Meghan Erkel has over six years of experience in international development including program design, research, and monitoring and evaluation in Latin America, the Caribbean and southern Africa. She has a strong interest in using research-based and data-driven approaches to strengthen local health and education systems in LMIC.
At Results for Development (R4D), Ms. Erkel is the data manager for the Global Innovation Exchange (GIE), a technology platform for global development innovations, funding and insights. In this role, she oversees the data strategy of how the GIE site consumes, analyzes, and showcases data, while also providing other program support for new and ongoing projects within the scaling innovation practice such as the Million Lives Club. With her global development perspective, she is also able to support the success of GIE’s innovators as they use the platform to fundraise and showcase their innovations more effectively.
Before joining R4D, Ms. Erkel was in Puerto Rico as a government contractor working on long-term recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria. She provided technical guidance in managing and developing projects that worked directly with Puerto Rican state agencies to provide sustainable solutions towards improving access to health care in Puerto Rico.
Prior to Puerto Rico, Ms. Erkel spent two years as a NIH Fulbright-Fogarty Research Fellow in Lima, Peru working with La Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH). Her research was designed as a needs assessment and an evaluation of an early childhood development program to identify gaps and opportunities to inform policy measures by the broader Peruvian Health System. The first phase of this research resulted in a first author publication, “Exploring the literary habits of caregivers with young children ages 11-25 months old in Lima, Peru: A pilot study of project LIBRE” (Early Childhood Education Journal, July 2019).
While conducting research in Peru, Ms. Erkel worked closely with the former Peruvian minister of health, Dr. Patricia García, and produced research that helped establish guidelines and policies for child malnutrition and anemia, as well as adolescents’ rights to reproductive health resulting in increased access to adolescent-friendly services throughout Peru.
Ms. Erkel holds a master’s in public health in global health from the University of Washington and a BA in English from Rice University. She speaks English and Spanish.