Arianna Legovini is the Head of the Development Impact Evaluation Initiative (DIME) at the World Bank. DIME is a global initiative to put the scientific method at the service of development policy. Arianna is responsible for developing a new institutional approach to use rigorous impact evaluation to improve Bank's operations and help governments improve the effectiveness of their policies by testing and scaling up implementation modalities that work. In this role, Arianna supports the coordination of several multi-country programs of evaluation in various sectors and overviews the implementation of a couple of hundreds analytical products. In 2005, Arianna established the Africa Impact Evaluation Initiative for the Africa region of the World Bank. She also developed the Africa Results Monitoring System, the first Bank system to monitor Bank results. Before joining the Bank, Arianna was acting chief of the Poverty Unit in Inter-American Development Bank, and coordinator of the Network of Inequality and Poverty of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA). She is an economist from University of Maryland with twenty academic publications including journal articles and chapters in edited volumes.
Miriam Bruhn is an Economist in the Finance and Private Sector Development Team of the Development Research Group. She joined the Bank as a Young Economist in September 2007. Her research interests include the effect of regulatory reform on entrepreneurial activity, the informal sector, micro and small enterprises, financial literacy, and the relationship between institutions and economic development. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.
Aidan Coville coordinates the Finance and Private Sector Development program of impact evaluations for DIME (DIME-FPD). His work includes various impact evaluations aimed at understanding the mechanisms that drive private sector growth, including small business development (networking, financial and technical constraints), effective methods of improving financial capability, and group savings schemes. Prior to working for the DIME-FPD program, Aidan worked for two years as a field coordinator on a series of urban slum upgrading impact evaluations in South Africa. He holds Masters degrees in Statistics (University College London) and Development Economics (Oxford University).
Jishnu Das is a Senior Economist in the Development Research Group (Human Development and Public Services Team) at The World Bank and a Visiting Fellow at The Center for Policy Research, New Delhi. Jishnu’s work focuses on the delivery of basic services, particularly health and education. His recent research focuses on child learning, the quality of health care, mental health and, information and trust and, in 2011 he was part of the core team on the World Development Report on Gender and Development. He received the George Bereday Award from the Comparative and International Education Society and the Stockholm Challenge Award for the best ICT project in the public administration category in 2006.
Vincenzo Di Maro
Vincenzo Di Maro is an Economist in the DIME group. He is leading the development of the IE program in Public Sector Governance and Justice (ieGovern) in collaboration with PREM and LEGJR. His work includes the supervision of the DIME-FPD program and the design, coordination and the analysis of several impact evaluations in topics that include community governance of education service delivery, nudging of individuals towards better financial decisions, and accountability mechanisms for environmental infrastructure investments. His published research has focused on the impact of Early Childhood and Conditional Cash Transfer programs and, in particular, their effect on consumption and nutrition. Currently, his research deals with tests of behavioral economics mechanisms. Before joining DIME, he was at the IADB as a Research Fellow and at Universita' Parthenope Napoli as an assistant professor. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from University College London. He dreams of a world full of evidence on how to end poverty.
Felipe Alexander Dunsch
Felipe Alexander Dunsch is a political scientist in DIME. Before joining DECOS, he was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, worked with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) in Ghana, and for Eurasia Group, a global political risk consultancy. He authored the book "Conflicting Strategies to Enhance Foreign Aid Efficacy in Africa" (2012) and holds a Masters in Political Science from the University of Hamburg, Germany.
Jed Friedman is a senior economist in the Poverty and Inequality Unit of the Development Research Group. His research interests include the measurement of poverty dynamics and the interactions between poverty and health. Jed holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan. Before joining the World Bank in 2003 as a Young Professional, Jed worked for one and half years at the RAND Corporation. Till date, he has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles and is currently the principal investigator for impact evaluations on: the effectiveness of malaria control programs in India, Nigeria, and Zambia; national health financing reforms in Kyrgyzstan, Zambia, and Zimbabwe; and conditional cash transfers in the Philippines.
