Stefan Dercon is the current chief economist of the UK Department for International Development (DfID). He is a Development Economist who has, since 2015, been Professor of Economic Policy at the Oxford University (at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Economics Department] and a Professorial Fellow of Jesus College. He is also the Director of the Centre for Study of African Economies at Oxford University. Previously he was Professor of Development Economics at Oxford University. Between 2000 and 2002 he was Programme Director at the World Institute of Development Economics (WIDER), United Nations University where he led their research programme on “Insurance against Poverty”. Prior to this between 1993 and 2000 he was a Tenured Professor of Development Economics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Until he joined DFID, he was also the Lead Academic for the Ethiopia country programme at the International Growth Centre, which is a research centre based jointly at The London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Oxford.