Our people

Meet the On Think Tanks team. They are joined by a growing network of trainers and associates and supported by an international Advisory Board.

The team

  • Enrique Mendizabal

    Founder and director

    Enrique is an independent policy entrepreneur. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Until December 2010 he worked for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) where he headed the Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) programme. At ODI he co-founded the Outcome Mapping Learning Community. Enrique is the co-founder of Politics and Ideas, the Peruvian Alliance for the Use of Evidence, and the Premio PODER al Think Tank Peruano del Año. Since 2016, he organises an annual Evidence Week in Latin America. He lives in Lima (Peru) but spends quite some time in London and traveling to visit think tanks across the world. He combines this with travel writing.

  • Vanesa Weyrauch

    Director of the On Think Tanks School

    Vanesa is co-founder of Politics & Ideas, a think net focused in the interaction between research and policy, and Associate Researcher at CIPPEC, Argentina. She has worked in the policy and research field for the past 12 years, especially with think tanks in Latin America. She has created several online courses on topics like policy influence planning, designing policy relevant research agendas, funding models, research communications, and monitoring and evaluating policy influence addressed to think tanks in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Vanesa has developed and implemented an online course to help policymakers promote the use of research in policy. She also works as mentor with several think tanks in developing countries, particularly in communications, policy influence, funding and monitoring and evaluation. She holds a BA in Social Communications from Universidad Austral (Argentina) and a Certificate of Special Studies in Management and Administration from Harvard University.

  • Jeff Knezovich

    Editor at large (communication)

    Jeff manages the digital communication activities of the Nuffield Trust. Before then he worked at IDS as the Policy Influence and Research Uptake Manager for the Future Health Systems Research Programme Consortium. Previously he worked in the Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) Programme at ODI where he was in charge of programme communication activities. He also has led or contributed to the communications activities of several large projects, like the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, the Mwananchi Programme, Comercio y Pobreza en Latinoamerica (COPLA – Trade and Poverty in Latin America), and the Evidence-based Policy in Development Network.

  • Annapoorna Ravichander

    Editor at large (South Asia)

    Annapoorna is an Independent Consultant based in India. She holds a PhD in History and has over 25 years of experience in the areas of training, writing and communication. She has published articles in journals, newspapers and newsletters. She has also coordinated publishing books in the capacity of associate editor and coordinator. Her core skills include editing, communication and training. Until 2016 she was the Head of the Communication and Policy Engagement Team (CPE) at the Center for Study, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) in India. Annapoorna has been a recipient of the Rotary Award for Exemplary Services in 1999, Vadodara, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal from 1985-86 and UGC Fellowship from 1984-1988.

  • Leandro Echt

    Editor at large (Latin America) and coordinator of the On Think Tanks School

    Leandro works in the policy and research field. He engages with think tanks, researchers, NGOs and public agencies interested in linking evidence with public decisions, particularly in developing countries, through capacity building, mentoring and consultancy activities including evaluation of programs and organisational assessments. His work is complemented by research initiatives. He is also the general coordinator of Politics & Ideas. Previously, he was the coordinator of the Influence, Monitoring and Evaluation Program at the Argentinean think tank Center for the Implementation of Public Policies promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC). He is Argentinean and is currently based in Florida, United States.

  • Eva Cardoso

    Programme manager

    Eva Cardoso is an experienced project manager. She has solid experience managing various international research projects; taking care of contractual management, budget monitoring, setting up/improving structures and processes, and arranging the content and logistics of international events and trainings. She is also very familiar with the think tanks sector: she was programme administrator for the RAPID Programme at ODI and has, since leaving, supported On Think Tanks on several projects including the Data Visualisation Competition, Politics and Ideas, and The On Think Tanks Exchange. She also contributes writing on project management and budgeting.

  • Erika Perez-Leon

    Digital content editor

    Erika has over ten years of experience managing creative teams and delivering complex communication and marketing campaigns for NGO, charity and for-profit clients in Africa, Latin America and the US. Her work includes brand development and implementation for editorial and consumer goods clients, along with information, education and communication materials, behavior change campaigns and branding for urban and rural community programs on education, health, gender, and market development. In 2015, she worked on the Ebola crisis response in Sierra Leone as part of the IRC's communications team.

  • Stephen Yeo

    Adviser at large

    Stephen has had extensive involvement in building capacity for policy research and analysis in Sub-Saharan Africa, along with experience in monitoring and evaluation, in particular of policy research networks and policy influencing projects. He is currently involved in the evaluation of the International Growth Centre (IGC).

  • Andrea Baertl

    Research officer

    Andrea is a social psychologist with an MSc in Wellbeing and human development from the University of Bath. She has experience in research, research communications, capacity building for NGOs and think tanks, and corporate social responsibility. Her research work focused on education, wellbeing and development in GRADE (Group for the Analisys of Development- Peru), Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and the University of Bath. Before joining On Think Tanks, Andrea worked at the Ella (Evidence and Lessons from Latin America ) Programme, where she oversaw the impact of the work of partner African and Latin American research centres.

  • Sofia Ballon

    Learning officer

    Sofia is a political scientist from the University of Notre Dame with management studies at ESAN Graduate School of Business. She is an experienced networker who produces events to educate the general public and impact policy-making in her main areas of research: international relations, local government, environmental and gender justice, and innovation in development. She is currently working on the Evidence Week in Latin America and the On Think Tanks School and Fellowship programmes. She has previously directed SinoLATAM Forum, a think tank that explores China - Latin America relations, and worked for the private, academic and public sectors in Peru, the USA, and China.

The contributors