Marcus Holmlund is a DIME economist and IE coordinator. He oversees and participates in a range of impact evaluations in diverse areas including local development, governance, health systems, and fragile states. His work centers on the structures and mechanisms needed to increase access and use of services by end-users, and to improve accountability for service delivery. Prior to joining DIME, Marcus worked with NGOs in Ecuador, Colombia, and Paraguay, and he now dreams of one day returning to the region. He holds an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a BA from Oxford University, and is a licensed snowboard instructor.
Maria Jones coordinates the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) portfolio of impact evaluations for DIME. She works on the design and implementation of GAFSP impact evaluations in a diverse set of countries, specifically focusing on survey design, data collection, and management of the GAFSP field coordinators. Previously, Maria worked for DIME for 2.5 years in Malawi, coordinating impact evaluations of agricultural extension innovations with the Ministry of Agriculture and an informal vocational skills training program for at-risk youth with the National AIDS Commission. She has an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Florence Kondylis is an Economist within DIME. She joined the World Bank as a Young professional and received a MA in econometrics from the Sorbonne in Paris, a PhD in economics from the University of London, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Her main interests are in development, labor, conflict and agricultural economics. Florence developed and now coordinates a program of impact evaluations in Agricultural Adaptations (AADAPT) in close collaboration with DECRG, PREM gender, the Africa Gender Team and a number of academic institutions.
David McKenzie is a Senior Economist in the Development Research Group, Finance and Private Sector Development Unit. He received his B.Com.(Hons)/B.A. from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University. Prior to joining the World Bank, he spent four years as an assistant professor of Economics at Stanford University. His main research is on migration, microenterprises, and methodology for use with developing country data. He has published over 50 articles in journals such as Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of the European Economic Association, American Economic Journal: Applied Micro, Journal of Econometrics, and all leading development journals. He is currently an associate editor at the Journal of Development Economics and on the editorial board of the World Bank Economic Review.
Victor Orozco is an economist in DIME, where he coordinates the Africa HIV/AIDS Impact Evaluation Program (AIM-AIDS). His works focuses on the mechanisms to promote behavior change and includes several impact evaluations in the areas of HIV/AIDS, Maternal and child health, and Edu entertainment. Before joining DIME, Victor worked in the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) and in the Ministry of Economic Development of a state government in Mexico. He holds a Masters in Public Policy and Economics from Princeton University.
Owen Ozier is an economist in the Development Research Group, Human Development and Public Services Team. He received his M.Eng. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2010. His current research projects focus on health, education, and economic decisions in Kenya.
Berk Ozler is an economist in the Development Research Group at the World Bank. He received my Ph.D in Economics from Cornell University in 2001. He is interested in policy issues that are salient in the developing world, including the effective design of cash transfer programs and HIV prevention among adolescent girls and young women to name a couple. He is currently a co-PI for several randomized controlled experiments in Malawi and Tanzania.
Daniel Stein is an Economist in DIME. He works primarily on developing and managing impact evaluations of projects funded by the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) in Haiti, Nepal, Bangladesh, Rwanda, Niger, and Mongolia. His main interests are technology adoption, agricultural productivity, index insurance, and behavior under uncertainty. Daniel holds an MSc and PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Eva Vivalt is an Economist in DIME. She joined the World Bank through the Young Professionals program and previously worked in the Development Research Group and the Financial and Private Sector Development department of the East Asia and Pacific region. Eva received an MPhil in Development Studies from Oxford University and an MA in Mathematics and PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Her main research interests are in development, trade, and innovation, and she is also doing work on research credibility.
