Sophie Ochmann is a Research and Policy Officer for the Gates Commission “Pathways for Prosperity” which provides a platform for ideas on the role of technology in economic development. She works directly with Professor Stefan Dercon, researching the impact that technology will have on governance and inclusive economic growth for low and middle income countries in the Global South.
Sophie holds a BA in Global Economics and Management from Jacobs University Bremen in Germany and an MSc in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford. For her Master’s thesis, she analyzed poor, rural Sri Lankan households' ability to protect consumption from income risk. Next to her work at the Blavatnik School of Government, she also works as a Research Assistant for Max Roser’s web publication Our World in Data, where she compiles and presents global health research on polio and smallpox. She has also worked as a research intern at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at Evaluation of Policy Design (EPoD) India. For the latter, she conducted qualitative research and scoping work for Professor Rohini Pande in India on mobile phone ownership and women empowerment.