GiveDirectly provides a wealth transfer service to the extreme poor in Kenya. We operate an end-to-end model and do not outsource
or subcontract work to other organizations.
a 501(c)3 non-profit
- GiveDirectly Team: GiveDirectly began in Cambridge, MA in 2008 when its founders were completing advanced degrees in economic development at
Harvard and MIT. Through their work the founders learned of the explosion of mobile banking in developing countries and realized
that this would make it possible to send donations securely and very cheaply to the poor. Because existing non-profits were
not taking advantage of the opportunity, they created GiveDirectly as a vehicle for transfering their own money. As a non-profit
created by donors, GiveDirectly is focused exclusively on giving to the poorest possible households at the lowest possible
cost. Its leaders have no personal financial stake in the success of the organization, as their time is all volunteered.
- GiveDirectly Board
- Michael Faye: Director -- Michael completed a Ph.D. in Economics at Harvard University, specializing in Development and Finance. He has
worked with one of India's largest banks in designing consumer finance products and has extensive experience conducting field
research in India. Prior to returning to school, Michael worked as a Research Analyst for the United Nations Millennium Project
(UNMP), a group headed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, tasked with preparing a plan for low-income countries to meet the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs). He currently works as a management consultant.
- Raphael Gitau: Director -- Raphael is an Agricultural Economist. He holds an M.Sc. in International Development from the National Graduate
Institute of Policy Studies Tokyo, Japan and is widely experienced in socio-economic surveys and data analysis. He has over
eight years experience working in the East Africa Region in agricultural policy research, analysis, and advocacy.
- Chris Hughes: Director -- Chris is currently publisher and editor-in-chief of The New Republic. He previously co-founded and served as spokesperson
for the social networking site Facebook, and served as Director of Online Organizing for the Obama 2008 campaign where he
oversaw the development of My.BarackObama.com along with the campaign's overall online presence. He holds a B.A. magna cum
laude in History and Literature from Harvard University.
- Paul Niehaus: Director -- Paul is Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego; a Junior Affiliate at the
Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD); an Affiliate of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL); and
an Affiliate at the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA). His research examines the design of welfare programs in developing
countries, and in particular how to control corruption. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.
- Rohit Wanchoo: Director -- Rohit is a Principal at a private equity firm in New York. He previously worked as a Research Analyst for the
United Nations Millennium Project (UNMP), a group headed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, tasked with preparing a plan for low-income
countries to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Prior to his work at the UN, Rohit worked in finance as an investment
banker for Lehman Brothers in New York. Rohit holds an MBA from MIT Sloan and an MPA in International Development from the
Harvard Kennedy School.
- GiveDirectly Staff
- Piali Mukhopadhyay: Chief Operating Officer -- Piali holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson
School of Public and International Affairs and a Bachelor's degree from MIT. She has extensive field experience working with
non-governmental organizations in India, Nepal, Thailand, Zambia, and South Africa. Most recently, she worked for the Jameel
Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) managing a large-scale randomized control trial on anti-corruption measures in the state of Andhra
- Erick Ndong'a: Senior Field Officer -- Erick is a social worker with experience researching and implementing programs for youth groups, women's
groups and children's homes. He holds a diploma in social work and community development from the Technical University of
Kenya, as well as a certificate in counseling psychology. He is currently completing a bachelor's degree in sociology from
the University of Nairobi.
- Michael Otieno: Senior Field Officer -- Michael holds a diploma in community health and development from the Institute of Tropical Medicine.
He has experience in community services and has done field work with several organizations related to children's issues, safe
water and gender-based violence. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Public Health and Sanitation from Bondo University.
- Joy Sun: Director of Strategic Initiatives -- Joy joined GiveDirectly from McKinsey & Company where she was an engagement manager in
the Silicon Valley office. She previously served as Director of Operations at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (formerly
Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative), where she launched several field operations across Africa and helped lead the organization's
growth from a start-up into a global institution with 500 staff and volunteers. She holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School
of Business and a B.S. from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service.
- Lydia Tala: Senior Field Officer -- Lydia holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Egerton University. Lydia is GiveDirectly's
longest-standing staff member in Kenya and has made important contributions to the growth of its field operations since 2011.
She previously worked with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission as Voter Registration Assistant and Support
Elections Trainer. She has also done field work for ChildFund International and CARE Kenya.
- Carolina Toth: Kenya Field Director -- Carolina holds an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University, with a focus on African Development.
Her multiple award-winning thesis focused on children's homes in Nairobi and UNICEF's cash transfer program for orphans and
vulnerable children. She previously worked as a Business Analyst for McKinsey & Company. As Kenya Field Director, Carolina
manages teams of up to thirty field officers who help implement GiveDirectly's operational model.