MEET THE FRAYM TEAM
Who We Are
We’re an ambitious group with diverse expertise in data analytics, statistics, geography, international development, policy, business, and African markets. From offices in the U.S., Nigeria, and Kenya, we take pride in working together to make and keep Fraym best-in-class.
Ben is an expert in development finance, geostatistics, consumer analysis, and African economic and security issues. While working in the White House and at the U.S. Treasury, he advised the President on central, eastern, and southern African nations and architected billion dollar debt relief agreements. As the Global Policy Director at the ONE Campaign, Ben led a team focused on issues like infrastructure, investment, and trade, in addition to health, agriculture, and transparency. He also serves as visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development.
Leticia heads Fraym’s operations and talent development. Originally from Madagascar, she started her career in Paris where she became an expert in building scalable company cultures. Before Fraym, she was the Chief Operating Officer for Europe and North America at forMetris, a data and analytics company that specialized in learning measurement. Prior to forMetris, Leticia managed the European sales and marketing operations for Zend Technologies.
Rob has pioneered the Fraym approach for leveraging the power of various data sources, including survey data and satellite imagery, to identify target populations with a high level of detail in Africa. Prior to Fraym, Robert worked at the Center for Global Development, primarily conducting research on mobile phone survey methods and African statistical systems. Earlier, he worked for AidData and started HELP International’s monitoring and evaluation program in Uganda. Rob has a Master’s in Public Policy from the McCourt School at Georgetown University and bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.
Dustin leads sales and customer success for Fraym, focused on helping our partners get maximum value from Fraym’s products. He has worked with public- and private-sector customers in over 20 countries, with a particular focus on Africa. He has led teams focused on sales, research, technology implementation, and product delivery. Prior to Fraym, Dustin was a Director at Development Gateway, where he led business development, partnerships, and research. Earlier, Dustin worked in impact evaluation at Social Impact, managed surveys, and did community development work in Haiti.
Jackie is the Kenya Country manager at Fraym, and leads the company’s East Africa operations. For over a decade, Jackie has been instrumental in advocating for organizations both in the public and private sector in Eastern Africa. With a background in geographic information systems, she has an in-depth understanding of how geo-analytics can help companies recognize opportunities and risks, and improve decision making. Prior to joining Fraym, Jackie worked with Esri Eastern Africa, Ramani Geosystems, and Map Intl. Jackie has a BSc in geospatial engineering, GIS, and cartography, and holds a MS in GIS and remote sensing.
Ali is the Nigeria Country Manager at Fraym. He leads Fraym’s operations in Nigeria and across the region. Previously, he was an associate at Kupanda Capital; an investment firm focused on building and scaling African facing companies. At Kupanda, he led the firm’s expansion effort in Nigeria and provided strategic support to portfolio companies. Before Kupanda, Ali was at Root Capital, a trade financing organization. While at Root, he built a multi-million dollar pipeline and developed the company’s route to market into Burkina Faso. Ali holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Business Management from Berea College (USA).
Melissa Persaud is Director of New Business – Global Development at Fraym. In her role, she encourages development implementers and donors to integrate predictive analytics and data in their everyday decisionmaking. Personally, Melissa has a passion for program design and implementation, mobile for development (M4D), and financial inclusion. She holds a MPA in development practice from the SIPA at Columbia University and a BA from Lafayette College. Melissa is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Cameroon ’11-’13) and is currently based in Washington, D.C.
Berkley leads business development efforts for Fraym across the U.S. National Security customer space. With over 15 years of experience in all things geospatial, his career path spans academia, public service, and private industry. Before joining Fraym, Berkley managed strategy and partnerships for what is now MAXAR, having joined the company as SPADAC in 2010. Prior to SPA, he worked at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Berkley has an undergraduate degree in geography from Radford University, and a Masters of Science in geography from Virginia Tech.
Bobby is the managing partner at Kupanda Capital, an investment platform established to create, capitalize and scale pan-African companies. Prior to Kupanda Capital, Bobby was Vice President of Infrastructure, Private Sector and Regional Integration at the African Development Bank (AfDB). There he managed one of the largest portfolios in Africa, including more than $25 billion in active projects across 52 African countries. Bobby previously held senior positions at several U.S. government agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Council, Treasury Department, State Department and White House.
Queen has worked to co-found and build several new companies and ventures, including Fraym and Nithio, an energy finance platform for the off grid solar sector in Africa. She has worked on deals in various sectors across Africa, including media, consumer, industrials, and energy. While at the African Development Bank she contributed to the effective implementation of key decisions and strategy to manage a US$25 billion portfolio of public and private sector investments. Queen has worked to provide tailored advice and support to entrepreneurs, project developers, fund managers and corporations operating in Africa.
Linda has worked to co-found, build and provide legal guidance to several new companies and joint ventures. She provides strategic legal guidance on matters impacting Fraym, and partners with the Company’s senior executives for all corporate transactions, contracts, intellectual property and corporate governance matters. Linda has worked extensively on deals from both the commercial and legal standpoints across various sectors including: consumer, media, industrials and energy. She has worked to provide legal advice and strategic support to founders, fund managers and growth companies operating across Africa and in the United States.
Abhishek leads Fraym’s client services team which focuses on geo-spatial and economic analysis. Specializing in consumer markets in Africa, Abhishek helps clients devise investment strategies across the continent. Previously, Abhishek worked as an associate at a leading energy consulting firm specializing in global wholesale electricity and carbon markets. He has an MA in development economics and international business from Tufts University and degrees in operational research from the London School of Economics, and mathematics and economics from Hamilton College.
As the leader of Fraym’s spatial team, Swetha has pioneered Fraym’s use of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Her commitment to the use of technology in development took her to Tanzania where she operationalized the use of UAVs and field-tested data collection protocols to improve data quality and access in agriculture. Swetha also worked at the Center for Sustainable Development - Earth Institute on a project to build early warning systems to reduce forest fires in the Indonesia. She has a BA in History, International Affairs, Development Economics, and International Development, and an MPA from Columbia University.
As a leader of Fraym's client services team, Melia applies geo-spatial and econometric analysis to client questions related to development and security. Melia is interested in using data to inform decisions at the intersection of environmental and development challenges. Prior to Fraym, Melia conducted Fulbright field research on urban waste management and analyzed climate change vulnerability at the Center for Development and Environment in Laos. She has a BA in Global Affairs and International Development from Yale University and an MIA in International Environmental Policy and Southeast Asia from UC San Diego.