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Dr. Andrew Mude is a Principal Economist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) based in Nairobi, Kenya, and a graduate of Cornell University. He was the keynote speaker for the Symposium on Mobile Money, Financial Inclusion, and Development in Africa on April 21, 2017.

His work deals largely with developing innovative, evidence-based technological solutions to ensure the productive and sustainable use of livestock by dryland populations. Dr. Mude leads the multi-award winning effort to design, evaluate and scale livestock insurance to help millions of poor herders and their families who care for and depend upon their livestock under considerable drought risk.

Widely published in peer-reviewed journals and featured in numerous prestigious media outlets across the globe, Andrew was the 2016 recipient of the Normal Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application recognizing exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under the age of forty.

He earned his PhD in Economics from Cornell University in 2006 and was a Mid-Career Fellow of the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School in 2011.