Chief Operating Officer
Rapid Results Catalyst
Chief Learning Officer
Program Manager, Operations & Administration
President & Founding Member
Strategic Partnerships Adviser
Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor
Julie McFarland is a systems change enthusiast with over ten years of experience in delivery and leadership of homeless housing programming. She lives and plays close to mountains, living in Seattle for the past decade and maintaining strong connections and roots in Montana. For the past three years, she has provided homeless system technical assistance on a national level as a member of the CSH Consulting & Training team, focusing on topics including the HEARTH Act, coordinated entry, diversion, data sharing, change management, governance and structure, performance measurement, Fair Housing and Housing First.
Prior to CSH, Julie was a Division Director for a non-profit in King County, Washington that was charged with launching and operating coordinated entry for families and young adults experiencing homelessness. She has developed and managed outreach, employment, emergency shelter, rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing programming for families and young adults.
Julie has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut and Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana, where she focused on mediation and conflict resolution.
Rizwan Khan has held senior level business transformation and change management roles in the past 16 years where he provided strategic consulting to executive leadership and operational management teams. In this role, he promoted process improvement, rapid results and thought leadership across the enterprise to increase productivity and enhance business results. He has also applied the magic of 100 day results in non-profit setting building a food bank and weekend school for the community.
Rizwan has a strong track record of success, both domestically and internationally, building fiscally and operationally sound organizations and establishing internal efficiencies with such notable companies as Lincoln Financial Group, Vanguard (mutual fund investments), Sprint, Eli Lilly, Proctor & Gamble and Deloitte & Touche. Khan has also published in the Harvard Business Review, Quality Progress magazine of ASQ and Lean Management Journal. He has been a key note speaker in numerous industry conferences.
Rizwan holds a master’s degree in finance from Penn State University; a master’s degree in accountancy from Kansas State University; and a bachelor’s of science degree in industrial management from University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia. In addition, he graduated from the Kellogg Management Institute of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Khan also completed executive education courses at Harvard, MIT and Columbia. Khan is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has a Lean Master Black Belt.
Alrien is a Rapid Results Catalyst for the Rapid Results institute and owner of iResults, a Consulting company focusing on supporting leaders with implementation, integration, innovation using the Rapid Results approach and Theory of Constraints principles.
Under her guidance more than 40 leadership teams have achieved significant change through the accelerated implementation of strategic goals, turnaround plans and business improvement objective. Alrien has supported teams in South Africa, Chile, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Nigeria, Canada, Dubai and Ireland.
Prior to founding iResults Alrien was employed by Anglo American, a global mining company, from 2007-2015 where she held a number of senior positions providing performance improvement and implementation support. During this period Alrien was responsible for development and management of a change management and performance improvement function within the Technical Solutions Division using the Rapid Results approach together with providing implementation support as part of the Asset Optimisation process.
Alrien was a recipient of an Anglo American Applause reward for partnership in acknowledgement of change management and improvement initiatives facilitated.
Before joining Anglo American Alrien worked as an independent contractor at an Engineering, infrastructure consulting company, in the steel industry and hospitality sector.
From 1999-2005 Alrien was employed by Brandrill Torrex a Mechanised Mining company as Human Resources and Training Manager. It was during this period that Alrien developed a change management process within Brandrill Torrex using the Rapid Results process.
Alrien was born and raised in South Africa. She has a Masters in Engineering (Mining) and Post Graduate Diploma Mining – Cum Laude from the University of Witwatersrand together with an Honours BA- Political Science and BA Political Science & Psychology – Cum Laude from the North West University.
Dr. Frannie Léautier is Senior Vice President at the African Development Bank (AfDB). She was previously Chairperson and Co-Founding Partner of Mkoba Private Equity, a fund offering growth capital to small and medium enterprises in Africa. She served as World Bank Vice President and Chief of Staff to the President of the World Bank; Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF); and Founder and Managing Partner of the Fezembat Group, a company focused on risk management and leadership development.
