Astrid is an urban economist with wide experience spanning government and non-governmental organizations across many developing countries. She is currently Policy Director of the International Growth Centre (IGC) based in Uganda. In this role, Astrid leads the country-level and global engagements of the IGC, translating research in economic growth to policy impact. Her own research specializes in urban economics, specifically in the area of municipal and infrastructure finance and she has worked directly with various governments in Africa and Asia to support research and evidence-based policy reform in this area. She holds an MA in International Economics and International Development from Johns Hopkins University and a BSc in Economics, Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick. In 2016, she was nominated by the University of Cape Town as one of Africa’s Young Leaders, for her work on urbanisation in Africa.