Our Team

I4DI is a global group of passionate professionals, dedicated to improving the world in which we live and better the lives of those who inhabit it. We come from countries around the world, with a broad range of skills and expertise, to collaborate together at the Institute for Development Impact.

Our Team

I4DI is a global group of passionate professionals, dedicated to improving the world in which we live and better the lives of those who inhabit it. We come from countries around the world, with a broad range of skills and expertise, to collaborate together at the Institute for Development Impact.

Azra Kacapor Nurkic, PhD

Azra K. Nurkic, PhD – Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Azra Kacapor Nurkic is a Co-founder and CEO of I4DI. As a senior expert in program quality and impact, Dr. Nurkic provides leadership to I4DI associates and technical assistance to clients and partners in results-based management, design, monitoring, and evaluation of international development programs. With close to 25 years of

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Manny Sanchez, Director, Strategic & Global Initiatives

Manny Sanchez is the Director of Strategic & Global Initiatives for I4DI. As a technical advisor and thought partner to industry stakeholders, he has over 13 years of expertise designing, managing, and evaluating international programs and partnerships. Most recently, he managed a $15 million multi-program, multi-donor portfolio (USAID and U.S.

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Molly Hageboeck, Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning

Molly Hageboeck is I4DI’s Director for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning. Winner of USAID’s Excellence in Evaluation Award, Ms. Hageboeck is an expert in performance monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) system design and improvement, whose clients include USAID, the U.S. Department of Labor, multilateral donors (UNDP, UNCDF, UNECA), the Government of

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Kemal Sokolović, Director and Chief Engineer, Digital Tech & Data Science

Kemal Sokolović is I4DI’s Program Effectiveness Software Engineer. He is in charge of the design and development of new software solutions that enable organizations to effectively manage business intelligence data and utilize evidence-based management decision making.   Mr. Sokolovic brings to I4DI years of experience with cutting edge international software development companies where he developed software applications

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Michael Buret, Regional Director, Middle East & North Africa

Michael Buret is I4DI’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, focusing primarily on business development, entrepreneurship, vocational training, youth, gender, economic growth, finance, and administration, and implementation of a wide range of development projects, always with a results-oriented project management style. Mr. Buret possesses a unique perspective

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Chelsea Raubenheimer, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning Specialist

Chelsea Raubenheimer is a Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning (MERL) Specialist for I4DI, passionate about the use of evidence-based decision-making to advance global sustainability efforts. Chelsea brings to I4DI a strong background in research methods, applied data analysis, and experimental and quasi-experimental evaluation design. Prior to entering the field of 

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Elizabeth Issac – Senior Research & Program Specialist

Elizabeth Issac is I4DI’s Senior Research & Program Specialist.  She has a strong background in small and medium enterprise development, trade, and capacity building, with a particular focus on effective project management, monitoring, evaluation, and research. Prior to joining I4DI, Ms. Issac led start-ups, implementation management, and closeouts of $30

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Milos Panasiuk, Full Stack Web Developer

Milos Panasiuk is I4DI’s Full Stack Web Developer. Mr. Panasiuk has extensive experience developing web based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems software solutions. He specializes in desktop and web software built in advanced programming languages and technologies. Prior to joining the I4DI team, Milos was a project leader for a

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Tanja Rajkovic, Research & Program Associate

Tanja Rajkovic is a Research & Program Associate for I4DI. She has a strong background in coordinating and conducting extensive desk reviews, supporting data analysis, and providing various written contributions. Ms. Rajkovic seeks to couple her academic and professional experience and contribute to establishing an effective and evidence-based decision-making process

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Pradeep Upadhyay – Financial and Accounting Specialist

Pradeep Upadhyay is I4DI’s Financial and Accounting Specialist, supporting our field operations. He brings to I4DI strong experience in the area of finance and accounts, administration, procurement, grant management and audits from the variety of funder/donor agencies. Prior to joining I4DI, Mr. Upadhyay worked with a wide range of industries

