Jason Wendle serves as Strategy Lead for LaMP. He is a Director at the Global Development Incubator (GDI), where he has played critical leadership roles designing and building new organizations for the last 5 years. Jason has served as Director of Strategy and Programs for the recently-launched Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS), which prioritizes private sector engagement to develop ethical alternatives in sectors affected by forced labor, and its largest area of programming is in the area of overseas labor recruitment.
Before GDI, Jason was an Associate Partner in the Nairobi office of Dalberg Global Development Advisors, where he spent seven years providing strategy advice to clients across a broad range of sectors. Jason holds an MPA/ID from Harvard’s Kennedy School and has published and presented work on smallholder finance, SME banking, and impact measurement.
He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1983 and from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a PhD in Economics in 1988. He worked with the World Bank from 1988 to 2007, living in Indonesia 1998-2000 and India 2004-2007. He taught at the Harvard Kennedy School from 2000 to 2018 (on leave from 2004-2007, 2012-13, 2018-2019) where he was, at times, the Faculty Chair of the MPA/ID Degree program. He has published over a hundred books, journal articles, working papers with over fifty different co-authors and has over 38,000 citations on development topics from education to economic growth to state capability to labor mobility (and more). He is currently affiliated with Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government.