Solutions that empower

Development Gateway is a non-profit organization that delivers information solutions to the people on the front lines of international development work. Whether they are government policy makers deciding how to invest scarce resources, aid workers building schools and clinics, or citizens who want to have a voice in the development process, Development Gateway offers tools and advisory services that empower them to be more effective. We work behind the scenes to enable others to make a difference.

Our mission

Development Gateway empowers practitioners, governments, and citizens with the knowledge they need to improve lives. We co-create information solutions and cultivate skills to turn information into lasting results.

What we do

Our world is changing faster than ever. Tackling the world’s toughest development challenges, today, requires innovation, collaboration, and iteration. Development Gateway builds on nearly two decades of technical expertise to develop tools, processes, and custom analyses to help partners better target their development interventions, achieve results, and give voice to citizens.

We’re committed to a positive, and lasting, social impact. As a nimble and growing social enterprise, each project is intrinsically tied to our mission and organically conceived to enhance the common good.

Board of Directors

Mary O'Kane, Ph.D
Chair of the Board

Professor O’Kane became chair of Development Gateway in 2009. She is the New South Wales Chief Scientist and Engineer; the Executive Chairman of Mary O’Kane & Associates Pty Ltd, a company that advises governments, universities, and the private sector on innovation, research, education, and development; and a former president of the University of Adelaide.

Motoo Kusakabe
Vice Chair

Founder of Open City Foundation; former Senior Counselor to the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

V.S. Subrahmanian
Secretary, Chair of Audit Committee

Professor of computer science; director of the University of Maryland Institute of Advanced Computer Science.

Rudolf Haggenmueller
Chair of the Finance Committee

Vice President of Cirquent GmbH, Professor at Munich University; Chair of IT for European Advancement, the EUREKA Cluster on Software-Intensive Systems and Services.

Olivier Brochenin
Board member

A Sous-Directeur in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs; representing France on the DG Board.

Julián Casasbuenas
Board member

Director of Colnodo, the Colombia Country Gateway host.

Adrianus Melkert
Board member

Senior Fellow at the Results for Development Institute; independent senior adviser on CSR, international public affairs, and employment strategies.

Matthew Williams
Board member

A Counselor for the Embassy of Australia; representing Australia on the DG board.

Brenda Killen
Board member

Deputy Director of the OECD’s Development Co-operation Directorate.

Jean-Louis Sarbib
CEO of Development Gateway (ex officio, non-voting)


Jean-Louis Sarbib
Chief Executive Officer

Jean-Louis Sarbib is currently Chief Executive Officer at Development Gateway, an international nonprofit social enterprise with the mission to reduce poverty in developing nations by improving aid effectiveness, governance, and transparency through information technology. Mr. Sarbib joined the board of the Development Gateway in 2004 and was elected chair in 2008. In March 2009, the board asked him to serve as chief executive officer.

From 1980 to 2006, Mr. Sarbib was at the World Bank where he occupied a number of senior positions. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Sarbib was the World Bank’s Vice President for Africa and from 2000 to 2003, the Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). His last position (2003 – 2006) was as Senior Vice President for human development, with global responsibilities for the World Bank activities in education, health, social protection, and HIV/AIDS.

Upon leaving the Bank, Mr. Sarbib joined Wolfensohn & Company as a managing director from October 2006 to March 2009. A French national, Mr. Sarbib serves on the boards of World Links for Development, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, The International Center for Conciliation, and FXB International. He served on the board of GAVI (the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization) from 2003 to 2009, the board of UNESCO’s International Institute for Education Planning from 2003 to 2006, chaired the governing board of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (2004-2006), and represented the World Bank at Head of Agency level at the UN-AIDS Committee of Co-Sponsoring Agencies. He has taught at Georgetown University (2008-2010), and served as senior non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution (2006-2010) and adviser to James Wolfensohn (2006-2010).

Mr. Sarbib graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, before going on to the University of Pennsylvania for a master’s degree in city and regional planning. After working for the French Ministry of Industry as Deputy Director of the Groupe de Reflexion sur les Stratégies Industrielles (GRESI), he returned to teach in the United States, at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

In 2006, Mr. Sarbib was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, and received a Lifetime Award for Diversity and Inclusion by the World Bank. He received numerous honors from the countries where he worked.

