7 Billion: Development in a New World


Aaron Arnoldy

Aaron is a first-year Mas­ter in Pub­lic Pol­icy can­di­date at the Kennedy School. He is par­tic­u­larly inter­ested in non­profit man­age­ment, as well as hybrid mod­els between busi­ness and social objec­tives, includ­ing shared value, social enter­prise, and busi­ness devel­op­ment in the devel­op­ing world. Prior to HKS, Aaron spent the past five years work­ing in the Domini­can Repub­lic, first as a Peace Corps vol­un­teer and later as the Pro­grams Coor­di­na­tor for Fun­dación Trop­i­calia, a pri­vate non­profit which designs and car­ries out the shared value strat­egy for a large tourism invest­ment in the D.R. Aaron was also an AmeriCorps*NCCC vol­un­teer shortly after earn­ing his under­grad­u­ate degree in finance at the Uni­ver­sity of Missouri.

Anya Vodopy­anov

Anya is a Ph.D. stu­dent in the Depart­ment of Gov­ern­ment (GSAS). Anya’s work focuses on the polit­i­cal econ­omy of devel­op­ment in the Mid­dle East. She is par­tic­u­larly inter­ested in the pol­i­tics of employ­ment and social ser­vice pro­vi­sion, and sub­na­tional vari­a­tion in devel­op­ment out­comes. Dur­ing the last two years she lived in Syria and Jor­dan, con­duct­ing research for her dis­ser­ta­tion. She also has spent time in Yemen, where she con­sulted with the World Bank on civil soci­ety devel­op­ment and gov­er­nance reforms. Prior to start­ing her Ph.D., Anya worked as a researcher in the Global Devel­op­ment Pro­gram with the Hewlett Foun­da­tion. She is flu­ent in Ara­bic, Ger­man, and Russian.

Sandeep Reddy Munnangi
Vice Chair