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.