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, Uganda 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 Ntakirutimana

Data Manager

Amani is one of the most experienced field researchers in Rwanda and works with Laterite as a Data Manager. 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 Rajashekar

Research 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.

Arcade Nsengiyumva

Field Supervisor

Arcade studied Information Technology, with a Major in Information Management, at the Adventist University of Central Africa. He's worked for over 7 years in the research field and prior to joining Laterite, he worked as an Monitoring & Evaluation Administrator, Sustainability Advisor and Accountant at Technosorve, a Research Field Manager at IPA, and a Field supervisor & Enumerator with J-PAL and Insicive Africa.

Christine Mwangi

Senior Finance and Operations Manager

Christine is Laterite’s Senior Finance and Operations Manager, heading the finance function and leading the accounting and office management team. Prior to joining Laterite, she worked as a Senior Auditor at KPMG Kenya where she led financial statement audits and assurance reviews for multinationals and local companies. She also facilitated trainings with the Learning and Development team. Her experience also includes working as an Internal Auditor in a micro-finance institution in Kenya. She holds an MSc Commerce (Finance and Accounting) from KCA University and is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Christine Nishimwe

Office Administrator

Christine Nishimwe works as Laterite's Office Administator. Christine is very experienced in coordinating and supervising field data collection teams. Before joining Laterite full time, she worked as an Enumerator, Field Coordinator and also Field Supervisor in different projects like Girl Hub Rwanda implemented by Imbuto foundation, Keep Girls at School coordinated by Care International - Rwanda, 12+ project, Girl Effect Rwanda, Drop-out Project, MRC Project and many others. Christine holds a Diploma in Agriculture and Rural Development from University of Rwanda and Bachelor's in Enviromental Studies from UNILAK (University of Lay Adventist of Kigali) to be completed in 2019.

Denis Kamugisha

Data 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 Shida

Senior 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 Stoelinga

Managing 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 Kalisa

Data 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 Farbrace

Research Associate

Emily is a Research Associate at Laterite, who specialises in agriculture-related research conducted at Laterite’s Rwanda and Kenya offices. She studied for a bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and has a Master’s degree in Agriculture and Rural Development from the University of East Anglia, UK. Emily has extensive experience conducting research in East Africa having worked on a multitude of projects at Laterite for over 3 years. Her background experience includes working as a field assistant on remote sensing technology in Spain and in a lead advisory role at a non-governmental organization working on technical capacity development in Cambodia.

Ezron Mucyo

Qualitative Field Supervisor

Esron Mucyo works as a Qualitative Field Supervisor. He also helps in leading and managing Quantitative projects from time to time. Prior to joining Laterite full-time, he worked as an enumerator and team leader on a couple of projects including but not limited to MRC, IDS, LARS III, FSI, and SMART CAMPAIGN. He worked as Senior Field Fixing for Iwacu Tours and Travel working collaboratively with Dalberg. He also worked as a Marketing and Sales Executive for Airtel Rwanda. Esron Holds a Bachelor's degree in Management with Concentration in Insurance from Southern New Hampshire University.

Fabiola Niwenshuti

Senior 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.

Faith Kariuki

Finance and Accounts Associate

Faith is a Finance and Accounts Associate at Laterite, managing the finance and operations for the Kenya office. Prior to joining Laterite, she worked as a Finance and Accounting Analyst at Cytonn Investments Management PLC. She is well versed in Financial Reporting and Analysis, Budgeting and Costs Controlling techniques, Taxation, Cash flow and Stakeholder Management. She holds hers Bachelors in Commerce with a Finance major from the Multimedia University of Kenya and is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Fitsum Dagmawi

Data 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 García

Research 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 Rao

Research 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.

Jacques Niyonshuti

Assistant 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.  

Janvier Ishimwe

HR Operations Associate

Janvier is Laterite's HR Operations Associate, leading the recruitment process, maintaining enumerator and employee database, and supporting employee growth. Prior to joining Laterite, he worked as HR Coordinator at Kepler where he was in charge of coordinating recruitment process and performance management, leading new hire orientation, managing employee data in the HR software, and updating HR policies. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications with a Concentration in Business from Southern New Hampshire University.

Jean Baptiste Muhoza

Data Manager

Jean Baptiste works as a Data Manager and specializes in the management of field teams and research logistics. Before joining Laterite’s team full time, he worked as an Enumerator, Field Coordinator 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, Winrock International Study on Prevalence of Child Labor in Tea Growing Areas and the evaluation of the MenCare + Bandebereho programme for Promundo. He has considerable experience coordinating and supervising large teams of over 50 enumerators and managing complex data collection operations. In addition to his work at Laterite, he has worked 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 Rukundo

Data Operations Associate

Jean Claude works as a Data Operations Associate at Laterite. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural economics and Agribusiness from the University of Rwanda. He has over 6 years of experience in field research activities, managing data collection teams and leading complex field work activities. 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 Endline Field Preparation of year 1 of 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), and he also worked at the International NGO Catholic Relief Services (CRS) as a Field Team Leader.

