As a freelance journalist and broadcast news producer based in Miami and Washington, Julienne contributes regularly to Devex. Her graduate studies in anthropology and journalism included research on youth development in Latin America and immigration in Spain.
Dan Runde’s greatest strength is his penchant for uniting the public and private sectors in peace building and prosperity initiatives. He left his three-year job managing philanthropy relations at the International Finance Corp. to start the Project on Prosperity and Development, a venture that will focus on the private sector’s role in international development.
Aaron Sherinian says being an extrovert is in his DNA, but technology has helped him exploit his gregariousness with people he may never meet in person. According to the executive director of communications and public affairs at the United Nations Foundation, the use of smart communications tools allows him to put donors in the developing world into direct conversation with the people they seek to serve.
Natasha Bajuk believes migration can create opportunities for both the migrants’ destinations, as well as their countries of origin. The daughter of Slovenian migrants, the Inter-American Development Bank officer is convinced that remittances, if harnessed wisely, can have a lasting impact on recipient families in developing countries.
Todd Moss, vice president and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, attributes his success in development to his ability to take his work, but not himself, seriously. This means holding onto idealism while staying the course through quick and efficient problem solving.
For Michael Clemens, migration helps accelerate development in poor countries. The senior fellow at the Center for Global Development has been fighting hard to promote policies that give migrants from disaster-stricken nations such as Haiti the same refugee status as migrants from countries suffering from war and political persecution.
Following the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti, Wayan Vota and his team at Inveneo built a long-distance Wi-Fi system to support humanitarian relief groups’ work. The organization is now pushing for the use of that network beyond Port-au-Prince and helping rural companies develop a fast-growing Internet industry.
This year was a good one for Joshua Rogin, Foreign Policy writer and lead blogger of the magazine’s The Cable blog. He was the first to write about the year’s two most important documents that are sure to determine U.S. foreign aid reform for years to come: a draft White House reform blueprint, and a presentation detailing the State Department’s implementation strategy.
Mark Lopes got a close look at poverty while spending his childhood in Brazil and Ecuador. The son of a former Peace Corps director now serves as the U.S. Agency for International Development’s deputy assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean.