Dr. Nava ashraf
Nava Ashraf is a Professor at the Department of Economics at London School of Economics and Political Science. She is also Research Director at the Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship. She received her PhD in Economics from Harvard University, and she was an assistant and later associate professor at Harvard Business School from 2005 to 2016. Professor Ashraf’s research combines psychology and economics, using both lab and field experiments to test insights from behavioural economics in the context of global development in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. She has pioneered the concept of altruistic capital, a way of harnessing every individual's intrinsic desire to make a positive social impact. Her recent field experiments on health services delivery and educational investment have been carried out jointly with the Ministries of Health and Education in Zambia, using a model of co-generation of knowledge. Professor Ashraf’s research is published in leading journals including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Journal of Economic Perspectives. She has been awarded a Queen's Jubilee Medal for service by the Government of Canada, and is the youngest person ever to receive the Order of British Columbia.