Master of Arts in Sustainable Development:
International Policy and Management, Washington, DC


Faculty for the MA in Sustainable Development program are experienced development professionals. They include leaders in the fields of international policy and management based in Washington, DC, and on SIT’s campus in Vermont. The MA in Sustainable Development program in DC draws upon the resources of the professional development staff in World Learning’s International Development and Education Division and other Washington, DC–based organizations; these individuals serve as speakers, guest lecturers, mentors, project supervisors, and other learning resources for SIT students.

SIT Graduate Institute Faculty

  • Preeti Shroff-Mehta

    Preeti Shroff-Mehta PhD, State University of New York, Buffalo
    MUP, State University of New York, Buffalo
    M Phil, University of Sussex Institute of Development Studies, England
    FPM (Master's Fellowship Program in Development Management), St. Xavier’s College, Gujarat, India
    BA, St. Xavier’s College, Gujarat University, India

    Dean, SIT Graduate Institute, Washington, DC Center

    Dr. Shroff-Mehta has over 25 years’ leadership, management, and teaching experiences in the field of democratic governance, civil society strengthening, and institutional capacity development. She has taught graduate courses in Citizen Leadership, Policy Advocacy, Good Governance at World Learning’s SIT Graduate Institute, and School for International and Advanced Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins. She has worked on USAID, the World Bank, and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) supported initiatives on Democratic Governance strengthening programs that promote citizen and stakeholder participation in public policy, governance, and service delivery for accountability and transparency.

    She served as the global director for civil society and governance programs at World Learning in Washington, DC during 2004-2008. She has developed and managed projects in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America supported by USAID, the US State Department’s Bureau of Human Rights (DRL), and the Middle Eastern Peace Initiative (MEPI), the World Bank, Ford Foundation, The Zonta Foundation, Canadian Ministry for Economic Development, OXFAM England, Social and Health Ministry of Government of Finland, MISEREOR of Germany, UNICEF, and the Government of India.

    She specializes in grassroots leadership in civil society and governance sector capacity development, public policy advocacy and reform, multi-stakeholder coalition building, community driven development for local livelihoods and life-skills education, women’s economic and legal rights, and indigenous governance. She has lived and worked with indigenous communities around the world and has received numerous awards from the leading academic institutions in India, England, and the United States of America.

  • Nikoi Kote-Nikoi

    Nikoi Kote-Nikoi PhD, MA, University of Massachusetts
    BA, Vassar College

    Professor, Sustainable Development
    Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

    Nikoi Kote-Nikoi, who holds a doctorate in economics, has been a member of the SIT Graduate Institute faculty since 1989. He also has served as a policy analyst and director of research at the Institute of Economic Affairs in his native Ghana, and as a visiting professor at the University of Copenhagen, Marlboro College, and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. As a development consultant, Nikoi has worked with international businesses and organizations, including the Ford Foundation, the World Bank, and DANIDA. His research and writing explore context-specific theories and practices of development, with a focus on political economy, the economic impact of the AIDS pandemic, employment policy in transitional economies, financialization, and industrial policy for Africa. In addition to teaching courses in economic theory, development economics, policy analysis, and sustainable development, Nikoi has a thriving practice in policy analysis and advocacy in Ghana, where he is the co-founder and chief economist of the Center for Policy Priorities, a public policy research and advocacy institution in Accra. He sits on the boards of the Institute for Training and Development in Amherst, Massachusetts, and the Free-Zone Authority of the Republic of Ghana.   His major publications include ‘Beyond the New Orthodoxy: Africa’s Debt and Development Crises in Retrospect’ (Aldershot, UK: Avebury Press, 1996) and the forthcoming ‘Policy-Relevant Macroeconomics: A Critical Introduction to Orthodox Theory, Institutions and Policy' (Prentice-Hall).  He also serves as an editor of the Journal of Social Policy and Development Research.

  • Kenneth Williams

    Kenneth Williams Ed.D., Columbia University
    M.Ed., Columbia University
    M.A., Columbia University
    MSc., London School of Economics, UK
    BA, University of the West Indies, Jamaica

    Associate Professor
    Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

    Kenneth Williams completed his doctorate in organization and leadership at Columbia University, and his master's degree at the London School of Economics.  He teaches courses in Organizational Behavior and Team Development; Organizational Behavior and Leadership; Social Identity; Research, Decision-making and Analysis; Qualitative Research Methodology; Quantitative Research Methodology using SPSS and Excel; Leadership, Community and Coalition-Building.  His interests include leadership development, multicultural organizational development, change management, educational administration and reform, developing learning organizations in NGO and for profit management.   

    Williams has worked, studied and/or lived in the U.K., Bermuda, Bangladesh, Thailand, Jamaica, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Oman, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States, as well as in Barbados, where he founded a number of small- and medium-sized enterprises.  A consultant to NGOs in Bermuda, Thailand, Tanzania, the United States, and Barbados, Professor Williams is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the American Educational Research Association, and the Academy of Human Resource Development.

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