Susumu Yoshida is an Economist in DIME. He works on maintaining the database of Impact Evaluations as well as coordinating the portfolio of IDA financed projects. Before joining DIME, he has been conducting research on Child Labor and Conditional Cash Transfer programs (Programa de Erradicação do Trabalho Infantil:PETI and Bolsa Escola) in Bahia, Brazil. He holds a Diploma de Estudios Avanzados from Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, and is currently working on his Ph.D in Economics.
Bilal Zia is an Economist in the Finance Team of the Development Research Group. He joined in July 2006 after completing his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research is focused on access to finance at the household, firm and bank levels, and his work has appeared in top academic journals such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics and the Review of Financial Studies. He uses both experimental and non-experimental methods in his analysis, and some of his recent work includes rigorous impact evaluations of financial literacy programs, testing other innovative methods to improve financial access for households and firms, and studying optimal contract structure in Microfinance loans. He holds an M.C.P. and a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT, and a B.Sc. (Hons.) from the London School of Economics.
Financial and Private Sector Development
Leonardo Iacovone is an Economist with the Private and Financial Sector Development of the Africa Region at the World Bank. He obtained a PhD in Economics from University of Sussex. Before joining the World Bank as a Young Professional, he served as economic advisor (ODI Fellow) for the Government of Mozambique and as a consultant for various international organizations (WTO, USAID, UNIDO, UNDP, DfID, European Commission). His work has focused on analyzing firm-level responses to challenges and opportunities of globalization, industrial dynamics, private sector development, exports, commodity prices, energy efficiency and regional trade agreements.
Human Development Network
Maddalena Honorati is an economist within the Strategy and Results team in the Social Protection anchor. Her evaluation work is focused on youth employment programs and their effectiveness in developing countries as well as in the area of cash transfers and public works. Before joining the HD network in 2009 she has worked on firm productivity, informality and the impact of investment climate regulations on firm performance in the WB Development Research Group.She holds a PhD in Economics from Bocconi University and an M.Sc. from Pompeu Fabra University.
Harry Anthony Patrinos
Harry Anthony Patrinos is Lead Economist at the World Bank. He specializes in school-based management, demand-side financing and public-private partnerships. He manages the Benchmarking Education Systems for Results in East Asia, the role of non-state provision in education, and equity and inclusion work programs. He also leads the Indigenous Peoples, Poverty and Development research program. Previously he managed education programs in Mexico, Colombia and Argentina. Publications include Indigenous Peoples, Poverty and Development (Cambridge University Press), Making Schools Work: New Evidence on Accountability Reforms (2011), The Role and Impact of Public-Private Partnerships in Education (2009), Emerging Evidence on Vouchers and Faith-Based Providers in Education (2009), Decentralized Decision-Making in Schools: The Theory and Evidence on School-Based Management (2009), Indigenous People and Poverty in Latin America: An Empirical Analysis with George Psacharopoulos (Ashgate). Mr. Patrinos has many publications in the academic and policy literature, with more than 60 journal articles. He has also worked in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. He previously worked as an economist at the Economic Council of Canada. Mr. Patrinos received a doctorate from the University of Sussex.
Laura B. Rawlings
Laura B. Rawlings is a Lead Specialist for the World Bank's Human Development Network. Laura's core responsibilities include promoting impact evaluations of social sector programs to build a knowledge base on development effectiveness and to support the World Bank and its clients in establishing more effective approaches to monitoring and evaluation. Previously, she worked as Sector Leader for Human Development on Central America for the World Bank where she was responsible for coordinating the World Bank's health, education and social protection portfolio in the region. She has also worked in the World Bank’s Development Research Group on the evaluation of social programs and as a member of the Social Protection team in the Latin American and Caribbean region where she was responsible for several research initiatives and projects in the areas of conditional cash transfers, social funds and social protection systems. Prior to joining the World Bank she worked for the Overseas Development Council. An economist by training, she has published books and articles in the fields of evaluation and human development.
