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Fellow, Infrastructure Institute, School of Cities, University of Toronto

Astrid is an urban economist, working in both research and practice, supporting cities to strengthen their financial systems, with a focus on unleashing new opportunities for sub-national financing. She is currently a Fellow at the Infrastructure Institute at the School of Cities at the University of Toronto. In addition, Astrid works directly with city governments across Africa and Asia as well as a strategic advisor to different projects, programmes and institutions working in urban development .

Her previous roles have included being urban economist with the African Development Bank and Policy Director at the International Growth Centre. She holds an MA in International Economics and International Development from Johns Hopkins University. In 2016, she was nominated by the University of Cape Town as one of Africa’s Young Leaders and in 2020 she received Johns Hopkins University’s Outstanding Recent Graduate Award, for her work on urbanisation.

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  • 2015–present
    Economist and researcher, International Growth Centre


Young African Leader, University of Cape Town (2016)