Rachel Glennerster

Executive Director,
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

Rachel Glennerster is executive director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). Her research includes 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 and health, governance, education and microfinance programs in India. She serves as scientific director for J-PAL Africa, co-chair of J-PAL’s Agriculture Program and is a board member of the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI). She is lead academic for Sierra Leone for the International Growth Center. Between 2007 and 2010 she served on the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) Independent Advisory Committee on Development Impact.

Glennerster helped establish Deworm the World, of which she is a board member, which has helped deworm 23 million children worldwide. Before joining J-PAL, she worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Her Majesty’s Treasury.

She is co-author of Strong Medicine: Creating Incentives for Pharmaceutical Research on Neglected Diseases, and Running Randomized Evaluations: A Practical Guide.

She has a PhD in economics from Birkbeck College, University of London.