Marie Gaarder is the Executive Director of 3ie. Shehas over 20 years of experience managing operational and research projects with a development focus.
Prior to joining 3ie, she was a manager in the WorldBank’s Independent Evaluation Group, overseeing thematic, sector, corporate, and project evaluations.
Marie has also worked as the Director of the evaluation department at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, where she was in charge of independent evaluation of programs and activities financed over the Norwegian aid budget. Marie has also published extensively, including on evaluation of cash transfer programs, evaluation in fragile and conflict-affected states, among others. She is the co-chair of theInternational Development Coordinating Group within the Campbell Collaboration, a member of the Research Ethics Review Committee of the Partnership forEconomic Policy, a member of the DFID-CDC Evaluation & Learning Programme Steering Group, and a member of the WFP’s impact evaluation Strategic AdvisoryPanel (SAP).
She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from University College London, an MSc in Economics from London School of Economics, and a graduate degree inPolitical Science, Arabic and Economics from the University of Oslo, Norway.