Laterite is a data, research and technical advisory firm that helps clients understand and analyse complex development challenges.
We define ourselves by our ability to embrace and deploy innovative research technologies and methodologies. We use an anti-disciplinary approach, borrowing methods not only from econometrics but other fields as well. Incorporating these latest innovations in our project work and introducing them to our clients motivates us. We strive to play an active role in transforming development research, to make it more rigorous and impactful.
We believe that impact is a long-term endeavour that requires being embedded in the local context. It requires building a local team, collecting high-quality primary data, understanding the context, establishing close working relationships with key players and understanding their constraints and motivations. As a result, we only conduct research where we have a local presence.
Laterite is a rapidly growing organization: we experienced a 146% increase in days of field work from 2015 to 2016!
Understand the Context
Our philosophy is that you need to have an excellent understanding of the local context in order to deliver good advice in the most efficient way. By only working in countries where we have a presence on the ground, Laterite continuously invests in improving its understanding of the local context.
Work with Structure, Reason with Evidence
From design through to analysis, we aim to solve problems and conduct our operations in a very structured way, while striking the right balance between high standards of analytical rigour and practical client-focused considerations. All the insights we provide are based on empirical evidence.
Innovate at Every Opportunity
With every new challenge and opportunity, we try to innovate, always with the objective of creating new and better ways of conducting research in low-resource country contexts. The Laterite Lab catalyses our research efforts and aims to equip our teams with new research methods and techniques.
Collaborate and Build Capacity
We can only achieve our goal of bringing high quality and localised research services to the countries we operate in, by collaborating closely with our clients and building the research capacity of our local teams and the organisations we work with.
Our high-calibre research and data teams and relentless focus on data-quality
Our in-depth knowledge of the local context, sharpened by major research projects
Synergies across the 3 practice areas, which combine the ability to collect data, analyse and advise
Our drive for innovation and progress to enhance the way we understand and analyse data
Laterite currently operates offices in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, India and the Netherlands.
Our philosophy is to only work in countries where we have a presence on the ground.
Laterite is led by a team of entrepreneurial professionals who are passionate about transforming the way development research is done. Our research team has degrees from some of the world’s top universities and vast experience delivering research in emerging markets.
Our data collection team is recruited from the best local universities and are rigorously trained. We are proud to be a culturally diverse organisation and are also very proud of our office culture that is hard working, but relaxed, non-hierarchical, and fun!
Amani NtakirutimanaData Manager
Amani is one of the most experienced field researchers in Rwanda and works with Laterite as a Senior Field Supervisor. He specializes in operations management, field logistics and the training of survey teams. At Laterite Amani has directly managed large survey teams and projects involving complex logistics. In addition to Laterite, Amani has worked on major research projects for Innovation for Poverty Action (IPA), the Abdul Latif Jameel Povery Action Lab (J-PAL), and the World Bank. He holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST).
Anirudh RajashekarResearch Associate
Anirudh is a research associate at Laterite who specializes in field surveys, and spatial and econometric analysis. He holds a Masters degree in City Planning from MIT and a BA in Economics and History from Amherst College. Anirudh's background includes a stint in education as a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia, a business development manager at the World Toilet Organization in Singapore, and various projects with the city of Bangalore (India) and Detroit (USA). He was most recently a research assistant at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington DC, where he worked on a nationwide survey of mortgage shopping behavior, and a survey of Alternative Financial Services usage among financially distressed households. His interests are diverse but largely center around urban infrastructure and planning in emerging economy cities.
Bélise KangabeSenior Data Manager
Bélise is a Data Manager and specializes in the management of field teams, operations, and qualitative methods. She has led large data collection projects at Laterite and leads a lot of our qualitative work. Bélise's work experience includes a public sector position at Rwanda's Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) as well as a private sector position in a British market research firm. Bélise holds a Bachelors Degree with Honours from the Glasgow Caledonian University in Social Sciences with Politics and Sociology.
Denis KamugishaData Quality Analyst
Denis works as a Data Quality Analyst at Laterite. Before joining Laterite’s Data Team full time, he worked as an enumerator, field coordinator and most recently as a Field Supervisor on a number of qualitative and quantitative research projects including a social protection case study for the FAO, a Winrock International study on the prevalence of child labor in tea growing areas in Rwanda and the GSMA/TIGO Rwanda Connected Women Program. In addition to his work at Laterite, Denis has worked with the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR-Rwanda), Tigo Rwanda as a Business Research Analyst and at a local social protection NGO – Safer Rwanda. He holds a BSc in Applied Statistics from the University of Rwanda.
