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.