Adam Ross is an Economist with the Human Development Network (HDN) Chief Economist unit of the World Bank. He provides analytical and management support to multiple impact evaluations across HDN including a cluster of impact evaluations focused on health system strengthening and service delivery. He is also the Deputy Program Manager for the Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF), which supports impact evaluation research and capacity building to promote evidence based policy-making in low income countries. Adam earned his BSc. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and MPA in International Development from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Edit V. Velényi
Edit V. Velényi is a health economist with the Human Development Network of the World Bank. Her primary mandate is to coordinate the Malaria Impact Evaluation Program (MIEP), which carries out evaluations in a multi-country comparative design, including India and 5 countries in Africa. Additionally, she is engaged in evaluations of broader health system themes, such as health insurance, results-based financing, and public-private partnership programs. While working earlier with the Poverty and Inequality Unit of the Development Economic Research Group (DECRG), she was tasked as co-investigator for two large-scale randomized malaria impact evaluations in Nigeria and Zambia and for an evaluation of health results-based financing (HRBF) in Zambia. Prior to DIME, she worked with the HNP anchor and the Africa health sector teams between 2002 and 2005. Edit Velényi is completing her PhD in 2010 at the Department of Economics, University of York, UK. Her PhD research years were based at the Centre for Health Economics (CHE), where she was a member of CHE's Health Policy Team, and was affiliated with its Health Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG). She holds an M.A. with a concentration in International Economics and Law from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C., and an M.A. from the University of Economics, Budapest, Hungary.
Christel Vermeersch is a Senior Economist in the Health, Nutrition and Population Unit in the Human Development Network. She coordinates a network of 28 impact evaluations around Results-based financing in Health, and has been working on impact evaluation in the education and health sectors since 2001. Among other evaluations, she has conducted or been involved in impact evaluations of school feeding in Kenya, results-based financing for health in Rwanda, full-time scholing in Uruguay, and cognitive stimulation in Jamaica. She co-authored the book "Impact Evaluation in Practice" as well as the "Impact Evaluation Toolkit for Health." Christel holds an M.A. in Applied Economics from the University of Antwerp, Belgium and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. Before joining the World Bank in 2004 as a Young Professional, Christel was a Post-doctoral Prize Research Fellow at Oxford University.
Sustainable Development Network
Claire Chase manages a range of impact evaluations with the Water and Sanitation Program of the Sustainable Development Network. Her work focuses on behavioral and service delivery mechanisms to stop open defecation, improve household hygiene and ensure access to safe and sustainable drinking water for the poor. She has led the integration of costing and cost-effectiveness into impact evaluations in the health and infrastructure sectors. Before joining the World Bank, she carried out research on the cost-effectiveness of preventive interventions for malaria in rural Mozambique and worked for six years in the private sector on health care, labor and telecommunications. She holds a Masters Degree in Population and International Health Economics from Harvard University School of Public Health and has authored publications on a range of health and development topics.
Aparajita Goyal is a Young Professional at the World Bank. Her areas of research are applied microeconomics and development economics. She leads impact evaluations in agriculture and rural development, focusing on technological innovations, access to information, market efficiency, and intra-household decision making. She obtained a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland in 2008, and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics in 2001. Her research has been featured in The Economist, Financial Express, Times of India, Frontline, amongst others.
Atsushi Iimi is Senior Economist in the Sustainable Development Network of the World Bank. His work at the World Bank is mainly analytical work on infrastructure and public spending, with particular focus on green growth and infrastructure in recent years. He is currently initiating and coordinating an impact evaluation initiative at the SDN. Before joining the World Bank, he was desk economist at the International Monetary Fund and project officer at ODA Operations of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Brown University and has authored academic articles on infrastructure development, growth, public procurement and energy efficiency issues.
Susan Wong currently serves as Lead Social Development Specialist in the Social Development anchor. Prior to this assignment, she worked in the East Asia and Pacific region, with cross- support to South Asia. She was most recently based in indonesia leading the WB's Social Development unit. Her specialties are in the areas of: establishing monitoring and evaluation systems for WB CDD and local government projects; impact evaluation; mixed methods; M&E training for government officials and NGOs; and project operations. She has lived and worked in Asia and Africa for the past 23 years.
Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network
Mame Fatou Diagne
Mame Fatou Diagne is an economist with the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Department of the Europe and Central Asia Region. She joined the World Bank as a Young Professional and currently works on labor market issues in Serbia, as well as poverty and life satisfaction in Europe and Central Asia. She has also worked on independent evaluations of World Bank projects and programs, and an assessment of evaluation methods for USAID democracy assistance programs.She previously worked in the financial industry, with Socgen (as an emerging markets economist) and Standard & Poor's (as the principal sovereign analyst for South Africa). She obtained her Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, where her research focused on the economics of information, education and job search. She also received a Master in law and economics from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and a Master in International Economic Policy from Columbia University. Her main interests are in development, labor, and public economics.
Ghazala Mansuri is currently a lead economist in the Poverty Reduction and Equity Group of the World Bank. She has spent much of her career in the Bank in the Development Research Group. Her work spans four broad areas: rural land, labor and credit markets, the economics of household behavior, the political economy of participatory development and institutional and governance reforms for development. Dr. Mansuri has published extensively in leading journals in economics and development on subjects that include the impact of land inequality on rural investment and the effects of social exclusion on access to schooling. She has recently co-authored the policy research report on Participatory Development and is engaged in a number of evaluations of participatory development programs. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Boston University.
Emmanuel Skoufias is a Lead Economist at the PREM Poverty Reduction Group of the World Bank (PRMPR) working on poverty and distributional issues. His current work focuses on the welfare and distributional impacts of climate change and on the evaluation of the impacts governance and institutional reforms. He has carried out quantitative research studies in India, Indonesia, Thailand, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Lesotho, Colombia, Mexico, Guyana, and Brazil, and has published more than 40 articles in various academic journals on the targeting and impact evaluation of poverty alleviation programs, risk sharing, household vulnerability, safety nets, land tenancy, nutrition, and labor demand and supply. His professional experience includes appointments at The Pennsylvania State University, the Economics Institute in Boulder, Colorado, the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank, and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) where he led the evaluation of the Education, Health, and Nutrition Program (PROGRESA) of the Government of Mexico. Emmanuel holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota (1988) and a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley (1981).
Markus Goldstein is a development economist with experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, and South Asia. He is currently a Senior Economist in the Africa Region of the World Bank and he is a member of the World Development Report 2012 team. In the Africa region, he coordinates the work of the Africa Region Gender Team. His research interests include agriculture, HIV/AIDS, intrahousehold allocation, risk, poverty measurement, public services, and land tenure. Markus has taught at the London School of Economics, the University of Ghana, Legon, and Georgetown University. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
Niklas Buehren coordinates and participates in a portfolio of impact evaluations within the Africa Region Gender Practice. His work and research interest primarily focuses on technology adoption and access extension services in agriculture, land tenure, entrepreneurship, microfinance, adolescent development and intra-household bargaining. Before joining the World Bank, Niklas worked in the research unit of a NGO in Uganda, Tanzania and Southern Sudan. He holds a Masters degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Marie-Hélène Cloutier is an Economist in the Africa Education Unit where she coordinates the Africa Program for Education Impact Evaluation (APEIE) since August 2009. In this capacity, she supports the delivery of the education impact evaluations program in multiple thematic areas and Sub-Saharan African countries. Her current work focuses on teacher incentives, teacher training and school accountability. She is a PhD candidate in Economics at the Université de Montréal and her dissertation combines work on behavioral and development economics. Prior to her current position at the World Bank, she managed health and social marketing impact evaluations in Zambia for J-PAL and conducted education research in Vietnam.
