Principal Investigator: William Bertrand, PhD
William Ellis Bertrand, PhD: Dr. William Ellis Bertrand a professor and co-founder of the Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University holds expertise in the areas of information and system evaluation, instructional technology and design for behavior change, human resource planning, adaptation innovation and technology transfer, organizational change in civil society sectors, and applied epidemiology. Dr. Bertrand’s affiliation with Tulane University goes beyond the Payson Center to his over forty year career with the Department of Sociology and Social Work and more intimate work with the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM), where he served as chairman of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology (1981-1986), founding chair of the Department of International Health and Development (1991-1995), and Wisner Professor of Public Health (1986- present).
Co-PI: Elke de Buhr, PhD
Elke Johanna de Buhr, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University. Her research focuses on the rights and protection of children, and the health and wellbeing of people of all ages. She has served as the monitoring/data collection specialist on the Tulane University team that oversaw the implementation of the Harkin-Engel Protocol and the efforts undertaken by the international cocoa/chocolate industry to eliminate the worst forms of child labor in the cocoa sector in West Africa for the US Congress from 2006-11.