Catalin Andrei
Director of Information Technology

Catalin sets and manages timetables for the evaluation, development, and deployment for all of DG’s technology-based services. He also leads technical team hiring, project staffing, performance evaluations, and professional growth initiatives. Always striving to improve existing and new implementations, Catalin manages a team of 30+ software developers across four continents, and advocates Agile methodologies and a start-up culture.

Before joining Development Gateway, Catalin worked with Capgemini. He holds a master’s degree in engineering from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in Lyon, France.

Nancy McGuire Choi
Senior Director of Operations, Co-Executive Director of AidData

Nancy oversees the day-to-day management and strategic direction of programs in over 30 countries. She focuses on building high-performing teams, continuously improving our solutions and clients’ experiences, and identifying new products and services at the center of transparency and accountability, results management, and citizen engagement. Nancy has extensive experience leading aid management and transparency projects and working with governments and donors around the world.

Previously, Nancy monitored and responded to natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies for USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. Nancy holds an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a BA from Harvard University.

Abdoulaye Diatta

Abdoulaye leads the finance department in ensuring all funds are spent properly and that Development Gateway continues to provide accurate and auditable financial reports to stakeholders. He has over a decade of experience in accounting, federal government contracts, and financial integrity management from the “Big Four”; his skills include applying GAAP and SOX to accounting functions, interfacing with independent auditors during annual audits, interfacing with DCAA during governance and financial systems audits, and interacting with partners and clients during the contracts/projects life cycle; and he is fluent in French and English, and communicates and writes fairly in Spanish. Abdoulaye holds an MBA from the University of Maryland.

Vanessa Goas
Deputy Director of Operations

Vanessa manages various programs within the Operations team, including field operations for all in-country geocoding efforts and projects in Kosovo, Honduras, and Moldova. Vanessa received a master of arts degree in international affairs and international development at George Washington University and holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Miami.

Josh Powell
Director of Innovation

Josh manages the AidData Innovation Team for USAID’s HESN Award, which includes scoping and managing IT programs for coding, sharing, visualizing, and analyzing data; developing in-country pilots using the latest technology; and supporting the technical needs of the Field Operations team.

Josh has managed and supported teams and projects in Nepal, Tunisia, Malawi, Senegal, Haiti, Romania, and Argentina. Josh holds a MS in Public Policy from Brigham Young University and a BS in Finance from the University of Baltimore.

Dina Abdel-Fattah

Dina supports Development Gateway’s Aid Management Program; she was previously DG’s USAID Geo-coding Aid Management Fellow in Nepal. Before joining the team, Dina was a Project Manager at the DESERTEC Foundation, Hamburg, Germany. Dina holds a Master’s of Science in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the College of William and Mary, USA.

Denise Butcher
Technical Manager

Denise leads product development, primarily in support of the Aid Management Platform. As a certified Scrum Master, she oversees the development of software requirements, implementation, testing and release, ensuring that technical milestones are high-quality and delivered on time. Before DG, Denise worked at a number of Fortune 500 companies, where she built effective international teams to develop software for clients primarily in the banking, healthcare, and insurance sectors. Denise holds degrees from Argosy University and the Chubb Institute and applies her background in psychology and counseling at women’s correctional facilities in Maryland.

Hamadoun Cisse
Project Accountant

Hamadoun works on contract management and financial reports in the Finance Department. Originally from Mali, he previously worked with UNDP in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and as in intern with Development Gateway. He is a candidate for a Masters in Information Systems Technology Management at the George Washington University.

Taryn Davis
Senior Associate

Taryn supports DG’s Aid Management Program. Previously, she was an Aid Management fellow in Lao, PDR and also worked with DG’s communications team. She formerly worked for the American Red Cross as the Service to Armed Forces Coordinator. Taryn received her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.

Ionut Dobre
Software Developer

Ionut supports AidData, and has worked implementing the mobile version of the UN Teamworks Application and dgMarket, an open procurement system tracking more than $1 trillion worth of procurement notices. He holds a M.Sc. degree in computer science and also was a teaching assistant for ‘Mobile Software Development’ course.

