Research on and Impact Evaluation in HTHT
  • Louis Major

    Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge Senior Research Associate at the EdTech Hub

    Dr Louis Major is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education. He is interested in digital technology’s role in the future of education. Specifically, Louis’ research investigates how technology can enable new models of education, address educational disadvantage, and better prepare learners for life and work in the C21st. Louis is part of the EdTech Hub research team that is investigating how culturally appropriate uses of technology can lead to better learning outcomes for children in low-income countries. He is also Principal Researcher for the Digital Education Futures Initiative (DEFI) in Cambridge where he directs the ‘Innovation Lab’. Louis is an Editor of the British Journal of Educational Technology.
  • Booyuel Kim

    Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies at Seoul National University

    Booyuel Kim is an associate professor of Graduate School of Environmental Studies at Seoul National University. He received a B.A. in Economics from Handong University in 2003, and a Master of International Affairs and his Ph.D. in Sustainable Development both from Columbia University in 2009 and 2014, respectively. After completing his Ph.D. he worked as a post-doctoral research scholar at the Earth Institute of Columbia University while participating in the Millennium Villages Project and the One Million Community Health Workers Campaign. From 2015 to 2020 he worked as an assistant professor at KDI School of Public Policy and Management.
    His research interests span health and education issues in the developing countries as well as in Korea. As the principal investigator, he has been in charge of evaluating the following field experiments: girls’ education support project and HIV/AIDS prevention project in Malawi (since 2010), rural community-driven development project in Cambodia and Myanmar (since 2015), and an A.I.-backed adaptive learning project, High Touch High Tech in Vietnam (since 2018).
    His recent publications include ‘Do Horizontal Teaching Practices Matter for Cooperation?’ (Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 2021), ‘How does Learner-Centered Education affect Teacher Self-Efficacy? The case of Project-Based Learning in Korea’ (Teaching and Teacher Education, 2019), and ‘The Role of Education Interventions in Improving Economic Rationality’ (Science, 2018).
  • Prashant Loyalka

    Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University

    Prashant Loyalka is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education and a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. His research focuses on examining/addressing inequalities in the education of children and youth and on understanding/improving the quality of education received by children and youth in multiple countries including China, India, Russia, and the United States. He also conducts large-scale evaluations of educational programs and policies that seek to improve student outcomes.
  • Tetsushi Sonobe

    Dean and CEO of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)

    Tetsushi Sonobe is the Dean and CEO of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), the Tokyo-based think tank of the Asian Development Bank that promotes the realization of a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific through policy research and capacity building.
    Born in 1960 in Tokyo, Dean Sonobe obtained his PhD in economics from Yale University and BA in economics from the University of Tokyo. His research interests are centered on the empirics of economic development, particularly the roles of industrial clusters, human capital, social capital, management practices, and market competition in industrial development in developing Asia and other regions.
    Before joining ADBI in April 2020, Dean Sonobe served for six years as a vice president of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo and taught economics for thirty years at Tokyo Metropolitan University and GRIPS. Dean Sonobe is a recipient of the Nikkei Book Publication Prize and the Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize, and a founding board member of the Japanese Association for Development Economics.
  • Elizabeth King

    Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution Former Director of Education and Vice President for Human Development at the World Bank

    Elizabeth M. King is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. She was formerly Vice President for Human Development sectors(2013-2014), and Senior Spokesperson and Professional Head for Global Policy and Strategic Issues related to Education and Human Development(2009-2014) of the World Bank, Washington, DC.
    In these positions, she was the professional head for global policy and strategic issues related to education development and human development. She led the development of the World Bank Group’s education strategy for ten years.
    Based on these experiences, she has published several research papers and journal articles on topics such as household investments in human capital; the linkages between education, poverty and economic development. She exerts a huge influence on the education of girls and women and education finance. She has also taught special courses in economics at several universities, including in the Philippines, U.S., Japan, and France. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University.