Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award

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As an economist at the World Bank, Dr. Gabriel Demombynes works on issues of poverty and inequality in developing countries. He is best known for his work arguing for the greater use of the scientific method in evaluating international development programs. Together with co-author Michael A. Clemens, he published a groundbreaking critique of the Millennium Villages Project, a high-profile rural development project implemented in several communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Demombynes holds both a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a BA from the Plan II Liberal Arts Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.


"Dr. Lederman’s convocation address was a majestic speech, starting with the history of humanity from 1 million B.C., tracing the beginnings of science and then technology, and the place of IMSA and us, its first students in that grand story." Excerpt from remarks by Gabriel Demombynes ‘89

Author: Gabriel Demombynes '89 / World Bank Group Open Knowledge Repository

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