Viju Ipe, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Dr. Viju Ipe is a senior development economist with over 20 years of experience in international economic policy analysis, program development, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of development programs.  Dr. Ipe joined the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as an International Economist in 2012 leading the Development Economics practice group in the Africa Bureau.  In this position, he led the analytical work in economic growth, trade and investment, and poverty reduction.  He also provided analytical support, program management, and implementation to sectoral programs in agriculture, education, public health, and natural resource management.

Prior to joining USAID, Dr. Ipe worked as an Economist with the World Bank Group which included macroeconomic and poverty analyses to support World Bank’s development policies and lending programs in Africa and Asia regions; economics of climate change; climate change and environmental impact of development policies and programs; and prepared and performed cost-benefit background analyses for the World Development reports. He has also consulted for the Global Environment Fund (GEF), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) on their analytical work and program implementation.  While at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Ipe led the economics team at the Illinois Institute for Natural Resources and Sustainability and also worked with the University of Illinois Center for Global Development. His work included theoretical and applied economics on the design and implementation of economic incentives for environment and natural resource management.

Dr. Ipe has a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Kerala Agricultural University in India.  His training and work experience in agricultural science and agricultural economics in Asia and Africa brings a unique combination of training and experience in developing countries.  Dr. Ipe is currently engaged in both teaching and research work with the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. as an Adjunct Professor.