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Bilal Siddiqi (Kenya)

Senior Economist & Director

Oversees the design and execution of impact evaluations across IDinsight, provides advisory support to government and civil society.

Bilal Siddiqi is a Senior Economist and Director at IDinsight, based in Nairobi. He oversees the technical design and analysis of impact evaluations across the organization, and works with partners to design and operationalize monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) strategies. He also leads client development efforts in East and Southern Africa, providing advisory support and building embedded learning partnerships with governments, civil society, and the private sector. His focus areas are governance, justice reform, social protection, conflict,humanitarian aid, energy, infrastructure, and climate change.

Bilal previously served as an Economist in the World Bank’s Development Impact Evaluation department, where he worked with governments to embed impact evaluation into their operations; as Director of Research at UC Berkeley’s Center for Effective Global Action, where he mentored East African academics and built the center’s program in data science for development; and as Director of Research and Growth at The Life You Can Save, a philanthropic non-profit where he led in-house charity effectiveness research.

Bilal’s academic research has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Science, and Lancet, and covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, CBS, New York Magazine, Voice of America, Le Monde, VoxEU, and several other outlets. He currently serves as a Non-Resident fellow at the Center for Global Development. He received his Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.