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Torben Fischer

Economist II

A trained economist with a passion for social impact and interests in public finance, health financing, and youth employment.

Torben Fischer is an Economist at IDinsight, currently based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Torben leads IDinsight’s work on public finance which aims to support (sub)national governments with data and evidence to raise, allocate and spend resources in more efficient, effective, and equitable ways.

Torben also oversees the design and execution of impact and process evaluations at IDinsight and has worked with several organizations including both funders and implementers to design and operationalize Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning strategies. Currently, Torben is leading an impact evaluation of the Africa Poultry Multiplication Initiative, a multi-million-dollar grant organized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support the sale of dual-purpose poultry to small-holder farmers in rural Tanzania and Nigeria.

Prior to IDinsight, Torben led an impact evaluation in Pakistan’s low-income health insurance sector and has co-founded Recycle Up! Ghana, an initiative to address waste challenges in Ghana with entrepreneurial approaches.

Torben holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Mannheim, Germany, during which he also studied at the University of California, Berkeley and the University College London.