Key EDI StaffShort Bio's about features members of our team
Mark has over 20 years of financial experience with 7 years being at strategic board level and 8 years of Company Secretarial experience.
He has been working within the international development sector for the last 12 years in both the private sector and not for profit, and brings with him a wealth of experience in managing and administering complex project funding mechanisms for major donors including DFID, the EU, DANIDA KfW – German Development Bank and AfDB. Mark has been instrumental in developing the financial management systems put in place on a number of very large multi-year projects. He has experience of working in finance teams within the UK at head office and liaising with finance teams overseas.
Mark has practical experience of working in Bangladesh, Lesotho, Zambia, Papua New Guinea and Swaziland within a mixture of overseas offices and on a consultancy basis on various international development aid projects.
Senior Technical Architect
Dr. Johanna Choumert Nkolo
Head of Research
Johanna is a highly experienced researcher in Economics. Being of African heritage (Cameroon and Mozambique) and having broad fieldwork experience, she is dedicated to providing evidence-based research on development issues. For the past 10 years, she has specialized in environment and natural resources management in developing and emerging countries.
Johanna has extensive experience in conducting academic and policy-oriented research with publications in top peer-reviewed economic journals. Prior to joining EDI, she was Associate Professor of Economics at CERDI-University of Auvergne. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Angers, a post graduate Diploma (DEA) in Environmental Economics from the Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University and a master’s degree Diploma in International Economics from Paris Dauphine University.
Senior Research Officer
Marie holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and a Research Master degree in Development Economics from the Centre for Studies and Research on International Development (CERDI -University of Auvergne) in France. She also spent one semester at the Drake University with a focus on Political Science and International Economics.
Passionate about microeconomic development issues, her expertise covers a broad range of topics and tools such as survey design and impact evaluation methods.At CERDI, she has developed excellent quantitative skills especially in econometrics, data analysis and statistics. She wrote her master’s thesis on spatial spill overs from fiscal policies in Central and Eastern European Countries using spatial panel econometric models with STATA software.
Previously, Marie has worked as a project officer at the CEEA, a state agency promoting local development and business support in Auvergne. She conducted a survey of companies to analyse and investigate networks within the local industrial sector. On top of her research profile, she has also acquired management skills by handling the organization of a Business Convention for the car industry.
Luca’s academic background is in economics, earning his Bachelors degree in Economics and Social Sciences at Università Bocconi in Milano, Italy. He then decided to continue his education with an MSc in the same field, focusing his studies mainly in quantitative economics and impact evaluation.
During his studies, he developed a strong passion for impact evaluation techniques applied to development topics, especially in the field of Regional, Urban and Environmental Economics. Consequently, Luca spent one semester at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, with a focus in applied Econometrics and Political Science. Luca’s previous work experience has been in the public sector, working for the Municipality of Milan in the Work and Economic Development Department. Further afield Luca’s professional experience includes a 4 month period of time with BRAC as a Research Assistant in Uganda. Whilst there he worked mainly on projects related to micro-credit issues; studying the effect of flexibility in financial contracts for small businesses in poor and disadvantaged areas.
Luca made the most of the opportunity to train in using Stata as well as to work extensively in the field; travelling and dealing independently with local researchers and managers of BRAC branches.
Sophie is a Health Economist with a background in research. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, a Master’s degree in Health Economics from City, University of London as well as a post-graduate diploma in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Sophie is finalising her PhD at the University of Oxford, her research focuses on the determinants of child health and the role of income.
From her studies, Sophie has gained excellent research skills in the fields of economics, global health systems, and statistics. She also has experience working in client-facing roles and with multiple stakeholders. She has worked with large and complex data sets including randomized clinical trials and survey data for example the UK based Millennium Cohort Study.
Having lived, studied and worked in Zimbabwe and South Africa for most of her life, Sophie understands the complexities of development issues and places a lot of value and dedication to research in development economics.
Senior Research Officer
Maël holds a Bachelor degree in Economics, a Master degree in Development Economics, and a Master in Analysis of Development Projects from the Centre for Studies and Research on International Development (CERDI – University of Auvergne) in France. He wrote his master’s thesis on the relationship between foreign direct investment and the productive capacities of developing countries using panel econometric models on Stata.
Before joining EDI, Maël worked for 5 years in India as a Senior Consultant at Athena Infonomics, a development consulting firm. He led the design of mixed methods research frameworks, and applied a range of primary research and evaluation techniques to assess development programmes for governments, research centres, and bilateral and international organisations. Maël has practical experience of working in India, Myanmar, Ghana, South Sudan, and Rwanda. Over the last few years, he has developed skills in project management, survey strategy and sampling design, behavioural research, and statistical analysis using Stata.
