Josh Weinstein (AKA Develop Economies) graduated from Duke University in 2006 with a degree in biology, and spent three years at a strategy consulting firm in Boston called Investor Group Services. At the end of 2009, he joined the Fellows program with an organization called Kiva and was sent to work in the Philippines with Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation, a Grameen-affiliated organization with a commitment to reducing poverty and expanding credit to all people. Grameen Bank and its affiliates believe access to credit is a fundamental human right, and Negros Women follows this creed.
After a year in Southeast Asia, he moved to West Africa to work for an organization called Technoserve. He worked as a consultant to the private sector agriculture industry as part of the ADVANCE project (Agriculture Development and Value Chain Enhancement) in Ghana, whose mission is to transform the agriculture sector through increased competitiveness. There, he focused primarily on market and supply chain analysis, business plan consulting, and improving access to financing for small farmers throughout Ghana.
From May 2011 to June 2012, Josh was the lead analyst for Bridge International Academies, a chain of low-fee private schools serving the urban poor based in Nairobi, managing all student perfomance testing, analyzing split-tests for improving service offerings, and re-designing the site selection process to be more data-driven.
Currently, Josh is working with company called Quip in San Francisco, and is halfway through an MBA at the MIT Sloan school of management. All opinions are his own.
The header photo at the top of this blog was taken in March 2012 at Champagne Ridge, overlooking Ngong Hills and the Great Rift Valley in Kiserian, Kenya.
If you are interested in getting in touch, please do not hesitate to reach out.
The header photo at the top of this blog was taken by Gemma North in Bagan, Myanmar in 2010.