We’re delighted to welcome four new members to our team this month!

James Murdoch

James is an alumnus of the Institute of Development Studies, where he completed his master’s in Development Studies in 2014. Before joining the ICTD, James was the Global Operations Manager of the Youth Career Initiative. He was also the CEO of Camara Education Zambia and spent some time working in Vietnam for the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation as the Communications and Fundraising Manager. Now, as the ICTD Global Programme Manager, he provides overall coordination and supervision for ICTD activities.

Moyo Arewa

Moyo joined our growing team based in Toronto earlier this year as the Programme and Research Officer. He is responsible for supporting the management and implementation of the ICTD’s research and capacity building programmes, as well as helping to advance several programmes, including the African Property Tax Initiative, a new programme on taxation and digitalisation, and expanded engagement with civil society organisations. Prior to joining ICTD, he was a Policy Development Officer at the City of Toronto. Moyo received his Master’s degree from the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

Vanessa van den Boogaard

Vanessa was a Research Officer with the ICTD prior to beginning her PhD at the University of Toronto. Now that she has submitted her dissertation, which explores informal taxation and state-society relations in Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, she joins us as a Research Fellow based in Toronto. Vanessa will be leading the ICTD’s new programme on civil society engagement in tax reform, and will co-lead the research programme on informal taxation with Max Gallien. She will also continue to be involved in our research on gender and tax. Find out more about Vanessa here, and read her ICTD publications here.

Max Gallien

Max is a political scientist specialising in the political economy of the Middle East and North Africa, development politics, as well as informal and illegal economies. He has submitted his Phd, titled “Smugglers and States: Illegal Trade in the Political Settlements of North Africa” at LSE, where he taught on the political economy of international development. Max joins us as a Research Fellow, based in Brighton at the Institute of Development Studies. He will co-lead the research programme on informality and taxation with Vanessa, as well as being involved in the ICTD’s capacity building programme. Learn more about Max here, and read his recent journal article here.