Josh Powell is the Chief Executive Officer at Development Gateway (DG), overseeing DG’s management team and coordinating strategy and overall organizational performance. Over the past decade, Josh has demonstrated experience and a reputation for excellence in working at all aspects of leadership in data for development, at both programmatic and organizational levels. Through his work on various international multi-stakeholder initiatives and in more than a dozen countries globally, Josh has expertise in bridging the gap between global norms, practices, and standards and country needs, systems, and institutions.
Josh has previously coordinated DG’s Results Data Initiative (RDI), an innovative multi-year program, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, that has pushed the boundaries of data use programming, supporting the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Global Affairs Canada, and the governments of Ghana, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Malawi. Josh led an assessment of DFID’s internal data processes and systems, resulting in the publication of DFID’s Decision-Making and Data Use Landscaping report.
Over the past decade, Josh has managed programs and supported teams in more than a dozen countries. He led DG’s digital development innovations for the USAID Higher Education Solutions Network, under the AidData Center for Development Policy consortium; and oversaw a major re-architecture and implementation of DG’s Aid Management Program — the best-in-class, country-owned aid information management system deployed in 25+ countries worldwide. Josh also helped lead the design of DG’s Agile software development methodology, an adaptation of the SCRUM approach.
Josh Chairs the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) Technical Advisory Group (TAG), and has sat on the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Members’ Assembly and TAG.
Josh holds a MS in Public Policy from Brigham Young University, and a BS in Finance from the University of Baltimore.
Vanessa oversees all DG project teams and partner relationships, ensuring high-quality products and services are delivered to client satisfaction. In particular, Vanessa is the product owner for DG's Aid Information Management Program, and oversees software implementations in over 25 countries. Vanessa brings a decade of experience in assessing and implementing systems that supporting data management, uptake, and usage – with a focus on the management of foreign assistance data and geospatial analysis.
Vanessa received an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University, and holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Miami.
Hamadoun Cisse, CPA
Hamadoun leads DG's Finance Department, spanning internal finances and external client accounts. His central goal is to ensure all funds are spent properly, and that DG continues to provide accurate and auditable financial reports to stakeholders. He focuses on risk mitigation, executing cost savings, enhancing accuracy, and ensuring reported results comply with regulations and generally accepted accounting principles. He also supports DG's tactical initiatives, focusing on the financial aspects of program delivery to ensure that project managers have clear and timely information on the financial status of their projects.
Originally from Mali, Hamadoun previously worked with UNDP in Burkina Faso. He holds a CPA license from the Virginia Board of Accountancy and a Masters in Information Systems Technology Management from The George Washington University.
Fernando leads all digital development work at DG. He focuses on delivering high-quality, stable, and sustainable products, with an emphasis on user interface and user experience design. Fernando holds over a decade of experience leading technical teams and developing software solutions across a variety of platforms.
With DG since 2008, Fernando has served as technical lead for projects with UNDP, IADB, European Commission, EITI Secretariat, and national governments worldwide. He has extensive in-country experience across Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
Martha oversees the day-to-day and strategic work of DG's operations team using an adaptive management approach to ensure each project has the right people and processes to drive data use at every level. She has 15 years of experience designing user-focused digital solutions for real world impact, including the UNDG Information Management System, and has led work on data interoperability and visualization in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe.
Prior to DG, Martha worked at the World Bank, Harvard University, and with several NGOs. She holds an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, an MA from the University of Durham, and a BA from Wilkes Honors College.
Andrea manages technical staff and partners to design and develop data platforms. She also collaborates with the management team to identify and improve internal business processes, as well as identify new business opportunities for DG. Andrea has more than seven years of experience in project management, user design, and strategic applications of emerging technology.
Prior to DG, Andrea worked at the Inter-American Development Bank, where she managed several public health projects and digital health initiatives in Latin America. She also has experience as a Senior Strategy Analyst at Accenture, where she worked on projects relating to data strategy and software development. Andrea holds a degree in Bioengineering with a concentration in Global Health Technologies from Rice University.
Sarah leads business development and strategic partnerships at DG. She focuses on promoting efficiency, effectiveness, and impact through data and technology use. Sarah supports DG's Results Data Initiative development agency programming, focusing on promoting tools, skills, and incentives that lead to meaningful data use for development partners. She has performed data diagnostics and actionable data use landscaping assessments at subnational, national, and global levels.
Before DG, Sarah worked with Nuru International, conducting research to support strategy development and providing support to the CEO. She earned her degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University.
