2015 Interns

Thirteen master’s level students from Harvard University are participating in our 10 week summer internship program. About half of them will work at the Ministry of Economy and Tourism. The other half will join the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Albanian Investment Development Agency (AIDA).

Lorena CaroLorena Caro-Zambrano (MPA/ID 2016) is a Colombian national, working on Tourism, in the Ministry of Economy and Tourism, to identify the constraints faced by the sector and to design a strategy to tackle them. Before coming to Harvard, Lorena worked as a Research Fellow at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank, where she focused on industrial policy. Lorena holds a Master and a Bachelor degree in Economics from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia.



Maria CarpanelliMaria Carpanelli is Argentinean and is currently working with the Albania team on investment and regional integration issues within the Ministries of Economy, Finance and Foreign Affairs. After the summer she will resume her studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, towards a Masters degree in Public Administration in International Development program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics with a Minor in International Studies, and a Master in Applied Economics from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina. She previously served as an Economic and International Affairs Analyst in Argentina’s Ministry of Economy and Public Finance, and consulted for the Development Bank of Latin America, Ashoka, and Equitas Ventures. Maria was also a project leader and an active volunteer with Accion Social.

Ishani DesaiIshani Desai is working on regional integration in the Balkans with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Albania Growth Project at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. She is currently pursuing the MPA/ID program at Harvard Kennedy School. Previously, Ishani worked as a Senior Research Associate for the Centre for Microfinance/J-PAL on randomized controlled trials in Ahmedabad and Hyderabad, India. She also worked in the Monitoring & Evaluation Division at the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the U.S. Department of State in Washington DC, as well as the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels. She graduated summa cum laude from American University in Washington DC with a B.S. in Economics and B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Mathematics.

Tim GengnagelTim Gengnagel (MPA/ID 2016) is a German national working with the Black Belt Team for Technical and Economic Development Areas (TEDA) in the Ministry of Economic Development. The team is preparing the tender of three areas that aim to spur Albanian exports. Before coming to Harvard, Tim worked in various capacities on the promotion of renewable energies in East Africa. In 2012 Tim formed a joint venture with an US solar manufacturer to implement innovative lighting products in Tanzania. Tim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Economics from University of Bayreuth (Germany) and was a Santander Fellow at UC Berkeley (California), where he specialized in development and energy policies. 

Emilio HungriaEmilio Hungria (MPA/ID 2016) is from the Dominican Republic and is working with the Investment Team in the Ministry of Economic Development. His work is focused on finding the constraints that are limiting investment and growth of the private sector in Albania. Before coming to Harvard, Emilio headed the division of statistics and regulation of the foreign exchange market at the International department of the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic. Furthermore, he has experience on fiscal, monetary and international economics, subjects on which he has written on multiple occasions. Emilio studied at the Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) from where he holds a Bachelor’s in Economics and a Specialization in Pure Mathematics. 

Alejandra JiimenezAlejandra Jimenez is a Colombian first year student in the MPA program at Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to attending HKS, Alejandra worked at the Agency in charge of legal defense of the State in the Colombian Government. She started her career as a Research Assistant in the Economics Faculty at Los Andes University and in the Inter-American Development Bank. After this research experience, she moved to government where she has worked in data analysis for evidence based public policy making and impact evaluation. She has worked in diverse government sectors and policy topics like the reintegration of armed actors, labor formalization, and legal defense of the State. Outside of work, Alejandra loves to hike, cook, and travel. She holds a BA in Economics, a BA in Political Science and an MA in Economics all from Los Andes University in Colombia.

Marekh KhmaladzeMarekh Khmaladze (MPA/ID 2016) is a Georgian national working with the investment team in the Ministry of Economic Development. The team is working to identify current investment needs and financing gaps in Albania and to develop institutional solutions. Before coming to Harvard, Marekh worked as Deputy Head of Department at the Georgian Ministry of Finance, where she coordinated IFI and Donor Assistance as well as the PFM reform. Before that she worked as Advisor to the Executive Director of the World Bank, representing Georgia in the Dutch constituency. Marekh holds a Master's degree in International Development from the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris. 

Rohit KumarRohit Kumar is currently enrolled in the MPA/ID program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Before joining Harvard, he was heading the policy team at the office of a Member of Parliament (MP) of India. Prior to that, he worked for three years with an Indian think-tank that supports MPs across party lines with non-partisan research on legislative and policy issues. He is a 2013 IPRYLI (India-Pakistan Regional Young Leaders Initiative) fellow with the Asia Society. He holds a B. Tech and a M.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay.

Hashim RashidHashim Rashid (MPA/ID 2016), from Pakistan, is working with the Ministry of Energy and Industry to provide a plan for restructuring of the electricity distribution company. Before coming to Harvard, Hashim worked in management consulting and focused on delivery in public sector space. His work spanned from developing and implementing a new mentoring approach for 150,000 teachers to strategizing a major health system reform. He also has experience in corporate valuations and financial reporting with a large financial services firm. Hashim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting & Finance from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan.

Juan RiescoJuan Domingo Riesco is a commercial engineer and economist with a Master's of Science degree in economics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and is a 2016 MPA candidate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He worked as an adviser to the governor of Santiago de Chile, as part of the President’s Delivery Unit, as coordinator of the Committee of Ministers of Infrastructure, City, and Territory, and as chief of staff to Minister of National Property in Chile.


Emmanuel StegEmmanuel Steg (MBA 2016) is a French national working with the Investment Team in the Ministry of Economic Development. The team is working to identify current investment needs in Albania and to develop institutions to answer those needs. Before coming to Harvard, Emmanuel worked for Invuity, Inc. where he participated in the rebranding of the company. Emmanuel also worked with the Economic Advisor to the French President, focusing on banking stability and national bonds. Emmanuel graduated with honors from Brown University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and History and has a particular interest in studying historical macroeconomic trends.

Sarah ZehnerSarah Zehner (MPA/ID 2016) is a US national working with the Diaspora Program team in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The team is facilitating the relations between the home governments and the Albanian diaspora community abroad. Before coming to Harvard, Sarah worked as a community economic development adviser with the United States Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, where she provided business advisory services to a local coffee cooperative and trained youth in entrepreneurship. Sarah holds a Master's degree in Economics from University of British Columbia (Canada).