Former Staff and Student Interns
Alex graduated from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in May 2014 with a major in International Political Economy and a certificate in International Business Diplomacy. While at Georgetown, she supported field research on the innovation climate in Burkina Faso. Alex was based in Nairobi, Kenya as the Project Manager of gui²de’s mobile savings project, High Hopes.
Pitchaya graduated from the Global Human Development program at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. Prior to coming to Georgetown, she worked in South Africa, first as a NGO Development Volunteer in Peace Corps and then as a research manager for the University of Pretoria’s Centre for the Study of AIDS. Pitchaya graduated from the University of California Los Angeles in 2009 with a degree in Political Science and International Development Studies. She worked at gui²de as a Research Assistant on the Twaweza project.
Sarah Armstrong served as a Research Assistant for gui²de, working on the sanitation and water sustainability project, SWASH. Sarah graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2014 with a B.S. in Economics and Political Science, minors in Mathematics and Statistics, and a certificate in International Relations. During her time at Texas A&M, she interned with USAID, surveying female-dominated supply chains in Eastern and Western African nations, and with IXCHEN, a women’s rights advocacy group based in Managua, Nicaragua. She is currently a Master’s in Mathematics and Statistics candidate at Georgetown University.
Sasha Gallant was gui²de’s Graduate Assistant and Research Assistant for the High Hopes mobile savings project. She joined the McCourt School of Public Policy in the fall of 2013 to pursue a Masters in Public Policy. Sasha traveled to Kenya in summer 2014 to work on development and implementation of gui²de’s SWASH+ and High Hopes projects.
Vivek is a student at the McCourt School of Public Policy. Prior to Georgetown, he worked as a management consultant with a Big 4 firm. Vivek graduated from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (India) in 2012 with a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. Committed to positively impacting lives through policy, he is interested in international development. When not following political news Vivek enjoys works of philosophy and directing theater plays.
Jessica graduated from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in the winter of 2012 with a degree in International Culture and Politics and a certificate in International Development. She worked with gui2de on the Saving Lives at Birth project in Vihiga District, Western Kenya.
Woubie Alemayehu served as gui²de’s Project Manager in Nairobi, where she managed a number of randomized control trials. Previously, she worked for the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institute, and as a program coordinator for the Ethiopian Community Centre, Inc. She holds a BSc. in Computer Science from University of Gondar in Ethiopia and a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Keith is a US Marine Veteran, has a BA in Global Studies, and has experience working in Burkina Faso, Iraq, Haiti, Kenya, Nigeria, and the Philippines. Keith worked with our team in Kenya over summer 2013, and investigated the role of vocational training and cash transfers in Northern Nigeria over 2013-2014, prior to receiving his Masters of International Development Policy at MSPP.
As a research assistant at gui2de, Simrin conducted data analysis for projects in Nigeria, Tanzania and Brazil. Simrin received her Masters in International Development in 2014. Prior to attending Georgetown University, Simrin received her Bachelor’s in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and spent two years in the field in rural and urban India.
Anirudh Sarna graduated with a Master of Public Policy degree from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute in 2013. Rudi worked as a research assistant for the gui2de faculty throughout his time at GPPI, and continues to consult on several projects.
Nisha Rai is a fourth year PhD student in the Economics Department at Georgetown. She spent the fall semester in 2012 managing research components of the Saving Lives at Birth project in Vihiga District, Western Kenya.
Hannah Hill recently graduated from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service with a major in International Economics and a certificate in African Studies. She spent the summer in Kenya as a gui2de intern with the support of an award from the university’s Global Health Initiative.
Don Jayamaha is a senior in Georgetown College, and is majoring in Economics and Mathematics. Don is from Sri Lanka, and joined gui2de in Nairobi this summer with the support of GUROP and the Africa Studies Program at SFS.
Originally from Changsha, China, Yun Ling graduated from Georgetown College with a major in Mathematics and Economics. During the summer of 2012, she worked in Nairobi, Kenya as a gui²de intern, funded by Georgetown’s GUROP program, on a number of randomized control trial projects. After graduation, she plans to pursue graduate study in Economics.
Lucie Parker graduated from Georgetown University with a major in Economics and Mathematics. She spent the summer in Nairobi, Kenya in 2012 working for Professor Jack on several randomized controlled trials and plans to work in the field of development economics after graduation.
Alex Villec graduated from Georgetown College with a major in Economics and Government. As a junior, he studied abroad in Senegal and interned for Zidisha Microfinance, a peer-to-peer crowdfunding platform. The following summer, Alex traveled to Nairobi on a GUROP fellowship to study the impact of financial education on the savings behavior of Kenyan high school students.
Cindy Yang graduated from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in 2012 and spent the summer working as a gui²de intern in Nairobi. She is currently a financial analyst with Goldman Sachs in San Francisco.