David Evans is an economist in the Human Development Department of the Latin America and the Caribbean Region. After completing his PhD in economics at Harvard University and a period as a researcher at the RAND Corporation, he joined the World Bank as Co-Coordinator of the Africa Program of Education Impact Evaluations before joining the LAC region. He has participated in the design, set up, and rigorous evaluation of education projects in the Gambia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Brazil, and El Salvador. This work has examined a range of education topics, including uniform provision, conditional cash transfers conditioned on children's education, early child education, school grants, school management training, teacher training, and textbook provision.
Deon Filmer is a Lead Economist in the Development Research Group (Human Development and Public Services Team). He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Brown University after which he joined the research group at the World Bank. He was core team member of the 2004 World Development Report, "Making Services Work for Poor People." His research focuses primarily on inequalities in education and health outcomes, education and health service delivery, and evaluation of the impact of interventions and programs.
Sophie Naudeau holds a PhD in Child Development from Tufts University, a M.A. in International Development from Sorbonne University, and a M.A. in Economics and Political Sciences from the Paris Institute of Political Sciences. She is a Senior Education Specialist in the Africa region at the World Bank. In this capacity, she is primarily responsible for leading the policy dialogue on the overall education portfolio in Mozambique. Since joining the World Bank in 2005, Sophie worked in the EAP (East Asia and Pacific) and MENA (Middle-East and North Africa) regions, as well as in the Children and Youth Unit of the Human Development Network. Throughout the years, her work focused on analyzing the opportunities and challenges that low-income children and youth face across regions, developing and implementing projects that respond to the specific needs of these populations, and designing impact evaluations of early childhood programs and early literacy activities, particularly in Mozambique, Indonesia, and Cambodia. Prior to joining the World Bank, Sophie coordinated non-governmental programs for refugee children and youth in post conflict societies, including in Bosnia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Cambodia.
Patrick Premand is an Economist with the Human Development Department of the Africa region at the World Bank, where he is the point person for impact evaluation in the economics unit. He conducts operational work and impact evaluations with a focus on cross-sectoral areas such as early childhood development, productive safety nets, governance, youth employment and entrepreneurship. He has also contributed to capacity-building on impact evaluation for policymakers, co-authoring a book on impact evaluation in practice. Before joining the Africa region, Patrick worked in the Human Development Network Chief Economist's Office and in the Latin American Poverty and Gender Unit. He holds a DPhil in Economics from Oxford University.
Shwetlena Sabarwal is an Economist in the Africa Education Unit where she coordinates the Africa Education Impact Evaluation program. She received her PhD in Applied Economics from University of Minnesota in 2008 and worked with the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network (PREM) at the World Bank for two years where her research focused on female labor force participation, particularly female entrepreneurship. Currently she is leading a number of education impact evaluations, some of which concern student inputs (digital technologies, CCTs, ECD etc), school accountability, and teacher incentives.
East Asia and Pacific Region
Andrew Beath is based in Manila, Philippines and works in the World Bank's Office of the Chief Economist for East Asia and the Pacific. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2010, Andrew was based in Kabul, where he oversaw the design and implementation of the randomized impact evaluation of the National Solidarity Program, the largest development program in Afghanistan. Andrew also designed and implemented a quasi-experimental evaluation of a national rural access program in Afghanistan and advised efforts to build local capacity in impact evaluation and survey administration. Since joining the World Bank, Andrew has advised or participated in the design and implementation of various impact evaluations in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Vietnam, while also contributing to the World Bank's "Afghanistan in Transition: Looking Beyond 2014" report. Andrew holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard University and a Master of Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Europe and Central Asia Region
Joost de Laat
Joost de Laat is an economist with the Human Development Economics group for Europe and Central Asia (ECA). Prior to joining the World Bank in 2009, he worked as an assistant professor at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) and Utrecht University, and as a post-doctoral fellow with Michael Kremer at Harvard University. He received his PhD from Brown University in 2006. In ECA, his work includes research and operational projects on Roma inclusion, labor markets, migration, social protection, and poverty, and coordinates the ECA Impact Evaluation cluster. Ongoing non-ECA collaborative research projects include RCTs of community mobilization around public goods provision, microinsurance, microfinance, rural electrification, school based management, and payments for environmental services in Kenya and Uganda, as well as interdisciplinary research using primary data collection on altruism and pastoral land privatization, urban migration and family formation, child fostering, drought and stress, and wages and labor supply in Kenya and Ethiopia. He is co-founder and one of the directors of Africa SOMA, a non-profit volunteer organization supporting educational initiatives in Kenya and cross-cultural north-south exchanges among young children.
