The  Code Innovation Team

As pioneers in ICT4D and early contributors to the Digital Principles, we know the power that diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints can bring to the workplace. Our extended team of developers come from six continents, work in Agile and build everything free and open source.

 
 
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Elie calhoun, principal

Elie Calhoun has a Masters in Public Health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. She works on strategy, design and implementation for Code Innovation projects. She is especially interested in the intersection of digital education, gender and poverty alleviation.

Elie excels at taking best practices in aid and development and digitizing low-cost, easy to scale solutions to big challenges. She has over a decade of experience working on ICT4D projects and has spent most of her life living and working in Africa. She is on the faculty at Singularity University.

 
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nathaniel calhoun, principal

Nathaniel works on educational projects that leverage technology to bring about a more equitable world. The bulk of his experience comes on the ground in Sub-Saharan Africa, where he helps NGO’s, Government Ministries and other partners to improve the impact and reach of their educational programming. Through his work alongside the Innovations team at UNICEF and his affiliation with Singularity University in Silicon Valley, Nathaniel stays on top of emergent, experimental technologies and approaches, paying special attention to those with the most promise for low-income environments.

Nathaniel has now advised school districts and officials (of virtual and brick and mortar environments) across three continents and with remarkably diverse student circumstances. He enjoys helping to bridge the gap of information and field knowledge that routinely exists between inventors and the communities that they would like to impact.

 
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rita langley, agile product owner

Rita is a software engineer and web developer, whose IT project management experience covers a range of organizational methodologies. Based in Christchurch, New Zealand, her career has spanned both corporate and coworking employment practices, primarily as a developer, but also as a team leader and content creator.

Rita has a driving passion for embracing the revolutionary aspects of communications technology to facilitate positive change. Her past projects include using web solutions to better coordinate local government rebuild efforts after the 2011 earthquakes, and projects for gender equality.

 
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MICHELLE SKAER, DATA & EVALUATIONS

Michelle provides research design and data analysis for robust evaluations of education and health programs. She most recently designed the database for the Center for Disease Control’s study of the gap between eligibility and treatment of HIV positive patients in Haiti.

She is an expert advisor on sexuality education for UNFPA based on her work with the Population Council on integrating gender and human rights into sexuality education. She advised on the revision of curricula for twelve East and Southern African countries to improve their effectiveness in meeting stated objectives and to increase their attention to gender.

Michelle has twelve years of experience on projects in Africa and the Caribbean and a Masters in Public Health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins.