Project Manager - Grassroots Initiatives
International non-governmental organization specializing in harnessing web and mobile-technology innovations to serve base-of-the-pyramid populations and achieve sustainability for pioneering nonprofits.
- Independently implemented economic development projects in:
- Sri Lanka: educational initiative to foster eLearning and remote employment opportunities for primary and secondary students, and provide market and climatic resources to local farmers. Country's first 24-hour Internet connection located in an isolated village of 30,000 residents. Wrote and won two large grants securing program funding for two years, plus garnered Ashoka Fellowship for the program's founder.
- Bulgaria, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Kosovo: USAID-funded venture working to combat human capital flight and small- and medium-enterprise growth through offshore and telework employment. Conducted a pioneering global survey of Internet-enabled markets for remote services; created a digital database of results. Designed, facilitated, and led a series of training courses in latter three countries presenting to over 400 participants and local media outlets.
- Gabon: three-tiered endeavor explored integrating environmental protection and community development. Introduced computers to students and teachers in an isolated school in a Gabonese rainforest village. Created a proposal to institute "green" systems at a resort bordering a national park, conserving resources while ushering the locally owned business into the global eco-tourism market. Conducted an inquiry to gauge the feasibility of harnessing privately owned carbon credits to establish a community development fund providing healthcare and infrastructure to rural areas.
- The Philippines: remote initiative establishing eScholarship networks for college students in isolated communities with little to no access to traditional banking systems. Researched, tested, and administered full-circuit framework providing funding for students through the use of eRemittence funds and mobile banking. Instituted virtual grade and attendance reporting to donors via cell phone imaging. [Sole project not implemented in-country.]
- Clients included USAID, AED, John Whitehead of Goldman Sachs, and Emile Doumba, Minister in the Gabonese parliament