Causal Design is a for-profit public benefit corporation. Our team of humanitarians, researchers, project managers, and evaluation experts merge with a vision of making evidence-based programming affordable for NGOs, practical to field workers, and digestible to policy makers and the general public.

Together we have decades of experience executing experimental evaluations, collecting data in austere environments, managing community-based programs, and responding to humanitarian emergencies. We are economists, political scientists, data analysts, HR managers, and WatSan engineers. Our specialty: help solve your organization’s challenges quickly, practically, and with the most rigorous methods available.

Themba Gilbert Chirwa, PhD
Country Director, Malawi

Themba Chirwa is a Malawian economist based in Lilongwe, Malawi. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of South Africa and has worked in the electricity sector for over 10 years and as a Government Economist in various sectors for 5 years. His research interests are in macroeconomic policy analysis, results-based management with a particular focus on strategic planning, stakeholder analysis, staff training, data quality reviews, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools development, performance measurement and analysis, and conducting process, performance, and impact evaluations in the energy, water, and education sectors. He also has extensive working experience in consulting related to project formulation and design (results-based management, project cycle management, logical framework analysis), economic analysis (cost-benefit analysis – net present values, economic rates of return, average incremental costs, benefit-cost ratios, cost-effectiveness ratios, cost-efficiency ratios), M&E tools design (formulation of Performance Management Plans/M&E Plans), evaluation design (questionnaire design, survey design, interviewing), and economic research (various papers published in Scorpus-indexed journals).

Keith B. Ives, MIDP
Co-Founder and CEO

Keith is a proven leader with a knack for statistical programming and turning impossible situations into successes. Before bringing the Causal Design team together, he consulted for The World Bank and worked for Georgetown University’s Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation (gui2de) designing mobile phone-based surveys and managing randomized trials in Kenya and Nigeria. Keith has designed evaluations for the Liberian and Rwandan Ministries of Agriculture, executed a growth diagnostic for the Kurdistan Regional Government, coordinated humanitarian responses in Haiti, Nigeria, and the United States, managed economic development projects in Kenya and Burkina Faso, and led Marines during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Taya Rizk, MIDP
Business Development Coordinator

Taya Rizk is a graduate of Georgetown University where she received her M.A. in International Development Policy. Prior to that she worked as a contractor for the government and external affairs office at the Inter-American Foundation in Washington D.C. She has worked on various community development projects including women and youth in Egypt, refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, a community awareness workshop in Uganda and an agriculture and nutrition project in Ghana.

Nathan Ives, MA
Country Manager, Cambodia

Nathan is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he received a M.A. in International Relations in Southeast Asia concentrating on Quantitative Economics. His experience in nonprofits in Southeast Asia and background in programming dovetails with econometric work, risk analysis, and research. With expertise in humanitarian response, human rights, and forestry, Nathan brings a wide range of topical understanding to evaluation. Nathan speaks Japanese and Bahasa Indonesian. He has worked on humanitarian projects on the Thai-Burma border, community forestry and resource management in conflict areas of Mindanao, and in government relations in Yangon.

Sonita Khun, MBA
Project Coordinator, Cambodia

Sonita has more than ten years of experience with both for-profit and nonprofit organizations in a variety of roles, including administration and finance management, project implementation and monitoring, project landscape assessments, and managing baseline, midline, and endline surveys. Sonita joins Causal Design’s Phnom Penh, Cambodia office, where her focus is on local business development and project management, especially overseeing both qualitative and quantitative field data collection. She holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from the National University of Management (Phnom Penh, Cambodia).

Matt Klick, PhD
Director of Research and Learning

Matt is a political economist by training, which continues to inform his perception of projects and applied, mixed methods. He received his doctorate from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, where he examined last mile implementation challenges of anti-hunger programs in Latin America. Before that he received his MSc in applied resource economics from the University of Alaska, and a BA in Latin America Studies from Bowdoin College. Matt has overseen research and evaluation work on four continents and published in journals from World Development to Polar Geography. Most recently, before arriving at Causal Design, Matt successfully oversaw the delivery of large scale health and nutrition evaluations for UNICEF in Africa, and was project manager and principal investigator of USAID’s Myanmar Analytical Activity. Outside of work and evaluations, Matt maintains a research and personal interest in sustainable mountain region development, with a focus on rural economies and climate adaptation. He lives with his wife and two dogs in Colorado.

Kristen Schubert, MA
Sr. Economist

Kristen is an economist with experience in applied economic analysis and growth diagnostics as well as monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and socio-economic impact analyses. She specializes in cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and has applied this tool for global U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) missions in energy, water, health, transport and agriculture sectors and taught courses for government officials, private sector actors, and graduate students. She joins Causal Design after over 10 years of working for USAID, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and consulting for the European Union. Kristen holds a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where she studied in International Relations in Conflict Studies, concentrating on Quantitative Methods in Economics.

