Roland Michelitsch is Principal Specialist, Economics and Private Sector Development in the Office of Evaluation and Oversight at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in a leading role on evaluations of private sector activities. Prior to joining IDB, Roland was chief results measurement specialist and manager of the investment unit in IFC's Development Impact Department, responsible for measuring and reporting on the development results of IFC's activities, focusing on IFC’s investments. In that function, he created and led IFC’s development outcome tracking system (DOTS) for investment operations, helped develop a similar system for advisory services, helped integrate development results in IFC’s strategy, operations, incentives and reporting and played a key role in developing IFC’s Development Goals (IDGs). He also led the IFC Jobs Study and subsequently helped establish and then headed a Global Partnership of over 25 international organizations to help create more and better jobs, “Let’s Work”. Prior to this he managed investment project evaluation in IFC's Independent Evaluation Group, where he helped set up and then led IFC's project evaluation system and framework and led evaluations on various topics such as extractive industries, financial intermediaries and project economic analysis. Before that, he worked as Regional Economist in IFC’s Sub-Saharan Africa department, mainly on IFC’s strategy in Africa, coordination within the World Bank Group, and project economic analysis. Prior to joining IFC, Roland worked in the World Bank on Corporate Governance in Central and Eastern Europe and as research associate in experimental economics for Nobel-Laureate Vernon Smith in the Economic Science Lab of the University of Arizona. Roland holds a PhD and MA in Economics from the University of Arizona and a MBA from the University of Graz.
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