Our Team

Bangladesh

 

Rahfatun Nisa Nova
In-Country Construction Administrator Program Capacity Builder

Nova is an architect with a special interest in the built environment and development. After graduating from BRAC University in Dhaka in 2013, her practice as an architect and research assistant has involved her in various development projects funded by the JICA and other organizations. Nova considers herself less of an architect, more of a city observer, believing that the most of her notions regarding the society and city were shaped by the practical experiences of her regular life in Dhaka. She is keen to develop her practice for the crisis-driven parts of the society. Her strong conviction to this has led her to win the Ideas Competition: Confronting Informality, initiated by Delft University of Technology where she portrayed “Catalysing Community Empowerment” as a key solution for Urban Poverty. Apart from her professional life, she loves to do street photography and having impactful interactions with her friends.

 

 

 America

 

Charlotte Burch
Project Officer

Charlotte is a graduate from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design and a minor in psychology. She joins ARCHIVE global with a passion for designing positively impactful spaces to help those who need it the most. Throughout her studies Charlotte has found herself studying in Copenhagen and working in London, and loves to learn more about the world and all the people in it. At ARCHIVE Global, Charlotte contributes to the research, design, and implementation of projects around the world. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball and checking movies off her ever-growing movie list.

 

 

 

Riksum Kazi
Interim Managing Director

Riksum graduated Phi Beta Kappa with dual degrees in International Political Economics and History and has spent time volunteering in community development and public infrastructure projects in South Asia, particularly in the Himalayan belt. While overseas he studied several regional languages as well as Tibetan. Riksum obtained a Masters Degree, with Distinction, from Columbia University where he studied political economics, and regional affairs. At ARCHIVE, Riksum oversees the organization’s operations and projects. In his spare time, Riksum volunteers as an active-duty supervisory responder in the emergency services, reads all the non-fiction he can, and dreams about building historical scale models.

 

 

 

Jimi Patel
Research and Grant Officer

Jimi graduated with her Master’s degree in Public Health from Long Island University, Brooklyn in May
2017. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery from India. Jimi spent a summer in Belgrade, Serbia conducting qualitative research on perceptions of health among young adults. She believes in health equity for all and is interested in epidemiology and global health. At ARCHIVE Global, she contributes to the projects with her experience in research and evaluation. In her spare time, she volunteers on research projects, enjoys reading, sketching and solving Rubik’s cubes.

 

 

 

Sarah Ruel-Bergeron, RA, LEED AP BD+C
Director of Projects and Development

Sarah holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute, is a licensed architect, and a LEED Accredited Professional specialized in Building Design and Construction. She joins ARCHIVE Global with multiple years of experience in affordable housing, healthcare, and construction expertise. She is particularly interested in sustainable design, resiliency and hazard mitigation in vulnerable environments and has been a volunteer in the Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee at AIA NYC since 2014. Sarah is trilingual and in her spare time loves to cook, ride her bicycle, and spend time with family and friends.

 

 

 

Araliya M. Senerat
Development and Partnerships Officer

Araliya is a recent MPH graduate from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and holds a BSc in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo. During her graduate studies, she worked at the Center for Active Design, helping implement Fitwel® for Multifamily Residential, a building certification to promote health through active design in multifamily residential buildings. She joins ARCHIVE Global to facilitate relationships with NGOs and strategically grow the organization’s partnerships database. In her spare time, Araliya is the Vice President of Women’s Strength Coalition, competes in powerlifting competitions, and enjoys spending time with her dog.

 

 

 

Lucas Tatarsky
Communications and Advocacy Officer

A native of New York City, Lucas holds a BA in Geography from Clark University. With a ceaseless itch to travel, primarily in Latin America, he has studied Tropical Island Biodiversity in Bocas Del Toro, Panama, and taught English and worked in Barranquilla, Coveñas, Bogotá and the southwest region of Colombia and simultaneously failed to never truly learn salsa in Cali. While the various landscapes of the world inspire him in awe, it is the energy and humanity of its people that motivates him and has led to an ever-growing interest in how one asks the proper questions while exploring what it means to pursue sustainable community development. At ARCHIVE Global, Lucas works to better communicate and advocate for the team’s work and mission to various audiences. In his spare time he enjoys trading 3-pointers with basketball players on courts across the world while attempting to avoid getting too injured to run.

 

 

Peter Williams
Founder

Peter is an architect and social entrepreneur that has worked on building projects on 5 continents and has taught at universities around the world. Peter holds two Masters degrees in African Studies and Architecture respectively from the University of Oxford and Columbia University, a first class honors degree from the City University of New York and a diploma from the University of Technology in Jamaica. Peter has received numerous awards for research including the Kinne Fellowship from Columbia University, that led him to form ARCHIVE. In 2009, Peter was named among the 22 best emerging social entrepreneurs in the world by Echoing Green and in 2011 he was recognized as one of London’s ’40 under 40 International Development Leaders’ by Devex. In the same year, Utne Reader also named him among the ’25 visionaries who are changing the world’. Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, a member of the American Public Health Association and lectures widely on architecture, public health, and international development.

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