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.

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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)

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Mariangela Ugel Arcila

Data Literacy & Visualization Trainer


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Cheryl Moder

Collective Impact Expert


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Xan Paxton, MSPH

Head of Data Insights

Data Elevates

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Delmira Cristina Ravago Bastardo

Data Literacy & Visualization Trainer



Emilie Morissette, M.Sc.

FinTech Product Developer



Prem Durairaj, MS-MBA

Head of Business Strategy and Operations; Co-Founder

Data Elevates

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Liz Onufer, Ph.D.

Online Training Development and Delivery Expert


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Rob Segan, MPH, MBA

Head of Technical Direction;


Data Elevates

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Camila Ramos Vilches, MA

Diversity & Inclusion Specialist



DE Advisory Board


Dr. Monita Baba-Djara

Program Director,

Global Health MPH

Loma Linda University

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Dr. Joyce Malyn-Smith

Director of Strategic Initiatives, 

Workforce and Human Development 


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Darlene Irby

Executive Director,

Digital Health

Pathfinder International


Stephen Rahaim

Senior Principal Specialist,

Global Health


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Bobby Jefferson

Chief Technology Officer

DAI 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

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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