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KJ Zhao (Kejian) (Kenya)

Manager, Impact Improvement

Increasing IDinsight’s impact and team health through enabling internal teams with better data and tools.

KJ is a Manager with the Impact Improvement Team at IDinsight, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

In her current role, KJ leads the Internal Learning team to develop, launch and optimize an (impact) measurement system that generates data, fosters learning, and guides organizational decision-making.

Previously at IDinsight, KJ provided innovative and decision-focused research and M&E advisory services to clients in Africa and Asia, such as Africa CDC, GiveDirectly, and UNDP. She has experience designing and implementing impact and process evaluations and monitoring systems, including managing remote and in-person data collection.

Prior to joining IDinsight, KJ worked with the Center for Effective Global Action and the Department of Economics at UC Berkeley on the technology and development research portfolio, including the BMGF-funded Digital Credit Observatory and the USAID MERLIN-funded Expanding the Reach of Impact Evaluation initiative. She also gained entrepreneurial and policy experience in the environment and energy and education sectors.

KJ holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Social Anthropology (Honours) from the University of St Andrews, and a master’s degree in Development Practice from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. She speaks English and Mandarin.