Lauren Ropp is I4DI’s Associate Director of Program Management. Bringing 12 years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating social impact initiatives across sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and the U.S., Lauren oversees a portfolio of I4DI projects to ensure their successful implementation, build and manage client and partner relationships, and advance I4DI’s strategic positioning and business development. She also contributes to thought leadership initiatives in climate and sustainability.

Prior to joining I4DI, Lauren was Deputy Country Director of One Acre Fund in Ethiopia, where she helped scale agroforestry and climate-smart agriculture programming for smallholder farmers. She also led operations for a One Acre Fund and IDinsight-sponsored randomized controlled trial in rural Tanzania, testing an innovative asset transfer program with 2,000 farming families. Over the course of her career, Lauren has worked across a range of sectors such as climate tech, agriculture, health, WASH, education, entrepreneurship, venture capital, and humanitarian response for organizations such as Partners In Health, GOAL Global, Tofino Capital, International Organization for Migration, Global Environment & Technology Foundation, and Peace Corps.

Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Psychology from Rutgers University, and a master’s degree in Global Human Development from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, with a certificate in Social Innovation & Global Development.

Grace Vottero is I4DI’s Associate Director of Program Management. Grace brings nearly a decade of experience in the development sector, working with public, private, and foreign donor agencies including USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Inter-American Development Bank. She has managed
Saurav Behera is I4DI’s Finance and Admin Manager, responsible for supporting the HQ and field operations. He has extensive experience in the area of finance, accounts, grant management, donor relations, USAID audits, budgeting, administration, and procurement rules and regulations for a variety of funding
Amina Nukovic Grljevic is I4DI’s Recruiting and Proposal Capture Associate. She supports business development efforts with capture planning and management, recruitment, resource assessment, and costing, as well as other business development support activities during the proposal and post-submittal phases. She is passionate about process