Global Development and Sustainability Concentration

Afia Adaboh, PhD student in the Global Development and Sustainability Concentration

Afia Adaboh

Afia Adaboh is a PhD candidate and research assistant in the Center for Global Development and Sustainability (GDS). Prior to joining Heller, her research focused on social policy creation, implementation and evaluation in developing countries that aim to improve the quality of life of vulnerable and marginalized communities. Previously she worked with breadfruit farmers in Jamaica to develop a means to ensure survivability and improve fruit yield and helped to develop a comprehensive implementation and evaluation plan to reduce high maternal mortality rates in Somalia, among other projects. During her first year of her PhD, she was a data analysis research assistant at GDS for an evaluation of the Akshaya Patra Mid-day Meal program in Lucknow, India.
Elizabeth Rivera Gómez, PhD candidate studying social policy and poverty dynamics

Elizabeth Rivera Gómez

Elizabeth Rivera Gómez is a PhD candidate studying social policy and poverty dynamics. She received an MA in social policy (2012) from Brandeis University. She also earned an MA in public policy (2005) and a BS in public administration at the University of Chile. Her research interests include gender, multidimensional poverty, social indicators, social stratification, child rights and welfare economics. Her dissertation explores income mobility patterns for the middle-income groups in Chile. She leads the National Observatory of Child Rights at the Chilean Government and she teaches at the University of Chile. She worked as a consultant at the Economic Commission of Latin American and Caribbean-United Nations.

Hadi Kahalzadeh

Hadi Kahalzadeh is a doctoral student in the Global Development and Sustainability concentration.  He is studying the role of new social movements in solving social problems. He received an MA in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University, an MA in Energy Economics from the Islamic Azad University, and a BA in Economics from Allameh Tabatabai University in Tehran. Prior to joining the Ph.D. Program, Hadi worked on capacity development, monitoring and evaluation in Non-profit Organizations. In Iran, Hadi worked as an Economist in Iran's Social Security Organization for eight years. Also, He served as a member of the board for several civil-society pro-democratic organizations in Iran. These organizations focused on ethnic rights, labor movements and allyship with women. Hadi’s research interests are workforce development, labor policies and implementation of broad based partnership.
Dinar Dana Kharisma, PhD student and a research assistant in the Center for Global Development and Sustainability

Dinar Dana Kharisma

Dinar Dana Kharisma is a PhD candidate and a research assistant in the Center for Global Development and Sustainability. Prior to studying at Heller, he worked with the Government of Indonesia, mostly on the development of the National Health Insurance and conditional cash transfer programs. His main research interest is social policy evaluation in developing countries. His recent work includes an evaluation study of India’s school feeding program. He holds an MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, with a concentration in development economics and public health, as well as a BA in Economics from University of Indonesia.
Tanojkumar Meshram, doctoral student in the Global Development and Sustainability concentration

Tanojkumar Meshram

Tanojkumar Meshram has completed his Master’s degree in Public Management & Policy (2010) from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India and Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (1995) from Government College of Engineering, Amravati, India. Before joining the Ph.D. program, Tanoj has worked for 18 years in the Civil Services with the Government of India, public sector and education non-profit in the domain of operations, policy implementation, education leadership, and management. He has also played a significant role in the social movement championing the cause of victims of the caste system in India. His research interests include the policy-implementation gap in K-12 education (a topic for dissertation), inequity in education, representation of underprivileged sections in the major institutions of education governance and anti-caste social movements.

Sarah Soroui

Sarah Soroui, MS, is studying aspects of globalization and its impact on the nation-state model of welfare. She received an MS in Peace Operations from George Mason University and a BSW from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to joining the PhD Program, she worked on foreign policy issues with the U.S. Institute of Peace and then most recently with the U.S. Department of State. Her dissertation focuses on how the formation of institutions and transactions in virtual space affect traditional public finance schemes designed to support social welfare programs.