Reimar Macaranas, MIDP
Co-Founder and COO

Reimar leverages his years of nonprofit leadership to bring coordination and focus to our team. His intellectual curiosity is seen in his econometric work, growth diagnostics, and detailed economic analysis reports. He is a subject area expert in cash transfer programs, refugee resettlement, and energy policy with a focus on Africa. He has a Master of International Development Policy degree from Georgetown and a BA from the University of Southern California. He has worked on projects with: the Center for Strategic and International Studies; gui2de; Millennium Challenge Corporation; the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Office of Program Evaluation; and the World Bank, Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund. His most recent work with Causal Design has focused on Growth Diagnostics in Iraq.

Hannah Pruitt
Research Analyst

Hannah is a graduate of Dartmouth College where she received her B.A. in Economics with a minor in Geography. Before joining Causal Design, Hannah worked on economic and financial policy issues, including interning in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution and at a policy consulting firm in Washington, D.C. She also leveraged her GIS skills at Open Development Cambodia, a USAID-funded NGO in Phnom Penh, where she developed a new spatial database of NGO projects in Cambodia. Hannah’s experiences conducting rigorous research and translating analysis into actionable insights corresponds directly with Causal Design’s mission to expand cultures of evidence within the organizations we work with.

Marlaina Ross, MA
Economist

Marlaina is a graduate of the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, where she received an M.A in International Affairs concentrating on International Economics. She has experience working in both the public and nonprofit sector, and most recently assisted the economic analysis division of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) with the development of a growth diagnostic for Indonesia. She has also spent time in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, where she conducted field research in rural communities and developed a plan to improve the efficacy of savings and loans programs operated by the local NGO Planet Indonesia. Marlaina’s previous research has included a focus on economic recovery and resilience in post-conflict zones as well as on environmentally sustainable development initiatives. She received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Alaska, Anchorage and speaks German.

Rachel Storey, MA
Director of Operations

Rachel is an international development professional with a diverse background in managing projects, improving operations, and winning new business. For the last seven years she has managed various projects and initiatives spanning global development topics throughout the US, Asia, Africa, the Caucasus, and the Middle East. Prior to joining Causal Design, Rachel managed MEL programs in Uganda and Afghanistan, spending extensive periods of time in both countries working with USAID and implementing partners to establish strong MEL approaches and protocols. She has a BSc in Marketing and Mandarin from Clemson University, and an MA in Global Affairs & Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Hastings Chipungu, MS
Economist

Hastings is a graduate of the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, where he received his MSc in Impact Evaluation for International Development. He has extensive project management/monitoring and evaluation experience of public sector development projects funded by both the Malawi Government and international development institutions such as the World Bank, the African Development Bank and other international development agencies. He has worked with beneficiary institution and communities, enhancing their capacity for participatory M&E of water and sanitation projects through training. Hastings joins Causal Designs Malawi Office, where he focuses on project management, Monitoring and Evaluation of development interventions withing the Causal Design portfolio. He also holds both an MA in Economics and a Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University of Malawi’s’ Chancellor College.

William Hall, MA
Research Analyst

Will is a graduate of the University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies, where he received an M.A. in Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration (GFTEI) with concentrations in developmental finance and data analysis. Before GFTEI, Will’s work in banking, a variety of NGOs such as the International Rescue Committee (IRC), and with Denver’s Rohingya community shaped his drive for building financial inclusion into development programming. Previous to Causal Design, Will’s interest in human centered design applied toward developing markets led him to internship and then consulting opportunities with International Development Enterprises (iDE), where he worked in database management. His background in Mandarin also allowed him to translate policy documents as an undergraduate student, and unravel Chinese institutional interactions in South East Asian political economies as a graduate student.

Alex Porter, MA
Researcher/Economist

Alex is a mixed methods researcher who blends his background in macro-level human development modelling with his experience conducting fieldwork to bring a unique perspective to research and evaluation. Alex is well-versed in quantitative methods, data visualization, and trend analysis, but his interests increasingly lie in qualitative methods and applied political economy analysis. Recently, he conducted a real-time evaluation of an emergency cash voucher program for Mercy Corps in Nigeria and a midline evaluation of a large-scale refugee and host service delivery program for UNICEF in Ethiopia. Before joining Causal Design, Alex worked as a researcher conducting Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) support research for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Southern Africa, Uganda, Ethiopia, Honduras, and Guatemala. He holds an Master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School for International Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Bellarmine University.