If we traced our friendship back to the beginning, neither of us would have imagined—12 years from the day we met at a dusty roadside shop in Ghana — that we would have remained firm friends, and both be living in Washington, DC working on international policy issues.
It all started in 2002, in Accra, Ghana, where we were living, cutting our development teeth in one of the friendliest countries in the world and certainly amongst the most peaceful either of us have worked in. It was there where debates about local agency, ‘doing development’ well, and environmental justice lobbied across our dining room table. Such discussions, ignited by freshly tapped palm wine, sparked our friendship and fed a shared passion for observation, debate and learning. Of course, the lively debate and thirst for the unknown created the ideal backdrop for incredible adventures within West Africa, and along with it, a self-reflective revisionism applied to everything we knew and held to be true.
Now, more than a decade and several country posts later, we find ourselves living in the same city, fueled by the same passions we uncovered and first tested at that dining room table so long ago, but now informed by broader experiences. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, but we are serious about the values, issues and people in which we believe.
“I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time.”