Causal Design is a for-profit public benefit corporation. Our team of humanitarians, researchers, project managers, and evaluation experts merged 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.

Keith B. Ives, MIDP | Co-Founder and President

Keith is a leader and logistics guru 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.


Reimar Macaranas, MIDP | Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer

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.

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.

Beth Maclin, MPH | Researcher

Beth is a mixed methods researcher and former journalist. She joins Causal Design as a consultant focusing on qualitative methods for evaluation and research. In the past decade, her work has covered topics ranging from the stigmatization of survivors of sexual violence in eastern Congo and drivers of political violence in Bangladesh to the challenges of reintegration of former combatants in central Africa. Beth holds a MPH from Boston University where she concentrated in epidemiology and a bachelor’s degree in communications and political science from Simmons College. Her research interests include identifying the needs of those impacted by humanitarian crises through a gender-inclusive lens and potential points for intervention.


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.


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).

Kati Lebioda, MA | Director of Learning and Organizational Management

Kati joins Causal Design after several years working in the U.S. higher education sector. Her in-depth knowledge of higher education policy and finance stems from both her experiences in admissions and student services offices and her work analyzing state and national policy for an association of college presidents. Kati holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in American culture from the University of Michigan. Kati is passionate about educational equity, lifelong learning, and thinking in creative and innovative ways about our future.


Sonita Khun, MBA | Program Manager

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).


Taya Rizk, MIDP | Business Development Coordinator

Taya Rizk is a graduate of the McCourt School of Public Policy, 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. She speaks Arabic and French and has worked on various community development projects with refugees and women in in Egypt, an agriculture and nutrition project in Ghana, and community awareness workshops in Uganda.

Nathan Rupp | Research Analyst

Nathan is a recent graduate from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University where he received his MPP in urban and economic development policy. Before coming to Causal Design, he worked with the city of the District of Columbia to better understand the ways in which public transit impacts affordable housing. Additionally, he was a research fellow at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. After receiving his BA in philosophy at Eckerd College, Nathan lived in South Korea, Baton Rouge, and Charlottesville where he taught English, organized community gardening projects, and was an AmeriCorps VISTA. In his free time, Nathan is an amateur poet and linguist and was the founder and editor-at-large of the GWU policy podcast, WonkCast.


Antoñio Dorado | Business & Operations Manager

Antonio draws on years of experience managing operations under intense political climates. Serving as a Marine for eight years, including a tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, taught him the level of understanding, leadership, and diligence required to ensure the success of a team. He further strengthened his knowledge around international policy and conflict resolution with a double major in Political Science and International Studies from California State University, East Bay. Before bringing his fresh energy to the Causal Design team, he was conducting research on strategic partnerships, specifically regarding the relationship between the United States, Philippines, and Japan.

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