Ilse Geyskens
Ilse was Instiglio’s first investor and previously chaired its Board of Directors. She is founder of Geyskens SAS, which has invested in real estate in Medellin, Colombia and is setting up a number of business activities there. One involves Café Velvet, which aims at creating a culture of top quality coffee working, with the help of Belgian experts, with local coffee farmers to serve top quality coffee, developing locally the art of roasting and forming baristas. Prior to establishing Geyskens SAS, Ilse was a partner in the European office of a New York headquartered private investment firm, Andlinger & Company. She was as well a partner with Eiger Ventures. She was a former Assistant Professor of European Law at both Villanova University, in Pennsylvania, and the University of Geneva in Switzerland, and worked with international law firms including Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (Philadelphia and Brussels), McGuire Woods (Brussels), and Buse Heberer, Fromm (Dusseldorf). She has been admitted to the Bar of New York and Brussels and has a J.D. and LLM, a D.A.A.D. Foreign law and Magister Iuris.
Dan Levy
Dan Levy is a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Faculty Chair of the Kennedy School’s SLATE (Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence) Initiative, where he teaches courses in quantitative methods and program evaluation. He recently directed impact evaluations of girl-friendly school construction programs in Burkina Faso and Niger. He was recently involved in the evaluation of a conditional cash transfer program in Jamaica, a technical assistance project to Mexico’s Social Development Ministry (Sedesol), the evaluation of an after-school program in the U.S., and a methodological review of studies comparing the use of various methods to estimate program impacts. He has served as a senior researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, a faculty affiliate at the Poverty Action Lab (MIT), and as consultant to several organizations including the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Global Development Network (GDN). He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University, grew up in Venezuela, and is fluent in Spanish and French. He also serves as the faculty co-chair of a week-long executive education program titled “Using Evidence to Improve Policy and Programs” aimed primarily at professionals involved in designing, implementing and/or funding social programs.
Dina Pomeranz
Dina Pomeranz is an assistant professor in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit, where she teaches the Entrepreneurial Manager course in the MBA required curriculum. She is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), an affiliate professor at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and at the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), and a member of the International Growth Centre (IGC) and of the HBS Social Entreprise Initiative. Besides her academic interests, she serves on the board or advisory board of a number of social enterprise ventures committed to translating research into practice.
Paul Gertler
Dr. Gertler is the Li Ka Shing Foundation Professor at the University of California Berkeley where he holds appointments in the Haas School of Business and the School of Public Health. He was Chief Economist of the Human Development Network of the World Bank from 2004-2007 and the Founding Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) from 2009-2012. He received his Phd from the University of Wisconsin and has held faculty appointments at Harvard University and RAND. He was awarded the Kenneth Arrow Award in health economics in 1996, an academic Leadership Award by the National Institutes of Health in 1998, a Research Medal in Economic Development by the Global Development Network in 2002, and The Juan Jose Bobadilla Medal for Global Health in 2013. He has been a Principal Investigator of a large number of impact evaluations including Mexico’s CCT program PROGRESA/OPORTUNIDADES and Rwanda’s Health Care Pay for Performance scheme and Argentina’s Plan Nacer. He has published extensively in both scientific and policy journals on early childhood development, education, health, HIV-AIDS, energy and climate change, housing, job training, poverty alleviation, labor markets, and water and sanitation.
Cassandre Pignon
Cassandre is an Advisor with the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative. She has held a number of positions with the foundation, serving notably the Liberian and Malawian governments. She is currently based in Addis and is providing hands-on support to the Ethiopian Government on its Industrial development strategy. Prior to this role and after a few years as a Business Analyst in the Utility sector, Cassandre became a Management consultant with the McKinsey Morocco office, and advised the Moroccan and Tunisian governments on economic development strategies. Cassandre holds a MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and a MEng in Urban Planning from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chausses, Paris.
