Who We Are
Multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary to the core—global in outlook and approach—DAI’s technical leaders are steeped in the challenges of delivering development solutions in the field. They are committed to sharing our innovation and experience to inform international development practices worldwide.
Adam Fivenson works to make DAI’s interventions more efficient and more effective via the introduction of new technologies that help citizens report corruption, monitor biodiversity, access markets, and adapt to climate change.
Alexander Kitain is a Harvard-trained public administration professional with a unique combination of skills in tax policy, tax and customs administration, tax and financial accounting, trade, economics, and public finance.
Alia Afshar-Gandhi works in the area of food security and agriculture, where she specializes in rural livelihood creation in post-conflict countries. She manages the Food and Enterprise Development Program in Liberia and the Strengthening Sustainable Ecosystems in and around Nyungwe National Park program in Rwanda.
Allen Hollenbach works in the water practice area of the Environment and Energy group. He specializes in governance and the environment, with an emphasis on environmental services finance and local government administration.
Alma Porciuncula has been leading DAI’s work in the Philippines on innovative financing for water supply and sanitation projects, policy, and regulatory and utility reform since 1994.
During his seven-year career as a specialist in international development and conflict management, Anand Varghese has managed complex operations with a commitment to using ICT tools to create peaceful social change around the world.
Andrea Chartock’s work at DAI focuses on promoting economic growth. She is currently Team Leader on the Agricultural Competitiveness and Enterprise Development (ACED) program in Moldova. She has also worked in Serbia, Indonesia, Ghana, Moldova, Haiti, Georgia, Kosovo, and Cambodia.
As a graduate student in geomorphology, Andrew Watson worked on desert soils in Tunisia and Namibia. Over the past 30 years, his focus shifted from the earth sciences and remote sensing to environment policy and impact assessment, natural resource management, and biodiversity conservation, and now, climate change adaptation.
Dr. Baba Soumare is a veterinary epidemiologist with a Ph.D in animal health economics.
Ben Mann serves as a Global Practice Specialist for Water and Sanitation, contributing to new business development, technical project support, and institutional knowledge management.
After four years in southern Africa, Benjamin Rinehart returned to his native Washington, D.C., to join DAI’s Technical Services team and support its practice in food security, agriculture, and livelihoods.
Bill Gardner has been working in development for more than 30 years, specializing in effective tax policies, tax administration systems, and financial management systems for economies in transition.
For some, international development is a walk on the wild side. For Bill Grant, it is the family business. His family has been involved in international health and economic development for more than 120 years.
Nearly 40 years ago, Bill Parente earned multiple degrees in civil engineering with no intention of ever working internationally. His goal was a career with state highway authorities or the consulting firms that served them.
Boaz Tumwesigye joined DAI in 2010 as a member of the project management team for the Strengthening Sustainable Ecotourism in Nyungwe National Park Project (SSENNP), providing technical direction and oversight of sustainable, ecotourism development projects in and around Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda.