I am the co-Founder and inaugural Director of the Impact Evaluation (IE) Lab at Tanzania's Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF). The IE Lab's Mission is to expand the impact evaluation space in Tanzania through capacity-building of local researchers in IE methods; facilitating interactions between IE researchers, both local and international, and policy-makers; producing cutting-edge rigorous impact evaluated-knowledge of interventions and policies; to ultimately inform better policies that improve the lives of Tanzanians.
Prior to Yale, I was the Senior Research Analyst at Twaweza. I worked on randomized controlled trials aimed at improving education outcomes in Tanzania. The experiments are collectively called KiuFunza, a portmanteau of the Kiswahili words that mean "thirst to learn". Part of my work also involved liaising with internationally acclaimed research institutions such as IPA, J-PAL, CGD, CEGA, among others.
I have also instructed on impact evaluation, political economy and development economics at the University of Dar es Salaam's Economics Department, ESRF, the African School of Economics, and Strathmore Business School.
I am also a member (2015-2018) of the Research and Development Advisory Committee on Basic Science at Tanzania's Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH).
I am also a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Jenga Hub of the Neghesti Sumari Foundation (2018 - 2023).
I am also a co-founder of the Network for Impact Evaluation Researchers in Africa (NIERA) (June 2018) and the co-founder of the Blue Lace Company (T) Limited (March 2012).
My work has been funded by Yale University's Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, the University of California, Berkeley's Center for Effective Global Action, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Wellspring Philanthropic Fund.
I have a Master of Philosophy in Political Science (2018) and a Master of Arts in Political Science degree (2017) from Yale University, a Master of Public Policy degree (2010) from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree (2009) from Xavier University.