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Reza Lahidji is an economist specialised in governance, policy evaluation and decision analysis. Lahidji holds a master degree in econometrics and statistics from the Ecole nationale de la statistique et de l’administration économique (ENSAE, Paris), a master degree in economics from the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS, Paris) and a PhD in decision sciences from the Ecole des hautes études commerciales (HEC, Paris).
Lahidji has over twenty years of experience in policy analysis and has provided advice to a large number of government agencies in Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as international organisations such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA). He has been team leader for several ground-breaking policy analyses and evaluations, including the 2016 States of Fragility Report (OECD, 2016), the impact assessment of Norwegian support to the energy and road sectors in Pemba, Zanzibar (Norad, 2015) and the socio-economic evaluation of social welfare reform in Greece (OECD, 2013). In his research, Lahidji applies decision-theoretic and statistical methods to the study of public policies in areas where uncertainty is prevalent, such as disaster risk assessment and management.
Reza joined Menon in December 2016, after 3 years in ILPI.