Dr Léautier has rich executive experience including as Vice Chair PTA Bank Board; Treasurer and Chair of Risk and Audit Committee of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC); Founding Member Nelson Mandela Institute for Science & Technology; member editorial board of the Journal of African Trade (JAT); and Founding Member UONGOZI Institute. She also serves on Visiting Committees at the MIT Corporation, Board of Trustees of King Baudouin Foundation USA (KBFUS), and on the Board of Trustees and Advisory Board of Women’s World Banking. She was Co-Chair for World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa and is a member of the WEF Global Agenda Councils.
Dr. Léautier holds a Masters and Doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Dar es Salaam. She graduated Harvard University’s Executive Program and holds an honorary degree in Humane Letters from North Central College in recognition of her contribution to Africa. She received the title of Queen of Development for the Agona area in Ghana in 2012. Dr. Léautier was Distinguished Professor at Sciences Po Paris from 2007 to 2012. She is well published with a series of books and articles, including a well-acclaimed book on Leadership in a Globalized World and an upcoming book on Cities and Spaces of Leadership.
Echo joined the Rapid Results Institute in May 2016 to work on the People Powered Results project with Nesta in the UK. Echo joins us from the coordination team for the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage, a peer-to-peer learning platform for policymakers and payers in low- and middle-income countries striving to finance universal coverage of their populations’ health care needs. This work led Echo to launch a Collaborative of ten countries including countries such as India, Nigeria and Indonesia aiming to make their medical audits systems' more effective. Echo brought has facilitated meetings for the JLN in India, Morocco and South Korea.
She is the former country manager of ACCESS Health Morocco. She launched ACCESS Health International in Morocco in 2013. She spent three years developing local partnerships to identify and address the most pressing and addressable health needs in Morocco, designing projects, researching, brainstorming, and fundraising. Prior to that Echo worked on AIDS projects in India and Tanzania and as a translator and researcher.
Echo has a first class degree with honours from University College London and a Master’s in Development, Globalization, and Gender from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In addition to English, Echo is fluent in Catalan, French, Italian and Spanish and has been learning Moroccan Arabic.
Meaghan joined the Institute in January of 2016 after three years of experiencing, leading, and then coaching around the Rapid Results approach. As a Rapid Results Catalyst, Meaghan works to combine long-term strategic thinking with fast cycle 100-day projects. She led this work in Philadelphia to end homelessness among veterans and coached other communities on their efforts as an Improvement Advisor at Community Solutions. Meaghan worked for five years at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a Presidential Management Fellow and analyst, focusing on improving placement rates, efficiency and outcomes of the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program and assisting public housing authorities in administering their mainstream programs.
Meaghan has a BA in Economics and Computer Science from the College of the Holy Cross and an MPA from Rutgers University, in association with the Peace Corps Master's International Program. Meaghan also worked on community development projects in Cambodia and Thailand.
Andrew joined the Rapid Results Team in September 2015. As Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for implementation and oversight of business strategy and the day-to-day operations of the company.
In his work, Andrew’s goal is to create and sustain a resilient business platform that supports team members to consistently deliver excellent results to our partners. Andrew has over twenty years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has held senior positions in nonprofit management, overseeing both program and operations portfolios. Prior to joining Rapid Results, Andrew served as Senior Director in charge of Operations and Neighborhood Initiatives for Community Solutions; Director of Housing Development for CAMBA Housing Ventures in Brooklyn; and Co-Director and lead trainer for the Coro Center for Civic Leadership in Pittsburgh.
Andrew holds a B.A. from Kalamazoo College in Michigan and an M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Sean comes to the RRI Team from WestCare CA where he was responsible for the development and implementation of their Housing Services Department and had direct oversight and responsibility of multiple housing projects, which included both Emergency Solutions Grant and Permanent Supportive Housing HUD funded programming.
Sean served as the Chair of the Fresno Madera Continuum of Care Coordinated Entry Committee and was the local co-team lead for building out the communities CAHP System. He worked closely with both the City and County of Fresno and the Fresno Housing Authority on program implementation and project management.
