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Resilience in outcomes-based partnerships and key considerations for Covid-19 recovery
Abha Thorat-Shah

Abha Thorat-Shah

Executive Director of Social Finance, The British Asian Trust

Abha is a founding member of The British Asian Trust and Executive Director of its Social Finance Unit. Abha has over 15 years’ experience working on strategic programmatic solutions, tackling complex issues throughout South Asia. She has been a crucial driver of the development of innovative social finance mechanisms, heightening the Trust’s entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy to meet SDG targets.

Abha has extensive experience of creating and nurturing philanthropic, business and cultural relationships between the UK and South Asia and practical experience of both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Before coming to the Trust Abha was the Chief Operating Officer of the UK India Business Council after 5 years in the Reinsurance markets in London.

She grew up in Mumbai, India and graduated with a BA in Political Science from the University of Mumbai and a BA Hons in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University.


Dr Clare FitzGerald

Research Fellow, Government Outcomes Lab, Blavatnik School of Government

Clare joined the Government Outcomes (GO) Lab in March of 2017 having completed her Ph.D. and Master’s in Public Administration from North Carolina State University in 2016 and 2013 respectively. Her research focuses largely on performance measurement and management, information use in decision-making, innovation studies, and networks.

While completing her doctorate, Clare worked as a Research Scientist at SAS Institute where she contributed to a cross-disciplinary research team charged with improving youth outcomes by creating and evaluating innovative educational software; engaging with local community stakeholders; and collaborating with experts in student learning and well-being, community development, and public policy. Clare also has professional experience in two state agencies: The North Carolina Departments of Commerce and Environmental Quality.

Clare’s research has been published and presented in a range of journals and conferences including Disasters, The American Society for Public Administration, The Academy of Management, and The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

Emily Gustaffson-Wright

Dr Emily Gustafsson-Wright

Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development Program, Brookings Institution

Dr. Gustafsson-Wright is a Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. Her current focus on effective delivery of social services including education and health interventions in developing countries has consolidated her role as a global expert on innovative financing mechanisms including payment by results, public-private partnerships and impact investing.

She is the premier thought-leader and convener in the field of social and development impact bonds and has written over a dozen publications on this cutting-edge topic including a recent series of policy briefs, which examine the success of impact bonds over the past ten years. With over 20 years of experience in development, her career has primarily focused on applied microeconomic research in human development with regional foci in Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean including conducting numerous impact evaluations. 

Her previous professional experience includes working at the World Bank, the UNICEF Innocenti Research Center, and as Senior Researcher with the Amsterdam Institute for International Development (AIID). Dr. Gustafsson-Wright holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Tinbergen Institute at the University of Amsterdam, as well as Masters of Science in Applied Economics and Finance and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She is regularly cited in the media including in the Economist, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as contributed to several books in her field.

Jalil Hazboun

Jalil Hazboun

Executive Director of Social Finance, Finance for Jobs Consulting Services

Jalil is the Executive Director of Finance for Jobs for Consulting Services (F4J-CS), a Palestinian Private Limited Company, based in Ramallah, that manages the implementation of the first Palestinian Youth Employment Development Impact Bond (DIB).
The DIB contracts and oversees Service Providers that provide employment services designed to help Palestinian youth aged (18-29) with a minimum 30% female representation, secure sustained jobs for at least 6 months.

Prior to managing the DIB implementation, Jalil worked with DAI Global as a Senior Advisor to help DAI and its Partner Social Finance, in the DIB design, who continue to provide DIB advisory support. Jalil has also worked with the International Youth Foundation (IYF) as its MENA Regional Technical Specialist, supporting local Universities and NGOs in Palestine in designing and implementing Educational, Employability and Entrepreneurship programs for youth through the USAID funded “Youth Entrepreneurship Development-YED Program.”

Jalil has also worked as a management and marketing instructor at the Faculty of Business Administration at Bethlehem University (BU), from 2005 to 2010. Jalil is also a freelance consultant and trainer specializing in capacity building within the fields of management and marketing. When time allows, Jalil still teaches management and marketing courses at BU and Dar Al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem.

Jalil has an MBA degree from Lewis University, Illinois, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bethlehem University. Jalil is fluent in both Arabic and English.

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Jessica Lopez Taylor

Operations Officer, Global Partnership for Results-Based Approaches (GPRBA), World Bank

Jessica is an Operations Officer with the Global Partnership for Results-Based Approaches (GPRBA), a trust-fund administered by the World Bank. Her commitment to international development led her to the World Bank in 2011, where she specializes in innovative financing models to support access to basic services for poor households. She has worked on projects in water and sanitation, health, and education sectors, with a focus on results-based and blended finance approaches. She previously worked with the United Nations as a Researcher on climate change and economic development, and holds a Master’s degree in Development Economics from American University.

Maitreyi Das

Dr Maitreyi Bordia Das

Manager, The World Bank

Maitreyi Bordia Das is Practice Manager in the Urban, Resilience and Land Global Practice of the World Bank. She oversees several global programs, including the Global Partnership for Results Based Approaches (formerly, GBOPA) and the Tokyo Development Learning Center. Previously, she was the Bank’s first Global Lead on Social Inclusion.

Based in Washington DC, Dr. Das leads a talented group of professionals who work on urban development, resilience and inclusion. She has long-standing research and policy experience in human development and infrastructure related sectors. Of these, urban development, water and sanitation, demography, health, social protection and social development, stand out.

Having started her career as a lecturer in St Stephen's College, University of Delhi, Dr. Das has also been a MacArthur Fellow at the Harvard Center of Population and Development Studies and an advisor to the United Nations Development Program. She has a PhD in Sociology (Demography) from the University of Maryland.

Before joining the World Bank, Dr. Das was in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).

Max Bode

Max Bode

Researcher, World Bank & Georgetown University

Max Bode is a researcher at the World Bank and an Adjunct Professor for Results-Based Financing (RBF) at Georgetown University. At the World Bank, his research focuses on evaluating and improving the Program-for-Results which to date has committed $40 billion in RBF funding. Prior to joining the bank, Max was a Partner at Instiglio, a consulting firm specializing in RBF, worked as a civil servant in Zanzibar's Ministry of Health, and a researcher at Harvard's Center for International Development. He has policy and research experience across a variety of social sectors including global health, education, financial inclusion, and poverty alleviation. Max holds an MPA/ID from Harvard's Kennedy School and an economics master's from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.

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Richard Johnson

Senior Advisor, Global Fund and Senior Consultant, World Bank

Richard spends half his time as a Senior Advisor for the Global Fund, working on non-public sector engagement and the use of results-based and activity-based contracting. He also works as a Senior Consultant for the World Bank, currently supporting the Ministry of Public Health in Afghanistan with the management of contracted health services in which service provider payments are tied to the delivery of key health interventions. Other projects, across a number of countries, have included: developing self-financing labour migration systems; linking refugees with jobs, and; designing and mobilising outcomes-based job intermediation for long-term unemployed people.

The rest of the time he oversees the delivery of social impact programs. He is Chair of a youth employment Development Impact Bond in Palestine. He also is Chair of four Social Impact Bonds in the UK, including homelessness prevention and social prescribing.

Richard had an early career in international education. He studied Philosophy and Psychology at Oxford and Applied Linguistics at Exeter.