Noam Angrist's interests centre on translating evidence on 'what works' to enable young people to thrive into scaled intervention and policy. He is a co-founder of Young 1ove, one of the largest NGOs in Botswana dedicated to scaling up programmes backed by rigorous randomised trial evidence that enable youth to thrive. The organisation has reached over 75,000 youth in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa; run randomised trials in partnership with J-PAL; solidified multi-year partnerships with UNICEF, USAID and the Brookings Institution; and signed an MOU with the Botswana government to scale up evidence-based programmes nationally.
Noam has also led key aspects of the development of the World Bank Human Capital Index education pillar. This includes the development of Harmonized Learning Outcomes and a new global measure of education, Learning-Adjusted Years of Schooling, which has been adopted as an indicator by the World Bank, DFID (now FCDO) and USAID to track education systems at the country level and to inform priority investments among cost-effective education programmes and policies. Noam was also part of the core World Bank team that launched the Global Evidence in Education Advisory Panel.
Noam has a BS in Mathematics and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD from the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes scholar. Noam also conducted research at the University of Botswana as a Fulbright Scholar, and has been recognised by Forbes 30Under30 and is a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum.