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Simon Hunt is a development economist and senior principal consultant for Oxford Policy Management. He was a senior academic at the University of Oxford before moving into policy consultancy, as first the director of OPM’s work on evidence, poverty, and social policy and then as CEO of OPM. In that time, he has led more than 50 research surveys, policy studies, evaluations, and programmes supporting national rollout of new public services in Africa, Asia, and Europe.


Lucy Scott is a senior consultant at Oxford Policy Management focusing on how social protection and livelihoods programmes can best support the poorest households. Her areas of interest include poverty dynamics, qualitative and mixed-methods research, and the cash and graduation agenda. Her previous roles have included research positions at the Overseas Development Institute and UNU-WIDER.


Peter Lanjouw is Professor in Development Economics at VU University Amsterdam, and previously spent more than two decades in the Development Economics Research Group of the World Bank, most recently as Manager of the Poverty and Inequality team. He has taught courses at the Delhi School of Economics, the Foundation for the Advanced Study of International Development, Tokyo, and the University of Namur, Belgium, and has held a visiting position at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the current editor of the World Bank Research Observer and a past assistant editor of the World Bank Economic Review. He is a fellow of the Tinbergen Institute and a core member of the Global Poverty Commission, convened by the World Bank.


Finn Tarp is Professor of Development Economics at the University of Copenhagen and former Director of UNU-WIDER. He has four decades of experience in academic and applied development economics research and teaching and a leading international expert on issues of development strategy and foreign aid, with an interest in poverty, income distribution and growth, micro- and macroeconomic policy and modelling, agricultural sector policy and planning, household and enterprise development, and economic adjustment and reform as well as climate change, sustainability and natural resources. In addition to his university positions, Finn Tarp has held senior posts and advisory positions within government and with donor organizations, and he is member of a large number of international committees and advisory bodies.


Nikos Tzavidis is Head of School – Economic, Social and Political Sciences and Professor of Statistical Methodology within Social Statistics and Demography and the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute at the University of Southampton. He has held positions at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Institute of Education, University College London and at the Cathie Marsh Institute for Census and Survey Research, University of Manchester. He is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI), he has served on the council of the International Association of Survey Statisticians (IASS) and as Associate Editor for the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Official Statistics and the International Statistical Review.


John Hoddinott is the H.E. Babcock Professor of Food and Nutrition Economics and Policy, Cornell University. Before this role, he was a Deputy Division Director at the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of poverty, hunger and undernutrition in developing countries. He is a Managing Editor of the Journal of African Economies, an Associate Editor of Economics and Human Biology and serves on the editorial boards of Agricultural and Resource Economics Review and Journal of Development Studies.

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