Arjan de HaanProgram Leader
Arjan de Haan is the Program Leader of the Supporting Inclusive Growth program. Before joining IDRC, Aryan worked at the Institute of Social Studies (Erasmus University Rotterdam) in The Hague, where he was convenor of the master’s program in social policy and led the development of a database called Indices of Social Development. Before that, he worked for 10 years with the UK Department for International Development in London, India, and China. He also managed the Poverty Research Unit at the University of Sussex (UK). He has published widely and is co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies. Arjan holds a PhD in social history from Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands).Iris BoutrosSenior Program Specialist
Iris Boutros is the Senior Program Specialist based at IDRC’s Regional Office in Cairo. She holds degrees in biology and international health and a doctorate in applied economics from Harvard University. Before to joining IDRC, Iris worked for the World Bank. In addition to advisory experience at the South African Treasury and Competition Commission, she gained private sector experience by working with Cairo Financial Holding, a private sector investment firm co-managing the Government of Egypt’s small and medium enterprises private equity fund. Francisco Cos-MontielSenior Program Specialist
Francisco Cos-Montiel is a Senior Program Specialist with the Supporting Inclusive Growth Program. Francisco has worked extensively in Mexico, including as Director General for the Government of Mexico’s Gender Planning unit. He has also worked as a consultant to the World Bank, the UN Development Fund for Women, and the Pan-American Health Organization. He has published articles in English and Spanish on poverty, child labour, governance, and mainstreaming gender in policy development. In 2005, he was selected for an IDRC Professional Development Award and posted to IDRC's regional office in Latin America and the Caribbean to work on gender issues. Francisco holds a PhD (gender studies) and an MSc (social policy and planning in developing countries) from the London School of Economics (England).Ben PetrazziniSenior Program Specialist
Ben Petrazzini is the Senior Program Specialist based at IDRC’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining IDRC in 2002, Ben worked with the United Nations as advisor to its ICT agency, the International Telecommunication Union. He also has taught at the Business School of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, served as an advisor to Argentina’s National Congress, and taught at the National University of Buenos Aires. As a consultant, he has been a resource to government and private enterprises on ICT matters, and he has published extensively on the subject. Ben holds a PhD in communications from University of California San Diego (USA).Edgard RodriguezSenior Program Specialist
Edgard Rodriguez is a Senior Program Specialist with the Supporting Inclusive Growth Program. Before joining IDRC, Edgard worked for multilateral development organizations and the Canadian public service. He evaluated small-enterprise development programs in Asia and Latin America for the World Bank in Washington, DC, and worked with the Asian Development Bank on lending and technical assistance for business development in the Philippines and Indonesia. Edgard also worked on local economic development with the Canadian International Development Agency, and undertook research on inequality, productivity, and investment in Canada at the Department of Finance in Ottawa. He regularly lectures on evaluation and economic development in local universities. Edgard holds a PhD in economics from the University of Toronto with specialization in economic development and labour economics.Martha MelesseSenior Program Officer
Martha Melesse is a Senior Program Officer with the Supporting Inclusive Growth Program. Since joining IDRC in 1993, she has worked in various programs covering issues of poverty, trade policy, social policy, equity and health. Martha holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Carleton University in Ottawa with specialization on health financing reform. She also holds a graduate diploma in international development and co-operation from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from the United States International University.Paul OkwiSenior Program Officer
Paul Okwi is a Senior Program Officer with the Think Tank Initiative and the Supporting Inclusive Growth program based at IDRC’s Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa (Nairobi). Prior to joining IDRC, Paul worked for the World Bank in Kampala, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi and was a lecturer at Makerere University. Paul has a PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town, and an MA in Economic Policy and Planning from Makerere University. He has published extensively on welfare and income inequality, poverty mappings, geographic determinants of poverty, and natural resource economics.Carolina RobinoProgram Officer
Carolina Robino is a Program Officer with the Think Tank Initiative and the Supporting Inclusive Growth program. Based in Montevideo at IDRC’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Carolina’s interests lie in poverty and inequality analyses, decentralization, participation and local development, the research — policy interface and the policy formulation and implementation process. Prior to joining IDRC, she worked as a researcher and visiting lecturer at the Department of Development Studies of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa and at the School of Economics at the Universidad de la República (Uruguay). She holds a BA in economics from the Universidad de la República in Uruguay, an MA in Latin American social and political studies from the Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Chile, and a PhD in development studies from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Flaubert MbiekopProgram Officer
Flaubert Mbiekop has a Diplôme d’études approfondies in international economics from the Programme de troisième cycle interuniversitaire, Université de Yaoundé (1999), and a PhD in economics from the Université du Québec à Montréal (2006). He has presented papers in South Africa, in Côte d’Ivoire, and in the Central African Republic, as well as in Australia, France, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In 2009, the International Institute of Public Finance and GTZ awarded him the first African Public Policy Award in recognition of his research on reforming public institutions in Africa. He is also the author or co-author of several articles about development and international trade which have been published in prestigious reviews such as the Journal of Macroeconomics, the Journal of Economics and Behavioral Studies, and Trade and Development Review. Before joining IDRC’s Supporting Inclusive Growth program as Program Officer in 2011, he taught at Cornell University and Drew University, and the Université du Québec à Montréal. He is based in IDRC’s Regional Office for Sub-Saharan Africa in Nairobi.
Program Management Officer
Dominique Garro-Strauss is a Program Management Officer and has been at IDRC since 2008. She holds a master’s in international affairs from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris. Her work experience includes internships at UNESCO as well as positions with the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation and the Agency for Technical for Technical Cooperation and Development in Paris, France. Before joining the Supporting Inclusive Growth team, Dominique worked with IDRC’s ICT4D and Governance, Equity, and Health programs.
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