Key EDI Staff

Short Bio's about features members of our team

 

Dr. Johanna Choumert Nkolo

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.

Mark Johnston

Mark Johnston

Financial Controller

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.

Ian Priest

Ian Priest

Senior Technical Architect

Nathan Sivewright

Nathan Sivewright

Senior Research Officer

Nathan holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of East Anglia and is due to receive a Masters in Impact Evaluation for International Development from the same institution. His interest in social research and rigorous program evaluations comes from working in Autism research. Pursuing his Masters degree allowed Nathan to combine his background in economics and social research with his interest in development issues.

Throughout his academic studies Nathan has focused heavily on labour markets, youth unemployment and education within a Sub-Saharan African context and has worked as Monitoring and Evaluation fellow for Educate! Uganda in Kampala. In this role he helped to implement a sizeable student survey throughout Uganda and led enumerator training courses. He also conducted a baseline analysis of a large Impact Evaluation of the Educate! Experience program across multiple regions of Uganda.

From his Academic qualifications and professional experience, Nathan is trained in using statistical software, such as STATA, and experienced in conducting social and economic research – from developing research questions to data collection and analysis.

Koen Leuveld

Koen Leuveld

Senior Research Officer

Koen Leuveld is a development economist with a passion for using CAPI technology to provide high-quality data, both for academic and policy oriented research.  Koen has years of experience in organizing surveys, in various countries in Africa.

Koen’s research focuses on the interplay between institutions and behaviour in fragile contexts. For this Koen has organized behavioural experiments in various African countries. Topics researched include the effect of conflict on competitive behaviour in Sierra Leone and the effect of market access on trust in Cameroon. Furthermore, Koen has extensive experience in managing large scale impact evaluations. He worked on the MFS II evaluations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, part of the largest-ever impact evaluation of Dutch development aid.

For his PhD dissertation, Koen evaluated six development projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For this, Koen organized five rounds of data collection. A fundamental part of this process was working together with local partners to build capacity in the use of cutting-edge evaluation methodology and state-of-the-art CAPI technology.

Marie Mallet

Marie Mallet

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.

Callum Taylor

Callum Taylor

Research Officer

Callum holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Development Studies, and a Master’s degree in Development Economics, both from the University of Sussex. These degrees focused on the use of economic and quantitative analysis to inform development policy and decision-making whilst affording him the opportunity to train in using Stata, and develop excellent research skills.

His keen interest in trade and migration led to him working extensively on these topics and writing two dissertations on the subject of remittances and economic development. During his Bachelor’s, Callum spent a year on student exchange at the National University of Singapore, and his Master’s was supported by a scholarship from the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund.

Callum previously worked as a Business Development Analyst at Ingeus, a leading provider of services aimed at helping disadvantaged people to reach their full potential. In between his degrees he spent two years working as an English teacher at an elementary school in Seoul, S. Korea.

Maria Apergi

Maria Apergi

Research Officer

Maria is an economist with expertise in environmental and development policy. She has solid experience in designing and implementing surveys with a keen interest in evidence-based research to inform development and environmental policy.

Maria holds a PhD in Environmental Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her research focused on applications of off-grid solar energy in Guinea Bissau. She used choice modelling and other econometric techniques to analyse household energy adoption choices and energy use patterns, as well as the market potential for solar home systems. Maria’s research involved primary data collection; including the design and implementation of household surveys.

Maria also holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Athens, an MSc in International Affairs from Columbia University, and an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

In addition, Maria has worked as an Energy Analyst for the private sector and as a consultant for the Overseas Development Institute, where she focused on issues related to climate finance, energy access and green growth.

Luca Privinzano

Luca Privinzano

Assistant Research Officer

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.

Samantha Dorrington

Samantha Dorrington

Business Development Officer

Samantha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and a Master’s degree in Disaster Management for Environmental Hazards both from the University of Glamorgan.  Her Master’s thesis focused on community perceptions of landslide occurrence in the Bududa District of Uganda.

Samantha has been working in the international development sector since graduating in 2012.  Before joining EDI, she worked as a project coordinator on education, community legal services and social protection projects with donors including, DFID, AfDB, CDB and EBRD.

As Business Development Officer, Samantha works closely with, and supports, the Operations Director to coordinate business generation activities, monitors market trends and business opportunities.  She also works closely with the Commercial Director to engage with the client and user communities through project insights and the use of engaging content to ultimately maintain a range of external partnerships.

Artee Gungah

Artee Gungah

Commercial Coordinator

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.

Mark Jordan

Mark Jordan

First Line Software Support Consultant