Development Advisory Team

BRAC--Informations and Communications Technologies for Development

Project Mission: To research the mobile technology usage of development organizations and innovate a personalized strategy for BRAC’s
mobile and social media engagement.
Meghan Gallagher
Originally from Napa, California, I am a junior at the University of Notre Dame majoring in Political Science and French and
minoring in International Development Studies. I have worked in a number of international development areas including
microfinance, global health and educational issues, mainly focused in Africa. Last year I conducted a research project on the
best practices of rural primary schools and spent the summer working with Building Tomorrow in Uganda. I helped their local
staff write impact evaluation surveys and convert their current needs assessment surveys to digital software using iSurvey
technology. I have had experience working with different facets of development such as non-profit fundraising, consulting for
NGOs and lobbying for development project funding in Washington, D.C.
 
Maria Oviedo
I am a junior Political Science major and International Development Studies minor at the University of Notre Dame from
Managua, Nicaragua, with an interest in education policy in Latin America. I am looking forward to learning about mobile
technologies through this project, to explore ways to incorporate them into education. I have experience with social media
advertising for non-profits. Two summers ago, I helped manage the Facebook page of a rural clinic in Nicaragua and wrote
patient stories for the page. I was also part of ND’s Student International Business Council, where I worked with the
India-based micro-lending organization, Milaap. I helped launch targeted Facebook Ads for Milaap and tracked the words
and images that yielded best results. I also used Google Adwords to increase their website visibility, as part of the 2014
Google Online Marketing Challenge.
 
Dina Yared
My name is Dina Yared and I am pursuing a double major in Political Science and Spanish, with a minor in Peace Studies
at the University of Notre Dame. Both of my parents are originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, but I was born in Rockville,
Maryland, which is just 30 minutes from D.C. Two summers ago, I worked at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics
Laboratory and have also worked at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, both of which sparked
my interest in the health sector. During my time at Notre Dame, I have developed an interest in NGOs. Last semester, I
took a class on NGOs and I conducted research on child slavery in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry and the various ways in
which social media served as a vehicle for change. After Notre Dame, I plan to bridge my interests in health and political
science by working with an NGO that is active in the health sector and advocating for policy that allows all people,
regardless of where they are from, to receive health care.
 
 

Agustin Garcia
Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, I currently pursue a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a major in
Finance and a minor in Poverty Studies at the University of Notre Dame. My particular research interest over the past few
years has been focused on the importance of financial literacy and financial dignity. Some of my recent work includes
working with nonprofits such as Operation HOPE and Jubilee Initiative For Financial Inclusion to promote and improve
their operations related to financial education and inclusion. This past summer I performed research in Latin America on
the perceptions of financial literacy and consumer behavior. My objective was to understand the relation between poverty
and responsible finance. Although my recent involvement with development has pivoted on a particular issue, I believe that
my participation with other NGOs in the past and my undergraduate coursework should equip me with the necessary skills
to help my team fulfill this project effectively.
 
 
Jackie Ronayne
Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I am a senior at the University of Notre Dame pursuing a major in Accounting
with a minor in Poverty Studies. I will also graduate with an International Business Certificate from the Mendoza College of
Business. I intend to pursue a career in public accounting. As I progress through my career, my goal is to specialize in
Government and Not-for-Profit Industries to provide consulting and accounting guidance to help solve their problems,
enabling these organizations to fulfill their mission and maximize potential. Specifically, I am interested in education within
the nonprofit sector. My experience through my poverty studies minor has given me the opportunity to create and lead a
summer program in Tucson, AZ for over 70 refugee children from many countries. I work at the Early Childhood
Development Center on campus as a teacher assistant and administrative assistant, where my duties included
communicating with parents by issuing electronic daily reports as well as through their Facebook page. My business
education has prepared me with the skillset to understand past as well as forecast future trends, especially in regards to
implementing technology to maximize profit and reach consumers in expanding markets.