Dr. John Okidi is a Senior Program Officer for the Think Tank Initiative based at IDRC’s Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa (Nairobi). He obtained a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1997. John comes to IDRC from a Research Fellow position at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), working with IFPRI’s Ethiopia Strategy Support Program. Prior to joining IFPRI in May 2007 he served a six-year period as the Executive Director of the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) in Uganda. Before joining the EPRC in 1999 as a Senior Research Fellow, he was a consultant for one year at the Development Research Group of the World Bank in Washington, D.C. John has extensive experience in microeconomic policy analysis, especially with application to panel and time series of cross-sectional survey data. Accordingly, he has written and published in the areas of economic growth and the distributional and poverty impacts of macroeconomic policies.