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About Me

I am a researcher and consultant, based in Nairobi. I study how ordinary people use technology and finance to navigate their economic lives.  I advise businesses, governments, and NGOs on ways to make markets and services--particularly digital ones--work better for all.  My focus is on low and middle income countries, with particular expertise in sub-Saharan Africa.  I combine the tools of economics and anthropology to deeply understand problems and explore practical, real-life solutions.  My most recent work looks at the medium-term financial transitions of refugees and the impact of platforms (like ride hailing apps) on labor markets in Africa.  I have a BA in Anthropology and International Relations from Eckerd College and Masters from The Fletcher School, where I am also working on my PhD with a focus on Development Economics and African Studies.