Who we are

Our Leadership

Chris Mahony,Peloria CEO and Co-Founder

is a lawyer and political economist. He also works on the utility of emergent data sources and methods to inform new financing approaches, in the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice at the World Bank where he previously worked in the Independent Evaluation Group and the Governance Global Practice. During his 17 year career, he has served as Strategic Policy and Rule of Law Adviser and Global Focal Point on Transitional Justice at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York and as founding Deputy Director of the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights at Auckland University Law School. He has taught courses in Law and International Relations at Peking University, Oxford University and Auckland University. In 2008, he directed the design of Sierra Leone’s domestic witness protection program. He was admitted to the bar of the High Court of New Zealand in 2006 where he appeared for the Crown in criminal and refugee matters. In 2003, aged 21, he worked in Sierra Leone and Liberia, where, among other work, he drafted the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations on governance and corruption, and its ‘Historical antecedents to the conflict’ chapter.

Dr. Mahony holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) degree and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of Otago, as well as a Master’s in African Studies (M.Sc.) and a D.Phil. in Politics from the University of Oxford. While studying he played rugby professionally in New Zealand and the UK, including for the Auckland NPC side (winning the 2007 NPC). He won four rugby Blues for Oxford University.

His full list of publications is available here

Rohini Srihari,Peloria Chief Data Scientistand Co-Founder

is a professor in the Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering at the State University of New York where her research in artificial intelligence focuses on natural language processing, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Her research has been funded by organizations including DARPA, IARPA and the National Science Foundation. She has worked extensively with the US Government in developing innovative multilingual text mining solutions. She has founded and directed technology start-ups, focusing on “big data” analytics solutions for various markets. She recently served as Chief Data Scientist at PeaceTech Lab, a non-profit incubated within the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. She directed a multidisciplinary team in the development of a software platform that leverages diverse data sources to provide scalable solutions for conflict prevention and early warning of social disruption in fragile countries. Her research is currently focused on AI for Social Impact and includes topics such as predicting social unrest, fake news detection, and conversational AI.

She has published over 100 research papers in computer science journals and conference proceedings and given numerous invited talks. She is also the author of two US patents, one on multilingual text mining.

Dr. Srihari received her B. Math degree from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and her PhD in Computer Science from the State University of New York.

Her full list of publications is available here

Eduardo Albrecht,Peloria Chief Ethnographer and Co-Founder

obtained his PhD in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. He is currently Program Head of the International Relations and Diplomacy Program at Mercy College in New York and was previously Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Studies at Pukyong National University in South Korea. He served as Visiting Fellow at the European Institute for Asian Studies in Brussels and the International Peace Institute in New York, has published on social movements (Alter-globalization in Southern Europe: Anatomy of a Social Movement, 2017, Palgrave Macmillan), and was founder of Ethnographic Edge, a multidisciplinary geopolitical risk forecasting project using technology from Recorded Future.

His full list of publications is available here

Who we are

Our People

Ayaka Oishi,Political Analyst and Project Manager

Ayaka has a strong background in both conflict resolution and Artificial Intelligence. At Peloria, Ayaka leads the policy analysis team, manages several projects, and also leads on business development. She previously worked as a consultant at IBM and as a fellow at PeaceTech Lab in the United States Institute of Peace. As a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship from Japan, she graduated with an MA in Conflict Resolution at Georgetown University. She was formerly an intern at Peloria.

Weifeng Zhong,Data Scientist

Weifeng is a political economist and data scientist. He is a senior research fellow with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a core developer of the open-sourced Policy Change Index project, which uses machine learning to predict authoritarian regimes’ policy moves by “reading” their propaganda. Weifeng has been published in a variety of scholarly journals. His work has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Politico, and the South China Morning Post, among others. Weifeng holds a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. in managerial economics and strategy from Northwestern University.

Sarang Chehrehsa,Data Scientist

Sarang enjoys both data science and software development experience across SaaS companies. His recent work focused on NLP, particularly theme extraction. He holds a Ph.D. in Signal processing from Auckland University of Technology. His research interests reside in predictive modeling, particularly via leveraging language metadata with emerging NLP methods.

Alphie Kitembo,Research Associate

Alphie is a partnership researcher at the National School of Administration in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She previously worked as a corporate researcher and organizer at Oxfam America. She has a Dual MA in Conflict Management and Sustainable International Development from the Heller School at Brandeis University. She is fluent in French and Swahili with proficiency in several other languages.

Likai Zhao,Intern

Likai is pursuing a Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) degree with a concentration in AI&Cybersecurity Policies. Originally from China, Likai received his B.A. in International Relations from the University of Denver. As an undergraduate, he had the opportunity to intern at the Colorado State Capitol. He worked on helping rural Coloradans with basic needs such as reducing the costs of water and electricity. He also learned how the legislative system works in the U.S. Before coming to Georgetown, he interned at a Chinese law firm. He focused on working with Chinese lawyers on environmental reforms and foreign infrastructure contracts. Likai speaks Mandarin and English.

Devi Payne,Intern

Devi is a senior undergraduate student at Whitman College. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in UX (User Experience).  Her expertise includes designing social media posts, app prototypes, informative graphics, and websites. Devi is passionate about all things design, and aims to use her skills to improve lives. She is the co-founder and vice president of the Whitman Design Alliance. Devi ran cross country and track for Whitman College and is currently on the Nordic ski team.

Jack Douglas,Intern

Jack is currently in his 4th year of undergraduate study at Victoria University of Wellington, pursuing a conjoint degree in Commerce and Law (Hons). Jack’s passion lie in contract law and international law. He enjoys applying his knowledge to solve practical issues with real-world implications. With a global mind, Jack hopes to effect positive change and is eager to expand his existing skillset.