He previously completed an internship at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission and Asia-Pacific in their Macroeconomic Policy and Development division. During this role, he conducted policy-oriented research and analysis on the structural dynamics and economic growth of developing countries in Asia and the Pacific.
Maël is passionate about using data-driven research to better inform decision-making in developing economies, especially in the sectors of water & sanitation, agriculture, and private sector development.
Luz Azlor del Valle
Assistant Research Officer
Luz is an experienced economic researcher with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Administration from the Deusto Business School of Bilbao (Spain), complemented with the International Management Skills Program and one semester at Uppsala University (Sweden). She holds a Master’s degree in International Economic Consulting from Aarhus university which focused on econometric analysis and research methods.
Before joining EDI, Luz worked for 15 months in Sierra Leone as the Field Coordinator of a research project developed by the universities of Pompeu Fabra (Spain) and Northwestern (USA), together with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone. Its aim was to assess the effectiveness of financial incentives in a multilayered organization, the Community Health Workers (CHWs) program. Almost 3,000 CHWs from across Sierra Leone were part of the project, in which Luz’s role was to monitor its implementation while coordinating the field team and being the government liaison. Additionally, she was responsible for building questionnaires, training of field staff, and data processing.
Over the years, Luz has developed diverse skills, notably in quantitative research methods and data management while working at the university, as well as working with clients during her time in the management consulting sector. Drawing from this diverse experiences Luz is using her skills to provide researchers and policy makers with reliable data for decision making.
Assistant Research Officer
Emma holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a research master’s degree in Analysis of Development Economics, both from the Centre for Research and Studies in International Development (CERDI) in Clermont-Ferrand, France. During her master, she also spent one semester at the University of Corvinus in Budapest, Hungary, where she focused on the economics of the Central and Eastern European countries.
From her studies in CERDI, she has gained skills on survey design and data analysis. She has a strong interest in various topic linked to development such as environment and local development in developing countries. For example, she worked for two months in Togo as a Project Officer on a
tourism development project developed by the NGO COMINTES. Emma’s role was to implement and manage a survey about local infrastructure.
Before joining EDI, she took part in a six-month internship program in the French National Institute of Research in Science and Technologies for Environment and Agriculture (IRSTEA). She successfully conducted a study on the impact of broadband technologies on the job market and firms among different territories, completing tasks from literature review to data analysis on Stata.
Assistant Research Officer
Dan is a researcher with a wide array of impact evaluation experiences in the UK and low-income economies and completed a Master of Science degree in Impact Evaluation for International Development at the University of East Anglia. For his Master’s dissertation, Dan collected and analysed data using experimental methods that examined causal relationships between social capital levels and employment preferences of preschool mothers in Eastern Sri Lanka.
Before joining EDI, Dan was providing Monitoring and Evaluation consultancy to Ocean Stars Lanka, an education NGO based in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. He has also worked for London Leadership Strategy, a UK not-for-profit, and authored their impact report commissioned by the Department for Education UK, which evaluated contract delivery of the School’s Workforce Contract (2016-2018).
In the last few years, Dan has developed skills in report writing, project management, questionnaire design and data analysis on Stata. He is passionate about using evidence to make better decision-making in international development policy-making and also believes that effective communication of evidence is a priority in assisting decision-making processes.
First Line Software Support Consultant
Artee holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology and an MBA with Distinction, both from Buckinghamshire New University. She joined EDI originally through an internship program in 2010 and soon became a highly-valued member of our team as she joined permanently following the cessation of her internship.
Over the years, Artee has gathered extensive experience in the testing of our software to ensure a high quality product is released after every stage of the surveybe development. She also works closely with the EDI Research Team and has become an expert in questionnaire building with surveybe. Moreover, she is involved in documenting surveybe materials such as user manuals and provides technical support to surveybe users.
Hailing from Mauritius, Artee is fluent in English, French, Hindi and Creole. Her attributes are reflected in her position within the commercial environment as her previous experience in handling client requirements means that she delivers consistently high levels of service to our clients.
Assistant Operations Manager
Sadam holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, joined EDI in 2008 as a university student intern, and was later employed as a Research Supervisor in 2012. During his tenure as an Interviewer, Data Processing Officer, Research Coordinator, and Project Manager, Sadam has acquired vast experience in the research industry through participating on numerous world-class socio-economic surveys implemented by EDI.
As an Assistant Operations Manager, Sadam currently oversees the day to day operations in Tanzania, as guided by the Country Director. Responsibilities include; office and field staff recruitment, research training, and field logistics.
