Our team

Max Ghenis

Max Ghenis

Founder and President

Max is the founder and president of the UBI Center. He is also a member of the Policy Simulation Library's leadership council, and was previously a data scientist at Google. Max has a master's degree in Data, Economics, and Development Policy from MIT and a bachelor's degree in operations research from UC Berkeley.

US
Nikhil Woodruff

Nikhil Woodruff

Quantitative Researcher

Nikhil is a student at the Durham University studying Computer Science, where his interests include data science, simulation and its applications on public policy. He is the author and maintainer of the openfisca-uk microsimulation model of the UK tax and benefit system. Nikhil has previously interned at Caspian, where he worked in improving anti-money laundering investigations.

UK
Nate Golden

Nate Golden

Research Associate

Nate is a math teacher in DC Public Schools, and formerly worked in the same position in Charlotte Mecklenberg Schools. Additionally, he has worked as a policy advisor for State Representative Leslie Herod of Colorado and a researcher for The Colorado League of Charter Schools through the Urban Leaders Fellowship summer program. Nate has a bachelor's degree in economics from Penn State University. He believes in the importance of policy work to alleviate poverty and inequality.

Taiwan
Ankit Dhingra

Ankit Dhingra

Research Assistant

Ankit holds an MBA from Queen’s University, Canada, and is currently finishing his MITx MicroMasters in Data, Economics, and Development Policy. Most recently, Ankit worked with PwC Canada, where he led business intelligence for the retail and telecom sector. In total, he brings 9 years of corporate research and analysis experience. An aspiring policy analyst, Ankit’s interest lies in development and health policy. He is currently preparing his applications for public policy programs in Canada.

Canada
Benjamin Boehlert

Benjamin Boehlert

Research Assistant

Ben is a rising senior at McGill University studying economics, along with statistics and political science.

Canada
Charles Bauman

Charles Bauman

Research Assistant

Charles is a recent graduate from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he completed a Master's degree in Theory and History of International Relations. He previously was an intern for the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, where he researched economic and foreign policy. Charles received a Master's degree in Medieval History from King's College London and a Bachelor's degree in History from Northwest Nazarene University.

UK
Ines Fernandez

Ines Fernandez

Research Assistant

Ines is an undergraduate student in computational social science at University College Dublin concentrating in politics and geography. Her interests include public policy, data science, and effective altruism. She is currently working on the UBI Center's United Kingdom team.

Ireland
John Walker

John Walker

Research Assistant

John is a Master's student in development economics at MIT. Previously, he was a researcher in development and health economics at the University of Sydney, and he's also worked and volunteered in monitoring and evaluation and community engagement roles with development economics-focused NGOs, including the Global Green Growth Institute and RESULTS Australia. John is interested in how evaluation techniques from econometrics can be used to build more robust public policy that is sensitive to the needs of program recipients. John holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.

US
Joshua Miller

Joshua Miller

Research Assistant

Joshua Miller is a Junior in High School interested in monetary economics and neoliberalism. He hosts the ThinkCritical Podcast and runs a blog called InTheAggregate.

US
Katarina van Alebeek

Katarina van Alebeek

Research Assistant

Katarina graduated from Stanford University in 2019 with studies in Political Science and Philosophy. Her interest lies in the connection of policy and UBI, especially in how governments can implement effective UBI legislation. She has previously done research in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on storytelling as a tool for reconciliation and empathy-building.

US
Matt Gilbert

Matt Gilbert

Developer

Matt is a senior at Harvard University, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science. He has previously worked for two startups in the clean energy field. He has also been involved with Harvard for Yang and Boston Basic Income. Matt has written a series of columns about universal basic income for the Harvard Crimson, a student-run newspaper. He believes that a world without poverty is possible.

US
Nicholas Rodelo

Nicholas Rodelo

Research Assistant

Nicholas (Nick) is currently a Senior at Boston University, studying Economics. Nick has previously worked as a research assistant for topics in sociology and economics. He also has experience interning in insurance analytics and finance. Outside of school and work, Nick has previously played guitar/bass in a few bands and is an active record collector.

US
Praneet Rathi

Praneet Rathi

Research Assistant

Praneet is a senior in high school from the northern suburbs of Chicago. His interests lie at the intersection of math, computer science, and economics, and he looks forward to study these topics in college. He is excited to see the impact UBI Center will have in facilitating more open discussions regarding eliminating poverty while maintaining the economy.

US
Will Fedder

Will Fedder

Research Assistant

Will Fedder is a Baltimore-based data analyst working in the health care sector. He holds his bachelor’s in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina. In addition to ending poverty with UBI, Will is interested in reform of the US healthcare system and the development of transit-friendly cities. He believes that good data visualization can help people realize that these issues are in fact simple and easy to fix.

US
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