office supporting Communications Sector clients in their customer transformation and experience strategy. Michelle's expertise is in startup marketing, where she currently leads marketing for a Gen Z social community app called Dive Chat, and previously supported digital marketing at two venture capital-backed startups. Michelle is passionate about design thinking, video editing, and all things coffee!
Alexander LeVoci: President and Principal Consultant, RiskPoint Advisors
Alexander LeVoci is the President and Principal Consultant at RiskPoint Advisors. Alex has eight years of experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. He is a highly skilled practitioner of strategy consulting, change management, political and country risk analysis, and nonmarket strategy. Alex holds an MBA from Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business, where he focused on Strategy Consulting, Finance, and Nonmarket Strategy. He earned a BA in International Affairs, East Asian Studies, and Business Administration from Northeastern University. He most recently worked with SAP, The Overseas Private Investment Corporation, The World Bank, and the International Finance Corporation.
Jeremiah Magpile: Manager, International Development Assistance Services, KPMG
Jeremiah is a Manager with KPMG’s International Development Assistance Services (IDAS) Institute that advises development sector organizations including development banks, donor agencies non-profit organizations on program strategy and implementation. Prior to KPMG, Jeremiah was a Program Manager for the Project on Prosperity and Development at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is currently pursuing an MSc on Local Economic Development at the London School of Economics.