Our team

Dobility is the company behind SurveyCTO. Dobility's team – a diverse group of innovators committed to social impact – spans four continents and serves users in over 130 countries.

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Christopher Robert

Christopher Robert

Chris is a technologist, an entrepreneur, an economist, a researcher, and a lecturer.

As a technologist and entrepreneur, he founded Dobility, Inc., which produces SurveyCTO, an electronic data collection platform used worldwide by leading researchers and evaluation professionals. Earlier in his career, he co-founded and helped grow an internet technology consultancy and led technology efforts for the top provider of software and hardware for multi-user bulletin board systems (the online systems most prominent before the Internet).

As an economist, researcher, and lecturer, he is involved in a long-term project to evaluate the impacts of microfinance in South India; he develops online curriculum for a program to promote the use of evidence in policy-making (initially in Pakistan and India); and he has taught statistics and policy analysis at the Harvard Kennedy School.

He holds an A.B. in public policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as Masters and Ph.D. degrees, also in public policy, from Harvard University.

Chris is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Good to know
Chris turns red and starts sweating if he tries to lie or even just hide something he knows he should reveal.

Media and public speaking
Chris is available to provide expertise, analysis, and commentary on public policy, development economics, microfinance, technology, social entrepreneurship, and ICT4D. Please contact media@surveycto.com.

Karen Norris

Karen Norris

Karen is a business development strategist with over 25 years of connecting people and organizations with the products that make their work more efficient and successful.

She began her career in the publishing world, leading a team developing educational magazine content for mechanical and electrical engineers. She is proud to think that those product reviews, application stories, and professional community microsites connected manufacturers with product designers which led to better products the world uses every day – our phones, the cars we drive, the planes we fly in and pretty much everything in between. While there, she also led a scholarship fund that connected working engineers with students in a dynamic mentoring environment, which extended her group's mission of sparking innovations for the future. Because of that background, and another seven years deeply involved with SaaS tools for a variety of industries and end-users, Dobility and its social mission is a natural fit.

Karen is based in Cambridge, MA.

Good to know
Karen is passionate about animal-rights causes and has two special-needs rescue cats, who she calls "the kids."

Meletis Margaritis

Meletis Margaritis

Meletis is the lead engineer behind SurveyCTO. Over the last 19 years, he has designed and developed a variety of software applications using cutting-edge technologies.

Meletis's career as a software engineer started at the age of 10, when he developed a phonebook application for the DOS operating system using ANSI C. Much later, during his Ph.D., he developed a proprietary protocol using TCP/IP sockets in order to build a framework to facilitate peer-to-peer synchronous collaboration in small groups through computer screens. More recently, he developed a unique user identification technique across multiple network channels using machine-learning techniques. He is always keen to tackle projects that require innovation, scalability, performance, and big data.

Meletis is based in Athens, Greece.

Good to know
Meletis is a painter, a chess player, a volleyball player, and a fan of the movies. He spends his free time doing puppetry with his two young children.

Faizan Diwan

Faizan Diwan

Faizan leads business development and user engagement efforts at Dobility, including utilizing his background in field research, data analysis, and economics to better understand users’ needs and help translate those into product improvements.

Prior to working at Dobility, he spent several years as a Research Manager for Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) in Kenya, where he led multiple large-scale impact evaluations spanning the finance, labor, agriculture, and public health sectors, managed the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics in Nairobi, and helped lead IPA Kenya’s efforts to shift from paper-based to digital data collection. He has lived and worked in Pakistan, the United States, Kenya, and Zambia.

Faizan is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Good to know
Faizan spent way too much time writing this. Also, he wishes he had majored in physics.

Audra Blanchfield

Audra Blanchfield

Audra is Dobility's relationship manager. Leveraging her passion for ICT4D and years of experience leading impact evaluation processes in Africa and Asia, she focuses on ensuring organizations – small and large – gain access to affordable, high-quality data through SurveyCTO.

