Michael Faye is co-founder and Executive Chairman of GiveDirectly. He is also the CEO of Segovia Technology, which is building cloud-based solutions for the management of some of largest emerging market social programs. He has worked in financial products and enterprise technology in the emerging markets in a variety of contexts: as an Associate Principal at McKinsey, at the United Nations Millennium Project and during his PhD in Business Economics.  His work has been published in the American Economic Review, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, among others, and in 2013, Foreign Policy named him one of its 100 leading global thinkers.

Jacquelline Fuller leads, which provides more than $100 million yearly to support tech innovators making transformational impact in areas such as education, development and renewable energy. She previously served as Deputy Director of Global Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she was a member of the senior management team for eight years and helped launch a $300 million initiative in India. She received her BA in political science from UCLA and a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Jacquelline currently serves on the board of the Eastern Congo Initiative.

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.

A co-founder of Facebook, Chris was responsible for communications, user experience, and product development in the early years of the social network. In 2007 he became Director of Online Organizing for Barack Obama's presidential campaign, creating a social network that empowered Obama supporters to create tens of thousands of grassroots groups and events and to give over $500 million online. Today Hughes is the owner and publisher of The New Republic, a 100-year-old magazine about politics and culture that is growing into a multi-platform digital media company. Hughes is also an independent investor in technology and media companies and a trustee of the Knight Foundation. He has been named a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum. Hughes graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 2006 with a degree in History and Literature.

William F. Meehan III is the Lafayette Partners Lecturer for 2013–2014 at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company. Mr. Meehan is a regular writer, speaker, and advisor on nonprofit strategy, governance, performance measurement, and philanthropy. At Stanford, he is a founding member of the Advisory Council of the Center for Philanthropy and the Civil Society, a faculty member of the Public Management Program and the Center for Social Innovation, and a member of the Arts Initiative Council. During his 30-plus-year tenure at McKinsey & Company, Mr. Meehan worked with chief executives in technology, private equity, retail, financial services, and media on topics of top management strategy, organization, and leadership.

Mr. Joseph Mucheru is the Google Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) ambassador as well as EIA Africa Lead, based in Nairobi. He joined Google in June 2007 where he leads the delivery of strategy, business planning and operations. Prior to joining Google he worked at Wananchi Online, a company he co-founded in 1999. He held various roles at the company including Chief Technology Officer, Strategy & Business Director and most recently Chief Executive Officer. He attended The Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University in 2008 before that he obtained his undergraduate degree (B Sc. (Hons)) in Economics & Computer Science at City University London in 1993. He was awarded the Moran of the order of the burning spear in December 2010 by his Excellency the President of the Republic of Kenya, Hon. Mwai Kibaki for his contribution to ICT in Kenya amongst other things. He is a member of The Africa Leadership Network as well as the East African Business Summit.

Samuel Mwamburi Mwale is Founder & CEO of Farasi Strategy Advisors Ltd, a firm that provides investment and strategy advice to public and private sector clients. He has served in senior positions in the Government of Kenya in the last 9 years, having served for five as Principal Administrative Secretary & Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, in the Cabinet Office, Office of the President. Previously he served as Economic Secretary to the Presidency at State House and as Economic Advisor to Ministry of Planning & National Development and National Economic & Social Council. Mr. Mwale holds a Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics from University of Oxford, a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Economics from University of East Anglia, a Bachelor of Science in Range Management from University of Nairobi, and has attended executive training on policy analysis at Stanford University and leadership at Harvard University.

Paul Niehaus is co-founder and president of GiveDirectly. He also holds an academic appointment in the Department of Economics at UC San Diego, where he works with governments in India to improve the implementation of social programming. He is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, 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). He holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University. In 2013 Foreign Policy named him one of its 100 leading "Global Thinkers."

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.


Paul Brest is Professor Emeritus (active) at Stanford Law School, where he joined the faculty in 1969 and served as Dean from 1987 to 1999. He is also a lecturer at the Graduate School of Business and a faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. He served as president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation from 2000 to 2012. A leading scholar and teacher of constitutional law, Paul now focuses his teaching and writing on public policy, judgment and decision making, and philanthropy. He is co-author of Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Professional Judgment (2010) and Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy (2008).

Hemant is a managing director at General Catalyst, where he invests in early stage technology companies. Hemant has spent the last decade partnering with great entrepreneurs to build technology companies that can transform industries. Before joining General Catalyst in 2002, he was the founder and CEO of Isovia. Hemant is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning an M.S. in operations research, an M.Eng. in electrical engineering & computer science, a B.S. in mathematics, a B.S. in electrical engineering & computer science, and a B.S. in biology & biomedical engineering.


Caroline holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Kampala University with a specialization in human resources management. She has work experience in administration (human resources, procurement, and financial management), field surveys, and records management. Caroline previously worked with Nyanza Reproductive Health Society (NRHS) as Human Resources Assistant, KEMRI/CDC as administrative officer and Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET) as program assistant.

Andrew holds a B.Sc in range management (land resource management and agricultural technology) and is currently pursuing an M.A in project planning and management, both from the University of Nairobi. Andrew has had an experience working with UN-World Food Program previously in a UCT program as a field monitor assistant.

Richard holds a degree in environmental management from Mekerere University Kampala. He has vast experience in humanitarian emergency response, having worked on both drought and HIV/AIDS programs with World Vision Uganda and ACDI/VOCA, respectively. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in project planning and management at Kampala International University.

Melissa holds a Bachelor's degree in organizational communication from the University of Central Florida. She has experience in managing account relations for companies ranging from small private businesses to global industry leaders. She previously worked at McKinsey & Company as an Executive Assistant to top level management.

Joe holds an A.B. in economics from Dartmouth College with a specialization in economic development and international trade and has experience studying and working in China. He joined GiveDirectly from Bridgewater Associates, where he worked as an Investment Associate in its research and trading departments.

Lawrence holds a diploma in information technology from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and has extensive field experience working with vulnerable communities in both northern and western Kenya. He joined GiveDirectly from Innovations for Poverty Action, where he was the assistant project manager for a behavioral research project studying the impact of increasing savings for vulnerable women. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's at KCA University.

Rebecca holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Bates College. She worked as a research assistant at the NYU Child Study Center and spent a year working for international development and non-profit organizations in India and Israel prior to joining GiveDirectly.

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 Pradesh, India.

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.

Paul Niehaus is co-founder and president of GiveDirectly. He also holds an academic appointment in the Department of Economics at UC San Diego, where he works with governments in India to improve the implementation of social programming. He is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, 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). He holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University. In 2013 Foreign Policy named him one of its 100 leading "Global Thinkers."

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.

Brian holds a diploma in Information Technology from Sigotop Career Development Centre. He has a wealth of experience in community work, having worked in research with KEMRI/CDC and Stipa, among other organizations. He is currently pursuing a graduate diploma in Information Technology at Dalc Centre, Kisumu.

Mitch holds degrees in economics and law from the University of Queensland and a master’s degree from the University of Oxford. He joined GiveDirectly from Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, where he was a Litigation Associate. He has previously taught economics and worked in state politics in Australia.

Stuart holds a B.Sc. in economics from the University of Nottingham. Previously, he worked for McKinsey & Company for three years, based in the London office. During this time, Stuart helped establish the firm's Addis Ababa office and worked on topics including global public health and climate change.

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 worked as a business analyst for McKinsey & Company prior to joining GiveDirectly as the first Kenya Field Director.

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.