Johannes Lohmann
Johannes joined Instiglio just after inception as its first CFO, and worked with Instiglio for three years before continuing his education as a candidate for the Master in Public Administration in International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School. Among other Instiglio projects, Johannes helped launch the world's first Development Impact Bond with Educate Girls in India. Before joining Instiglio, he worked on emerging market investments at IFC, the World Bank’s investment arm. As such, Johannes was involved in major equity and debt investments in companies in developing countries. Prior to this experience, Johannes worked in the investment banking division of Deutsche Bank in New York. Johannes holds a BA, magna cum laude, in economics and mathematical social sciences from Dartmouth College.
Hesha Abrams
Hesha Abrams, Esq. an acclaimed attorney mediator for over 30 years, is known for crafting highly creative settlements in very difficult cases. She has created settlements worth over $700 million in the past year alone. She specializes in creating innovative solutions for complex or difficult matters in Commercial, Intellectual Property and “Deal Mediation,” which is driving a complex business deal to successful signing. She mediates, consults, and negotiates on behalf of private parties throughout the United States and internationally. Hesha served on the legislative task force that drafted the landmark Texas ADR law. She has worked in London, Hong Kong, Mexico, Thailand and India and with parties from all over the globe in complex patent licensing deals. She taught mediation and negotiation at the 2001 International Symposium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution in The Hague. She was on the national panel for Dow Corning Implant cases and was the Chair of the Texas Bar Intellectual Property ADR Committee. She has been appointed Delegate to the Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference, 1988, 1990, 2002, speaker 2005, elected as a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation in 2006 and received the Brutsché Award for Excellence in Mediation from the Association of Attorney Mediators. For further information, see
Hesha Abrams
Michael Walton
Michael is a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi. He was V.K.R.V. Rao Chair Professor, Institute of Social and Economic Change, Bangalore for 2008 and 2009. From 1980-2004, he worked at the World Bank, including extended periods on Indonesia and Zimbabwe, adviser to two Chief Economists, Regional Chief Economist for East Asia and the Pacific (1995-97), Director for Poverty Reduction (1997-2000), Chief Economist for Human Development (1999-2000) and Adviser for poverty and human development in Latin America and the Caribbean(2000-2004). He was part of the management group for World Development Report 2000/2001: Attacking Poverty, and played a central role in the design of the poverty reduction strategy process for low income countries. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked for the Central Planning and Development Office for the Government of Lesotho, 1997-79.
Dr. Jean-Paul Faguet
Jean-Paul is a Professor of the Political Economy of Development at the London School of Economics. He is also Chair of the Decentralization Task Force of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University. His research blends quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate the institutions and organizational forms that underpin rapid development. He has published extensively in the economics, political science, and development literatures, including 'Is Decentralization Good for Development? Perspectives from Academics and Policymakers' (Oxford University Press, 2015), and 'Governance from Below: Decentralization and Popular Democracy in Bolivia' (U of Michigan Press), which won the W.J.M. Mackenzie Prize for best political science book of 2012. His teaching and research focus on comparative political economy, new institutional economics, economic development and economic history. Previously, he worked for the World Bank in La Paz, Bolivia on health, education, early childhood development and the environment. He trained in both political science and economics at Princeton, Harvard and the LSE, where his dissertation won the William Robson Memorial Prize. More information on his research is available at:
Dr. Jean-Paul Faguet
David Goslin
David is a Managing Director at Deloitte Consulting LLP, based in New York City, where he advises banking clients undertaking business transformation programs in matters related to strategy, operations, and technology. Since 1994, during his tenure as a consultant, David has worked with some of the most widely recognized financial organizations in the United States and Latin America. Prior to entering the consulting profession, David was a Vice President at NationsBank (now known as Bank of America) in Miami, Florida, where he worked as an executive in a number of business areas. David has often been a speaker and panelist at industry events in both Latin America and the United States, presenting and discussing industry trends. He has been a board member for nonprofit organizations in the communities where he has lived; including JA Mexico (Junior Achievement), where he often led Deloitte volunteers in teaching programs at schools in low income communities within Mexico City. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and an MBA in Finance from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.