Professor Nava Ashraf joined the Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship in 2015 as its first Research Director, and the LSE as Professor of Economics. As Research Director, Nava works closely with academic and research staff across LSE departments on developing and launching the Marshall Institute’s unique research agenda. She was previously Associate Professor at Harvard Business School, where she has been on faculty since 2005.

Nava’s research combines psychology and economics, using both lab and field experiments to test insights from behavioural economics in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Her papers are published in the top economics journals, including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

Nava has been honoured with a Queen’s Jubilee Medal for service. She was the recipient of a 2012 Rising Star in Global Health Grant from Grand Challenges Canada, and was the winner of the 2006 TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Scholarly Writing on Lifelong Financial Security for the article “Tying Odysseus to the Mast: Evidence from a Commitment Savings Product in the Philippines” (Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 2006) with Dean Karlan and Wesley Yin.