Dieudonne ShidaSenior Field Supervisor
Dieudonne works as Senior field supervisor at Laterite.Prior to joining the data team full time,Dieudonne has worked as Enumerator,Field coordinator and Field supervisor.He worked on a number of quantitative research such that Technoserve,Teacher Training academy(Plan International),Girl Hub Rwanda,KGAS,Kigali Panel,12+ Baseline,Word Bank Baseline line survey on Land water husbandry,Winrock International study on prevalennce of child labor in tea growing areas,Cookstoves,Spark Endline, not to mention but a few. He interned in Tigo as Network Operations Engineer and worked with Contracting companies as a Telecom Engineer. Dieudonne holds a Bsc Degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Kigali Institute of Science and Technology.
Dimitri StoelingaManaging Partner
Dimitri is one of Laterite's Founding Partners and specializes in program evaluation, econometrics and research methods. Dimitri is Greek and Dutch and has lived and worked in more than 10 countries, including Kenya, Tanzania, Mali, Zambia, Angola, India, Indonesia and Rwanda. Dimitri holds an MPA in International Development from Harvard University, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, and an MSc in Management from ESCP Europe Business School. Prior to establishing Laterite, Dimitri worked for the World Bank in Washington and Nairobi, for the UNDP in Angola, and the Delegation of the European Commission in Tanzania. He also briefly supported the Harvard Center for International Development and the KPMG/Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund. Dimitri is fluent in English, Dutch, Greek, French and Spanish.
Dominique KalisaData Quality Manager
At Laterite, Dominique is a Data Quality Manager, leading the entire Data Quality team. She holds a Master’s degree in Computational Engineering from the Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland and BSc in Applied Mathematics from the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology. Before joining Laterite, Dominique worked as an assistant lecturer at the University of Rwanda. She also has several years of experience working as a consultant for local event management firms organizing and planning large events such as conferences and exhibitions.
Emily FarbraceResearch Associate
Emily is responsible for developing and managing Laterite's innovation incubator the "Laterite Lab". Emily's background is in science and agriculture. She studied for a bachelors degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and has a Masters degree in Agriculture and Rural Development from the University of East Anglia, UK. Emily specializes in the application of new technologies for agricultural development. Her experience includes working as a field assistant on remote sensing technology in Spain and working in a lead advisory role in a non-governmental organization working on technical capacity development in Cambodia.
Fabiola NiwenshutiSenior Field Supervisor
Fabiola is currently working at Laterite as a Senior Field Supervisor. Prior to joining Laterite’s Data team full time, she worked on different projects as enumerator and translator, which include: the MRC/What Works study on Gender Based Violence, an evaluation of the 12+ Girls’ Health and Social Asset Building Program and a qualitative study for TIGO Rwanda/GSMA Connected Women Program. Her previous professional experience includes data collection at World Vision Rwanda where she conducted interviews on the WASH project, she interned with Indego Africa as a Computer trainer to its Artisan women, and she worked for Think Impact as a logistic assistant. She is a candidate for a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy at the University of Rwanda.
Fitsum DagmawiData Operations Associate
Fitsum was born and raised in Ethiopia. He holds a MBA with concentration in Project Management. He has over 8 years of experience in field research, managing data collection teams, leading operation on large-scale and complex research projects in Ethiopia.
Prior to joining Laterite, he was the Field Manager at IDInsight and worked for a number of research and data collection agencies in Ethiopia. Other roles include Qualitative field researcher and Team leader at WAAS international consultancy, a leading market and socio economy research company in Ethiopia and also a Field Research Operation Manager at the Ethiopian Economics Association.
At Laterite, Fitsum manages all the data collection teams, supervises all major field work activities, directly conducts qualitative research and providing support to the entire research team given his experience managing large data collection projects in Ethiopia. Fitsum is fluent in English, Amharic and conversant in Afan Oromo.
Francisco GarcíaResearch Analyst
Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Francisco studied Economics at the University of Munich. There he worked at the Institute of Behavioral Economics and also interned at a fresh-cut flower importer and distributor in the United States. He then moved to Barcelona where he obtained a Master's degree in Specialised Economic Analysis at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (BGSE) and collaborated with a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank. After graduating, he worked as a Research Assistant in Kampala, Uganda before joining Laterite as a Research Analyst in January 2018. Francisco is passionate about development economics and the role of the private sector as an engine for development. In his free time, he likes to hike, rock climb and read. He intends to take on photography in Ethiopia.