Kathryn is a Senior Program Advisor at DG, supporting programming at critical stages of design, startup, and adaptive implementation. She focuses on promoting data use for improved service delivery in health and agriculture, including the design and delivery of data needs assessments and trainings to support data producers and users across Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Kathryn manages the Administrative Data-Driven Decisions (AD3) Program, which supports governments in East and West Africa to effectively use administrative data systems in policy and decision-making.
Previously, she worked in Tanzania as a Peace Corps Volunteer and with the World Food Programme. Kathryn holds an MPA in International Development from Princeton University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.
Vinisha leads learning and knowledge management at DG, with an emphasis on promoting the use of results data in development decision-making. She is the technical lead for RDI, managing all in-country programming, and also leads DG's internal MERL processes, to ensure DG can better support clients and partners.
Prior to joining DG, Vinisha worked at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) on MERL projects across Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. She holds an MA in International Affairs from The New School, and BS in Economics and International Business from University of Wisconsin La Crosse.
Paige leads policy engagement and innovative data use projects at DG. Her portfolio includes spans applied research, advisory services, and technology implementations in support of evidence-informed policymaking; the political economy of decision-making; and the Sustainable Development Goals. She has led and supported programs for government and development agencies partners in 12+ countries across the Americas, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.
Before DG, Paige managed client campaigns at a strategic communications firm. She is pursuing a Master in Public Policy and holds a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Beverley is a Senior Associate at DG, working on project implementation, client management and policy analysis. Previously she worked for the World Bank Group as a legal consultant where she helped develop an online analysis tool to assist users in analyzing African mining laws, as well as providing legal advisory and support.
She also has experience in advocacy and communications for Save the Children Int'l at the African Union level and in the East Africa region. Ms. Hatcher-Mbu has worked in 7 countries and speaks French. She holds a Juris Doctor from the George Washington University and a BA cum laude in Political Science from Wellesley College. She is admitted to the bar in New York.
Bijana Sharma Poudel
Bijana is a Senior Accountant at DG. She focuses on ensuring DG keeps detailed, accurate financial activity records throughout internal and external processes. She manages payroll, accounts payable, and vendor management functions. She ensures timely and accurate payments to staffs and vendors complying with the standard accounting principles and DG's internal policies and procedures.
Originally from Kathmandu, Bijana worked at the Nepal Investment Bank and Ashoka before joining DG. She holds a business degree from Tribhuwan University, Nepal.
Styopa leads DevOps at DG. He supervises systems and software deployment, configuration management, private cloud orchestration, and hardware procurements. Styopa designed and implemented DG cloud platform, storage systems, security and user management based on FOSS software, among other accomplishments.
Prior to joining DG, Styopa worked in system administration and management in Ukraine. He holds a Master’s in State and Public Administration from Moscow State University.
Emily is an Associate, Business Development and Partnerships at DG. Her focus is on the intersection between business development and communications, aligning the two to increase DG's development effectiveness and further data use objectives. She provides support across DG's business development process, including organizing and writing proposals and managing opportunities. She also leads strategic communications, coordinating external publications, the DG blog calendar, and events processes, and creates external pieces to best showcase project outcomes across DG’s portfolio.
Prior to joining DG, Emily graduated with a BS in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Annie serves as DGs technical advisor for indicator development, methodological guidance, and strategies for increasing the use of data for decision-making. While at DG, she works to synthesize learnings across DG's portfolio into comprehensive processes, methodologies, and best practices on using data and evidence for decison-making. Annie brings over five years' of experience of research methods in social science and public policy, focusing on issues of public policy, governance, and monitoring and evaluation.
She has a Masters of Public Affairs from The University of Texas at Austin, and Bachelors degrees in both Psychology and International Relations from North Carolina State University.
Huyen is a staff accountant at DG with focus on grants and contracts. She is responsible for maintaining and managing contract files, keeping an up-to-date database, and preparing grant and contract invoices. She builds and maintains DG's relationships with DG's large program grant and contracting managers. Huyen also provides support across DG’s wider Accounting Department. Prior to joining DG, Huyen worked in the tax department in Ernst & Young in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She holds a Masters of Accounting from University of Maryland at College Park, and a MBA in Finance from New Mexico State University.
Julian Eduardo de Anquin
Raymond Wekem Avatim
Mauricio Federico Bertoli
Daniel Oliva Bianco
Diego Andres Dimunzio
Vanessa Baudin Sanchez
Mounina Bocoum Wade
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.