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Abie Alexander – Chief Financial Officer

Abie Alexander is I4DI’s Chief Financial Officer. Abie has deep expertise and decades of experience managing finances and grants from a variety of funders and donor agencies such as the US government (USAID, DOS, DOL, DOA, DOD), the European Union, national governments, multilateral organizations (UNDP, UNICEF, UNHCR, UN Women), development agencies (DFID,

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Zehra K. Dzihic

Zehra K. Dzihic – Lead Program Effectiveness Expert

Zehra K. Dzihic Lead Program Effectiveness Expert With over 20 years of experience in development cooperation, Ms. Dzihic is leading, managing, and supporting international donor-funded strategic, thematic, midterm, final, outcome, and impact evaluations. She is a perceptive learner who has quickly become well versed in evaluation methodologies and adept at

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Heather Strand – Management & Information Technology Advisor

Heather Strand is I4DI’s Program Management & Information Technology Advisor. Heather has over 20 years of professional and technical experience including 16 years of Management and Information Technology consulting experience supporting clients in project and program management, program analysis and evaluation, research and data analysis, process improvement, survey design, workforce

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Bernard Vicary, Senior Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Advisor

Bernard Vicary is I4DI’s Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning Advisor. Mr. Vicary is an international development and humanitarian specialist with over 26 years of experience in various fields, including health, disaster management, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management, ICT for development, capacity building, facilitation, and information systems development, as well as

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Sandra Moscoso

Sandra Moscoso, Senior Performance & Knowledge Management Advisor

Sandra Moscoso is I4DI’s Senior Performance & Knowledge Management Advisor. Sandra provides strategic advice to clients and partners in evidence-based performance management, knowledge management optimization, business process management, as well as capacity building and implementation support. She brings almost 20 years of experience in international development and private sector organizations.

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Rashmi Gowda Harvard Kennedy School

Rashmi Gowda, Strategy and Marketing Associate Advisor

Rashmi Gowda is a Strategy and Marketing Associate Advisor to I4DI. As a recent MC-MPA graduate from Harvard Kennedy School and a  seasoned Entrepreneur with 12 years of entrepreneurial journey, Rashmi brings to our team a fresh perspective, creative energy and practical experience from her two successful startups –  one

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Jim Newkirk, Senior Evaluation Advisor

Jim Newkirk is I4DI’s Senior Evaluation Advisor. He has worked in development for 35 years. From beginnings with inner city work, Jim then spent a lot of time in villages and remote locations, working on rural development projects in Brazil, Peru, and Indonesia, before spending over 10 years on Aboriginal

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Steven Lichty, PhD – Evaluation & Research Advisor

Dr. Steven Lichty is I4DI’s  Evaluation, & Research Advisor. He has nearly 15 years of experience with international development in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. These experiences include: design, monitoring, and evaluation of a range of global programs, including those in post-conflict, transitional, and fragile environments; program management in

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Elizabeth Hughes Komljen, Evaluation & International Development Advisor

Elizabeth Hughes Komljen is I4DI’s Evaluation & International Development Advisor. She brings over 22 years of international development experience managing, designing, studying, and evaluating complex interventions in a range of sectors including civil society development, advocacy, education, property rights, refugee return, and development aid monitoring. Elizabeth brings to I4DI strong

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Jon-Paul Bowles, Sustainable Development Advisor

Jon-Paul Bowles is a senior advisor for I4DI. For several years he lived and worked in Latin America where he managed a $20+ million portfolio of development funds for one of the world’s largest INGOs. He has since used his “boots on the ground” experience to help large development organizations

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Adnan Hadrovic, Global Security & Diplomacy Advisor

Adnan Hadrovic is I4DI’s Global Security, International Affairs, & Diplomacy Advisor. With more than 22 years of distinguished experience in diplomacy and management, he brings to I4DI a wealth of knowledge and expertise in designing and strategically managing international development projects. Over the course of his career, Mr. Hadrovic has been

