Rachel Glennester

Dr Rachel Glennerster

Chief Economist, Department for International Development, UK

Dr Rachel Glennerster is the Chief Economist at the Department for International Development, UK. Previously, she was Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as Scientific Director for J-PAL Africa and Co-Chair of both J PAL’s Education and Agricultural programs. Dr Glennerster’s research includes randomised evaluations of education, health, micro-finance, community driven development, agriculture, women’s empowerment and governance in Bangladesh, Burkino Faso, India, Pakistan and Sierra Leone. She has written numerous publications on the above and has co-authored Strong Medicine: Creative Incentives for Pharmaceutical Research on Neglected Diseases and Running Randomised Evaluations: A Practical Guide. She holds a PhD in economics from Birkbeck College, University of London and has worked at both Her Majesty’s Treasury and the International Monetary Fund. Dr Glennerster also helped establish Deworm the World, a non-profit initiative that now reaches more than 150 million children every year.

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