About us

Hacking gender equality & social inclusion
for a happier, more just world.

We believe early, action-oriented gender equality and social inclusion analysis is vital to tackling gender equality and improving efficiency and outcomes.

We harness comprehensive, global data, deep analytics, and AI to hack equality by transforming social and gender analysis. We apply deep-level insight to deliver actionable advice. We inspire individuals to participate and lead - empowering governments, aid agencies, private companies, NGOs, and community members to make a difference around the globe. Helping you create change and overcome obstacles, we add value at every step by replacing old-fashioned research and project management with powerful online tools to enable clearer, faster equality insights that translate into action. The result: Inclusive communities. Positive outcomes.

 

Our values

Do with heart.

Our strength comes from our courage to approach challenges through empathetic and authentic leadership. Ethics, integrity, and concern for others govern our work, including data use and AI. Our work influences decisions about people's lives, and we respect that responsibility. We choose to do the right thing, even if it's the hard thing, every time. We are resilient.

Move together.

As global citizens, we believe in equality, fairness, and freedom. We listen to partners and to each other. We cultivate togetherness within our team and beyond, gaining strength from diversity. We create happiness and hope for all people- our team, their families, our communities, and the wider world influenced by our work. We show up for each other.

Wield prowess.

We take initiative and maneuver as a team with finesse to tackle challenges strategically. We are skilled, adaptable, and pragmatic. We are always curious, continuously improving and growing through learning and reflecting. We pay attention to detail. There is no end to our personal motivation and quest for knowledge. We strive to be better.

Dare to be outrageous.

We are changemakers. Discomfort is the birthplace of passionate innovation. We believe in our collective ability to make a positive impact on gender equality and social inclusion within communities and organizations globally. We persist.

 
 

Co-Founder & Advisory Board

Jessica Menon, MPP

CEO & Gender Equality Expert

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Leads Equilo’s vision
and technical content development

Jessica is a social inclusion and gender equality specialist with 15 years of experience as a small business owner managing gender analyses and action plans in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Latin America, and Central Europe. She is seasoned in integrating gender equality solutions across sectors including clean energy, agriculture, inclusive finance, health, and infrastructure with practice adhering to gender analysis requirements of USAID, MCC, DFID, Sida, UNOPS, and others.

Rachel Elsinga, MBA & MPP

CFO & Business Development

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Leads Equilo’s funding strategy and business development

Rachel is a strategy and finance professional with 12 years experience in her previous career in corporate finance advisory and risk management with oversight of teams in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Europe. She is also a successful social impact investor with her two most recent investees including a US-based FinTech/EdTech company providing credit to the unbanked and a Netherlands-based company working on sustainable tiny house solutions.

Technical advisors

Our technical advisory board includes development professionals and social impact and tech innovators.

Audrey Hyland

Social entrepreneur with over a decade of experience working at the intersection of technology and international development with practice in digital inclusion. Recently worked on strategy and managing overseas staff for USAID’s Digital Development team. Co-founder and executive director of Good World Solutions, where she created the mobile platform Labor Link.

Dr. Carolina Barreto, DEng, MSc

Provides transaction and regulatory advisory support, with a gender lens, to mini-grids, solar home, and small scale renewable energy companies in Kenya. Currently works for Tetra tech, a USAID contractor. Previously served as Senior Renewable Energy advisor supporting mini-grid startups targeting agriculture productivity in developing countries for MCC project. Completed doctoral work in renewable energy engineering and masters degree in solar energy engineering.

Mike Davis, MBA

Seasoned technologist adept at solving big data problems using technology. Serial entrepreneur with 13 startups under his belt. Most recently served as CTO then Chief Investment Officer and Co-founder at MPOWER Financing,

Dr. Margaret Henning, PhD

Associate Professor in Health Science at Keene State College and interdisciplinary researcher focused on the problems of mobilizing, allocating, and maintaining limited resources to improve health, with recent research on girls' education and gender inequality in education. Completed postdoctoral work for the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health.

Jasmine Burton, MSc

Jasmine is a social inclusion specialist, focusing in sanitation. She is trained in product design and public health, and is passionate about social justice and human rights. She has led iterative toilet innovation pilots and research across Sub-Saharan Africa and in resettled refugee communities as the founder of Wish for WASH, a social impact organization that seeks to bring innovation to sanitation. Jasmine identifies as a social impact designer who seeks to utilize design thinking and business acumen to build a more inclusive world. 

Mireya Almazan, MPP

Expert in mobile money and financial inclusion with over a decade of experience in strategic, operational, and program management roles. Strong developing market exposure with social impact focus. Currently Head of Mobile Money at GSMA. Previously a Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Jeremiah Marble, MA, MBA

Architect of the Windows Insider Program at Microsoft, a large community of people using tech to improve their world. Believes passionately that--with the right tools--entrepreneurs globally can build strong, socially-responsible businesses. Advises early-stage startups on their strategy, tech, and operations, and writes about entrepreneurship. Previously experience includes working for the UN in Africa and Asia; Director of Operations for DDD, a social enterprise in Cambodia and Laos; and work with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic.

Ashika Thanki, MA

Senior humanitarian professional with 20 years of infrastructure, post-conflict reconstruction, and livelihoods project development and implementation experience integrating gender equality, diversity, and social inclusion with local communities, NGOs, donors, and the UN.

Rebecca Calder, PhD

Rebecca Calder is a gender and social impact specialist with nearly thirty years of policy and field experience in Asia, Africa and the Pacific leading research, training, evaluations, designs, and project implementation. She has extensive experience in design and implementation of innovative poverty, social and gender research, analysis and strategy that has influenced policies and programs. She has worked with many organizations including UNICEF, DFID, DFAT, Irish Aid, USAID, Mercy Corps, Plan, ActionAid, Comic Relief, ODI, Hewlett Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Girl Hub, Nike Foundation, Girl Effect, the Unreasonable Group, and Women Moving Millions. 

Dr. Nicole Bellows, PhD

Health services researcher with nearly a decade of experience conducting research in Africa, including work on gender disparities in HIV/AIDS, malaria, and reproductive health outcomes with PSI, Marie Stopes International, Population Council and U.S. CDC. 

Sarah Rempel, J.D.

Gender, migration, and labor professional with over 10 years of experience championing migrant worker rights in North America and conducting gender analyses in Africa and Latin America across various sectors. Practice in policy development and research experience in migration, property and inheritance rights, orphans, and HIV/AIDS.

Communities of Practice We Work With

We are part of a community that is growing in influence, prominence, and voice. Recognizing the wealth of knowledge and experience of organizations and gender equality practitioners worldwide, we work with other gender equality and social inclusion practitioners and service providers for learning and sharing. We and endorse and collaborate with:

Opportunities

We are always looking to grow our network of gender and inclusion specialists. If you are interested in consulting with Equilo, please send your CV to [email protected]

We are not hiring for any specific positions currently. Please check back soon or send your CV to be on file.

 

Accelerating 

gender equality

Amplifying

impact

National Science Foundation &
Small Business Innovation Research  

2019 Grant Awardees

© equilo 2020

Catalyzing

change

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