Audra is no stranger to the social enterprise space. Prior to joining Dobility, Audra was the Director of Strategy and Operations with MicroEnergy Credits Corporation (MEC), where she led the business development, partnerships, growth strategy, and data collection process improvement for programs in India, East Africa, and Mongolia. Audra began her career as an embedded development professional with the Peace Corps. She graduated from Georgetown University.

After living and working in Zambia, Kenya, and India, Audra is currently based in Washington, DC.

Good to know
Audra enjoys participating in all kinds of sports – from badminton to yoga to biking, and she has played in basketball leagues on three continents.

Ruthie Leifer

Ruthie Leifer

Ruthie assists the Dobility team with managing projects, identifying business opportunities, strengthening customer relationships, and supporting existing users. As the Special Projects Associate, she helps manage day-to-day financial operations, and works to keep the team organized and prepared for future growth.

Prior to joining Dobility, Ruthie assisted in the creation of textbooks and other educational materials for schools in Liberia as part of Bridge International Academies' Partnership Schools for Liberia initiative. Ruthie holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Social Entrepreneurship and Marketing from Northeastern University.

Ruthie is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Good to know
Ruthie has lived in South Africa, where she worked with local entrepreneurs to create a community garden and shared workspace in the Kayamandi township. She still loves community gardens.

Maulik Chauhan

Maulik Chauhan

Maulik is the Associate Director of Dobility India and leads the company’s expanded India operations.

Maulik has years of experience in research and analysis. Prior to joining Dobility, he was a Data Associate at J-PAL South Asia, a research center supporting Randomized Control Trials (RCT’s) and measuring interventions against poverty in the fields of agriculture, health, governance, and education. He has also worked on research projects for The World Bank, Harvard University, The London School of Economics and Political Science, and MIT.

In his free time, Maulik volunteers as a social worker with organizations that promote education, animal rights, and energy conservation.

Maulik is based in Ahmedabad, India.

Good to know
Maulik's first salary was $25/month.

Baijul Parikh

Baijul Parikh

Baijul Parikh is the Sales, Customer, and Community Support Specialist for Dobility India.

Prior to joining Dobility India, she worked with the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in a number of capacities, including providing research assistance for projects related to information systems and the education sector. She completed her Bachelors of Engineering in Electronics and Communications from Gujarat Technological University, India, and has authored several research papers and case studies in management information systems.

Baijul is based in Ahmedabad, India.

Good to know
Baijul is driven by the words "Life is Beautiful!" and will say them almost everywhere. She is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer. She is an Abhyasi (Member) of Shri Ram Chandra Mission, which follows Sahaj Marg Meditation. Her hobbies include reading modern classics, studying philosophy and spirituality, performing classical dance, and practicing Rajyoga Meditation.

Vikas Arora

Vikas Arora

Vikas is the Customer, Technical, and Training Support Specialist for Dobility India.

Prior to joining Dobility India, he worked in the pharmaceutical industry, taught public health courses at university, and managed mHealth projects in rural areas. He enjoys using his background in computer science and his Masters of Public Health to bridge technology and health, and he is passionate about increasing the use of ICT in health and field research. He also likes statistics, playing with data, and designing surveys.

Vikas is based in Ahmedabad, India.

Good to know
Vikas enjoys long drives, photography, Hindi movies, and listening to music. He is from the colorful land of Rajasthan and believes in enjoying every shade of life.

Amrik Cooper

Amrik Cooper

Amrik is the Africa Lead for Dobility, focusing on business development and user engagement.

Before joining Dobility, he co-founded ikapadata, a South African survey research consultancy with a founding principle of adopting digital data collection systems. Amrik has been involved in every stage of survey planning, fieldwork, data analysis, and reporting on numerous projects of different types including market research, social program evaluations, household studies, and experimental behavioral studies.

As an early adopter of the SurveyCTO platform, Amrik started consulting in his previous role as a SurveyCTO form developer on large surveys for clients such as Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He has worked on SurveyCTO-based surveys that have been deployed in Bangladesh, Malawi, Mali, South Africa, and Zambia. He holds a Masters of Sociology degree from the University of Cape Town.

