The International Development Speaker Series Team

Series Coordinators

photo of Crystal HuangCrystal Huang
PRGS student with interests in economic analysis methodology, economic development, global health, labor markets, poverty, public sector governance, and social services and welfare. She has an M.A. in international and development economics from Yale University and a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago

photo of Ervant Maksabedian HernandezErvant Maksabedian Hernandez
PRGS student whose research interests include economic analysis methodology, infrastructure, science and technology legislation, military personnel, crime prevention and deterrence, and drug treatment. He has a B.A. in economics from the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico City.

photo of Zhimin Mao Zhimin Mao
PRGS student with research interests in energy, the environment, global health and international development. She holds an M.S. in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in business and technology management from Clarkson University in New York.

photo of Nelly MejiaNelly Mejia
PRGS student with research interests in economic development. She has a B.A. in economics from the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics in Mexico City.

photo of Adeyemi OkunogbeAdeyemi Okunogbe
PRGS student with research interests in global health; health care financing; health economics; impact evaluation; governance & nation building in the developing world. He holds an M.D. from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, and an M.S. in international health policy and management from Brandeis University.

photo of Tobi Oluwatolu Tobi Oluwatola
PRGS student with research interests in energy, robust decision making, operations research, security and economic development. He holds a B.S. in electronic and electrical engineering Obafemi Awolowo University.

photo of Abdul Ahad Tariq Abdul Ahad Tariq
PRGS student with interests in energy and environment policy, national security, science and technology policy, and healthcare. He holds a B.S. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.

Faculty Advisor

photo of Krishna Kumar Krishna Kumar
Advisor of IDSS, senior economist, and Pardee RAND professor. He is the director of RAND Labor and Population unit and has directed the Research and Policy in International Development (RAPID), a center within L&P. He also leads the Rosenfeld Program on Asian Development at Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research focuses on economic growth and development, international economics, education, technological change and macroeconomics.

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