Ganesh RaoResearch Associate
Ganesh is a Research Associate at Laterite Ethiopia. He holds a M.Sc. (Hons.) in Economics and B.E. (Hons.) in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from BITS, Pilani – Goa Campus. His interests lie at the intersection of Economics, Impact Evaluation and Community Development. He has been a Research Associate with Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), where he worked on the Impact of Computer Adaptive Learning Project in Punjab, India. In the past, he has worked extensively with Nirmaan Organization, a national level NGO in India, and interned with Gram Power, India. He is fluent in English and Hindi.
Inigo VerduzoCountry Director
Inigo is the Rwanda Country Director at Laterite and specializes in program evaluation, econometrics and policy analysis. Before joining Laterite, he worked as a Senior Research Analyst at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) where he researched structural transformation, trade, labor productivity, and employment, as well as links between agriculture, food security and nutrition in Africa. He has also managed several data collection and survey efforts ranging from agricultural production to financial derivatives. In addition, Inigo has worked previously as a consultant for the World Bank and as a trader/analyst for the Central Bank of Mexico. He holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in Economics from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM).
Jacques NiyonshutiAssistant Office Manager & Accountant
Jacques is an Assistant Office Manager at Laterite, supporting the management and administrative needs of the Kigali office. Prior to joining Laterite, Jacques was the Chief Accountant at a local NGO and also worked in a similar capacity for a Government agency. He has a Bachelors in Information Systems and Management and a MBA from the Independent Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali.
Jean Baptiste MuhozaData Operations Associate
Jean Baptiste works at Laterite as a Data Operations Associate. Before joining Laterite’s Data Team full time, he worked as an enumerator and field supervisor on several of Laterite’s key projects including the World Bank’s LWH study, an evaluation of Techno Serve’s coffee training programs in Rwanda and Winrock’s Study of child labour in tea growing areas. Jean Baptiste has considerable experience coordinating and supervising large teams of over 40 enumerators and managing complex logistics in the field. In addition to his work at Laterite, Jean Baptiste has experience as GIS technician on KWAMP activities mapping project in Kirehe District. He holds a BSc in Geography Urban and Regional Planning from University of Rwanda.
Jean Claude RukundoSenior Field Supervisor
Jean Claude works as a Senior Field Supervisor at Laterite. Before joining Laterite’s Data Team full time, he worked as an enumerator, field coordinator and field supervisor on a number of quantitative research projects including the World Bank baseline survey on land water husbandry, the Winrock International study on the prevalence of child labor in tea growing areas in Rwanda, the MINISANTE baseline and end line field preparation of year1 12+, PROMUNDO/ RWAMREC baseline and midline survey Mencare+/BANDEBEREHO program, SPARK baseline survey. In addition to his work at Laterite, Jean Claude has worked with the Highland center for leadership and development (L4D ltd) as a Research Assistant, he has been a promoter at Society for Family Health (SFH, former PSI), he also worked at the international NGO Catholic Relief Services (CRS) as a field team leader. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural economics and Agribusiness from the University of Rwanda.
Jean D’Amour SinayobyeAssistant Office Manager & Accountant
Jean D’Amour is Assistant Office Manager and Accountant at Laterite. He specializes in Business Management and has previously worked as a Cashier and Enumerator on the Ubudehe Data Base Project for the Rwanda Local Development Supporting Fund (RLDSF). Jean d’Amour has a Bachelors Degree of Commerce from Mount Kenya University with a specialization in Accounting.
Josep CasasResearch Associate
Josep is a Research Associate at Laterite. His areas of interest are evidence based policy making, program evaluation and econometrics. Prior to joining Laterite, he worked as an intern at the OECD Development Center where he did research on public private cooperation for development policy. Josep obtained a bachelors in industrial engineering at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (BarcelonaTech) and holds a masters degree in development economics from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
Juliet KalimbaSenior Field Supervisor
Lydie ShimaData Operations Associate
Lydie currently works as a Data Operations Associate with Laterite. Before joining Laterite’s data team full time, she worked on a number of qualitative and quantitative research projects as an enumerator, field coordinator, and note-taker. Projects she had worked on include a social protection case study for the FAO, an evaluation of the World Bank’s Adolescent Girls Initiative, a prevalence study for Winrock International on child labor in tea growing areas in Rwanda, and baseline and endline evaluations for the 12+/GirlHub Program. Lydie holds a bachelor degree in Agriculture and Rural development from the University of Rwanda (College of agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine) and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
Maggie WilsonResearch Analyst
Maggie's interests are in public health, nutrition, and the application of innovative methods in development research. She holds a Masters degree in Public Health from Yale University and a Bachelors Degree in Neuroscience and Medicine, Health, and Society from Vanderbilt University. Maggie’s background includes work as a monitoring and evaluation officer at Gardens for Health International in Rwanda, a research associate in the National Cancer Institute Risk Factor Assessment Branch, and a research assistant at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. She has also worked on research and public health projects in Ecuador, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic.
