Annette N. Brown, PhD

Principal Economist at FHI 360

As Principal Economist at FHI 360, Annette N. Brown, PhD leads efforts to promote FHI 360 thought leadership, especially in research and evaluation, and build an organizational culture of evidence generation and use, across all sectors and regions. She supports strategy and operational efforts as a member of FHI 360's Expanded Leadership Forum and contributes to cross-organizational business development efforts as a member of Bid Board. She directs FHI 360's Research and Evaluation Strategic Initiative and serves as editor-in-chief for the R&E Search for Evidence blog. She also directs and conducts research.

Prior to joining FHI 360, Dr. Brown headed the Washington, DC office of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and served on its executive team. In that role, she oversaw a variety of programs, including the organization’s HIV and AIDS impact evaluation grants windows and its research transparency initiatives. Earlier in her career, Dr. Brown worked at both for-profit and not-for-profit development implementers in roles that involved research, strategy, program management, business development, 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. Dr. Brown is the author or co-author of several articles that have been published in public health and social science journals, and she edited the book, When Is Transition Over? She has a Master of Arts degree in Russian and East European studies and a doctorate in economics from the University of Michigan.