Associated Consultants

Moonshot Global maintains a network of Associated Consultants, all of whom bring specialized knowledge and experience as well as a record of success with their own clients—such organizations asACDI/VOCA, African Development Bank, Consultative Group to Assist,Control Union, FHI360, Florida International University, the Poor, GSMA, Grameen Foundation,GSMA, Nathan Associates, NetHope, UNCDF, and UNICEF.

  • Barbra Bearden, based in Washington, D.C., is a strategic communications consultant with more than 10 years’ international development experience under projects for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other development organizations. Her technical expertise includes project management, event planning, public relations, new media marketing, stakeholder engagement, focus group facilitation, messaging development, training, and knowledge-exchange events. These skills add value to corporate partnerships and stakeholder outreach campaigns with effective messaging and across multiple platforms. Her in-country experience includes Cameroon, Iraq, Palestine, Rwanda, and Yemen. She holds a M.A. in International Communication from American University and a B.A. in New Media Communication from Centenary College of Louisiana.
  • Anne-Marie Iskandar, based in Egypt, is an investment advisory consultant with expertise in regional integration, investment promotion, resource mobilization, and business in Africa. Her experience includes promoting African trade and investment through the Africa 2017 Forum, advising the Cairo Governorate in Egypt on upgrading its institutional capacities, and advising Jordan on investment policy and promotion through the World Bank Group’s Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice. Earlier in her career, she was a marketing officer with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Regional Investment Agency as well as a fundraiser, project manager, and marketing coordinator for the Fair Trade Egypt Foundation. She holds a Master’s in Economics and Regional Integration from the University of Buenos Aires and a B.A. in International Business from Concordia University.
  • Monica Jerbi, based in Washington, D.C., is a strategic communications consultant with 25 years of experience, much of it with an international development focus. She specializes in conceptualizing and then implementing behavioral, attitudinal, and informational communications campaigns reaching diverse audiences. This expertise includes analyzing quantitative and qualitative audience research; developing messages sensitive to socio-cultural, geographic, or other demographic differences; delivering messages in ways that inform, influence, and motivate; and harnessing information and communications technologies to develop, deliver, monitor, and assess these messages. She holds a Master of International Service from American University and a B.A. in Journalism from Western Washington University.
  • Z. Joe Kulenovic, based in Miami, is a senior economist and investment advisory and partnerships consultant with over two decades of diverse professional experience in international trade and economic development, combining World Bank and USAID project know-how with hands-on experience. His areas of specialty include public-private partnerships and stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, innovation and entrepreneurship, industry value chains and cluster development, infrastructure, urban and regional development, competitiveness benchmarking, economic impact analysis, and general project management. His recent field experience includes Colombia, India, Turkey, Morocco, Vietnam, and El Salvador. He holds a M.A. in International Economics and International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University and B.A. in International Studies from the University of Belgrade.
  • Dr. Karin Millet, based in Vienna and Washington, D.C., is an investment advisory and impact measurement consultant with more than 30 years of experience in investment climate and export development policy, industry competitiveness analysis, foreign direct investment and private sector development in Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She currently advises the Partnership for Transparency Fund to reduce corruption in developing countries as well as advises the Regional Trade and Investment project, under the Earth Institute’s Millennium Cities Initiative, working with secondary cities in Ghana, Ethiopia, and Tanzania. Previously, Dr.  Millett was head of the World Bank Group’s Investment Climate Advisory Services hub in Vienna, Austria, working with countries in the Eastern Europe/Central Asia to undertake legal and regulatory reform to improve investment climate and governance. She holds a Ph.D in Organizational Behavior/Higher Education Administration from the University of Denver.
  • Ana Beatriz Organero, based in Milan, is a digital communications consultant with 20 years of experience. Her expertise includes graphic design for digital and print publications, social media marketing, web design, project management, business strategy, publicity, photography, and video editing. She has done visual communication and web design work for the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and CFI Haiti. Her technical skills include Joomla!, WordPress, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and HTML 5. She holds a Master in Communication Technology from HEAD Genève and a bachelor’s in Visual Communication from HEAD – Genève, Geneva University of Art and Design.
  • Neeran Saraf, based in Washington, D.C., is a senior information technology (IT) and knowledge management consultant with more than 30 years of experience in the development and implementation of enterprise-wide IT strategies, information and solutions architecture, monitoring and evaluation, and technical project management. Her skills and expertise include using existing and emerging technologies when planning IT strategies and designing IT solutions, defining the enterprise business requirements, and applying appropriate technologies to deliver IT products and solutions aligned with immediate and future growing business needs. She has worked in various environments mentoring and leading teams locally and overseas, bridging the business and language culture gaps. She holds a master’s in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management from Kent State University as well as a M.S. in Computer Science from George Mason University.
  • Jill Shemin, based in West Africa, is a digital development and impact measurement consultant working at the interface of mobiles and information and communications technologies (ICTs) and bottom of the pyramid products and scalable service delivery. She brings hands-on operational experience evaluating how the digital landscapes and enabling environments work in different countries, where the barriers are, and where players are most active to generate solutions where donors can be most effective. Her skills and expertise includes public-private partnerships and stakeholder engagement combining development impact with commercial value-adds; program design that inherently incorporate learnings, learning from failures, and scalability; change management for more data-driven decision making; and research engagement for impact analysis, user-centered market research, and data mining to understand uptake. She holds a B.S. in International Agriculture Development and Environmental Studies from Cornell University.
  • Dr. Karl Van Orsdol, based in San Francisco, is a global energy and sustainability consultant with more than 30 years of experience in environmental management and compliance, impact measurement and sustainability, energy management, and the implementation of enterprise-wide energy information analytics. He has served as team leader on a groundbreaking and award-winning energy and carbon accounting and management program. Over his career, Dr. Van Orsdol has worked with many national governments and municipalities tacking environmental and energy challenges in Africa and Asia while on assignment by the World Bank, African Development Bank, and U.S. Department of State. He was formerly a Principal Consultant in DNV GL’s Sustainable Buildings and Communities Group and the Chief Global Strategist for Energy and Sustainability at Hewlett Packard. He earned his Ph.D from Cambridge University in England and his B.A. from Grinnell College.
  • Rachel Zedeck, based in Bangkok, is an agriculture and innovation consultant with more than 15 years of experience working with social enterprises in the agriculture sector, including the one she founded—The Backpack Farm Agriculture Program, an internationally recognized social enterprise and provider of training to more than 20,000 smallholder farmers in Kenya and South Sudan. Her ventures have received accolades including the 2010 UNEP/UNDP SEED Award for “green” enterprise, 2012 GSBI Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship and the 2013 KATERVA award for sustainable design in commercial agriculture. Her specialties include strategic analysis, business modelling, Rural Supply Chain Management (SCM), strategic risk, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Foreign Direct Investment Models (FDI), private equity, rural microfinance, sustainable development, agribusiness, and food security. She earned a M.A. in International Security Studies from Bradford University and a B.A. in International Relations from George Mason University.