HR & Office Manager
Benjamin joined EDI in 2004 as a member of the Tanzania field team. He soon became a highly regarded member of the team having since worked in a number of roles before taking on his current role of Human Resources and Office Manager and sits on the Senior Management Team.
He manages all the HR department activities, ensuring policies and procedures are adhered to. He also works closely with the Finance Department to carry out employee administration.
In the capacity of Office Manager, Benjamin is responsible for the day to day administration and logistical functions of the company. This instrumental role ensures the business continues to operate efficiently.
Chobaliko holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Accounting and Finance from Mzumbe University (Tanzania). Chobaliko pursued his interest in becoming an accountant and in 2016 he was accredited by the Tanzania National Board of Accountants and Auditors (NBAA) as a Certified Public Accountant.
Chobaliko joined EDI originally through an internship program in 2012, in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the degree he was pursuing at Mzumbe University. Due to the excellent work ethic he demonstrated during his internship, Chobaliko joined EDI permanently as Finance Manager Assistant after he finished his studies in 2013.
Chobaliko excels within EDI’s finance department and is a highly-valued member of the team. He manages daily finance operations, company expenditure planning and monitoring, taxation processing and reporting, account payable management, invoicing and accounting receivable management, staff financial training and back-stopping and company insurance processing.
Assistant Finance Manager
Samson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Accounting from St. Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT). In 2013 he became a Certified Public Accountant governed by the Tanzania National Board of Accountants and Auditors (NBAA).
He has over 7 years of financial management, accounting and auditing, with 2 years being at managerial level and the rest of years being in various junior positions in both national and international organisations. Over these years, he has accumulated a wealth of experience in managing and administering various complex financial issues that comes with.
He worked as marketing officer in Tanzania Postal Bank, Assistant External Auditor in VA Business Assurance, Accountant in Compassion International Tanzania and Finance Manager in WTI International.
Samson joined EDI Limited as Assistant Finance Manager at the end of April 2019. Since then he has been instrumental in assisting the Finance Manager in day to day financial operations.
Junior Accounts Assistant
Upendo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration majoring in Accounts from St. Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT) from which she acquired skills in Organizational Management, Business management, Tax Accounting and Management, Managerial Finance and Accounting.
She started working with EDI in 2014 as an interviewer where she was involved in conducting household interviews, Data cleaning and ensuring quality data collection on TWAWEZA Endline Project.
In February 2015 she joined the Finance department as junior accounts assistant. Since then she has been involved in conducting payments processing and posting, field finances audit, maintaining financial records, field staff training on field financial management and reporting and imprest accounts management.
Prior to joining EDI she worked for Kagera Fish Company Limited (KFCL) as store keeper and was responsible for the maintenance of the company’s storeroom which includes but was not limited to stocking of operational materials and supplies, inventory control and records, purchasing, and related duties as required.
Josephine has 23 years’ experience of bank operations in Tanzania. Over that period, she was worked for numerous financial institutions including the National Bank of Commerce (NBC), Tanzania and CRDB Bank (Plc), Tanzania.
Since joining EDI, Josephine has worked in different capacities, first as a field supervisor from 2006 to 2007 where she was responsible for ensuring the collection of quality data, reporting to local authorities, and imprest management and retirement. In 2007, Josephine was employed permanently by EDI as an Accounts Assistant. Her responsibilities include carrying out banking activities, petty cash maintenance, office consumables procurement, payments processing and posting into the company’s accounting software package.
Junior Accounts Assistant
Happiness holds a Bachelor’s degree in Tax Management from the Institute of Finance Management (IFM), from which she acquired skills in tax accounting, managerial accounting, treasury management, tax audit and investigation, strategic management, investment and financial analysis.
Happiness joined EDI in 2015 as an enumerator where she conducted household interviews and was also involved in processing data once collected from the field. Happiness applied her finance skills to her role as she intermittently provided support to the finance department on imprest account management.
As a result of this, in 2018, Happiness joined EDI permanently as a Junior Accounts Assistant where she is involved in conducting field audits, maintaining financial records, staff training on field financial management and reporting, and imprest account management.
Prior to joining EDI, Happiness worked for the National Microfinance Bank (NMB) as a Direct Sales Officer.
Lilian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from the Tanzania Institute of Accountancy (TIA) from which she acquired skills in organisation, time management, adaptability, communication, and leadership.
Lilian joined EDI in 2016 as Assistant Accountant where she is responsible for performing monthly reconciliations of accounts, maintaining finance records, process statutory payments including WHT, levies and licenses, intermittently preparation of monthly VAT returns and maintaining company’s petty cash account.
Prior to joining EDI, Lilian worked with the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) as Assistant Internal Auditor where she assisted in vouching, bank reconciliation auditing, journal entries and adjustments auditing and surprise cash count audits.
