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Consulting Team

Barbara Magnoni

Practice Areas: strategic evaluation; institutional strengthening; microfinance; gender

Education: MIA, Columbia University

Languages: Spanish, Italian

Since 2000, Ms. Magnoni has been working in economic development programs with a strong focus on financial access in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has worked on research studies, evaluations and implementation of new projects; advised governments, international organizations and financial institutions on financial inclusion, gender, and microinsurance; and authored a number of studies that analyze gaps to financial access. Ms. Magnoni oversees the methodology, analysis, and deliverables on EA's consultancies, and manages the firm's strategic direction.

Jennifer Powers Dorrington

Practice Areas: microfinance; gender; financial sector development

Education: MIA, Columbia University

Languages: Spanish

Ms. Powers Dorrington manages the Access to Finance practice at EA Consultants, where she focuses on the interaction between financial services and new market opportunities. She has lead evaluations of new financial products designed to fill market gaps, including lack of financial access for women, rural areas, and very small businesses. Prior to EA, Ms. Powers Dorrington worked at Deutsche Bank Social Investments, where she helped structure financing for social ventures.


Emily Zimmerman

Practice Areas: consumer protection; qualitative and quantitative research; microinsurance; financial counseling and education

Education: JD, University of Texas School of Law

Languages: Spanish

Ms. Zimmerman’s work at EA Consultants centers on researching the financial needs and use of financial services by low-income and otherwise vulnerable individuals. She focuses on the client perspective, gaining insight into clients’ needs and how they perceive and interact with financial products and services, and translating that knowledge into strategies for improvements at the product, institution, and policy level. A licensed attorney with extensive experience researching legal and regulatory issues related to the development and sale of insurance and other financial products, Emily worked as a corporate lawyer with a practice focused in equity and debt financing prior to joining EA.


Elisabeth Burgess

Practice Areas: institutional strengthening; financial education; microinsurance

Education: MA in Development Economics and International Business, Tufts University

Languages: Spanish, Portuguese

Ms. Burgess has over 10 years of experience in financial services in an international development setting. At EA, she has lead monitoring and evaluation and market research studies of various pro-poor financial services. Ms. Burgess has also taken lead roles developing training materials and financial education workshops for the management and staff of financial service providers. Prior to working at EA, Ms. Burgess led evaluations, product design research, and project management for microinsurance products across the world as an independent consultant.


Danielle Sobol

Practice Areas: qualitative and quantitative research; process evaluation; market analysis

Education: MPA in Development Practice, Columbia University

Languages: Swahili, Hebrew

Ms. Sobol is a Research Associate at EA Consultants and runs the Mobile Data Unit. She has 10 years of research and project management experience in a wide range of disciplines including quantitative and qualitative international development and anthropological research, basic science and clinical research, and market analysis. Danielle manages field work and data analytics for EA projects, with a specific focus on Africa, Asia, and U.S. financial inclusion initiatives.