The Behavioral Insights Group presents Building Behavioral Design Teams for Public Good, a new series of talks with practitioners working in behavioral science units within governments and nonprofits to build and test solutions for social impact. This series will highlight how these units are formed, how they work, and will feature important ongoing projects focused on public good.
This series forms part of the ongoing BIG Mentoring program. Through coaching and workshops, the program aims to build the participants’ capacity to establish behavioral design teams in their organizations that will leverage systems design thinking, behavioral insights, and innovative adaptive leadership frameworks in order to design more effective policies, programs, and services for complex social issues.
Renos Vakis is a Lead Economist with the Poverty and Equity Global Practice where he heads the Mind, Behavior, and Development Unit (eMBeD). The unit integrates behavioral science in the design of anti-poverty policies in a wide range of issues such as financial inclusion, early childhood development, social protection, health and education. As a member of the Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) team in the Development Data Group of the World Bank, he also conducts experiments to improve household survey measures of behavioral dimensions of well-being. He has written extensively on issues related to poverty dynamics and mobility, risk management, social protection, market failures and rural development, especially in Latin America and South Asia and has led the design of impact evaluation of anti-poverty interventions in various settings. Most recently, he has completed a book on Chronic Poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean. Renos has also taught economics at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.