Jessica Berlin, FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR

Jessica Berlin, FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR

Jessica Berlin is a foreign policy expert turned entrepreneur with a knack for turning ideas into reality. After ten years working with public, private, academic, and nonprofit organizations around the world, she founded CoStruct to forge new approaches to responsible business and sustainable development. She holds a Master of Science in Political Economy of Emerging Markets from King's College London and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Tufts University.

Dr. Nicolas friederici, innovation advisor

Dr. Nicolas friederici, innovation advisor

Dr. Nicolas Friederici is an expert on digital entrepreneurship and innovation hubs in emerging markets. He has done research and analytical work for the Oxford Internet Institute and the World Bank, covering cities from Lagos through Yerevan to Dhaka. Nicolas holds a doctorate from Oxford University, an Master of Arts from Michigan State, and a Diplom from the University of Cologne. He is a Clarendon and Fulbright Scholar.

wadzi motsi-khatai, programs & strategy advisor

wadzi motsi-khatai, programs & strategy advisor

Wadzi Motsi-Khatai is a strategy, policy and development professional. She has broad experience working with policy makers, having managed a full portfolio of public health programs in Southern Africa. As a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, she also supported governance and civil society organizations in Europe, Asia, North and West Africa on program development and implementation. Wadzi has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Grinnell College. 

 
Riley brandt, TECHNICAL ADVISOR

Riley brandt, TECHNICAL ADVISOR

Riley Brandt is a mechanical engineer and materials scientist specializing in renewable energy and medical devices. He is especially interested in leveraging the rapid growth in inexpensive computing hardware to design low-cost tech solutions and renewable energy, and has co-founded a medical device start-up. He holds a Ph.D. and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.

 

LIANA NEWTON, COMMUNICATIONS

LIANA NEWTON, COMMUNICATIONS

Liana Newton is a communications strategist with a background in public relations and business development. Her experience includes creating, editing, and publishing communication materials for the world’s largest defense contractor and supporting attorney/client relations for a major global law firm. Liana holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Corporate Public Relations from Drexel University.

FELIX HAaS, Myanmar Country representative

FELIX HAaS, Myanmar Country representative

Felix Haas is an industrial policy and private sector development specialist. Based in Myanmar, he works with the public and private sector to build partnerships between entrepreneurs, policymakers, investors, and researchers that promote sustainable, commercially viable business innovation. He holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technische Universität Berlin, and studied management at Toulouse Business School.

THOMAS DÜNWALD, RESEARCH ASSISTANT

THOMAS DÜNWALD, RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Thomas Dünwald is an environmentalist and passionate about ideas that have the potential to make the world a bit better. He holds a Master of Science of Environmental Management from the University of Kiel and a Bachelor of Science of Geography and Urban Planning from the University of Hamburg. Thomas has lived and worked in several countries and has experience as a social worker and teacher in Germany.

GARRETT HeMANN, TECHNICAL ADVISOR

GARRETT HeMANN, TECHNICAL ADVISOR

Garrett Hemann is a robotics engineer focusing on long-range mobile autonomy.  His technology EXPERTISE fuels his passion for education and MAKING tech MORE ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE. He is co-founder of an ed- tech startup that measures collaboration of students in group projects. Garrett has a Master of Science in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from MIT.