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John Kluge
John W. Kluge is a systems entrepreneur and committed social justice activist. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Alight Fund, an investment and financing company for refugee and host country entrepreneurs. Previously, he co-founded Eirene, a multi-family-office impact investing fund, Toilet Hackers, a social enterprise dedicated to scaling access to dignified sanitation for the 2.5 billion people without a toilet. Kluge currently serves as a Trustee of Babson College, as a member of the Center for Strategic International Studies’ Taskforce on Global Forced Migration, as a Director of the Fonderie 47 Foundation, as the Co-Chair of the Virginia Policy Entrepreneurship Lab, and as a member of the Human Rights Commission of Charlottesville. He is the co-author of the book, Charity & Philanthropy for Dummies (Wylie, 2013), the author of John Kluge: Stories (Columbia University Press, 2008) and has written about the intersection of business and social impact for Forbes and Conscious Company Magazine. Kluge holds a B.A. from Columbia University and an MBA from the Babson F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.
Timothy W. Docking, Ph.D
Timothy W. Docking, Ph.D. is a Washington, D.C.-based business executive with twenty years of emerging market and public sector experience. As an intrapreneur, he worked at the intersection of business, technology and development and built a new $100M revenue stream at IBM; as a public sector executive and manager, he helped start up the MCC (U.S. government agency); and as a scholar, he directed Africa research at a D.C. think tank. Docking has testified before Congress, published and commented widely in the media, is a member of multiple national and international boards including the current co-Chair of the Private Sector Advisory Council at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and has helped form and implement policy at the highest levels of government while a White House Fellow. Docking holds a Ph.D. in comparative politics from Boston University and has lived and worked in more than 40 countries.
Joanne Ke Edelman
Joanne Ke Edelman is a Manager at GDI, where she helps design, build, and launch unconventional technology and capacity-building ideas to change traditional practices of global development. She’s played a critical role building GDI initiatives such as Emerging Public Leaders, Co-Impact, Convergence, and GDHI. She also co-authored “More than the Sum of Its Parts: Making Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives Work.” Previously, Edelman worked at the World Bank Group, where she specialized in monitoring and evaluation at the IFC. Edelman earned an MA in Applied Economics from Georgetown University and a BA/MA in Economics and Management from Oxford University.
Andrew Stern
Andrew Stern is the Founder, President and Executive Director of the Global Development Incubator (GDI) and a member of the GDI U.S. and Hong Kong boards. He leads the team across focus areas and crafts unconventional perspectives to drive the global development sector forward. Stern has played many roles within GDI initiatives, including Interim CEO of Convergence, the global network for Blended Finance, and serves on the governance or advisory boards of Emerging Public Leaders, citiesRise and Tendrel. Prior to founding GDI, Stern was a Global Operating Partner at Dalberg Global Advisors. During that time, he helped design and launch the Aspen Network of Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and served as the founding chairman of mothers2mothers. Stern holds a joint MBA/MPP from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in Economics from Princeton University.
Sara Beatty
Sara Beatty is the Communications Manager at GDI. She guides communications efforts across all focus areas, advances GDI thought leadership in external media, and oversees the branding process for new initiatives. Before joining GDI, Beatty was part of the communications team at Dalberg Global Development Advisors and supported communications + fundraising at AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation. She has also worked at an array of journalism outlets including Media Matters for America, Philadelphia Magazine, and the Olive Press in Andalucía, Spain. Beatty holds a BA in Sociology from Princeton University.
Malia Bachesta Eley
Malia Bachesta Eley is a Senior Associate at GDI where she supports Marketing, Branding, and Communications for a variety of GDI’s initiatives. In this role Eley provides initiatives with strategic advisory on dissemination and branding, as well as hands-on editorial and digital management. Prior to GDI, Eley was a member of Root Capital’s communication team, where she focused on systems improvements and digital analytics. Eley has previously worked on issues including energy poverty, domestic health policy, and smallholder financing. A graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, she holds a BA in Communication Studies with a focus on International Affairs and Social Entrepreneurship. Eley jumps at the chance to travel internationally, but you’ll most often find her running and hiking closer to home.
Jonah Gold
Jonah Gold is a Master’s candidate at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, pursuing a degree in International Economics & Development. Prior to joining the RIN, Gold worked as Program Officer at World Learning managing a $40 million portfolio of education and public health programs in Pakistan, Ethiopia, and the greater MENA region. Gold brings to the RIN over 7 years of experience in social entrepreneurship, international development, and education.
Mosa Rahimi
Born in Afghanistan, Mosa Rahimi and his family took refuge in Iran following the Soviet invasion where he lived there as a refugee for nineteen years. After the US-led coalition leading to the overthrow of the Taliban, Rahimi returned to Afghanistan and joined the Afghan Border Forces in September 2003. Rising up in the ranks, Rahimi became a captain, but then decided to pursue his dream of higher education at the American University of Afghanistan. While working towards his degree, Rahimi held roles in various positions such as language training, capacity building, development, and sustainability measures. Currently, Rahimi is a full time MBA/MPA candidate at the Wharton Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, respectively. He looks to a brighter future where he hopes to transfer his experience and knowledge into social impact investment. He is very enthusiastic about joining the Refugee Investment Network for this internship.
Thomas Roberts
Thomas Roberts is a fourth year at the University of Virginia studying Politics and starting a Masters of Public Policy in the Fall. He has worked as a research fellow for the New Hill Development Corp, a Charlottesville social enterprise aimed at creating a pathway to the middle class through affordable housing, business development, and financial literacy. At UVA, he is a historical tour guide, research assistant, Honor Committee officer, politics journal managing editor, and a student-professor.
Elise Shea
Elise Shea is the Founder and President of Conversations Unbound, a non-profit that empowers forcibly displaced populations as paid online Arabic or Spanish language tutors for college students. Interested in issues of migration, displacement, and humanitarian intervention, she is committed to reimagining humanitarian aid systems and very excited to be a member of the RIN as they make meaningful footsteps into this field. Shea holds a BA in International Studies and French/Francophone Studies from Vassar College.