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Clara Mundia

Dr. Clara Mundia is the LOCAN (Location Analytics) Director at Dalberg Research, based in Nairobi, where her work focuses on conceptualising and managing evidence-based analysis to address research project objectives across development sectors including agriculture, technology, energy, health, financial inclusion, labor markets.

With over a decade and a half of experience in the application of geospatial analytics to advance evidence-based decision making, Clara has extensive experience building and managing teams of data and geospatial analysts and in communicating data evidence to all audiences. Her work focuses on implementing innovative research and analytics techniques and creative ways to use data in order to answer questions that align with a strong humanitarian mission. She also oversees a technical team of ~12 research analysts.

Clara is passionate about the power of data to inform and lead development in low and emerging countries particularly in advancing strategies around gender equality, social justice, human rights, climate change mitigation and environmental sustainability. Keen on exercising and promoting responsible and ethical use of data and upholding data privacy.

Clara holds a PhD in Environmental Resources and Policy and a Masters in Geography and Environmental Sciences from Southern Illinois University and earned her Bachelor of Science from Edinboro, University of Pennsylvania. She is a Geospatial World’s 50 Rising Stars 2021 awardee, a member of the International Geographical Honor Society (Gamma Theta Upsilon), the Association of American University Women (AAUW) and the Association of American Geographers (AAG).