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.

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.

Peter Begley

Peter Begley

Peter is Dobility's Director of Finance and Operations, and brings to the team over twenty years of experience in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

Before joining Dobility, Peter served as a consultant to several social enterprises and nonprofits as a contract CFO/Controller and COO/operations lead. Peter also helped start up Impact Hub Boulder, serving initially as its Operations Director, and later as its contract CFO/Controller, and participated as a finance and operations mentor throughout the global Impact Hub network. Prior positions include Director of Finance and Operations roles at a public policy organization, as well as a private pre-K to 6th grade school, and as a co-founder of a high-end photography company. Peter has also served on a number of for-profit and nonprofit boards as a trustee as well as an officer (most frequently as Treasurer).

Peter is based in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Good to know
Peter recently returned from spending an amazing and humbling year traveling around the world with his wife and two boys. He is also a former professional photographer, and thinks fondly of his first job as an employee at a university medical library.

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.

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.

Charles King

Charles King

Charles King is Dobility's product designer, combining years of experience in the fields of web design, marketing and branding, graphic design, and customer service to ensure that the breadth of power behind the SurveyCTO technology is accessible to and enjoyable for each user.

Charles has worked on brand identity strategies and web experiences for companies in many fields, from designer fashion to construction management and consulting. He has worked as a freelance web designer, an IT Systems Administrator, chief of operations, and as a full-time touring musician. Throughout his career, positive user experience has been at the center of his design philosophy and vital to his success.

Charles is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Good to know
Charles is passionate about sustainability and is a sitting board member of Sustainable Marblehead, a community organization dedicated to reducing human environmental impact while improving quality of life in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

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.