Rachel Glennerster is Chief Economist of the UK Department for International Development (DFID). She was previously Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). Her research has included randomized evaluations of community driven development, the adoption of new agricultural technologies, and improving the accountability of politicians in Sierra Leone; empowerment of adolescent girls in Bangladesh; the behavioral economics of complying with tuberculosis medication in Pakistan; and health, governance, education, and microfinance programs in India. She has served as Scientific Director for J-PAL Africa, Co-Chair of J-PAL's Education Program, and as a board member of the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI). Between 2007 and 2010, she served on DFID's Independent Advisory Committee on Development Impact.
Rachel Glennerster helped establish Deworm the World, which has helped deworm 23 million children worldwide. She previously worked at the IMF and Her Majesty's Treasury. She has a PhD in Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London, and is coauthor of Strong Medicine: Creating Incentives for Pharmaceutical Research on Neglected Diseases and Running Randomized Evaluations: A Practical Guide.