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Annie Duflo is responsible for leading the strategic directions of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), the implementation of its strategic plan and day-to-day operations. Previously, she served as IPA's Research Director where she managed the research network, staff capacity building, and new project development. She also played a key role in the scaling up of successful programs with a particular focus on education. Annie has a wealth of experience implementing and managing randomized experiments in the field. Prior to joining IPA, she was the Executive Director of the Centre for Microfinance at the Institute for Financial Management and Research in Chennai, India, which she joined at its creation. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and International Development from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)/ ENS (Ecole Normale Supérieure) in Paris.