Prior to his work in Housing Services, Sean worked as a Job Developer for WestCare CA and the Fresno Career Development Institute working with high risk parolees and employers in the community. He was also the Health and Fitness Director for the Central YMCA of San Francisco.
Sean served as an AmeriCorps member from 1995-1997 and was responsible for coordinating the recruitment activities in a 10 State region. Sean attended San Francisco State University and currently resides in Fresno, CA.
Malcolm Butler, who has been involved with RRI since its beginning, has had extensive leadership experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. In the private sector he was Senior Vice President of Management Systems International, an international management consulting firm; and earlier president of his own firm, Malcolm Butler Global Associates. He continues to work with a few private and public clients.
In the non-profit world Malcolm was president of Partners of the Americas, which builds relations between the people of Latin American and the United States; International Vice President at the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, where his staff helped member universities build global reach and impact; Senior Advisor to the presidents of Mercy Corps and Save the Children; and Program Director of the North Carolina Outward Bound School.
In the public sector, Malcolm was Director of the USAID missions in Bolivia, Peru, Lebanon and the Philippines. He established and ran the bureau for Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States; and led the bureaus for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Intergovernmental Affairs. Before he joined USAID, Malcolm was on the staff of the National Security Council, with the Office of Management and Budget, and a State Department Foreign Service Officer. As a diplomat he attained the personal rank of Career Minister and received numerous awards, including two Presidential citations.
Malcolm has over the years served on a number of private and non-profit boards. Currently he serves on the boards of the McLean Citizens Association, the Latino Federation of Greater Washington, the Riecken Foundation, and the Julius Rosenwald School of Northumberland County.
He lives in McLean Virginia with his wife Tish and sons Martin and Anthony.
Mary Houghton was President of ShoreBank Corporation and one of its four founders. She serves as a Director of two financial services companies: BASICS and its subsidiary BSFL in Hyderabad, India and its U.S. affiliate LBI and Citizens Bank, wholly owned subsidiary of Vancity Credit Union in Vancouver, British Columbia.
She is a director of the Calvert Foundation, Women’s World Banking and Grassroots Business Fund. She has an M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University and B.A. cum laude from Marquette University.
After starting his career with KPMG, New York Michael spent the majority of his career in the insurance business in a progression of management roles- Finance, Audit, Marketing, Systems and Administration . He was President- Continental International and its successor CNA International which provided global insurance products to its US customer base as well as operated in major insurance markets throughout the world.
He has spent the last 12 years living and working in Zurich, Switzerland for the Zurich Insurance Group where he was responsible for creating a globally integrated audit function and establishing appropriate governance (board and management) within the Group’s myriad of subsidiaries and operating entities. Michael has extensive experience in corporate and board governance.
He earned a undergraduate degree from Providence College, is a CPA and holds an MBA from New York University. He is the founder of the Marchesani Benefit For Hesed House, supporting homeless men, women and children and Chairs the Marchesani Children's Endowment at Hesed House.
Bob Neiman has been an advisor to the Rapid Results Institute at key turning points in its development. This has meant helping at the start up, initiating fund raising, re-thinking organization, and mapping out growth planning.
Bob is one of the founding partners of Schaffer Consulting. During his 42-year tenure at the firm, he led work in process industries, utilities, manufacturing and financial corporations and in non-profit work in health care, education, the environment and government.
He earned an engineering degree with University Honors at the University of Illinois and an MBA with Distinction at the Harvard Business School. He has published several articles on goal setting and the management of change and a book – Execution Plain and Simple.
While he is retired from Schaffer Consulting, he continues to consult with nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, and to provide guidance, counsel, and support to the Rapid Results Institute.
Ronnie is a project advisor at the World Bank with over 20 years’ experience specializing in international finance, economic development, and infrastructure. He has implemented multi-million dollar programs, engaging private sector investors and client governments in Africa, Europe, Central Asia and the Middle-East.
