Meet Our Team

Priyanka Brunese

Scientific Research Manager

Dr. Priyanka Brunese is a Scientific Research Manager. She conducts LASER PULSE’s internal research agenda, coordinates the review process for research products produced across all awards and buy-ins, and manages USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance buy-in. She is the lead research scientist for USAID’s Private Sector Engagement Hub’s Process Analysis Research project. Prior to this role, she was the M&E Lead at Purdue Center for Regional Development and Purdue Extension. She also has several years of experience working in the private sector where she worked on information technology change management and organizational effectiveness. She has a PhD in Organizational Leadership & Innovation and an MS in Computer & Information Technology from Purdue University.

Pallavi Gupta

Program Director

For past 14 years Pallavi has worked across engineering, management consulting, social entrepreneurship and international development with public, private and academic institutions. She has significant experience working with R&D, tech and non-tech solutions for global development challenges via co-creation, cross-sector partnerships and other such collaborative approaches. Pallavi has led and managed projects in R&D translation for socio-economic impact both in US and internationally in 17+ countries. Previously, she has also worked as a software engineer with IBM Software Labs in India, Autodesk in Singapore and as a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in London. Pallavi is an Ashoka Fellow and has published on development and public policy as well as holds a patent in database technology. Pallavi has a M.A. in International Development from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, US, a M.S. in Management Information Systems from the London School of Economics, UK and has a bachelor’s degree in computer science engineering.


Research Project Manager

Ross Meyers manages a portfolio of programs as LASER’s Research Project Manager. He comes to LASER following a long career working overseas with LEAD Asia, Community-Based Organizations, and NGOs like SIL. Ross has consulted or delivered development training and mentoring for clients in Togo, Benin, Pakistan, China, Thailand and Cambodia. His range of experience includes national-level NGO leadership, project design and management, minority people group advocacy, development-related distance learning, and donor relations. Immediately prior to joining LASER Pulse, Ross led Corporate Social Responsibility projects in SW China for a company he co-founded, a role that included fostering community-owned library programs. He’s passionate about bringing together leadership, development, and social impact and has an MBA in Economic Development from Eastern University.