The Team

Our Team

Our team brings together decades of experience in business and development research in different organisations – local and international.

Our team has conducted research in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad, Guinea, Mali, Gambia and Ethiopia among others.


Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Timothy has over twelve years’ experience in research, monitoring and evaluation roles in over ten African countries working with research organisations and large  

non-governmental organisations. Timothy has led the set up and management of research teams for projects of varied disciplines including health, gender, education, humanitarian emergency and livelihoods. He has a Bachelor’s in Statistics from Makerere University and a Master’s in Management and Information Systems: Change and Development from University of Manchester. Timothy is passionate about growing the practice of evidence based decision making on the African continent.  

Emmanuel Nshakira
Rukundo, PhD

Co-founder and Head of Research

Emmanuel is a Health and Development Economist whose broad research focuses on health, agriculture and social protection. He has worked or conducted research in Uganda, Kenya, 

Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Zambia, and Namibia. His current research focuses on health insurance programs in Uganda and Rwanda, cash transfers, COVID-19 in Africa and the role of behavioural determinants of social development such as the role of aspirations. He has published in leading health and development journals and his work has been featured in The Economist. Emmanuel has a Bachelor in Development Economics (Makerere University), Master of International Development (IDS Sussex University) and PhD in Development Economics (University of Bonn).

Emmanuel is also a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Food and Resource Economics at the University of Bonn.

Bisrat Haile
Gebrekidan, PhD

Senior Research Associate

Bisrat is a Data Scientist and an Agricultural Economist. He researches on land use modelling and agricultural intensification, environmental shocks and more recently, on COVID-19 in Africa. 

He uses econometrics, agent-based modelling and machine learning algorithms to find solutions to various research questions. He has a Bachelor of Economics (Arba Minch University), Master of Development Management (Ruhr Bochum), Master of Development Economics (University of Western Cape), Master of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Economics (University of Bonn) and a PhD in Agricultural Economics (University of Bonn).

Bisrat is also a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Food and Resource Economics at the University of Bonn

Ms Caroline Noel

Research Associate

Caroline is a nutritionist and a public health professional by training. She has recently coordinated project research activities for the Anemia Implementation Science Initiative in Uganda. 

Before that she has worked as a nutrition officer for UNICEF and as a Nutritionist and research assistant for a number of project interventions in Uganda. Caroline has a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Kyambogo University) and a Master of Public Health (University of Nottingham).


Research Associate

Joseph is a  Statistician and Data Analyst with interest in organizing and analysing quantitative data into usable and actionable forms.  He has more than 6 years’ experience in which he has supported 

research studies on varied programmatic areas including Education, Health, Livelihoods and Early Childhood Development among others. His skills span quantitative and qualitative data analysis, research management, database systems management and monitoring and evaluation.

Joseph holds a Master of Statistics and a Bachelor of Science in Business Statistics both from Makerere University.


Research Associate

Irene is a Population and Reproductive health Scientist with keen interest in field research management, qualitative and quantitative research and quality control. She has more than 5 years’ experience in which 

she has worked on research assignments for academia, local and international NGOs and the National Statistical Office. Her key research interests include sexual and reproductive health, family planning and HIV.

Irene holds a Master of Science in Population and Reproductive Health, a Bachelor of Science in Population Studies both from Makerere University and training in monitoring and evaluation from the Uganda Management Institute.