Ronnie was one of the early adopters and sponsors of Rapid Results work in Eritrea, Kenya, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. He currently works in the Governance Global Practice, which deals with the range of institutional reform issues around public sector performance, Justice Reform, and accountability. He has been a passionate advocate of incorporating the approach in the design and implementation of World Bank programs, in training for staff and clients, and in sharpening the thinking on results more broadly.
Prior to joining the Bank, he worked at the Institute of International Finance, doing country risk analysis for international commercial Banks.
Ronnie holds a master’s degree in International Finance from the George Washington University.
Susan is a public health specialist with more than 25 years of experience working on population health and nutrition programs and policy at the World Bank. During those years, she worked to improve the effectiveness of maternal and child health programs in more than 20 countries, as well as on HIV/AIDS programs in at least 10 countries in Africa.
Susan became a champion of the Rapid Results approach while she was leading the Global HIV/AIDS Monitoring and Evaluation Team, an effort to promote harmonization of results management approaches across the many agencies working on HIV/AIDS from 2000-2004.
Susan is currently teaching in the Department of International Health at Georgetown University and is also the Senior Results Advisor at the Development Gateway, which seeks to empower decision makers in developing countries with better information on resource flows and results using new software tools and data visualization techniques. She also consuls with the Global Delivery Initiative at the World Bank on the preparation of case studies on the use of adaptive learning in development projects and is in advising on the development of the Results Measurement and Evidence Stream, a new professional category, at the World Bank.
Doug is an advisor, writer, historian, teacher, lawyer and inventor whose work spans more than three decades in fifty industries in the private, non-profit and government sectors.
He created the principles and design for challenge-centered, performance-and-accountability organizational transformation programs, including The Sulzberger Program (co-delivered with Columbia Journalism School) and Achieving Excellence (co-delivered with NeighborWorks America and Harvard’s Kennedy School).
Doug currently serves as Board Chair for SeaChange Capital Partners (an innovative merchant bank for the non-profit sector) as well as Next Step Homes (the for-profit subsidiary of Next Step, the nation’s first network of nonprofit retailers for high quality manufactured housing).
He is the author of The Wisdom of Teams, The Discipline of Teams, Make Success Measurable, and Taking Charge of Change; and other books of history (Sources of The African Past), journalism (Fumbling the Future), and social and moral philosophy (On Value and Values).
Robert Schaffer is the founder of Schaffer Consulting and the originator of its results-driven approach described in the book, Rapid Results: How 100-Day Projects Build the Capacity for Large-Scale Change (Jossey-Bass, 2005). Nadim Matta and the staff of the Rapid Results Institute adapted this approach to facilitate major change in developing countries and the development of managerial capability in these countries.
For most of his career Schaffer has pioneered in developing and applying consulting approaches that are based on achieving performance improvement and capability development through frequent and rapid client successes. Simultaneously he has helped create materials for developing managerial capability as a by product of the successful achievement.
In addition to working with senior managers, Schaffer consults with other consultants – internal and external – helping them to have greater impact with their clients. The journal, Consulting to Management, called his book,High-Impact Consulting (Jossey Bass, 2002) the “single most useful current book on the practice of management consulting.” One aspect of Schaffer’s work with RRI has been to develop materials for training Rapid Results coaches. Under the auspices of the world Band he has also participated in training and mentoring coaches in Africa and Eastern Europe.
Schaffer is the author of many articles and books on productivity, organization change and consulting.
Elizabeth is a public sector transformation professional with over twelve years experience. Since October 2005 she has coached over sixty government institutions at the national and sub-national level across the three arms of government to progressively realize efficient, effective, ethical and inclusive public service delivery. These transformation initiatives are anchored on realization of the national socio-economic and political development blue print – Kenya Vision 2030 and the Constitution of Kenya, 2010.