Alya Shaiful Baharı,Capstone Student

Alya is a second-year graduate student in the Masters of International Development Policy at Georgetown University. Her passion includes focusing on the issues pertaining to urban development, migration, education, and labor welfare in Southeast and South Asia. Alya previously managed donor relations at education NGO Teach For Malaysia and was an Asia-Pacific due diligence associate at business consultancy Kroll. She also worked with the University of Malaya in an ongoing study on public engagement to health advisories on air pollution and transboundary haze. Alya recently supported the World Bank’s efforts to monitor the socio-economic effects of COVID-19 in Malaysia. Alya holds a B.A in International Relations and B.S. in Business Administration from American University.

Atsuhiro Oguri,Capstone Student

Atsuhiro Oguri is a graduate student at Georgetown University (Master of International Development Policy), who is naturally inclined toward identifying and analyzing social problems, strategizing about evidence-based solutions. His passion is to tackle sustainable development issues in Africa with both profit-making and non-profit making approaches and contribute to making positive changes through generating and implementing tailored solutions. Atsuhiro previously served agricultural projects in Nairobi, Kenya as a development consultant. He also worked as a journalist in Japan beforehand.  Atsuhiro holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Science from the University of Tokyo.

Sven Riethmueller,Counsel

Sven Riethmueller is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Robert Todd Lang ’47 Entrepreneurship Fellow at Yale Law School and the inaugural Director of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Clinic at Yale Law School. His former legal practice focused on U.S. and European domestic and cross-border technology and business transactions for clients in the life sciences, medical devices, digital health, software and IT, technology and other innovative industries. His preceding private practice, included as a law firm partner, and in-house counsel, including as the general counsel of a publicly traded life sciences company. He counseled clients in U.S. and cross-border strategic intellectual property and technology licenses, acquisitions and divestitures, complex partnering, joint venture and collaboration agreements, strategic investments and financings, corporate governance matters, mergers and acquisitions, and other business transactions. A key aspect of his private practice was the commercialization of intellectual property. Riethmueller received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

Talen Chen,Data Scientist

Talen is a data scientist. He is a recent graduate from Auckland University of Technology with first class honours where he also worked as a Research Assistant developing machine learning models. His research interest is in deep learning and audio analysis. His skills include computer vision and time-series forecasting. He is also proficient in incorporating mathematical concepts into artificial intelligence models.

Murugarj Odiathevar,Data Scientist

Muru has a background in Mathematics and Statistics. He is a Data Scientist and has worked as a Teacher and a Software Engineer. His recent work has been on detecting anomalous objects and events in images and videos. His research interest is in statistical modelling of data and building machine learning pipelines for various tasks. He holds a BSc.(Hons) in Mathematics and Minor in Statistics from National University of Singapore, MSc. in Mathematics from King’s College London and PhD in Engineering from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand).

Takamichi Harada,Research Associate

Takamichi is a recent graduate from Georgetown University with a Master’s in Conflict Resolution. At school, he studied International Development and Humanitarian Issues, with a majority of his classes focusing on IDPs, government-led development in developing countries, and political risk management. In prior careers, he has interned in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene development at iDE and IDPs at IDMC. He has a deep passion for the intersection between business, government, and society, focusing on leveraging business roles in political and social phenomena, especially around conflict resolution settings.

Kenneth Gyamerah,Research Associate

Kenneth Gyamerah is an educational policy analyst and researcher with 7 years of experience in national and international contexts. Kenneth is interested in International Development, Education and Civic Engagement. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Education at the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University in Canada. As a Chevening Scholar, Kenneth holds an MSc in Education Policy and International Development with Distinction from the University of Bristol, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Education, Winneba Ghana. He previously worked as a research consultant for CIVICUS Alliance for Citizen Participation where he co-designed Youth Action Lab, a youth co-creation lab that is providing resources and tools to support youth activists across the Global South. Kenneth has also worked as research consultant for Plan International Sweden where he explored the Civic Implications for children and youth activists in 21 countries covering Latin America, Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Meg Siritzky,Language Psychology Fellow

Meg Siritzky is a PhD student at the University of Oregon studying Psychology with a specialization in data science. Her research focuses on measuring violence-promoting political attitudes and examining their relationship with support for political violence. She is a prior recipient of the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights Fellowship and Columbia University’s Kraft Global Fellowship. Meg holds an MS in Psychology from the University of Oregon and a BA in Environmental Science from Barnard College.

Jack Fowler,Intern

Jack Fowler is a recent graduate from The George Washington University’s Elliott School with a BA in International Development and Geography. He has previously worked in crisis management and researched the political economy of foreign trade zones (FTZs) as an
undergraduate. Jack’s passion lies in the multidisciplinary study of mechanisms that promote or hinder societal cohesion.

Pedro Casas Alatriste,Capstone Student

Pedro is a second-year student in the Masters for International Development Policy at Georgetown University. He is the co-founder of the NGO En Esta Esquina – which strengthens democracy and political civil participation through public debates. He has worked on issues related to cash transfers, international trade, microfinance, and international law at GiveDirectly, the Mexican Business Coordinating Council (CCE), the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN, and the Mexican Finance Ministry. Pedro recently co-authored the migration reports “More Openness, Fewer Barriers” in partnership with several think tanks and international organizations. Pedro holds a B.A. in Economics and a Diploma in History of Philosophy.

Matteo Bastioni,User Experience Designer

He is an Art Director always in step with the creative trends and his task is to graphically represent all the work of the development team.


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