Rachel Glennerster joined the Department for International Development as Chief Economist in January 2018. In this role she advises Ministers and senior officials on the comparative effectiveness of alternative approaches to combatting poverty. Prior to DFID, Rachel was Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology helping to grow it from a team of 3 staff to a global network of over 180 researchers working on randomised trials of poverty programs on 5 continents.
Throughout her career, Rachel has worked at the intersection of policy and research including at the International Monetary Fund, Harvard University, and Her Majesty’s Treasury. Her own research includes randomised trials of health, education, microcredit, women’s empowerment, and governance in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, India, Pakistan, and Sierra Leone. Her books include “Strong Medicine: Creating Incentives for Pharmaceutical Research on Neglected Diseases” and “Running Randomized Evaluations: A Practical Guide”.