Through the Rapid Results Initiatives coached, the results realized include: (i) improved access to public services (immunization, malaria nets and treatment, seeds, fertilizer, water, probation and after care services); (ii) reduced service delivery times (issuance of national registration documents, company registration and documents); and (iii) integrity promotion and corruption reduction (evidenced in reduced revenue seepage and improved customer satisfaction).
Elizabeth, her husband Eugene and four-year old live in Nairobi, Kenya. Liz is a graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University with a B.A Business Administration (honors) and an MSc International Business Management. She also holds an MSc Public Policy and Management from the University of London.
Danny is a partner at Schaffer Consulting. He has collaborated with RRI since 2011. His contributions include coaching teams through 100-day projects and developing learning experiences for Rapid Results coaches.
Danny led a job development initiative in Brownsville, Brooklyn – a community with 75% unemployment. He partnered with residents, government officials, and non-profit leaders to place over 20 people in jobs in 100 days. Daniel facilitated Rapid Results launch sessions for the 100K Homes Campaign, which housed 105,000 homeless people in four years. He also trained senior leaders from the World Bank to improve their capabilities as Rapid Results coaches. He began his RRI tenure by creating learning tools for Social Accountability International to develop team leaders in Brazil.
Danny has blogged for the Harvard Business Review, Forbes.com, and The Huffington Post. He holds an MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from NYU, MS in Bilingual Elementary Education from City College of New York, and BA in Political Science from University of Michigan. Danny serves as a committee leader for the New York City Conscious Capitalism Chapter, which supports corporate social responsibility education and engagement.
Charlie has collaborated with RRI’s founder, Nadim Matta, since 2010. He is now president of The Innovation Outlet, a team of independent innovation and business strategy consultants. Charlie is also a Senior Fellow at HITLAB, an outgrowth of Columbia University, which develops products and programs to improve global health.
Here he’s helping replicate the HITLAB operations model globally, starting with the University of Ghana’s School of Public Health, with which HITLAB has already collaborated in monitoring the efficacy of maternal health solutions. He also leads the operations team that is developing a center-of-excellence to address the growing challenge of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.
Charlie earned his MBA from The Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth; prior to that, he graduated with honors from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has since helped drive innovation across the business and healthcare landscapes, developing a portfolio of innovation tools, methods, and logical models (e.g. The Innovation Cube™, Cognitive Buoyancy™, and others). Earlier in his career, he worked at Procter & Gamble as a leader in their global Total Quality Management team.
Ron is a Partner Emeritus with Schaffer Consulting. He was a driving force behind the creation of the Rapid Results Institute, which stemmed from his decade of consulting for the World Bank, and his involvement as a leadership coach to then-president James Wolfensohn.
Over the past thirty years he has worked with senior leaders of both private and public enterprises to accelerate short-term results while building more effective organizations for the long-term. He was part of the team that worked with then-CEO Jack Welch to transform GE in the 1990’s, and has played an instrumental role in dozens of other large-scale change projects around the world.
Ron is the co-author with Nadim Matta of the HBR article “Why Good Projects Fail Anyway” which was the first publication on the use of the Rapid Results Approach in development projects. He is also the author or co-author of five books and six other HBR articles.
Ron received his BA from Wesleyan, a masters in education from Harvard, and a PhD in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve University. Since the inception of the Institute he has provided valuable strategic counsel and training to its staff.
Margaretta has been the “Talent Crusader” for the Institute since 2014. In that role, she works to ensure that the RRI is a great place for the talented staff to work.
In additional to her work for the Institute, as the founder of noonanWorks, Margaretta brings her global experience with Fortune 500 companies to implementing effective solutions at for-profit and nonprofit organizations alike.
Before becoming an entrepreneur, Margaretta helped lead a high-growth organization (Kohl’s), an acquirer of over 100 firms (Monster), a Chapter 11 bankruptcy (Best Products), a company closure (Carter Hawley Hale), and a successful public-company spin off (Hudson). Margaretta speaks and writes regularly on issues such as employee engagement, women in the workplace, connecting across generations and career success.