Ethan Yeh is an Economist with the World Bank. He currently works in the Human Development Department in Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, and Croatia on research and operational projects in health systems, HIV, health and education outcomes, health financing, and impact evaluation. His work includes a new regional initiative on Roma health to better address health inequities, access issues, and discrimination for the Roma community. Prior to joining the World Bank, Ethan was a consultant with McKinsey & Company. He has also worked on health and education issues in Kenya, Tanzania, Lesotho, Jamaica, India and Saudi Arabia. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley where his research focused on income risk, health shocks, sexual behavior, and environmental health.
Latin America and Caribbean Region
Barbara Bruns is lead economist responsible for education in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region of the World Bank. She is currently co-managing several different impact evaluations of teacher "pay for performance" reforms in Brazil and is co-author of the forthcoming book Making Schools Work: New Evidence on Accountability Reforms (with Deon Filmer and Harry Patrinos), a review of the latest global research evidence in this area. Barbara is lead author of Achieving World Class Education in Brazil: the Next Agenda, with David Evans and Javier Luque. She is also currently co-managing an impact evaluation of community-based pre-school in Mozambique. Barbara co-authored the book A Chance for Every Child: Achieving Universal Primary Education by 2015 (Bruns, Mingat, and Rakotomalala 2003) and headed the Secretariat of the global Education for All Fast Track Initiative from 2002-2004. She holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the World Bank, Barbara worked in the US Senate for Adlai Stevenson III for three years, as a legislative assistant for economic policy.
Abdoulaye Sy is an Economist in the Sustainable Development Department of the Latin America and Caribbean region. Prior to his position he worked as an Economist in the Trade Research Group and the Africa Impact Evaluation Initiative of the World Bank. His research interests are in development, agriculture, and international trade. In his new assignment he leads and coordinates impact evaluations in agriculture and rural development, urban infrastructure development and upgrading. He holds a Masters in Science and Economics from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Paris School of Economics and is a PhD candidate in Development Economics at the University of California Berkeley.
Middle East and North Africa Region
Nandini Krishnan is an Economist in the Social and Economic Development group of the World Bank's Middle East and North Africa region. Her current work focuses on inclusion and labor market issues in the region, including an experimental pilot in Jordan. Until August 2010, she worked in the World Bank's Africa Impact Evaluation Initiative, supporting impact evaluations in South Africa, Tanzania, Nigeria and Sudan. Nandini earned her PhD in Economics from Boston University.
South Asia Region
Luis Andres is Lead Economist in the Sustainable Development Department for the South Asia Region of the World Bank. His work at the World Bank involves both analytical and advisory services, and economic inputs, with a focus on infrastructure, mainly in water and energy sectors, impact evaluations, private sector participation, regulation, and empirical microeconomics. He worked with numerous Latin American and South Asian governments on issues on infrastructure and impact evaluation. He is currently leading several impact evaluations in the LAC region and he is coordinating this work program at the SD department in SAR. Before joining the World Bank, he was the Chief of Staff for the Secretary of Fiscal and Social Equity as well as other top positions in the Chief of Cabinet of Ministries and the Ministry of Economy for the Government of Argentina. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago and has authored a book published on the impact of private sector participation in infrastructure, chapters in several books, monographs, and articles on development policy issues.