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Our Mission

Number One

Train the next generation in using data for development in underserved communities.

Number Two

Build demand and capacity for data use  in social impact organizations.

Number Three

Connect those trained on data use with the growing market for their skills.

Our Mission
Our Vision
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Our Vision

A world where data analytics drives development. 


A next generation of empowered data to insight specialists or, what we’d like to call, a next generation of John Snows.


Who was John Snow?
John Snow was an English physician in the 1800s commonly known as a founder of epidemiology. He is best known for his use of a point-based mapping system to track and minimize the English cholera epidemic by connecting it to a specific water source. His use of data to solve a public health crisis is a driving force behind DE’s purpose.

Employees & Consultants (click on photo to view bio)


Prem Durairaj, MS-MBA

Head of Program Implementation;


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Meredith Hutchins, MPH

Health Systems Strengthening Specialist



Emilie Morissette, M.Sc.

FinTech Product Developer


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Camila Ramos Vilches, MA

Diversity & Inclusion Specialist


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Mohit Shrestha, MSBA

Data Scientist



Dr. Ami Gates

Data Science and Education Expert


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Sarah McRae

Innovation Facilitator and Curriculum Designer


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Dr. Liz Onufer

Online Training Development and Delivery Expert


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Delmira Cristina Ravago Bastardo

Data Literacy & Visualization Trainer


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Carlos Rafael Soto Nava

Data Skills Trainer


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Macarena Gajardo Alister

Marketing & Communications Consultant

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Cheryl Moder

Collective Impact Expert


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Xan Paxton, MSPH

Head of Data Insights

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Rob Segan, MPH, MBA

Head of Technical Direction;


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Dr. Derek Willis, PhD

Health Economist and Global Health and Malaria Expert


Our Team
Consultants & Advisos

DE Advisory Board


Dr. Monita Baba-Djara

Program Director,

Global Health MPH

Loma Linda University

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Bobby Jefferson

Global Head of Diversity, Equity, Engagement, and Inclusion


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Dr. Joyce Malyn-Smith

Director of Strategic Initiatives, 

Workforce and Human Development 



Stephen Rahaim

Senior Principal Specialist,

Global Health


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Dr. Jonathan Schwabish

Data Visualization Specialist 

PolicyViz / Urban Institute

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Dr. James Wolff, MD

Assoc. Professor

BU School of Public Health

Our Story

Our Story

Rob and Prem met at Boston University’s Questrom School of Management in 2009. Having diverse backgrounds, they connected on their passion for development (both domestic and international), social impact, and how data could be used to benefit under served populations. Later on, they worked together in DC at Palladium, an international development government contractor, where they won more than $1B in contracts and grants for the business.

Having longstanding interests in utilizing data analytics to improve on development, Rob and Prem began their journey with Data Elevates in 2020.

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