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Tomas Lievens

Managing Partner (Human Development)

Tomas Lievens is the partner of the Human Development practice. He is an experienced social policy economist with expertise in quantitative research and mixed research methods, health, education and WASH financing, health insurance, and health and education labour markets.

Much of his work is focused on public system and expenditure performance with a special interest in equity in financing and outcomes.

He carried out several expenditure reviews, including tracking surveys; performance, efficiency and costing studies; equity and benefit incidence analyses, often to inform health and education financing strategies. He worked extensively on fiscal questions, domestic resource mobilisation and sustainable financing of sector strategies. He also has a long-term research interest in health-worker motivation and behaviour to improve health labour market outcomes.

Prior to joining Genesis he was director of the Social Policy Programme at Oxford Policy Management where he managed consultants across health, education, social protection and poverty, child protection and social care services, nutrition and water. Previously he was adviser for the International Labour Organisation in Africa, economics adviser to the Belgian minister for international development and consulted with Philippe Naert, Dean of INSEAD Business School.

He holds masters’ degrees in Engineering from the University of Leuven in Belgium and in Economics from the University of Nottingham in the UK.


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