Dustin Homer
Engagement and Partnerships Manager

Dustin leads new business and partnership-building efforts at Development Gateway. He also manages Nepal’s Aid Management Platform and leads other projects that explore innovations and new business areas. His background is in monitoring and evaluation and aid effectiveness. Dustin previously worked on impact evaluations and co-founded a community development NGO in Haiti.

Thad Kerosky
Software Developer

Thad works on data-oriented software development projects at DG. Since 2007, he has worked to implement information and communication technology projects with governments, social enterprises, and startups in the United States and in countries across East and West Africa, including Tanzania and Liberia.

Paige Kirby
Engagement and Partnerships Associate

Paige manages external communications and supports government and organizational partnerships at Development Gateway. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Sarah Orton
Engagement and Partnerships Associate

Sarah supports engagement and partnership efforts at Development Gateway. She works to promote efficiency and effectiveness through data uptake and technology use. Before DG, Sarah worked with Nuru International. She earned her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

Bijana Sharma Poudel
Staff Accountant

Bijana focuses on accurate financial activities for Development Gateway in the Finance Department. Originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, she started her professional career as a middle school teacher, before moving into commercial banking as a supervisor at the Nepal Investment Bank. In the USA, she worked for Ashoka before joining Development Gateway. Bijana has a business degree from Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Stepan Semenukha

Stepan is responsible for IT systems planning and administration. He designed and implemented DG’s migration to private cloud infrastructure. Stepan has worked in system administration and management in Ukraine, and holds a Master’s degree in State and Public Administration from Moscow State University, Russia.

Martha Staid
Senior Associate

Martha Staid manages projects at Development Gateway, including innovation pilot programs and development of mapping tools. Previously, she worked at the World Bank in Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship, as well as at Harvard University and with several NGOs.

She holds an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, an MA in Literature from University of Durham and a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the Wilkes Honors College.

Mounina Bocoum Wade
In memoriam

In December 2008 Development Gateway lost a beloved colleague, Mounina Bocoum Wade (1974-2008), a development specialist and a member of the aid effectiveness team since 2006. Mounina was instrumental in the evolution and growth of the aid effectiveness program, and worked to strengthen the organization’s presence in Africa.

Previously, Mounina worked as a project manager for IT companies in Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal. She received a master’s degree in computer science from McGill University, and held a bachelor’s degree from the University of Paris, Orsay. She set a standard of excellence in her professional life, but will be remembered above all for her indomitable joie de vivre.


  • Sharif Ahmed
  • Farhana Akter
  • Julian Eduardo de Anquin
  • Benjamin Arancibia
    United States of America
  • Alexandru Artimon
  • Marina Baralo
  • Mauricio Federico Bertoli
  • Daniel Oliva Bianco
  • Carmen Cañas
  • Alexandru Cartaleanu
  • Debobroto Chakraborty
  • Viorel Chihai
  • Diego Andres Dimunzio
  • Sebastian Dimunzio
  • Constantin Dolghier
  • Fernando Ferreyra
  • Alexandru Gartner
  • Ramin Ghanbarpour
  • Oleg Gorobets
  • Brian Hammond
    United Kingdom
  • Nazmul Hassan
  • Tamid Hossain
  • Gabriel Inchauspe
  • Mark Irura
  • Andrey Kabanets
  • Galina Kalvatcheva
    United States of America
  • Lilit Karapetyan
  • Alexander Korolyov
    United States of America
  • Roman Kovalenko
  • Guillaume Léveillé
  • Volodymyr Lymanskyi
  • Nadeja Mandrescu
  • Anya Marshall
    United States of America
  • Anush Martirosyan
  • Andrii Melnyk
  • Liliana Mercado
  • Arif Mostafa
  • Fabrice Musoni
  • Gerald Mutuhu
  • Ousseynou Ngom
  • Monicah Njonjo
  • Emanuel Perez
  • Aldo Picca
  • Adrian Popescu
  • Mihai Postelnicu
  • Roberto Rosa
    El Salvador
  • Vanessa Baudin Sanchez
  • Philip Schleihauf
  • Walter Werner Schneider
  • Owen Scott
    United Kingdom
  • Ernesto Soliani
  • Llanco Talamantes
    United States of America


Annual Reports

Combined Financial Statements

Form 990s