Asch Harwood

Senior Program Manager

Asch is a core member of Reboot’s programs team, supporting strategy, research, and implementation. He manages teams to bring complex, multi-stakeholder governance and development programs to reality.

He loves a good challenge and a creative solution. He honed this “get ’er done” approach during four years in the Innovation and Polio Units at UNICEF, where he applied technology, design, and open data to support polio eradication efforts in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. This included co-chairing the Global Polio Eradication Initiative Data Working Group, building mobile prototypes for health workers, and developing a new approach to behavior change communications via offline networks (aka the Off-net.) He also led the development of Rhizome, an open source data platform, and Poliok.it, the Polio Unit’s global communication toolkit.

Earlier in his career, Asch indulged his penchant for systems thinking, policy, and technology at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He cofounded the CFR Nigeria Security Tracker, helped establish the Africa program blog, Africa and Transition, and published regularly on Africa policy issues in the Atlantic and Foreign Affairs, among others. In 2011, Asch served as an election observer in Nigeria and later spent a year running political party strengthening programs in Zimbabwe.

Asch was born and raised in the wilds of northern New Hampshire, attended undergrad at McGill University in Montreal, and received a Masters Degree in International Affairs from the New School. Asch lives in Brooklyn with his caring wife, cute baby, and cuddly dog.