Medha SehtiaData Analyst
Medha holds a Masters in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University in India (New Delhi) and a Bachelors in Business Studies from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (SSCBS), University of Delhi, also in India. Fascinated by Behavioral Economics and Econometric modeling, Medha feels strongly about working in development and has been involved with projects concerning safe work environments, sex education and body image during her academic learning and internship with Dupont India. She enjoys following ongoing macroeconomic developments for interesting trends particularly, business cycles.
MIke O'DohertyCountry Director
Narcisse MutabarukaSenior Field Supervisor
Narcisse serves as a Field Supervisor at Laterite. He excels in field logistics, team management, and leading long-term projects. He received both AA in General Studies and BA in Management with Concentration in Logistics Operations from Southern New Hampshire University. Before becoming a full-time member of Laterite's Data Team, he worked as enumerator at Laterite, he worked as Assistant IT Manager at Kepler Kigali, and he worked as Accountant and Strategic Officer at NexPals Ltd. His areas of interest are Forensic Accounting and Data Science.
Olivier MuhireFinance & Office Manager
Olivier is Laterite's Finance and Office Manager and specializes in accounting. Prior to joining Laterite, Olivier worked as an accountant at Transparency International Rwanda, at the Peace and Decentralization Enterprise of the Swiss Cooperation and at the African Evangelistic Enterprise. Olivier holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management/Accounting from Mount Kenya University, as well as an Advanced Diploma in Management from the Byumba Polytechnic Institute.
Panchi CheriyanData Analyst
Panchi Cheriyan is a Data Analyst at Laterite. She has a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Warwick, UK and an undergraduate degree in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Her areas of interest are Public Policy, Impact evaluation and Economic research.
Patrick HitayezuResearch Analyst
Patrick joined Laterite as a Research Analyst. He is an agricultural economist by training and has worked extensively the field. He joined Laterite with well-rounded research experience, having conducted studies on the economics of rural non-farm labor markets, livestock markets, land-use change, and climate change adaptation mainly in South Africa and Rwanda. Prior to joining Laterite, Patrick worked as senior agribusiness development officer with Rwanda Development Board (RDB). He has also held an academic position at Rwanda’s Higher Institute of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and a position as a monitoring and evaluation officer at the National University of Rwanda. Patrick has just completed his PhD studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). He also holds a Master's degree in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Nairobi (Kenya), and a Bachelor's degree in economics (with distinction) from National University of Rwanda.
Priya VedavalliData Analyst
Priya holds her Masters in Economics from University College London, United Kingdom (London) and Bachelors in Economics from Stella Maris College, India (Chennai). Prior to her Masters, she worked with McKinsey & Company as a Research Analyst in India (Chennai). Her areas of interest include development economics, public policy and economic history.
Samuel NzarambaResearch Analyst
At Laterite, Samuel is a Research Analyst. He holds a Master’s degree in Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University Africa and BSc in Computer Science from Makerere University. Before joining Laterite, Samuel worked as a teaching assistant at Carnegie Mellon University Africa. Samuel’s work experience also includes ERP consulting.
Sachin GathaniManaging Partner
Sachin is one of Laterite's Founding Partners and specialises in public sector strategic consulting, project management, and public policy. Born and raised in East Africa, Sachin studied and worked in the US and Latin America for more than 10 years before moving back to the region. He has undergraduate degrees in Political Economy and Business from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in International Affairs (Economic Policy & African Studies) from Columbia University. Prior to establishing Laterite, Sachin worked for the World Bank Group in Kenya, as a management consultant for several US State Governments, and as a consultant for Booz & Co in South Sudan. He also has led studies for government agencies in Djibouti and Colombia. Sachin is fluent in English, Swahili, Gujarati and conversant in Spanish.
Serafina BuzbySenior Research Associate
Steven KarakeData Team Admin
Steven works as a Data Team Administrator at Laterite. Before joining Laterite’s Data Team full time, he worked as an enumerator, field coordinator on a number of qualitative and quantitative research projects especially field preparation including MRC, Maastricht and the GSMA/TIGO Rwanda Connected Women Program. In addition to his work at Laterite, Steven has worked with Dr Uwera Claudine, a lecturer at the University of Rwanda as an enumerator on a project “The availability of water in rural areas of Rwanda”, and at the University of Rwanda as a librarian. He holds a BSc in Development Economics from the University of Rwanda.