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Annette N. Brown, PhD

Principal Economist, Acting Head of Strategy

Annette Brown directs the Evidence Unit, housed in the Chief Science Office, which promotes FHI 360 thought leadership and builds the organizational culture for evidence generation and use across all sectors and regions. She is also the technical director for FHI 360’s social impact reporting initiative and serves as editor-in-chief for the R&E Search for Evidence blog.

Prior to joining FHI 360, Brown headed the Washington, DC, office of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and served on its executive team. In that role, she oversaw a variety of programs, including the organization’s HIV and AIDS impact evaluation grants windows and its research transparency initiatives.

Earlier in her career, Brown worked at both for-profit and not-for-profit development implementers in roles that involved research, strategy, program management, business development, technical assistance, and measurement and evaluation. She was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Western Michigan University and has held research positions at the World Bank and the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics.

Brown is the author or co-author of numerous articles that have been published in social science and public health journals, and she edited the book, When Is Transition Over? She has presented research, facilitated workshops and conducted trainings for dozens of government ministries and agencies, international organizations, foundations, universities, associations and conferences in more than 30 countries around the world.

Brown attended the University of Michigan as a National Science Foundation fellow, earning a master’s degree in Russian and East European studies and a doctorate degree in economics.