Staff

gui²de at Georgetown


Ali Hamza

Senior Data and Research Manager


Béatrice Leydier

Data and Research Manager

Béatrice started with gui²de in 2016 when she was an MPP student at the McCourt School, first as a summer intern in Uganda and then as a research assistant for several Economics and Public Policy faculty. Following graduation, Béatrice joined gui²de full time as a Data and Research Associate, and currently serves as a Data and Research Manager. She has played a key analytical role in multiple projects across gui²de‘s Digital Financial Inclusion, Road Safety, and Education portfolios.  Currently, she is managing Andrew Zeitlin’s cash benchmarking study with the International Rescue Committee in Kenya, and supporting Jishnu Das on the Learning and Educational Achievements in Punjabi Schools (LEAPS) study.  Before McCourt, Béatrice obtained a Master Degree in Management at HEC Paris and worked for a year in the private sector. When not crunching numbers for gui²de, Béatrice is most likely spotted in the DC improv comedy scene or discussing French politics.


Shardul Oza

Senior Program Manager, Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE)

Shardul Oza is a Senior Program Manager for the Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) Tanzania Country Research Team.  Based in gui2de’s DC office, he is responsible for managing implementation of the RISE Tanzania Research Project, a six-year initiative examining the impact of basic education reforms in Tanzania. Shardul has a background in international development research and has worked for several organisations at the forefront of the evidence-based policy movement in South Asia, East Africa, and the United States.  


Whitney Tate

Director of Programs

Whitney Tate started with gui2de in 2013 as its first graduate assistant when she was a Masters student in International Development Policy (MIDP) at the McCourt School.  Following graduation in 2014, Whitney worked briefly for the Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF) and the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) at the World Bank on an early childhood development systematic review.  She returned to gui2de and is now the Director of Programs, and manages gui2de’s international grant portfolio, operations, and staff.  She was integral in establishing the gui2de-East Africa office in Nairobi, Kenya, for which she was recognized with the President’s Excellence Award.  Whitney has managed the implementation of the Zusha! road safety project, including the nationwide scaleup in Kenya and the randomized control trials in Uganda and Tanzania, and also several projects under gui2de’s Digital Financial Inclusion portfolio in Kenya. 


gui²de East Africa


Jon Helfers

Director of Research and Strategy

Jon Helfers joined gui2de-East Africa as Director of Research and Strategy in 2019.  He has over nine years of project and program management experience and has lived in East Africa for 15 years. In 2011, he worked in Libya with Mercy Corps where he helped start up and manage a Civil Society Resource Center funded by USAID-OTI. Following this, he ran a multi-year impact evaluation of a USAID-funded local governance program in northwest Uganda for Social Impact and Innovations for Poverty Action. Prior to joining Gui2de, he worked for SUNY’s Center for International Development as a research consultant in Kenya. Jon was a Luther Gulick Fellow at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where he received his MPA. His research interests focus on international development; particularly governance, accountability, local taxation and the fiscal contract.

Martha Mutua

Project Manager, Digital Financial Inclusion



Josiah Muyesu

Project Manager, Digital Financial Inclusion


Caroline Nyuguto

Program Director, Digital Financial Inclusion


Josphine Okello

Administrative Assistant


Enoch Ondera

Finance and Administrative Officer


Antony Wainaina

Project Manager, Digital Financial Inclusion


Alex Wendo

Project Manager, Digital Financial Inclusion