Our Team

Meet our amazing team! 

Jon Shaffer - Executive Director, Board Member

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Jon Shaffer is a Ph.D. student in sociology at Boston University who is interested in studying and advancing the social movement for the right to quality health care. Jon graduated from Northwestern University in 2009 with a major in biomedical engineering focused on developing therapeutic and diagnostic devices for the developing world. Shortly after graduating, Jon served as the executive director of GlobeMed, a student-driven global health organization that grew to more than 60 university-based chapters working side by side with more than 60 grassroots health organizations serving poor and marginalized communities.

After three years serving with GlobeMed, Jon moved to Partners In Health to work as the Senior Strategist for Grassroots Organizing and spent five years working to develop a novel grassroots community organizing advocacy program called PIH Engage. Through this work, nearly 100 teams of grassroots activist volunteers raised more than $1M, engaged with more than 100 members of Congress on global health issues, and brought thousands of people into the right to health movement.

Vladimir Grenkov - Director of Technology

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Vladimir Grenkov is BNID’s Director of Technology. He graduated from University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts and Boston University with an Master of Arts in 2010, both in Economics. A voracious programmer since the age of 10, he combines his economic acumen and coding to tackle problems in business operations, tech administration and marketing. Vlad co-founded Pixel Machinery, a technical consultancy, programming, and design shop. He also teaches Principles of Economics and International Economics courses at Fisher College.

Carolina Isch - Summer Intern

Carolina Isch is a senior undergraduate student at Boston College studying international studies. She is passionate about the human rights and social justice aspects of international development, and her life basically revolves around music.

Antje Otto - Summer Intern

Antje Otto, now finishing up her PhD in the field of human geography at the University of Freiburg, is interested in the intersection of environmental issues, social justice, and international development. She looks forward to bringing her significant international experience to the team.

Sarah Eikenberry - Summer Intern

Sarah Eikenberry studies Comparative Human Development and German at the University of Chicago. A Massachusetts native, she is very excited to be back in her home state for the summer and to be part of the BNID team!

Hugh McMahon - Summer Intern

Hugh McMahon is entering his third year at Boston College studying international studies. He loves international policy and law almost as much as he loves his two boxers, Murphy and Sadie

Quisqueya Witbeck - Summer Intern

Quisqueya Witbeck is a Masters student at Northeastern University. She is interested in global health, diplomacy, international relations, and the histories that underpin these phenomenon. She particularly values interdisciplinary approaches to international problems.

Dmitry Zharkov - Marketing Associate

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Dmitry Zharkov is BNID’s Marketing Associate. Dmitry graduated Summa Cum Laude from Suffolk University Sawyer Business School with a B.S. in Finance in 2017. Besides interest in international development and volunteering, Dmitry served as an Associate intern at IEC Partners, where he worked on go-to market strategy and fundraising activities for international startups in Educational Technology, Marine Products Manufacturing, and Fin-Tech.