Bhoke holds a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science and Conservation (with a focus on Community Based Natural Resource Management, Project Planning and Development Studies) and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) both from the University of Dar es Salaam. For her Master’s degree dissertation, Bhoke’s research focused on the effectiveness of Small Industries Development Organization (SIDO) in monitoring and development of small and medium enterprises in Tanzania. Prior to this, Bhoke worked as a research assistant, collecting data for a study that focused on a biodiversity assessment in the Eastern Arc Mountains and coastal forests on behalf of the AfriBugs Environmental Consultancy from South Africa.
As a Project Coordinator at EDI, Bhoke is able to apply her experience in evaluation, development and monitoring studies to her role. Bhoke has supervised and coordinated a number of EDI projects for international donor agencies and national governments including the World Bank UNICEF, Gothenburg University and Tanzania Social Action Fund.
Assistant Project Coordinator
Kenny holds a Bachelor’s degree and Masters in Sociology, from St. Augustine University of Tanzania where his research focused on the effects of single parent families with relation to social demographic structure of African contexts and the use and dis-use of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services to adolescence with relation to different African belief models.
Kenny joined EDI in 2014 and has since worked in number of roles from Research Officer, Research Supervisor and currently as Assistant Project Coordinator. Kenny has extensive experience of coordinating and supervising large scale surveys. His previous project experience has enabled him to develop skills in training, facilitation, supervision, social project planning and financial management. Kenny has coordinated projects on behalf of clients such as IFAD, NORC, World Bank, Mathematica Policy Research, R4D, T4D, Twaweza, Tanzania Government (PO-RALG) and the Ugandan Bureau of Statistics (UBOS).
Rubiti holds a Diploma in Secondary Education and Advanced Diploma in Information Technology. He is an experienced IT Officer with 10 years of experience of managing IT infrastructure for EDI including desktop, laptops, Android tablets and network support.
Rubiti has significant expertise in managing Windows and Android operating systems as well as experience in hardware trouble shooting and repair. This makes Rubiti a valuable member of the team, and his work ensures field schedules are not hindered by technical challenges.
Ignas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Procurement and Supplies Management from the College of Business Education Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Since joining EDI, Ignas has held the roles of Research Officer, Assistant Research Supervisor and is currently Stores Officer in Store Operations. Ignas utilises his expertise in stores operation and management to carry out responsibilities which include receiving, inspecting, issuing, maintaining and keeping accurate records of assets across all departments and in field.
Data Processing Officer
Saraphina Safari holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Project Planning Management and Community Development. She first joined EDI in 2013 as a Research Officer and was later promoted to an Assistant Data Processing Officer and then a Data Processing Officer.
Saraphina has worked closely with government and non-government stakeholders throughout all stages of the project life cycle. Saraphina has worked with a wide range of clients including the World Bank, Twaweza, ODI, UNICEF, IPA, BRT, TGT, T4D, Gatsby, IPA and IFPR.
Saraphina has gained experience in research clearance, logistics management, designing survey tools and methodology (questionnaires, do-files and manuals), adapting and configuring questionnaires into electronic format using data collection software, quality control and data management, monitoring field work and ensuring quality control of all survey data, translating survey tools into Swahili, planning project data flow and communication systems, spotting data inconsistencies, data cleaning and visiting field teams for data quality control.
Data Processing Officer
Geneveva holds a Bachelor’s degree in Culture and Heritage from the University of Dar es Salaam. She originally joined EDI as a Research Officer in 2010 and in 2011 was promoted to Data Processing Officer.
Geneveva has vast experience in data collection and data management both in Tanzania and Uganda. In her role, Geneveva is responsible for attending project pilots, training field teams, adapting and configuring questionnaires into electronic format using data collection software, quality control and data management, monitoring field work and ensuring quality control of all survey data, spotting data inconsistencies, data cleaning and visiting field teams for data quality control.
Assistant Data Processing Officer
Henry holds a Bachelor’s degree in Project Planning Management and Community Development at Dodoma University (Tanzania) from which he acquired skills in project design, monitoring, appraisal and evaluation, economic policy planning and programming, poverty analysis and intervention, micro and macroeconomics, quantitative and qualitative methods in research, and data analysis using statistical software, such as SPSS.
Prior to joining EDI, Henry worked with the Kilimanjaro Women’s Development Association (KIWODEA) a Tanzanian NGO, as an expert in research and project management for women rural development. Continuing his desire to develop a career in poverty analysis, Henry joined EDI where his responsibilities include, translation, data cleaning, and conducting data quality control using surveybe and Stata software.