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Busara's Next Act

Dear Friends,

I am writing to announce that I will be stepping down as CEO of Busara from July this year. This transition, while seemingly ill-timed in the current climate, has been in progress since late last year, and reflects a broader strategic goal to build a set of new leaders to drive our agenda forward. I remain deeply committed to this organization, and plan to continue to serve as an advisor and board member for years to come, but feel that leadership change is important to realizing our mission.

Chaning Jang, our Chief Strategy Officer, will be taking over as CEO. Chaning and I have worked closely since Busara was started, with Chaning serving as a founding board member and close advisor in the formative years. Chaning took a more central role at Busara beginning in 2017, moving to Kenya and establishing himself as the force behind our network of lab partnerships across the Global South. As a friend and colleague, I trust no one more, and his commitment to rigor and technical standards have pushed me, Busara, and the field of behavioral science forward. I could not be more thrilled for the future direction of Busara under his leadership.

We founded Busara with the mission of providing a more global perspective on behavioral science. What started as a few staff operating a humble research lab in the back office of Innovations for Poverty Action - Kenya has grown into a robust operation across the global South. We have a lot to be proud of - hundreds of new trials examining deep issues of human behavior and development, a network of behavioral science labs across the Global South, and a lasting community advocating for a different approach to human behavior among the non-WEIRD world.  

It’s not lost on me that we are going through an unprecedented set of challenges in the current Covid-19 crisis.
I've been newly inspired with how our team has banded together during this crisis -- adapting projects to remote research, advocating for more support to policymakers and governments, and personally supporting immediate relief efforts. This energy reflects our strength, and I believe we have even more to be excited for in the years to come. 

We have developed an exceptional leadership team over the past three years, filled with new energy and ambition for the future of behavioral science.

Above all, I want to thank the Busara team, our partners, and our community of practice for supporting us over the years. We continue to try to do something hard, and it never would have been possible without your guidance, your patience, and most importantly, your unmatched commitment to advance and apply behavioral science in pursuit of poverty alleviation.

Thank you all for the support, and looking forward to continuing the journey together over the years to come.

 

Best,

James

 

Take care and stay safe
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