Michael is a co-founder and the Executive Chairman of GiveDirectly, which was recently recognized as one of the 10 most innovative companies in Finance (FastCompany). He has worked extensively in enterprise technology as an Associate Partner at McKinsey and Company, with international governments at the United Nations Millennium Project, and operating large-scale field projects while earning his PhD in Business Economics from Harvard. Michael also holds a BA from Harvard in Mathematics and Classics (although he didn’t know Segovia is an aqueduct) and was recognized as a top 100 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy.
Paul Niehaus, Co-Founder
Paul has a track record of leadership in the practice and study of anti-corruption in developing countries. He is a co-founder and the President of GiveDirectly and is Assistant Professor of Economics at UC San Diego. He is also Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Affiliate of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), and a Junior Affiliate of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development. In 2013 Foreign Policy named him one of its top 100 Global Thinkers.
Satwik Seshasai, CTO
Satwik has built and deployed technology systems in global enterprise and entrepreneurial environments. As Program Director of Engineering at IBM, he helped build the SmartCloud platform deployed across 17 countries and 18 million users, including multiple international social programs. He was Chief Technology Officer of NextDocs, and a senior advisor to Oscar and K2 Intelligence. He earned a PhD in Engineering systems with research focused on technology deployment in Nairobi, Abu Dhabi and the US. Satwik also holds a MS in Technology and Policy, and BS/MEng in Computer Science from MIT.
Sajid Mehmood, Head of Engineering
Sajid Mehmood is an engineer with broad experience in product development, distributed systems, and security. Most recently, he was a Technical Lead at Foursquare, where he led development of several products, including the developer platform, social features, and user growth initiatives. Sajid has also worked at Google building its next-generation global networking infrastructure and at Microsoft on distributed storage. He holds a BSE in Computer Science from Princeton University, where he did research at the Center for IT Policy on privacy-preserving location-aware services.
Dan Baneman, Software Engineer
Dan was previously an engineer at Twitter, where he was the Technical Lead for Vine's platform team. Prior to Twitter, he served as VP of Technology at a startup building a distributed data integration platform. Dan holds a BA in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University.
Steve Grimm, Software Engineer
Steve has diverse experience developing scalable online systems, from multiplayer games to social networks. He was an early employee at Facebook where he served for over six years as technical lead on projects in server infrastructure, internationalization, and test automation. Prior to Facebook, after working as a software engineer at Sun Microsystems for several years, he consulted for a series of venture-backed startups, helping them build their technical teams and implement their software systems. He has a bachelor's degree in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Charles Guo, Software Engineer
Charles recently graduated from Princeton University with a degree in physics, where he did research on astrophysical accretion disks and Bitcoin. He previously worked at Addepar and the Boston Consulting Group.
Sid Nair, Software Engineer
Sid was previously at Foursquare, where he worked on everything from the website to the Android app to the recommendations API. Before that, he studied Computer Science at Columbia and did research in the Systems Lab. In his free time, he enjoys playing and watching soccer.
Emily Pakulski, Software Engineer
Emily is a recent grad from Columbia University's Computer Science department. She's excited about backend and systems engineering. Her favorite drink is Thai iced tea and her favorite food may be cornbread. Emily was previously at Nest, MongoDB, and Xbox.
Karl Hanson, Head of Deployments
Karl has extensive experience building and leading teams that focus on data analytics, product development, and deployment management for enterprise technology companies. Prior to Segovia, he spent 6 years at Palantir Technologies as part of the Commercial leadership team, overseeing global projects in finance, energy, insurance, and intelligence. Karl has a BS in Physics from Brown University and an MS in Bioengineering from the University of Washington, where his research focused on modeling fluid dynamics in point-of-care diagnostics devices for the developing world.
Aadil Mamujee, Head of Product
Aadil has spent the last decade working in technology in Europe and USA. He was most recently VP of Product Management at Pocket Gems, a mobile entertainment company, where he was one of the founding employees and first product manager. He helped grow the company profitably to 200+ staff and 200M users. Previously Aadil worked in the early-stage investment team at Index Ventures and at Google in London. Aadil has a MEng from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Aadil was born and raised in Mombasa, Kenya.
Michael Goldfarb, Director of Operations
Michael was a member of the investment team at Centerbridge Partners, where he focused on private equity and distressed investments. He evaluated new opportunities and oversaw portfolio company operations across a range of geographies, including North America, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East, and industries, including payment processing, telecommunications and logistics. Before joining Centerbridge, Michael worked at Blackstone Advisory Partners and in finance and education in Shanghai and Chongqing. He holds a BA from Harvard in Economics.
Thatcher Foster, Business Analyst
Thatcher joined the Segovia team in September. Previously he was an early employee at Via focused on growth and operations and has worked with non-profits focused on education and development. Thatcher holds a BA from Princeton University in History.
Johannes Jaeckle, Business Analyst
Johannes joined Segovia in October, working on operations. He has previous experience in helping organizations expand financial access to underserved populations and working with promising startups across Sub-Saharan Africa. He holds an MSc in Development Economics, where he worked on Chinese state finance to African countries, and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, both from Oxford University.
Jon Warman, Talent
Jon was an early engineer at Facebook, where he worked on Pages, Profiles, Events, Notifications, and Ads as the product grew from 5 million to 500 million users and the team grew from 50 to 1,500 people. Jon has co-founded multiple companies, including an enterprise SaaS business, and is an advisor to Footnote, a media site which translates academic research for mainstream use. Prior to joining Facebook, he worked at Amazon. Jon holds a BS in Computer Science and BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University.
Melissa Harpool, Admin
Melissa was an Executive Assistant to top-level management at McKinsey and Company, where she focused on communications and external relations. She has experience managing account relations for companies ranging from small private businesses to global industry leaders and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Central Florida.