Annette N. Brown

FHI 360

Annette N. Brown, PhD is the Principal Economist and Acting Head of Strategy at FHI 360, a large international NGO working to advance human development in the US and around the world. As FHI 360's Principal Economist, Brown heads the Evidence Unit, which promotes FHI 360 thought leadership, especially in research and evaluation, and builds an organizational culture of evidence generation and use across all sectors and regions. As Acting Head of Strategy, she leads the Strategy & Innovation team, which is currently developing FHI 360’s FY23-25 organizational strategy and promoting locally led development change initiatives and advocacy. As a member of FHI 360's Expanded Leadership Forum, she provides input to executive decision-making and contributes to corporate leadership initiatives. She serves as Editor-in-Chief for the R&E Search for Evidence blog. She contributes to business development as a member of the company Bid Board, and she supervises the implementation of company-wide social impact reporting, for which she developed the concepts and process . She is FHI 360's representative to the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network Working Group. She also directs, conducts, and quality assures research and speaks publicly. Previously she designed and directed FHI 360's Research and Evaluation Strategic Initiative. Brown also currently serves as a Lecturer at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy teaching Global Health Policy.

Prior to joining FHI 360, Brown established and headed the Washington, DC office of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and served on 3ie's executive team. In that role, she designed and oversaw a variety of programs, including the organization’s HIV and AIDS impact evaluation grants windows, its research transparency initiatives, and several evidence and gap map research projects. Earlier in her career, she served as a Director at Chemonics International and as the Center Director for International Activities at the Urban Institute. Brown has worked at both for-profit and not-for-profit development implementers in roles that involved institutional development and management, strategy, business development, program management, research, technical assistance, and measurement and evaluation. She was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Western Michigan University, and she has held research positions at the World Bank and the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics. Brown is the author or co-author of several articles that have been published in social science and public health journals, and she edited the book, When Is Transition Over? She earned her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan where she was a National Science Foundation Fellow.