Meet the Advisory Board

Since its formation in 2006, NTC has relied on the expertise of a core group of individuals who have generously offered their time to help NTC observe best practices and operate effectively and efficiently. Please take a few minutes to meet our advisory board!

ted-baker2-150x150 Ted Baker is an associate professor in the Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Department at North Carolina State University.  He has taught entrepreneurship on four continents. His research focuses on entrepreneurship in resource-constrained environments, and on forms of entrepreneurial resourcefulness, including improvisation and bricolage.  Currently, he is studying resourcefulness in the informal settlements around Cape Town, South Africa. He serves on the editorial boards of five leading management journals.  He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. (Sociology) from UNC-Chapel Hill, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Ted previously worked in private industry for 15 years, including leadership roles in a variety of start-ups, and he directed a seed-stage investment fund.
Mark Bean Mark Bean, Ph.D, is the president and founder of Amesbury for Africa, a non-profit organization that has fostered a mutual partnership between the communities of Amesbury, MA and Esabalu, Kenya for over 20 years.
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown, Ph.D, is the Director of Outreach at Boston University’s African Studies Center. She was also a Radcliffe Institute Fellow at Harvard University and the Co-director of three NEH summer institutes and of one Fulbright G.P.A. She has lived in a number of African countries, including Tanzania. Most recently, Barbara is committed to teaching K-12 students about African culture and engaging students in cultural exchange initiatives. She has created two traveling kits about Ghana and Kenya for elementary school use across the country, and has also published two posters entitled  “How Big Is Africa?” and “Do Africans See Wildlife?” which can be viewed at www.bu.edu/africa/outreach. Barbara played a critical role in the formation of NTC’s key principle that our relationships are both mutual and collaborative efforts.
Alfredo Burlando Alfredo Burlando, M.A., is a doctoral candidate in the department of Economics at Boston University. His research focuses on issues of economic development, and this interest has led to living, researching and working in East Africa for almost two years. Currently, Alfredo is working on two economics research projects. The first explores the effects of malaria on human capital accumulation in Ethiopia. The second investigates the fertility and health effects of power outages in Tanzania. Alfredo is the co-author of two articles on the theory and practice of anti-collusion mechanisms. Outside of academia, Alfredo worked in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as a researcher and consultant for education and health non-governmental organizations, and serves as an adviser to the Zanzibar Statistics Agency.
Christopher Duggan Christopher Duggan, M.D., M.P.H. is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. He is a pediatric gastroenterologist and nutrition physician at Children’s Hospital, Boston where he directs the Clinical Nutrition Service. Since 2001 he has been involved in a series of research studies with collaborators at Muhimbili University Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam on the role of nutrition in infectious diseases (HIV, malaria, diarrhea and others).  He visits Tanzania several times per year, and is the father of Michael and Brendan Duggan, both of whom played integral roles in forming NTC Clubs at Newton South High School and Oak Hill Middle School.
Kay Khan Representative Kay Khan is the Massachusetts State Representative for the 11th Middlesex District, serving a large percentage of the Newton Community. Representative Khan is serving her eighth term in office and is the longest-serving current state legislator from Newton. Among her extensive list of awards are several “Legislator of the Year” awards from several prominent organizations in Massachusetts.  One of her primary objectives is to pass legislation that promotes global education in the Massachusetts school curriculum, “providing students with a better and more well rounded perspective on the world and the preliminary tools to prepare for work in the competitive global market place.” Her work goes hand in hand with a critical component of NTC’s mission – to provide American and Tanzanian students with a hands-on global perspective.
Joes Lui Joe Liu is a research analyst at ParadyszMatera, a direct marketing firm in New York City specializing in digital and direct mail. He graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Sociology in 2007. He hopes to visit Tanzania sometime in the near future.
Mark Lohr Mark G. Lohr is President of  Ambient, Inc., which provides consulting services to IT vendors and their customers.  Mark also is Vice Chair of the East End House, a community center serving the East Cambridge and surrounding communities.
Athuman Msangi Athuman Msangi, NTC’s Tanzania Advisor and Kwala Secondary School teacher, has been teaching in Tanzania for more than 35 years. Currently, he teachers English and Kiswahili at Kwala Secondary School, and also coordinates NTC projects in Tanzania. In 2007, Athuman left Tanzania for the first time to visit Newton on a two week cultural exchange trip. His role as NTC Tanzania coordinator has been critical in the formation and well-being of the organization. Not only has he engaged both Americans and Tanzanians in NTC projects, he provides a critical aspect of accountability for the organization on the ground in Tanzania.
Mark Springer Mark Springer has been the principal of Mason-Rice Elementary School in Newton since 1995. He received his B.A. in History at Bucknell University, and an M. Ed. from Lesley University. He has visited South Africa and his daughter, Anna, will be living in South Africa in 2009/2010. He helped initiate an NTC partnership between Mason-Rice Elementary School and Kwala’s primary school, Mahundi Primary School, and is currently in communication with Mahundi’s headmaster, Mr. Gunda.