A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, her affiliations include Harvard University’s Kennedy School’s Women’s Leadership Board, the Global Summit of Women (International Planning Committee) and Enterprising Women Magazine (Advisory Board).
Evan Smith works with the Rapid Results Institute. He operates Metamorphosis Management Group, and is affiliated with Schaffer Consulting, where he’s connected since his time as a client in the early 1990s.
Evan divides his time between working with for-profit and non-profit organizations. Through the RRI and other social-good organizations, he helps leaders to set strategy, identify and work with critical new assumptions, test business models, mobilize resources, and create great outcomes for stakeholders.
For the last several years, he’s been active with the RRI’s partnership with 100,000 Homes in their campaign to end Veterans’ homelessness by 2015. In 2013, Evan supported Boston, Seattle, Westchester County (NY), and other cities and communities through Rapid Results Boot Camps.
He earned his Masters in Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Organization and Management, and holds Bachelor degrees in Industrial & Management Systems Engineering and Liberal Arts, from the Pennsylvania State University.
Jennifer joined the Rapid Results Institute team in March 2013. As our Storyteller, Jennifer is responsible for sharing the story of Rapid Results Institute. She is leading the Rapid Results Institute’s online social media outreach and communications. She is establishing a strong social media presence and a thriving online community via the RRI Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages.
Jennifer graduated from Miami University of Ohio in May 2013 with a BA in Communications and a minor in Rhetoric and Writing. She is involved in many campus organizations including Kappa Kappa Gamma, Lambda Pi Eta, and Sigma Tau Delta. Prior to working for RRI Jennifer held multiple internships for local businesses. Back in her hometown of Cincinnati, Jennifer is an active member in Leadership Scholars, a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring students from local inner-city schools.
Garance is a social entrepreneur, international system builder and innovation strategist currently residing in New York City. Born and raised in Paris, France, she started her career as a concert pianist at the age of 3. Later, when she moved to the United States to continue her performance studies, she pursued her passion for political theory and design practices. She has designed organizational structures, educational programs, impact evaluations and poverty relief strategies for organizations in Europe, the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. She earned a Master of Public Administration from Cornell University.
Garance's philosophy is rooted in challenging the notion of institutionalized expertise and its deriving power structures. She has used participatory design principles in her work with the US Congress, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Global Initiative, Purpose, The Lowline and most recently, in a campaign aiming to generate five thousand jobs in Brownsville, New York. As a speaker and educator, she has taught her unique framework for cross-cultural problem solving at the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University.
Arek has been affiliated with the Rapid Results Institute since Jan 2013, joining the team on a voluntary bases to work on RRI initiatives. Amongst other initiatives, she is currently working on the 5,000 Jobs campaign, which aims to see 5,000 Brownsville (Brooklyn) residents in Jobs by Dec 2017.
A graduate of the University of Delaware, Arek was an international Basketball player competing in Division 1 NCAA basketball. She then went on to play professionally in Europe and became a member of the first Great Britain Women’s basketball team. Arek obtained a BA in international relations and an MSc in Development and Refugee Studies from London South Bank University.
Arek is currently transitioning from London to New York, where she will be a full time member of the Institute. She is the African Affairs Liaison for the Luol Deng Foundation, and co-founder of the Foundation’s UK charity.
Milla has been a champion of the Rapid Results Institute for more than a decade. She recognized the potential of the Rapid Results approach to accelerate progress on achieving development goals while working as Nutrition Advisor in the World Bank, and subsequently worked with Danny Manitsky on a food fortification project in East Africa.
More recently, Milla has been working with the Rapid Results team on homelessness in the USA, and on nutrition in Nepal.
Milla graduated cum laude from Stellenbosch University, and holds a PhD from Michigan State University. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
Taya joined the Rapid Results Institute in 2012. Taya has been involved in the Institute’s partnership with Social Accountability International, supporting the TenSquared Worker Engagement Program in Brazil. She is now leading the implementation of the venture in Turkey.
