I am a Senior Economist and Technical Assistance Advisor at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where I conduct analysis and provide policy advice on public expenditure related topics at the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department. Prior to joining the Fund in late-2018, I worked for 13 years at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in its Development Strategy and Governance Division. As a Senior Research Fellow at IFPRI, I led the research cluster on Public Investments and Institutions under the CGIAR Research Programme on Policies, Institutions, and Markets. My research interests included public investments in rural areas, local public finance and decentralisation, political economy, public service delivery, and social capital. Much of my empirical research has been on Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Uganda. I received my Bachelors degree in Economics from Kalamazoo College (1995), and my Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2005). I also serve as co-editor of the European Journal of Development Research, and am editor of the book Public Expenditures for Agricultural and Rural Development in Africa.