Our team has extensive experience gather actionable, cost-effective data in challenging environments.

 
 

Leadership Team

 
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Michael Kleinman, 
Founder and CEO

Michael Kleinman is the founder and CEO of Orange Door Research. Previously, he was Director of Investments at Humanity United, one of The Omidyar Group philanthropies. He also served as the Program Operations Officer for International Relief and Development in Iraq, the Regional Advocacy Advisor for the CARE in East and Central Africa, the Sudan Policy and Advocacy Coordinator for CARE Sudan and South Sudan, and the Afghanistan Advocacy Coordinator for CARE Afghanistan.

His writing on development and human rights has been published in Vox, The Guardian, Stanford Social Innovation Review, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, Baltimore Sun, Good Magazine and openDemocracy. He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.

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Nicholai Lidow, PhD,
Chief Data Scientist

Nicholai Lidow is the Chief Data Scientist for Orange Door Research. Previously he served as the Special Deployments Lead for the Premise Data Corporation as well as the Advisor for Research, Learning and Evaluation for the Somalia Stability Fund. He has also conducted extensive fieldwork research in Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, and Sri Lanka. His projects leverage cutting-edge technology, including the use of satellite imagery and mobile phones, to collect representative data in insecure environments. He is an expert on survey sampling, questionnaire design, and quality assurance in remote data collection.

His book on rebel governance and food security during civil war was recently published by Cambridge University Press, and his academic articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology. He holds a BA and a PhD in Political Science from Stanford, and was a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.

 
 
 

Advisors

 

Daniel P. Ahn, PhD, Advisor

Dr. Daniel P. Ahn is currently a Professorial Lecturer at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he teaches graduate courses on energy economics and conflict, and a Senior Advisor at the Rapidan Group, a consultancy. He was previously the Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of State, where he advised the Secretary and senior principals on a wide range of international economic and security topics relevant to U.S. foreign policy, including the global macroeconomy, financial stability, economic sanctions, counter-terrorist financing, international trade, and energy security.

Prior to public service, Dr. Ahn was the chief economist for commodities at Citigroup in New York and also held senior positions at Citadel, Barclays Capital, and Lehman Brothers. He has also held research and teaching positions at Harvard University, the National Bureau of Economic Research, Columbia University, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the International Monetary Fund. He is the author of multiple research articles, Congressional testimony, and a forthcoming economics textbook. He was featured in Forbes Magazine as one of 30 under 30 in Finance. He completed his A.B. in economics and finance with honors from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

 

Alexander Gelber, PhD, Advisor

Alexander Gelber is a tenured Associate Professor at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His work has been published in leading academic journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, and New England Journal of Medicine. He is a Co-Editor at the Journal of Public Economics

During 2012 to 2013, Gelber served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department, and in 2013 he served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and Acting Chief Economist at Treasury. He has also served as a consultant on economics, data analysis, and public policy in various contexts. From 2009 to 2012, he was an assistant professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned an A.B. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and a Ph.D. in economics, both from Harvard. He has received a number of honors including the U.S. Treasury Meritorious Service Award and the National Tax Association Musgrave Prize. 

Tunde Ladipo, Advisor

Tunde is the Director of Partnership at Interstellar. Previously, Tunde was the Country Director for the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI) in Nigeria, a non-profit organisation set up by former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair to help developing countries address their most difficult challenges.

He was special advisor to the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance on special projects and Chief Operating Officer for the Development Bank of Nigeria. Prior to these roles, he was investment advisor to the Liberia National Investment Commission (LNIC) helping facilitate investments in energy, telecoms, agriculture and transportation.  He is also a guest lecturer at the African Institute for Public Policy (AIPP). He holds a Masters of Engineering Management (MEM) from McCormick School of Engineering and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA.

Ashby Monk, PHD, Advisor

Ashby Monk is the Executive Director and Research Director of Stanford University's Global Projects Center in the School of Engineering, which conducts primary research on financial and investment innovation. He is also a Senior Advisor to the Chief Investment Officer of the University of California as well as a Senior Research Associate at the University of Oxford.

He has also co-founded multiple companies, including: Long Game Savings, a personal finance company providing a gamified finance app; Real Capital Innovation, a technology company providing institutional investors with cash and liquidity management tools; Aligned Intermediary, an investment platform connecting long-term investors with clean energy investment opportunities; Novarca North America, a consulting and data company that does forensic analysis of the fees and costs paid by pensions to their service providers; Kalytix, a governance consultancy for long-term investors; and KD Ventures, a permanent capital investment vehicle with a focus on emerging investment technologies. Ashby holds a Bachelor's from Princeton University, a Master's from the Universite de Paris I - Pantheon Sorbonne, and a Doctorate from Oxford. 

 

Dan Tuttle, Advisor

Dan Tuttle is the Director, Strategic Operations at the Stupski Foundation. Previously, he was a Senior Project Manager in the San Francisco office of Dalberg Advisors, a strategy consultancy focused on emerging markets. At Dalberg he focused on data-driven strategy development in Africa, with projects including a ten-year youth employment investment strategy for the African Development Bank’s incoming president; a multi-country expansion strategy for Lighting Africa (IFC/World Bank); and portfolio modeling for a Rainforest Alliance cocoa rejuvenation fund.

He also worked as a design thinking consultant affiliated with Stanford, and a public health educator and English teacher in China, Tanzania, Solomon Islands, and India. He holds an MBA and a MS in Environment and Resources from Stanford University and BAs in economics and international studies from the University of Arizona.