Dr. Laura Barasa is a professional Economist specializing in Development Economics. She is a lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Economics and Development Studies where she teaches Econometrics and Statistics. Laura has published in leading journals such as Research Policy. She is a European Investment Bank – Global Development Network (EIB-GDN) fellow experienced in impact financing of innovative African start-ups. She is also a Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) fellow and a Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) fellow. Laura’s affiliations include Environment for Development - Kenya, African Economic Research Consortium, Partnership for Economic Policy, Network of Impact Evaluation Researchers in Africa, African Network for Internationalization of Education, and the Committee of Fiscal Studies. Barasa’s research interests include innovation, agriculture, environment, poverty, and gender issues in low-income countries.