Ken Chomitz is Chief Analytics Officer at the Global Innovation Fund (GIF). He comes to GIF after a distinguished career in research and evaluation at the World Bank. An innovator in applied economics, he has published pioneering work in the economics of climate change, biodiversity, and deforestation, and has worked also in health and labor. As Senior Advisor and member of the leadership team in the World Bank Group’s Independent Evaluation Group, he led major evaluations of the Bank’s efforts in energy policy, climate change mitigation, and adaptation; reviewed evaluations across all sectors; and contributed to innovation in methodology. He is a co-author of the 2016 World Development Report, Digital Dividends, where he wrote on the implications of data and technology revolutions for development practice.
Chomitz holds an SB in mathematics from MIT and a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Irvine. Prior to joining the World Bank, he was a National Research Council Fellow; Assistant Professor of Economics at Boston University; and Senior Advisor with the Development Studies Project, a Jakarta-based policy advisory group.
Dr. Michael Tierney is the George and Mary Hylton Professor of Government and International Relations, a founder of AidData, and Co-Director of the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations (ITPIR), administrative home of AidData. In total, ITPIR houses five major research projects or centers. Mike served as a Principal Investigator on AidData’s five-year, $25 million cooperative agreement with USAID. His expertise includes international organizations, the role of IR scholars in policymaking, and the development role of the BRICSA countries and their impact on the global development regime.
Mike teaches on international relations, international organization, and international development. He has published two books: Greening Aid? Understanding the Environmental Impact of Development Assistance, Oxford University Press, 2008; Delegation and Agency in International Organizations, Cambridge University Press, 2006. He has published articles in International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, World Development, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Review of International Organizations, Review of International Political Economy, International Studies Review, Foreign Policy, Journal of IR and Development, Politics and Gender, Environment, International Studies Perspectives, Law and Contemporary Problems, and International Politics. Mike holds a PhD in Political Science and Government from UC San Diego, and a BA in Political Science and Government from the College of William and Mary.
International Relations, International Political Economy, International Development, Foreign Aid, Emerging Powers, Institutional Theory