Our Team


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.


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 social justice and using design to create more equitable homes, communities, cities, and environments for all. Throughout her studies Charlotte has found herself studying in Copenhagen and working in London, has a passion for travel and aims to travel to 30 countries before she turns 30. At ARCHIVE Global, Charlotte contributes to the research, design, and implementation of projects around the world. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, checking movies off her ever-growing movie list, and listening to as much live music as possible.

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.

Peter Williams

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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