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 2020 Annual Report [HERE]

Our Institutional Values

While we are a new organization, our 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 their 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 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.


Ammar Shams Aldin

Senior Grants and Finance Manager, Information Access Fund

Amal Al-Hakimi

Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

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

Dr. Ben Connable

Director, Research & Learning

Julian Dorsey

Program Associate

Hugh Doyle

Chief Executive Officer

Sohaib Fahad

Director, Finance and Compliance

Cara Gettridge

Director, Human Resources

Taylor Golz

Program Officer

John Gray

Senior Program Manager

Sarah Jadambaa

Grants Management Specialist

Julia Kern

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Officer

Jennifer Lehane

Regional Director, Finance and Operations, Berlin Office

Tia Lockett

Human Resources Specialist

Andrés Martinez

Colombia Liaison

Vukasin Petrovic

Chief of Party, Information Access Fund

Humam Rajab

Director, Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR)

Allison Reed

Program Coordinator

Alexis Rhyner

Program Coordinator, Business Development

Kevin Rubio

Vice President; Director, Independent Media

Olga Ruda

Senior Advisor, Rule of Law

Casey Schneider

Manager, Business Development

Heidi Silvey

Country Director, Berlin Office

Renee Skaf

Program Officer

Sam Stevens

Director, Business Operations

Christina Storm

Director, Rule of Law; General Counsel

Violet Tsagka

Director, Business Development

Erin Wagner

Manager, Grants & Partnerships

Dan Wilkofski

Research Analyst


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


James Prince