Jean D’Amour Sinayobye

Assistant 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.

Juliet Kalimba

Senior Field Supervisor

Juliet Kalimba is one of the experienced women in data collection, logistics, field team management in the country. She works as Senior Field Supervisor at Laterite. Before joining Laterite's Data Team fulltime, she participated in different projects like Reach-T project implemented by Winrock International; A Study on the Prevalence of Child Labor in Tea Growing Areas in Rwanda, Keeping Girls at School governed by Care International, 12+ project, PROMUNDO/BANDEBEREHO, Cook Stoves (study on the health and poverty effects of cooking practices), Girl Effect Rwanda and many others. She has acted as an Enumerator, Field Coordinator and Field Supervisor. Juliet also worked with Compassion International as an Accountant and an NGO called Practical Action as a Promotion and Marketing Assistant for Cook-Stove Producers Cooperatives. Juliet holds a Bachelor's in Commerce and Applied Economics (with Honors) in Finance from University of Rwanda.

Linda Uwizera Mihigo

Data Operations Associate

Linda works as a Data Operations Associate at Laterite. Prior to joining Laterite, she worked as a Segment Marketing Specialist at Tigo Rwanda. She has experience in market research and marketing. She lead the value propositions of MFS, VAS and International Business. She holds her Bachelor's degree in Agriculture and Rural Development from the University of Rwanda and MBA in Project Management from the University of Kigali.

Loes van der Velde

Research Analyst

Loes works as a Research Analyst at Laterite. She has a Master's degree in Development Economics from Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands, in addition to undergraduate and Master's degrees in International Business Administration from VU University Amsterdam. Prior to joining Laterite, Loes has built a broad background with experience in research, policy, and the private sector. She did field research in rural Uganda and Rwanda and interned as a policy officer at the Great Lakes team of the Sub Saharan Africa department of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Lydie Shima

Data Manager

Lydie currently works as a Data Manager with Laterite and specializes in the implementation of field operations and the management of teams and logistics. Before joining Laterite’s data team full time, she worked on a number of qualitative and quantitative research projects as Field Supervisor and Note-taker. Lydie has experience leading nation-wide projects and managing large teams. Projects she worked on include an impact evaluation of a community level program (Indashyikirwa) designed to prevent gender-based violence for the South African Medical Research Council and an impact evaluation of an asset building program (12+) designed to build pre-pubescent girls’ social, health and economic assets for the Rwanda Ministry of Health. Lydie holds a Bachelors Degree with Honours in Agribusiness and Rural Development from the University of Rwanda.

Maggie Wilson

Research Associate

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 Sehtia

Data 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'Doherty

Country Director

Mike is Laterite Rwanda’s Country Director and specializes in program evaluation, econometrics and policy analysis. He has extensive experience in of large-scale programme evaluations in UK government and in Rwanda he has managed research projects on education, gender based violence, financial inclusion and taxation. Before joining Laterite, he worked as an economist for 8 years in the UK Civil Service, most recently managing a large research team at HM Revenue and Customs responsible for compliance strategy and evaluation. He holds a Master in Economics from Queen Mary University of London (UK) and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Cambridge (UK).

Narcisse Mutabaruka

Senior Field Supervisor

Narcisse serves as a Senior 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 Muhire

Finance & 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 Cheriyan

Data 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.

Priya Vedavalli

Data 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.

Rayner Tabetando

Research Analyst

Rayner is a Research Analyst with Laterite. He specializes in project/program monitoring and evaluation. Prior to joining Laterite he worked as a Research Associate with JICA Research Institute in Tokyo. Rayner has also served as post-doctoral fellow at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. He holds a Master degree in Economics from the International University of Japan and a PhD in Development Studies from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo.

Samuel Nzaramba

Research 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 Gathani

Managing 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 Buzby

Senior Research Associate

Serafina is a Senior Research Associate at Laterite and oversees a portfolio of research and evaluation projects in Rwanda. She specializes in research on health and social issues, research methods, and project management. Prior to joining Laterite, she managed donor-funded international development programs and has experience in program design, implementation and field operations, and monitoring and evaluation. She holds a M.S. in Public Health for Development from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University.

Zia Khan

Research Analyst

Zia is a Research Analyst at Laterite. He completed his bachelors in Economics from the University of Delhi and Masters in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford. His interests include econometrics, impact evaluation, football and gaming.