Additionally, she is involved in the Institute’s partnership with Nesta in the UK - supporting local health economies to provide integrated health and social services to the elderly across England. In Namibia, Taya provided support to the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development and the Ministry of Home Affairs as they conducted RRIs aimed at accelerating the pace of implementing their Performance Management System.
Taya currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa. She has a Master of Public Administration degree in International Policy and Non Profit Management from New York University and prior to that received her LLB Law from the University of Cape Town. Taya is a South African and British national and speaks English, Portuguese, French, Afrikaans, and Swahili.
Kristin has been a member of the Institute team since January of 2012. As a Rapid Results Catalyst, she has she has contributed to facilitation, team coaching, project design, and materials development on projects in Nepal, Brazil, Sudan, and across the United States. These projects cover a wide range of focus areas, including early childhood nutrition, factory worker health and safety, education policy implementation, and coordinating housing for the homeless.
In addition to direct project work, Kristin works to support the internal operations of the Institute as our Minister of Internal Affairs. She manages the creation of internal processes and structures to accommodate our growing team.
Kristin is a Returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in Benin from 2008-2010. She graduated magna cum laude from Michigan State University with a dual BA in international relations and social policy, and received her M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She currently lives in her hometown of Chicago.
Nadim is President and founding Board member of the Rapid Results Institute. He has led teams that introduced the Rapid Results Approach into Nicaragua, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Sudan, Rwanda, & Zimbabwe.
Nadim joined Schaffer Consulting in 1990 and became managing partner in 2009. He continues to work with leadership teams in major corporations to drive change and accelerate strategy execution. Nadim’s work has been featured in the New York Times and in other publications. He was named one of the top 100 Global Thinkers in 2012 by Foreign Policy Magazine and was selected as a Yale School of Management Donaldson Fellow for 2012 and 2013.
Nadim was born and raised in Lebanon. He previously worked at the U.S. Agency of International Development in Beirut, where he oversaw the implementation of USAID’s relief and rehabilitation program during the Lebanese civil war. He also worked for Save the Children Federation.
Danny is one of the longest serving members of the Rapid Results Institute. Over 10 years he has lead successful performance improvement and projects with governments in 20 counties.
Besides helping accelerate innovation in the public sector, Daniel facilitates innovative public-private initiatives (PPIs). With the Coca-Cola Company and the Avina Foundation, he developed a groundbreaking, Rapid-Results-based model for B2B capacity development of small businesses in Brazil. In Ethiopia he facilitated “Kerosene and Condoms”-an award-winning partnership between TOTAL-ELF and DKT. Daniel has also facilitated several other highly successful PPIs in East Africa. Additionally he co-designed the TenSquared Program, a joint initiative of the Institute and Social Accountability International.
Daniel currently lives in the New York area. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois and earned a MPA from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. He currently serves as member of the Board of Directors for the Bridge, a leading provider of mental health and housing solutions in New York.
Nadim is President and founding Board member of the Rapid Results Institute. He has led teams that introduced the Institute's 100-Day Challenge work in Nicaragua, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Sudan, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria.
More recently, Nadim's work has focused on veteran, chronic and youth homelessness in the US, and on the integration of social and health care in the UK - using 100-Day Challenges to nudge community stakeholders towards new levels of collaboration, innovation, and execution.
Nadim’s work has been featured in the New York Times, the Harvard Business Review and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. He was named one of the top100 Global Thinkers in 2012 by Foreign Policy Magazine, and he served as a Yale School of Management Donaldson Fellow in 2012 and 2013.
In addition to his role at the Rapid Results Institute, Nadim is a partner at Schaffer Consulting, where he served as Managing Partner between 2009 and 2012.
Nadim was born and raised in Lebanon. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters in Public Health from the American University of Beirut. He worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development in Beirut, where he oversaw the implementation of USAID’s relief and rehabilitation program during the Lebanese civil war. He also designed and managed Save the Children Federation’s food assistance program in Lebanon. The program provided essential foods to100,000 families internally displaced during the country’s civil war.