Dr. Eva Szalkai Csaky is the Executive Director of the Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity in the Lyle School of Engineering. In this position, she is developing projects and initiatives in collaboration with academia, the private sector and not-for-profit organizations that benefit disadvantaged communities, both locally and around the world.
Prior to joining SMU, Eva worked for the World Bank Group for 15 years with a focus on market-based solutions for environmental and social problems. She led the design and implementation of projects in 24 different countries around the world and led programs and initiatives in areas including energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy and clean water access.
Eva's award winning efforts include a $250 million public-private energy efficiency partnership and a $120 million energy efficiency retrofit for low-income households. She also worked extensively in the area of sustainable value chains in collaboration with major global companies, focusing on agri-food and garment value chains. Eva was recently the recipient of the first ever World Bank Innovation Award.
Eva received her Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from Budapest Business School, Hungary, and her Master of Science in Finance from The George Washington University, Washington, DC. She was also awarded a Master of Arts in Public Policy and a Ph.D. in Public Policy with concentration in Globalization and Development from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Her research has focused on leveraging value chain dynamics for poverty alleviation, in particular in agri-food value chains, and on collective action among small producers to enable their effective participation in modern value chains.
Corrie A. Harris, M.A. is the Assistant Director for the Hunter & Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity in the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU where she manages the design, implementation, and growth of the Global Development Lab. Corrie has significant experience in operational excellence for organizations focused on poverty alleviation both locally and globally. She has also worked across various sectors, including academia, international government relations, non-profit organizations, entrepreneurial ventures, and for-profit institutions.
Most notably, Corrie was the Director of Villa Familia Nicaragua (VFN), an orphanage for children in crisis in Nicaragua. In this role she managing the day-to-day operations of the orphanage as well as all of its strategic programs. She founded a Coalition of Directors for collaboration. With the collective knowledge of the coalition she created an economic development strategy for retrofitting and expanding VFN. After which, she recruited nationally and internationally for implementation of development. It was highly successful and received the highest governmental recognition from the Department of Mi Familia as the standard by which all other centers for children in crisis should be modeled.
She has her M.A. from the Lyle in Sustainability and Development and an Honors B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from UT Arlington with concentrations in Economics, Sustainability, Management, and Cultural Studies. Her master's thesis is titled Resilient Sustainable Development: Localized Transformational Impact to Alleviate Poverty.
Graduate Student, Master of Arts in Design and Innovation (MADI)
"I came to the Hunt Institute because I believe in design that is beautiful, helpful, and accessible. There are pockets in our world, both here in Dallas and across the globe, that lack design fueled by intentionality and integrity. My hope is that the work done here can inspire solutions that can be adopted anywhere, by anyone, to make this world as it ought to be."
Junior, Finance & International Studies Major
"My motivation is closely tied to my personal beliefs and life experiences. Like a perfectly functioning ecosystem, I believe that everyone and everything in this life is (somehow) connected. Growing up, a string of small opportunities, mostly educational, opened up the world for me. The idea of giving back by creating even the smallest opportunity for someone else to improve their life, and thereby the lives of others through those they touch, is what drives me.”
Junior, Computer Science Major
"Upon first walking into the Hunt Institute I could see the passion, integrity, and innovation the team expressed on a daily basis. The institute's encouraging and supportive environment inspires me to work to help others and give back whenever I can. I look forward to working with the institute throughout my college career to make a difference in the community."