Jacqueline Du Bois joined IFPRI in 2010, and works with Dr. Maximo Torero and Dr. Ousmane Badiane on optimizing government expenditures and income distributions of Burkina Faso, Rwanda, and Tanzania.
Prior to joining IFPRI, Jacqueline served as the Program Manager for business ventures supporting entrepreneurs heading small technology companies at the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO). From 2006-2010, her primary role was to oversee and manage the Maryland Minority Research & Development Initiative, a program designed to increase the participation of minority and woman-owned small businesses in the United States government’s Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Her acquired understanding of how to build private-public partnerships, streamline the delivery of technical assistance, and provide self-sustaining research centers that meet the specific needs of minority entrepreneurs is what Ms. Du Bois brings to her current work at IFPRI.
Jacqueline comes to the development economics field after a career as a mechanical engineer. She worked as a combustion scientist specializing in computation fluid dynamics at a small firm in Columbia, MD from 2000-2006.
Jacqueline completed her M.A. in Economic Policy Analysis in 2009 from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, receiving the Economics department’s award for Best Capstone (Thesis) of the 2009 graduating class. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University (1994) and her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on thermal sciences from the University of California at Berkeley (1999).