Brooklyn New York
I am the Director and co-Founder of Data-Pop Alliance on Big data and development, co-created by the Harvard Humanitarian Initative (HHI), MIT Media Lab, and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), where I am respectively a Fellow, a Visiting Scholar, and a Research Associate. I am also a PhD Candidate in Demography at UC Berkeley (ABD, finishing this year) and a Non-Resident Adviser at the International Peace Institute (IPI).
My main academic and professional interest is in 'Big Data for development' as well as / applied to fragile states, poverty analysis, conflict prevention, migration patterns and official statistics.
In 2011-12 I worked as a Development Economist at UN Global Pulse, where I wrote GP's white paper “Big Data for Development". Before that I worked for UNDP in NYC (2006-09) and in Hanoi, Vietnam, for the French Ministry of Finance (2000-04). I graduated from Sciences Po Paris (BA, Political Science 1999, MA Economic Demography, 2000) and Columbia University SIPA (MA Economic Development, 2006) where I was a Fulbright Fellow.
As a political cartoonist ("in the making since 1975") I contribute cartoons to Rue89, a French news website, to the satirical blog Stuffexpataidworkerslike as well as illustrations for development reports and campaigns, notably, which can be seen on my public 'Manu Cartoons' Facebook page.