Versatile economist. Into economic policy based on evidence, even when imperfect, and logic. Love number crunching, bouncing around (policy) ideas – and talking them through seriously – with governments, colleagues, and long-suffering friends. Realist on the optimistic end. Strong in fiscal policy, household and firm data, and clear, precise writing. Believe in understanding links between different policy areas. Worked on tax policy, public expenditures, carbon taxes, public debt, natural disaster impacts, energy from a fiscal perspective. Love languages (speak fluent English, French and getting there with Spanish) and economic psychology. Concerned that climate change may be the biggest economic and social issue of our time.
The World Bank
Sep 2010 - Present
- Led teams working on analytical reports including: Western Balkan Regional Economic Report, Public Finance Reviews for Kosovo and Bangladesh, tax gaps and tax policy, and a Systematic Country Diagnostic for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Developed tools for governments to estimate impacts of policy changes including: (i) impact of carbon taxes for fiscal receipts, energy prices and CO2 emissions compared to COP-21 commitments; (ii) impact of energy sector financing options for energy prices, public expenditure and public debt; (iii) impact of labor tax changes on fiscal receipts and distributional effects for employees.
- Estimated GDP, fiscal and trade impact of once-in-a-hundred year floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Participated in budget support/policy lending in Macedonia, Romania, Mali, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Panama.
- Original research papers/reports completed on migration in Romania; gender and SMEs in Mali; exports, employment and productivity growth in Kosovo, among others. (Links to some of the reports in publications below.)
Ministry of Finance and Development Planning
Oct 2008 - Sep 2010
- Responsible for Medium Term Fiscal Framework and economic forecasting within Ministry of Finance and Development Planning including private sector growth forecasts. Played a key role in budget planning.
- Developed strong relationships across government and private sector to ensure accuracy of forecasts. Collaborated closely with donors including IMF, World Bank, EU.
- Provided regular high-level policy advice to Minister of Finance. Produced influential ‘just-in-time’ policy documents.
Overseas Development Institute
Oct 2008 - Sep 2010
- Employed as ODI Fellow in the Macroeconomic Management and Policy Unit of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Lesotho.
University of Bath
Oct 2005 - Sep 2008
- Taught under-graduate courses on: Econometrics; Statistics; Development Economics; Micro and Macro Economics.
- Several consultancies including for DfID, Concern Worldwide and Metroeconomica.
Feb 2008 - Jun 2008
- Research for the UK Environment Agency on “Household and economy-wide impacts of changing environmental behaviors”. Used British household data to understand the likely effects of subsidizing certain environmentally-friendly goods on general household consumption patterns, and therefore overall pollution.
Dec 2006 - Mar 2007
- Evaluated the economic impact of a DfID-funded emergency cash aid program implemented by NGO, Concern Worldwide. Spent several months in rural Malawi interviewing small and medium sized businesses (including local private and state schools, and private and public health clinics) to collect quantitative and qualitative data to estimate the impact of the program using a regional multiplier.
- The report, "Making the Most of It: A Regional Multiplier Approach to Estimating the Impact of Cash Transfers on the Market", has been highly recognized and the regional multiplier methodology has been widely used since its publication to study the impact of cash transfer programs in Africa.
More-or-less updated list of publications, papers and most downloads available on ResearchGate.
(Unless specified, World Bank Group technical reports are always a team effort. Below is a selection of reports to which I have contributed.)
Selected training at IMF/WBG
- EUROMOD: Simulating direct taxes and transfers by Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex and World Bank Poverty Global Practice's Fiscal & Social Policies for Poverty Reduction and Shared Prosperity. July, 2016.
- Tax Administration Diagnostic Assessment Tool (TADAT) - Training for Assessors by IMF. June, 2016.
- Domestic Revenue Mobilization-A Course for Practitioners by World Bank. May, 2016.
- Tax Incidence Analysis by World Bank. May, 2016.
- Behavioral Insights for Economic Policy by World Bank. May, 2015.
- Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries by University of Cape Town on Coursera. Certificate earned on May 23, 2016.
- Introduction to Neuroeconomics: How the Brain Makes Decisions by Higher School of Economics on Coursera. Certificate earned on May 8, 2016.
- Global Sustainable Energy: Past, Present and Future by University of Florida on Coursera. Certificate earned on July 6, 2013.
University of Bath
- Thesis Title: "Essays on Remittances in Rural Malawi".
- Taught undergraduate courses on: Econometrics; Statistics; Development Economics; Micro and Macro Economics.
- Several Consultancies undertaken during PhD including for DfID, Concern Worldwide and Metroeconomica.
- Awarded full University scholarship.
Università degli Studi di Torino
- Dissertation on "Income, Gender and Consumption in Malawian Households"
University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne
MA International and Development Economics
Graduated with "Mention".
University of Dundee
MA Hons. (First Class) Economics with French
Departmental prizes in Economics and French.
Université Pierre Mendès-France (Grenoble II)
BA (Licence) Political Economy
Graduated with "Mention"
Mostly, I'm good at making word clouds.
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