Amrik is based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Good to know
Amrik is a one-time semi-professional musician and plays bass guitar, guitar, drums, and piano. He is most at peace in the kitchen.

Elana Cohen-Khani

Elana Cohen-Khani

Elana works with the Technical Solutions team to provide customer support, implement turnkey solutions, and identify ways to improve the SurveyCTO experience.

Elana came to Dobility via the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, Statistics Netherlands, and Innovations for Poverty Action Ghana. In Ghana, she managed a still-ongoing panel survey tracking thousands of Ghanaian households for decades and provided technical support for a variety of other projects. She has programmed survey instruments that have collected data in Burkina Faso, Peru, Rwanda, and Thailand. She holds a Masters of Public Health degree from the Tufts University School of Medicine.

Elana is based in Oakland, California.

Good to know
Elana's current research involves exploring whether the West Coast is, indeed, the best coast. She also enjoys traditional Ghanaian drumming in her spare time.

Mihaela Hoka

Mihaela Hoka

Mihaela Hoka was Dobility's quality-control lead for SurveyCTO's first four years, helping to ensure an extraordinary level of stability for SurveyCTO users. She continues to support the quality mission as a part-time consultant.

Prior to joining Dobility, Mihaela worked for EU Agenda, accesa, and Alcatel-Lucent, and she holds a Bachelors in Telecommunication degree from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca. She first started working in quality assurance while pursuing a career in telecommunications, and has now more than a decade of experience and a wide range of certifications (ISTQB Certified Tester, Foundation Level, and ISQTB Certified Tester, Advanced Level - Test Management). She is an active member of her local testing community and is constantly improving her knowledge.

Mihaela is based in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Good to know
Mihaela likes soup. She likes to cook and eat all kinds of soups.

Zach Pfeiffer

Zach Pfeiffer

Zach leads quality control efforts for Dobility. He oversees a rigorous system of manual and automated testing, and works with the development and technical support teams to achieve ambitious product, timeline, and reliability goals.

Prior to joining the Dobility team, Zach managed biological research laboratories at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital, and also contributed to peer-reviewed publications. His varied work experience spans financial compliance, residential electrical renovations, and exotic plant installations. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from Boston University.

Zach is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Good to know
Zach has taken road trips across the United States, and explored 49 of 50 U.S. states. He will need to commandeer an amphibious vehicle to reach the 50th state.

Wallace Ferreira

Wallace Ferreira

Wallace is responsible for implementing SurveyCTO's drag-and-drop form designer. Being a member of the Dobility team has enabled him to help thousands of people while doing what he loves.

Fascinated by computing since childhood, Wallace uses technology to make people’s lives easier. He has developed automation software for a wide range of sectors, including e-commerce, healthcare, and finance, and has worked on projects in Brazil, the United States, Canada, Spain, Italy, and India.

Wallace is based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Good to know
Wallace loves to read, watch movies, visit new places, and spend time with his family. He dreams of taking a round-the-world trip.

Yuliya Latysheva

Yuliya Latysheva

Yuliya is a UI/UX, web, and graphic designer who loves to create responsive web sites and UIs. She has also worked on a wide range of branding, logo, and print design projects with companies from around the world.

Yuliya holds a degree in psychology but she decided to pursue her passion for the arts instead. After studying graphic design and art in Northern Virginia, she has continued to evolve as an artist through self-study and a lot of hard work.

Yuliya is based in Samara, Russia.

Good to know
Yuliya is a former gymnast and ballroom dancer. When she has spare time, she likes to meditate with watercolor.

Kirill Latysheva

Kirill Latyshev

Kirill is a full-stack software engineer with experience in both front-end (HTML5, CSS3/ SASS, JavaScript) and back-end (PHP, WordPress, MySQL) development.

Kirill has been programming professionally for more than 15 years. During his career, he has worked with clients from around the world to help them implement the best software solutions for their needs. One of his favorite projects was contributing to the high-load server development for AOL.

Kirill is based in Samara, Russia.

Good to know
Kirill is a trained classical musician but now his favorite music is of the heavier variety.