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 policymakers 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.

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Co-Founder and CEO

Keith is a project and policy leader passionate about evidence-based decision-making in development economics and humanitarian response. 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 COO

Reimar is a subject area expert in cash transfer programs, labor markets, and agricultural policy with a focus on east Africa and southeast Asia. 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 a number of organizations including; USAID, Mercy Corps, Oxford Policy Management, World Vision, iDE, the World Bank, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, GUI2DE (Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation) and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency – Office of Program Evaluation.

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 the project manager and principal investigator of USAID’s Myanmar Analytical Activity. Outside of work and evaluations, Matt maintains 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.

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.

Nathan Ives, MA
Country Manager, Cambodia

Nathan is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he received an 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 Ph.D. 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 Scopus-indexed journals).

Kristen Schubert, MA
Senior 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.

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Christy Lazicky, MPA/ID
Economist, Impact Evaluation Lead

Christy is an economist who brings over ten years of experience designing and conducting impact evaluations across Africa and Asia. Prior to joining Causal Design, Christy oversaw the technical design and execution of a portfolio of evaluations at IDinsight, with a particular focus in the micro-enterprise, humanitarian and livelihoods sectors. She has also managed several impact evaluations through previous roles at London Business School in Uganda, Rwanda and Ghana and with MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in South Africa. Christy holds a MPA in International Development (MPA/ID) from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Dartmouth College.

Alex Porter, MA
Researcher/Economist

Alex is a mixed-methods researcher who blends his background in macro-level human development modeling 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 a 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.

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 loan 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.

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 institutions 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 within 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.

Sophie Turnbull, MA
MERL Specialist

Sophie Turnbull is a MERL and qualitative data specialist with experience in data collection, coding and analysis, and reporting for international development and humanitarian interventions. She has worked on evaluations for a range of clients, including USAID, the US Department of State, US Department of Defense, UNICEF, and DFID, on interventions covering numerous topics, including nutrition, WASH, social protection, livelihoods, basic service provision, resilience, and including a youth- and gender-sensitive approaches. Sophie brings a detail-oriented, systematic, and reflective approach to her work, with a view to improving and streamlining processes to ensure rigor, consistency, and efficiency. Additionally, she is proficient in using CAQDA software to clean, code, and analyze data – this includes dedoose, Nvivo, and MaxQDA.

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).

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 correspond directly with Causal Design’s mission to expand cultures of evidence within the organizations we work with.

Isabella Olson
Business Development Coordinator

Isabella is an international development professional with a strong focus on gender empowerment and new business. Before joining Causal Design, she served as a Peace Corps Education Volunteer in the northern region of Ethiopia. In addition to her teaching duties, Isabella started several projects related to gender empowerment and reproductive health, for both girls and boys. Since her return from Ethiopia in 2019, she has dedicated herself to the field of business development and project management, working with both private and public sector clients alike. Isabella earned her B.A. in History from the University of Vermont.

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Asabea Amaniampong, MA
Research Analyst

An economist by training, Asabea joins Causal Design as a Research Analyst, providing economic development and data analysis support to our impact evaluation practice. She brings applied experience in M&E, qualitative methods, and quantitative methods, as well as a geographic specialization in West Africa. Asabea began her career with the Pardee Center for International Futures, leading analysis and research on political, economic, and demographic data as a Research Aide. She graduated from the University of Denver in 2021 with an MA in Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration.