BISG Committee

Sally Khallash
Sally Khallash
MC MPA 2021, Harvard Kennedy School
Professional Development Chair

Sally owns a small consultancy, Behavioural Strategy, doing consumer decision-making, CX, and pricing projects across Europe. She has worked as a research consultant at Oxford IMI, was TA in Judgment and Decision-Making at Harvard Continuing Education, and teaches JDM and negotiation psychology in Denmark. She also works part-time on a PhD in Customer Excellence and Consumer Behaviour. She has written a few books on applications of BE: Decision Strategy (rated top 5 best management books in DK), Price Psychology, and currently a marketing book combining Neuro Science and BE.

Goal for BISG: First and foremost, to help Harvard students and alumni gain hands-on experience with BE, and secondly to strengthen an ethical application of BE in the private sector.

Laura Karas
Laura Karas
J.D. 2022, Harvard Law School
Student Program Representative for Harvard Law School

Laura Karas, MD, MPH, is a second-year J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School. She holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College, a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, and a Master’s of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Laura first developed an interest in behavioral science after reading the insightful and much-celebrated book Nudge by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. She is interested in how we can design more effective policies that are responsive to the biases of human cognition, the limitations of human decision-making, and the realities of human behavior. Laura believes that thoughtful and well-informed policies and regulations can make the world a better place.

Goal for BISG: As founder of the Law and Behavioral Science Blog of Harvard Law School and as the HLS representative to BISG, Laura looks forward to energizing students and faculty across Harvard to harness the power of behavioral insights for the common good.

Joaille Araujo  
Joaille Araujo
ALM 2023, Harvard Extension School
Communications Chair

Joaille is a practicing Experience Strategist specializing in digital transformation for federal and e-commerce clients. She is a strong user advocate who uses user research and design to engage the public directly in an effort to generate actionable insights that move business forward. Joaille builds sustainable programs, creates tools, and facilitates conversations that help reintroduce her clients and teammates to the people they serve. She is currently an ALM, Finance candidate at the Harvard Extension School.

Goal for BISG: I'm excited to assist the team with bringing interactive virtual experiences to the Harvard community.

Marco Carrasco
MPA-ID 2021, Harvard Kennedy School
Professional Development Chair & Social Media Chair

Marco Carrasco is an MPA-ID candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. He holds a B.S. in Economics from the National University of San Marcos, and a M.S. in Economics and Psychology from the University of Paris 1: Panthéon - Sorbonne. He has previously worked for the Organization of American States in Washington, DC, for Research Institutes in Shanghai, and for the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion in Lima. Co-Founder of the NGO BEST: Behavioral Economics & Data Science Team in Peru. His areas of interest and research include Behavioral Economics, East Asian Development, and Social Innovation. Current Professional Development Co-Chair & Social Media Chair of Harvard’s Behavioral Insights Student Group, and Young Scholar for the 2021 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Economic Sciences.

Goal for BISG: Expanding the knowledge of Behavioral Economics for the better design of cost-effective interventions and policies.

Emily Prinsloo
Emily Prinsloo
PhD in Business Administration (Marketing) 2023, Harvard Business School
Research Development Chair & Doctoral Student Program Representative

Emily Prinsloo is a PhD candidate in Marketing (Consumer Behavior) at Harvard Business School. She holds a B.A. from Rotterdam School of Management and an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge. She has worked as a consultant at IBM and Simon-Kucher & Partners, and as a product manager at BMW/Mini. Prior to joining HBS, Emily was a research assistant at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Areas of interest and current research involve impression management, charitable giving, and understanding when and why people take (or do not take) opportunities.

Goal for BISG: This year, my goal is to equip students interested in behavioral research with the necessary knowledge, and resources for them to succeed. I'm also excited to build a community across different schools and programs at Harvard!

Sarah Kovar
Sarah Kovar
Master in Design Engineering 2021, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Sarah has 5+ years of experience in strategy consulting for government and commercial clients with Deloitte Consulting LLP. Her clients have included USAID, IRS, USPS, CDC, and NASWA. She specializes in applying behavioral insights to craft experiments that enhance evidence-based decision making and policy designs. She formerly led Deloitte's Behavioral Insights group, and helped design the methodology for projects at the intersection of data science, behavioral science, and digital platforms. Sarah is passionate about understanding human behavior in order to help us make better decisions and correct for biases in ourselves and the algorithms we create. She is also fascinated by how governments can better predict future technological trends for social good, and understand its ethical, societal, and national security impacts.

Goal for BISG: I am excited to explore alongside students the breath and impact of behavioral science applications that help us understand and address some of the world's most pressing challenges.

Benjamin Abtan
Benjamin AbtanMC MPA 2020, Harvard Kennedy School
Strategic Support for BIG Mentoring Program

A coach with a focus on minorities and communities, Benjamin has been committed for 20 years to antiracism and justice in civil society, at the political level and in the private sector. A Political Advisor to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and of Justice in France, he advised Members of parliaments from 25+ countries on human rights and protection of populations. A grassroots activist, he was president of a large French student union and established and led the largest federation of human rights NGOs in Europe. In the private sector, he conducted Public Affairs missions for a coalition of luxury brands, and advised an international network of national public financial institutions for impact investing. Benjamin taught at Brandeis University and Yerevan State University (Armenia).

Goal for BISG: To help behavioral science-related projects and their leaders grow.

Kanishk Mittal
Kanishk Mittal
Harvard College 2021
Student Program Representative for Harvard College

Kanishk a senior at the college studying Physics and Math. He wishes to pursue a Ph.D in Economics, and has an interest in Behavioral, Developmental and Macroeconomics.

Goal for BISG: I'm excited to interact with the people I meet over the course of this year.

Logan Berg
Logan Berg
Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
Professional Development Chair

Logan Berg is a joint research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership and Women and Public Policy Program. She has worked in academia the last 10 years conducting research in social psychology and judgment and decision making. Her specific research interests include motivational factors in decision making, self regulation and overconfidence. She holds a BA in Psychology from Colby College and an MS in Social Psychology from Texas A&M University.

Goal for BISG: Helping the BISG community learn about research and opportunities to pursue behavioral science careers in this changing landscape.

Samantha van de Ven
Samantha van de Ven
ALM International Relations 2021, Harvard Extension School
Professional Development Chair

Samantha van de Ven has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is a current Master’s student studying International Relations. Samantha is an Intern at the Behavioral Insights Group at the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and worked as a Research Aide in the Harvard Business School Department of Organizational Behavior. She is passionate about evidence-based designs that drive behavioral change solutions in public policy and organizational contexts. She is particularly interested in behavioral science applications to social change, innovation, and development.

Goal for BISG: I am looking forward to working with the rest of the committee to develop new opportunities for BISG members to get involved with behavioral science research and career opportunities.

Jaclyn Lefkowitz
Jaclyn Lefkowitz
Master in Public Policy 2021, Harvard Kennedy School

Jaclyn Lefkowitz is a second year Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School where she seeks to make the use of behavioral insights more common among policymakers and practitioners. Previously, she spent 5 years at ideas42 as a Senior Associate applying behavioral science to issues in government, health care, and consumer finance across the United States and Mexico. Prior to joining ideas42, Jaclyn served as a Research Assistant in both the Department of Psychology and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. Jaclyn holds a BA in Psychology and Spanish from Cornell University.

Goal for BISG: I'm excited to work with the BISG team to develop and implement innovative programming that shows the breadth of ways behavioral science can be applied to tackle important social issues


Previous BISG Committees

2020 BISG Committee

Ian Cutler, MPP 2020
Ian CutlerCo-Lead

Ian Cutler first developed a passion for behavioral science as an undergraduate at Yale University, where he majored in Cognitive Science with a focus in Decision Making. After college, Ian spent a brief stint as a high school math teacher before spending 7 years at Google, where he worked to improve the efficacy and efficiency of Google’s internal processes (first in Human Resources, then in Physical Security). After 7 years in the private sector, Ian decided to turn his attention to public policy. His studies at HKS focus on how to improve the efficacy of government programs, relying heavily on behavioral insights to make such programs more accessible and useful for the people who rely on them.

Goal for BISG: Introduce new Harvard students to the exciting discipline of behavioural insights and welcome them into the BISG community.

Ana Larrea-Albert, MCMPA 2020
Ana Larrea-AlbertCo-Lead

A behavioral science enthusiast, Ana Larrea-Albert has spent the past 20 years in the private sector in finance, operations and the last decade as an executive in Marketing & Customer Experience for a European multinational. Ana holds a BS in Marketing and an MBA in International Business from Florida Atlantic University.  She is the Founder and President of a Latina leadership platform, an Executive Leadership Coach and mentor to high-potential leaders and students, a public speaker, and author of bilingual children’s books. Her areas of interest for research, public policy and service are Leadership and Development, with especial focus on the Latinx community, as well as Bipartisan initiatives.

Goal for BISG: To incorporate insights from my experience in the private sector as a practicioner and help create stronger connections between behavioral insights research and applications both in the private and public arenas. 

Hadley Johnson 
Hadley JohnsonCareer & Skills

Hadley Johnson is a research assistant in the Langer Lab at Harvard University. She holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, B.A. in Visual Art, and M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, all from Lesley University. Her teaching expertise includes the visual arts, non-traditional learning in museums, preschool, and toddlers. Areas of interest and current research involve Langerian mindfulness, decision making, health messaging, emotion, self-efficacy, and applying resulting insights to issues in industry and policy. 

Goal for BISG: This year, I am looking forward to working with the rest of the committee to develop new opportunities for BISG members to get involved with behavioral science.

Manuela Collis
Manuela CollisCareer & Skills

Manuela Collis is the career, research, and skills co-chair at BISG. She is a research associate at Harvard Business School and a Women in Public Policy Program (WAPPP) fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. Using tools from experimental economics, Manuela research explores how gender influences decisions and outcomes in education and in the labor market. Manuela worked for 10 years at a commercial bank and holds an MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, USA, and a BSc in Business Administration with Specialization in Banking and Finance from Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland.

Goal for BISG: One of my goals for this year is to create opportunities to learn about behavioral science, cutting-edge research,  jobs, and (importantly: employers) within the space of Behavioral Insights/Science.

Diksha Bijlani, MPP 2020
Diksha BijlaniSocial & Outreach

Diksha Bijlani is an MPP from India where she worked with the Indian Parliament before coming to HKS. She is very interested in the application of behavioral science to health and environment, and she spent this summer working with the World Bank Mind Behavior and Development Unit (eMBeD) on applying behavioral insights to maternal and infant health and nutrition in India and Bangladesh.

Goal for BISG: Career expo, which will give students the opportunity to collaborate with the professional work happening in BI.

Jyoti Gupta, MPP 2020
Jyoti GuptaSocial & Outreach 

Jyoti Gupta is a second year Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to HKS, she was a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in their New Delhi and San Francisco offices for 5 years, where a large part of her work was in the social impact and public sector practices, particularly in education. Through her work across over a dozen projects, the importance of influencing people’s behaviors to make change “stick” came out as a recurring theme. She is passionate about returning to the K-12 education space after HKS, and working at the intersection of technology, public education and behavior change. Jyoti holds an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, where she graduated as department gold medalist and institute silver medalist.

Goal for BISG: Bringing together behavior science enthusiasts from across the Harvard schools to create a thriving community.

Ander Caballero, MCMPA 2019
Ander CaballeroCommunications & Engagement

Born in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain, Ander Caballero has a Harvard MPA with degrees in law and economics and post-graduate studies in International Trade. With over 15 years-experience across several sectors in business and government, Ander worked and lived in Europe, Middle East and North America. Ander is fluent in Basque, Spanish and English, also speak some French and Arabic. His interests are soccer and politics, and he is a travel enthusiast.

Goal for BISG: Expanding awareness around this amazing discipline and helping create behavioral science related ventures.

Ece Hakim, Harvard College 2021
Ece HakimCommunications & Engagement and College Rep

Ece Hakim is studying Psychology with a secondary in Art, Film and Visual Studies. She has been working at Prof. Mahzarin Banaji's Lab as a research assistant for two years. Last year, Ece published a paper titled "Conceptual Priming vs. Gender Bias in the "Surgeon Riddle" in THURJ and won the Best Manuscript Award. The intersection of psychology and media is a particular interest of hers that drew her into Behavioral Insights. 

Goal for BISG: This year, I want to make sure that all the Harvard College undergraduates with an interest in Behavioral Insights is aware of the presence of BISG at Harvard.

Kiyeon Lee, Harvard College 2021
Kiyeon LeeCommunications & Engagement and College Rep

Kiyeon Lee is concentrating in Psychology and interested in applying social psychology to help people live happier and more productive lives. He has researched at the business school and in a social psychology lab. He hopes to contribute behavioral insights to organizations in the fields of technology, arts, and education. 

Goal for BISG: I'm looking forward to helping students discover the great opportunities in behavioral insights!

Nirit Gadasi, MCMPA 2020
Nirit GadasiCommunications & Engagement

Nirit Gadasi is a financial services and financial education expert from Israel. She worked as a regulator of pension and insurance plans and led a project to build a data and funds clearinghouse for the long term savings market in Israel. Nirit has founded and managed the national initiative for financial education where she launched a national website and promoted cross-sector partnerships with government agencies, private companies and NGOs in various FE programs. In recent years she worked as an independent consultant in the field of financial services.

Goal of BISG: I think one goal we should have for the BISG should be to get a higher engagement of students and faculty with behavioral science. This may be achieved by more hands-on workshops or by trying to promote use cases of behavioral science as a possible toolkit for some of the classes that work with various organizations off-campus on real issues and real policies.

Barbara Oedayrajsingh Varma, Harvard College 2021
barbara_oedayrajsingh_varmaCollege Rep

Barbara Oedayrajsingh Varma is a third-year student from the Netherlands, studying Psychology and Government at the College. She is especially interested in how behavioural insights can be used to improve public policy, and hopes to work in this field in the future. At the moment, Barbara does research in behavioural insights at HBS, is very involved in the international student community at the College and is excited to get more involved with the BISG community this year.

Goal for BISG: BISG is currently a community mostly used by graduate students, but I believe that many College students would also be interested in getting more involved, so I hope to help make BISG better known throughout the University!

Laura Zatz, HSPH ScD 2020
Laura ZatzHSPH/BISG Chan Rep

Laura Zatz, MPH is a 5th-year doctoral student in the departments of Nutrition and Social & Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research focuses on applying behavioral sciences to develop policies that promote healthy eating. Laura has cross-sector experience designing, implementing, and evaluating public health programs and policies at USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, the Bipartisan Policy Center, and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). She is a past co-chair of Harvard’s Behavioral Insights Student Group.

Goal for BISG: I'm excited to host events about using behavioral science to promote public health.

Nicole Abi-Esber, second-year doctoral student at Harvard Business School
Nicole Abi-EsberDoctoral Student Rep

Nicole Abi-Esber is a doctoral student in Organizational Behavior (Psychology Track) at Harvard Business School. She received a B.A. from Tufts University in 2012 and an A.M. from Harvard University in 2014. She has previously worked as a product manager in tech startups across the Middle East, including Dubai and Tehran, and as a happiness researcher with the Government of Dubai. Most recently she was a research associate at the Behavioral Lab at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. She speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Persian (Farsi). Nicole researches conversations: what do we get right and wrong when having conversations? Are we good at achieving conversational goals, such as appearing competent and likeable, and communicating clearly? How can we have better conversations?

Goal for BISG: I’m excited to build connections between graduate students across different schools at Harvard!

Maria Duque, Harvard Extension School 2020
Maria DuqueMember at Large

By training, Maria Duque is a clinical psychologist (licensed abroad) and a public health practitioner with experience in research and the development of cross-sector educational initiatives in collaboration with academic institutions, the private sector, the government, United Nations agencies in Colombia, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is also a former NIH Fogarty fellow and a U.S. Navy veteran.

Goal for BISG: Very excited about contributing to growing the BI community in any way I can!

Alejandro Noriega
Member at Large

David Reiff
Member at Large

Nourham Shaban
Member at Large