Xinshen Diao

Deputy Division Director and a Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute

Xinshen Diao is the Deputy Division Director and a Senior Research Fellow in the Development Strategy and Governance Division of IFPRI. She is also a flagship leader for the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets. 

Xinshen has extensive experience in managing large research programs and conducting research on economic development, agricultural policies, and regional trade integration and dynamics. In recent years, she has also focused on growth and poverty reduction analysis in Africa and Asia at country and regional levels. Xinshen has published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed economic journals, IFPRI books and monographs, and external book chapters. 

Xinshen earned a B.A. and M.A. in economics from the Beijing Institute of Economics and a Ph.D. in applied economics from the University of Minnesota. Due to her outstanding achievements and impactful scholarly work, Xinshen also received the Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals and the Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Minnesota in 2018.

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