Ruth Levine, is a development economist and expert in international development, global health and education. She is currently a policy fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and the incoming CEO at IDinsight, a data analytics, research, and advisory organization with offices in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Most recently, she served as the director of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Global Development and Population programme between 2011-19.
Before joining the Hewlett Foundation, Dr Levine was a deputy assistant administrator in the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning at the US Agency for International Development. In that role, she led the development of the agency’s evaluation policy.
Previously, Dr. Levine spent nearly a decade at the Center for Global Development, an international policy research institute in Washington, DC. There, she served as a senior fellow and vice president for programmes and operations.
Dr. Levine is the author of several books and professional publications, including two influential reports from the Center for Global Development on development and adolescent girls: Girls Count: A Global Investment & Action Agenda (2008) and Start with a Girl: A New Agenda for Global Health (2009). She also is co-author of the report When Will We Ever Learn? Improving Lives through Impact Evaluation, which led to the creation of 3ie. She currently serves as chair of the board of 3ie.
Dr. Levine holds a BS in biochemistry from Cornell University and a PhD in economic demography from Johns Hopkins University.