Doing Development Differently

Everything we do is driven by our commitment to improving the human condition through measurable impact and sustainability.


Making an Impact

DT Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to “doing development differently.” We implement complex global development programs in conflict, fragile, and closed environments. We also fund thought leadership initiatives that drive innovation and improve lives through evidence-based programming. 

Our Mission

DT Institute partners with communities and leaders to help build and preserve more resilient, equitable, inclusive, and democratic societies.

Read DT Institute’s 2021 Annual Report 

Our Institutional Values

DT Institute’s staff collectively have hundreds of years of experience in peace and development. Our values reflect our team’s hard-won knowledge and wisdom, as well as our passion for helping those in need. Our values also reflect our professional and respectful approach to each other, our partners, our donors, and those we serve.

Ethics. We aim to demonstrate responsibility, integrity, fairness, and respect in all that we do.

Innovation. We continually pursue new and better methods, find efficiencies, and seek ways to increase our peace and development impact.

Collaboration. We develop and facilitate long-term partnerships based on mutual trust and respect. 

Radical Transparency. As thought leaders, we commit to sharing our insights with the broader community of experts (within legal, ethical, and regulatory boundaries) to advance peace and development.


Salma Alwan

Senior Program Manager, Berlin Office

Hamed Behravan

Vice President; Director, Iran Programs

Cameron M. Chisholm

Executive Vice President; Division Director, Stabilization, Transition, & Peacebuilding; Division Director, Research & Grants

Hugh Doyle

Chief Executive Officer

Sohaib Fahad

Director, Finance and Compliance

Taylor Golz

Program Officer

Sarah Jadambaa

Grants Management Specialist

Julia Kern

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager

Jennifer Lehane

Regional Director, Finance and Operations, Berlin Office

Vukasin Petrovic

Vice President, Media, Technology, and Human Rights Division

Humam Rajab

Director, Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR)

Allison Reed

Program Coordinator

Olga Ruda

Senior Advisor, Rule of Law

Cassandra Schneider

Senior Business Development Manager

Heidi Silvey

Country Director, Berlin Office

Sam Stevens

Director, Business Operations

Christina Storm

Director, Rule of Law; General Counsel

Violet Tsagka

Vice President, Business Development & Communications

Dan Wilkofski

Research Analyst

Feras Hamdouni

Senior Program Manager


To protect the identities of our fearless colleagues doing the impactful work on the frontlines, we do not publish bios or photos for most field staff.


Peter Bowe


John DeBlasio


Hugh Doyle


Dr. Jody Olsen

Board Member

Michael Hess

Board Member