Merrick Schaefer is the Development Informatics Team Lead at the US Global Development Lab, USAID’s innovation lab, where he helps lead their Ebola efforts in using technology to improve disaster response and recovery.
Before joining USAID he was a Senior Innovation Specialist at the World Bank and a Technical Lead at UNICEF where he was a founding member of the UNICEF Innovation Team.
His work focuses on the intersection of technology and international development. It ranges from strategic program design to managing software development as well as implementing programs in the field and monitoring and evaluating ICT4D projects. Two defining projects of his career were managing the development of the RapidSMS software framework and leading Programme Mwana in Zambia, one of the first mHealth programs to be scaled nationally.
Merrick started working as a web developer in 1995, having a front row seat to the explosive growth of the World Wide Web. He has worked on enterprise systems while consulting to Accenture, as well as creating websites for small businesses and non-profits while running a web development consultancy. He graduated from the University of Chicago where he earned a BA in Medical Ethics when not hacking on web projects.