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{ Management Team }

Shawn Powers
Shawn Powers

Shawn is a Policy Manager at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), where he manages the Education and Labor Markets programs. He has conducted research and advocacy on programs to fight poverty in a variety of settings, including as a Fulbright Scholar in the Philippines, an Emerson National Hunger Fellow, and Director of Advocacy at Food Bank of Alaska. Shawn is a graduate of Williams College, the University of Cambridge, and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Aleem Ahmed
Aleem Ahmed

Aleem is an MBA and MPA student at MIT Sloan and Harvard Kennedy School where he is focusing on social entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Sloan, Aleem worked as a management consultant at L.E.K. and in international development in East Africa. In Kenya, Aleem helped Innovations for Poverty Action to scale-up a drinking water safety technology to reach 500,000 people. Most recently, Aleem provided analytical and implementation support to the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency to provide 3 million farmers with yield-increasing technologies. Aleem holds a B.A. in Political Science from Haverford College.

Lisa Chen
Lisa Chen

Lisa is Director of Measurement & Evaluation at Bridge International Academies and focuses on developing a foundation to consistently and accurately measure pupil gains and academic performance over time. Prior to Bridge, Lisa served jointly as the Head of Strategy & Operations and a Research Manager at the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), where she led the centers’ development efforts and managed impact evaluation projects related to school-based interventions in Kenya.

Tawfiq Dahdah
Tawfiq Dahdah

Tawfiq is a strategy consultant working at Bain & Company’s Boston office. Prior to joining Bain, Tawfiq completed his mechanical engineering masters degree at MIT. His research, as part of MIT’s Center for Clean Energy and Clean Water, aimed at identifying novel desalination technologies to reduce the water shortage afflicting many parts of the world, especially Africa. As part of his undergraduate studies at Beirut, Tawfiq worked on a project sponsored by World Health Organization, which was ultimately successful at banning indoor smoking in Lebanon.

Rae Dong
Rae Dong

Rae graduated from Duke University with a degree in Philosophy, concentrating in medical ethics, and a minor in Economics. At Duke, Rae was heavily involved with the Kenan Institute for Ethics, an on campus “think and do tank,” and also spent a summer at a health care NGO in New Delhi, India. Previously a management consultant with Bain & Company in Boston, Rae is currently a consultant to global health programs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Leah Horgan
Leah Horgan

Leah is currently working towards her MFA in the MDP Field Program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. She previously worked as Design and Communications Manager at MIT's Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), and currently assists with TAMTAM's design and communications needs.

Radhika Jain
Radhika Jain

Radhika grew up in the foothills of the Himalayas, studied and worked in the US, and moved to Tanzania and then Rwanda to work on HIV/AIDS projects with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Clinton Foundation. With the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), she spent 15 months roaming rural Bihar by motorcycle and crowded train to launch a 6000 household anemia study, and then moved to Delhi to manage several health and education research projects. She is now studying health policy and development at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Maha Malik
Maha Malik

Maha graduated from Dartmouth College where she was an Economics major and Government minor. Her junior year at Dartmouth, Maha served as the co-Director for the Dartmouth Coalition for Global Health. Maha has previously worked with the United Nations Development Program on two projects in Islamabad, Pakistan. Currently, Maha is an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company at the firm’s Boston office.

Adina Rom
Adina Rom

Adina is studying international development at the Harvard Kennedy School. Previously she was a Research Associate at the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at UC Berkeley and Director of Operations at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) in Kenya. She studied Political Science and International Relations at the University of Geneva and also worked for the Swiss mission to the United Nations and Human Rights Watch before.

Jingying Yang
Jingying Yang

Jingying graduated from Yale University in 2011 with a degree in Biology. She has previously worked at the International Herald Tribune in Paris as the Special Reports Assistant on topics ranging from Energy, Water Sustainability, and Education. She also worked with the Joint US China Collaboration on Clean Energy in Shanghai on their initiative to train government officials on bringing green initiatives to cities all over China. She currently works at Bain and company in Boston.

{ Board of Directors }

Dina Pomeranz
Dina Pomeranz

Dina is an assistant professor at the Harvard Business School, where she conducts research in development economics including large-scale randomized field experiments. Previously, she served as a postdoctoral fellow at MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. She has Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and BA and MA degrees in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.

Esther Wang
Esther Wang

Esther graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in International Studies and Business. Esther joined the TAMTAM team during her graduate studies at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. Esther has worked in management consulting with Bain & Company and co-launched Shokay, a social enterprise in China. She also worked in Swaziland and Uganda in international development. Esther currently works for IDinsight, an organization that helps managers make evidence-based decisions and have large-scale impact at non-profits, foundations and government organizations.

Paul Wang
Paul Wang

Paul is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy schools. Paul has previously worked in Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Swaziland for TechnoServe, McKinsey and Company and MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. Paul currently works for IDinsight, an organization that helps managers make evidence-based decisions and have large-scale impact at non-profits, foundations and government organizations.