I'm Zak Kaufman ('07 Truman), currently in the last year of a PhD in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where I did an MSc in Epi two years back. Prior to coming to London, I oversaw Research/M&E for Grassroot Soccer
's HIV prevention program for two years (based out of Cape Town but supporting sites in Zam, Zim, Malawi, and across SA). I'm currently running two large cluster-randomised trials to assess the effectiveness of Grassroot Soccer programs in South Africa and Zimbabwe. In 2010, I started Vera Solutions
, a consulting team that builds cloud and mobile data systems for nonprofits and social enterprises working in health, education, and development - helping organizations better track their services/beneficiaries and streamline their processes (our systems save orgs like EJAF and PSI Mozambique hundreds of person-hours per year). Vera has grown quickly with zero investment - we now have 15 staff between Nairobi, Mumbai, and London and have built systems for 72 organizations, including PATH, The Global Fund, IPA, and Oxfam. We'll be hiring a new group of Fellows soon - I'd love your help in getting the word out!
Drop me a note if you're ever coming through London.
ps Brett, long time! Thanks for kicking this off. Marguerite, great to be in touch - send my greetings to your husband! (he and I met at Truman interviews way back when, but I don't think I've seen him since like 2008)