QED Center for Global Data Visualization: Twenty Years of Turning Data into Big Ideas

Rob Segan & Jiahao Xu, QED


Rob Segan is a global health and innovation specialist focused on using technology and data to improve dollars to results. He has more than 12 years of experience working in international development and in emerging markets, and he has worked on more than a $1B in winning proposals for a range of public and private sector clients including USAID, DFID, CDC, and DFAT. He has experience in managing a global team and leading trainings on Moneyball for development in Asia, Africa, and North America.

As Senior Technical Advisor, Rob leads QED’s Innovation team which works to translate new technologies and resources into greater efficiencies in international development. In this role, he drives the development of evaluation metrics and works to uncover new advances in private sector data for decision-making tools can be applied to development. The Innovation team is part of QED’s larger Global Health Solutions team with a presence in more than 15 countries.

Jiahao Xu is the global health solutions and data visualization specialist at QED. Jiahao has a bachelor’s degree in statistics from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a master’s degree in data science from Georgetown University. He is a Python and R programmer who is passionate about data science, data visualization and machine learning. He was an engineer intern at Micron Technology and a teaching assistant at Georgetown University


QED provides deep expertise in data systems to help access information, analyze these to provide insights to improve performance, manage results, and help determine ‘return on investment’ (ROI) to help decision makers adapt and pivot based on ‘what works and what doesn’t.’ In doing this, QED uses holistic and system-based approaches and state-of-the-art technology.

QED works with local and global partners to effectively implement their programs and adapt to change. Its collaborative partnerships with private sector firms, local organizations, as well as Joint Ventures with small businesses help maximize resources while driving better results for sustainable change.