Our Motivation

Our Approach

Our Team

Our team


Our Motivation

Our Approach

Our Team

Our Team

Our Team


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Nithya Nagarathinam

Program Director

Nithya works on bringing practitioners and academic researchers to work together on identifying effective developmental interventions.


Graeme Blair

Assistant Professor of Political Science, UCLA

Graeme studies comparative politics with a focus on West Africa and experimental methodology.


Darin Christensen

Assistant Professor of Public Policy, UCLA

Darin works on the political economy of conflict and development, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.


Advisory Board

Joseph Asunka


Joseph Asunka is the Chief Executive Officer of Afrobarometer, where he leads the pan-African research institution in conducting public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, the economy and society in 30+ countries across the region. Previously, he worked on transparency, accountability, and citizen participation at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and a lecturer in political science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Michael Jarvis

Transparency and Accountability Initiative

Michael Jarvis heads the Transparency and Accountability Initiative (TAI) donor collaborative – a group of leading funders of transparency, accountability and participation efforts worldwide. Prior to joining TAI in 2016, Michael was the Global Lead for Extractives Governance within the World Bank Group’s Governance Global Practice.

Suneeta Kaimal

Natural Resource Governance Institute

Suneeta Kaimal is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Natural Resource Governance Institute. She is also a steering committee member and former civil society co-chair of the Open Government Partnership, a member of the Global Council of Publish What You Pay, and serves on the international Board.

Todd Moss

Energy for Growth Hub

Todd Moss is the founder and executive director of the Energy for Growth Hub. He is also a nonresident fellow at the Center for Global Development. His research focuses on US-Africa relations, energy policy, and private investment. Previously, he has been a Lecturer at the London School of Economics (LSE) and worked at the World Bank, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Overseas Development Council, and US Department of State.

Laura Paler

American University

Laura Paler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government at the School of Public Affairs at American University. She focuses on the political economy of development, as well as conflict and post-conflict reintegration.