BiographyI am a professor and consultant of International Development. Originally from California, I have lived and worked in Japan and Spain, and for the past 20 years have been based in the Republic of Panama. My professional interests revolve around exploring how we can use knowledge and education to propel healthy global development and reduce inequality.My education includes a BA from Stanford University, an MBA from IESE in Barcelona, and a PhD from Tulane University. Ongoing research projects focus on higher education and international cooperation as means to facilitating knowledge transfer for social change.
Currently, I direct the Panama programming for Tulane University’s Master of Science in International Development. This includes a series of intensive travel-study courses, online classes and in-country internships with United Nations agencies in Panama, the regional UN hub for Latin America and the Caribbean. I also conduct research and consult for the UN and other development organizations. Prior to entering academia, I worked for the UN and helped establish the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean in Panama. I sit on the boards of various NGOs and associations and have also worked with public and private sector entities in Panama to draft national policy documents and recommendations for improved education, research and social development.
I have been fortunate to work on development initiatives across sectors all over the world, which has given me a broad-based, comprehensive view of knowledge and development themes. I constantly seek new projects and partners and am accessible through this website or at [email protected]
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My research and consulting projects focus on higher education, capacity development and international cooperation as means to facilitating knowledge transfer for social change.
Travel, yoga, reading, running and cooking