Genevieve Barrons is Country Director at GiveDirectly, a nonprofit that uses mobile money to make unconditional cash transfers directly to people living in extreme poverty. She is currently responsible for setting up a new office and program in Malawi.
Broadly, she is interested in how money flows in the digital age: from the philanthropic giving of Silicon Valley billionaires to access to mobile money amongst the extreme poor. At the Berkman Klein Center, she will explore how philanthropic foundations gather, use and share data, in order to make the case for increased public oversight of private foundations.
Previously, she has worked at the MIT Media Lab and the Open Society Foundations. She holds degrees in English Literature, International Relations and African Studies from the University of British Columbia and the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Scholar.