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John Whalen // Founder & Partner

John has over 30+ years of experience across the private, government, and nonprofit sectors in international business, international economics and trade, international development, entrepreneurship, leadership development, community building and technology innovation.

For the last 10 years, John has held executive and high-level consulting roles in the INGO sector.  His career also includes 3 years in international business consulting working with Fortune 100 companies; 7 years as a US foreign service officer working in humanitarian assistance in Africa, trade policy in Asia, and political reporting in Latin America; and 10 years as CEO of a tech-incubator and services company in Boston.

John holds a Bachelor’s degree from NYU in Computer Science & Mathematics and a Masters in International Affairs from Georgetown.

Erin Anastasia Murphy // Partner

Erin has over a decade of experience working in both the private and nonprofit sectors, specializing in operational and knowledge management, community building and engagement and strategic learning.

She has extensive experience implementing organizational knowledge strategies with a focus on addressing learning and collaboration needs through people-centered approaches to technology design.  Prior to joining Kito Global, Erin was the Portfolio Lead for Pact Institute, a subsidiary of Washington, DC-based INGO, Pact.  Before shifting to the INGO sector, Erin was the Director of Research at CoreWeb, a Boston-based technology firm.   

Erin holds a Bachelor's degree in English & History from the University of Vermont and a Master of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategy from Columbia University.

Kito Global Fellowship

Every year we offer an exciting opportunity for motivated young professionals to learn and grow their knowledge of the post-sectoral landscape™ by joining our team as research fellows through our Social Impact Fellowship program.