Astrid R.N. Haas

Senior Country Economist (Cities) and Manager of Cities that Work, International Growth Centre

Astrid Haas is a Senior Country Economist for Cities and Manager of the Cities that Work Initiative, based in Kampala, Uganda, working with the International Growth Centre (IGC), a policy research institution run by the London School of Economics, in partnership with the University of Oxford. Here she manages and carries out policy-based research on cities based on demand from the government, across Africa and Asia. Her current research specialises on municipal finance. Prior to joining the IGC, she worked for Innovations for Poverty Action as well as for Evidence Action, which included work in Uganda, Rwanda and Malawi. Astrid has also worked in South Sudan and Kenya. In 2016, she was nominated by the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, University of Cape Town as one of Africa’s Young Leaders. She holds an MA in International Economics and International Development from Johns Hopkins University and is now undertaking an external PhD in the Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems with the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.


  • 2015–present
    Economist and researcher, International Growth Centre


Young African Leader, University of Cape Town (2016)