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Dzenana Sabic Hamidovic, Social Development Advisor

Dzenana Sabic Hamidovic is I4DI’s Social Development Advisor. Ms. Sabic specializes in social protection, inclusion, and human rights based approaches to programing, policy development, and implementation strategies. She has nearly a decade of experience in consulting for and advising UN agencies, governments, and NGOs in Eastern Europe and the Balkans

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William M. Canter, Senior Strategic Communications Advisor

William M. Canter is a Senior Strategic Communications Advisor. He is a Peabody and Emmy-award-winning broadcast journalist with three decades of industry credits in strategic communication and outreach. Over the past 15+ years, a primary focus for Mr. Canter has been his international development work for USAID, with an emphasis

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Franz Valli, Humanitarian Assistance and Development Advisor

Franz Valli is I4DIs Humanitarian Assistance and Development Advisor. Mr. Valli is the President of the World Solidarity Alliance – Franco Betolli, a humanitarian organization based in Italy and is also the ex-President of Emmaus France. Mr. Valli has over 30 years of leadership experience in international development and global

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Stéphane Calvin Rosenberg, Senior Evaluation Advisor

Stéphane Calvin Rosenberg is I4DIs Senior Evaluation Advisor with 14 years of experience in international development and public diplomacy. Her accomplishments in development include the design, management, and evaluation of programs and policies focusing on education, gender equality, social protection, and civil society, as well as the implementation of management

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Abi Riak, Senior Organizational Effectiveness Advisor

Abi Riak is I4DI’s Senior Advisor in Organizational Effectiveness. Ms. Riak provides leadership to I4DI associates and technical assistance to clients and partners in organizational development and effectiveness. Ms. Riak believes that a positive, aligned work culture is key to the delivery of innovative, tangible, and sustainable development impact.  Well-developed

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Olivier Payen, Economic Development & Education Advisor

Olivier Payen is I4DI’s Economic Development & Education Advisor. Mr. Payen has more than 11 years of experience with Economic Development and International Cooperation programs. He focuses on the intersection between solidarity economy and educational development, with expertise in teaching, youth economic and educational development, asset management, and program strategy.

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Sarah Williamson, Conflict & Displacement Advisor

Sarah Williamson is I4DI’s Conflict & Displacement Advisor. Ms. Williamson has over 20 years of experience in the humanitarian sector, leading teams in complex emergencies and advising governments, United Nations agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Ms. Williamson brings to I4DI expertise in

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Athena Owirodu, Research Assistant

Athena Owirodu is a Research Assistant Intern on I4DI’s Data for Social Change team. She is a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, with a degree in Biochemistry and minor in Sociology. She has a strong background in research through her experience as research mentor in Research

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Jackson Makl, Research Assistant

Jackson Makl is a Research Assistant Intern on I4DI’s Data for Social Change team. Mr. Makl is a Junior at Fordham University. He is studying Global Business at the Gabelli School of Business and his concentration is in Digital Media and Technology. His previous experience includes exposure to database management,

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Liping Wang, Research Assistant

Liping Wang is a Research Assistant Intern on I4DI’s Data for Social Change team. As a recent MPP graduate from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, she is passionate about using big data and data-driven innovations to solve global development challenges. She has previously worked with International Justice Mission,

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Riqia Taylor, Research Assistant

Riqia E. Taylor is a Research Assistant Intern on I4DI’s Data for Social Change team.  With a background in an African American history, Riqia brings years of experience in research, data collection, and data analysis as it relates to policies that affect African Americans in the United States. Riqia earned

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Ali Shafi, Research Assistant

Ali Shafi is a Research Assistant Intern for I4DI’s Data for Social Change team. Mr. Shafi is working with this team to document and research the efforts of the recent Black Lives Matter protests currently ongoing in this country. Mr. Shafi understands that political change is hard, and he tries

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