I hold a PhD in Economics from MIT (where my advisors were Richard Eckaus, Peter Temin and Paul Krugman), an MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge, and a BA in Economics and Political Science from Swarthmore college. I am a Canadian citizen, was born in the Cameroon (Ebolowa, to be precise), and grew up mainly in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
My research deals with the microeconomics of development, with a current focus on impact evaluations of social programs in West Africa and the Maghreb. I am currently involved in multi-year evaluations in a dozen countries, with the topics being investigated ranging from peer mentoring to fight HIV-AIDS, to capacity-building in rural producer organizations to foster food security, to Community-Driven Development (CDD).
I am a member of the Center on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP), and teach in several of the Graduate Institute's Executive Education programs, such as the Executive Master in International Negotiation and Policy-Making (INP), the International Executive Master in Development Studies (IMAS), the Gestion stratégique de projets de développement program, and the Summer Programme on the WTO, International Trade and Development. I also teach in the Thunderbird School of Global Management Executive MBA Europe program.