Professor Jane Kabubo-Mariara is the Executive Director (ED) of the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP). She was already well-known to PEP when she took on the role of ED in 2016 as she had previously been involved in many of the organization’s research and capacity-building activities.
She is a Professor of Economics at the University of Nairobi, from which she holds a BA, an MA and PhD in Economics. Before joining PEP, she was the Director of the School of Economics of the University of Nairobi and had previously served as an acting Deputy Vice-chancellor for Research, Production and Extension at the same.
Prof. Mariara is a member of the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) Advisory Board and Interim President of the African Association of Ecological Economists (ASEE).
She has served as a director of the Environment for Development-Kenya; a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modeling Consortium; as a chair of the research committee of the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA) and a resource person with African Economic Research Consortium (AERC).
She has consulted for multiple institutions including the World Bank, IDRC, AERC, PEP, and CEEPA. She served as an expert on scenarios and modeling for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and as a member of the editorial board of Environment and Development Economics.
She has been a visiting fellow at the International Monetary Fund (Washington DC), The World Bank (Washington DC), Cornell University (U.S.A), and Laval University (Canada).
Her specialty research interests include the impact of climate change on agriculture and adaptation, environmental and natural resource economics, multidimensional poverty, child poverty and youth employment, and labor markets and income distribution.