Meet our amazing team!
Jon Shaffer - Executive Director
Jon Shaffer is a Ph.D. student in sociology at Boston University where his research interests exist at the intersection of global health, human rights, science and technology studies, and social movements. Previously, Jon launched a community organizing platform with Partners In Health called PIH Engage (engage.pih.org), which has organized more than 100 teams of volunteer community organizers, thousands of new grassroots supporters, raised nearly one million dollars, and developed new capacity to advocate for policies that advance the human right to health. Before that, he worked to develop, launch, and lead GlobeMed (www.globemed.org) which has engaged thousands of university students in the global health equity movement. Jon has served on BNID's Board since 2012 and is excited to support and lead in this next phase of growth.
Adam Korn - Co-Founder & Director Emeritus
Adam Korn graduated from Suffolk University Law School with a J.D. in the class of 2017. Adam received his Master of Arts from the Wilf Family Department of Politics at New York University in 2012 in International Affairs. Furthermore, Adam received his Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Political Science from Boston University where he became interested in the fields of law and development. Adam served as the Director of BNID between 2010 and 2017.
Vladimir Grenkov - Director of Technology
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.
Dmitry Zharkov - Marketing Associate
Dmitry Zharkov is a M.S. candidate (applied mechanics) in Moscow Aviation University and B.A. candidate at Suffolk University (Investment Finance). Beside interest in international development and volunteering, he is passionate about new ventures creation and startup investing.