Economics Principal Specialist
Roland Michelitsch is Principal Specialist, Economics and Private Sector Development in the Office of Evaluation and Oversight at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in a leading role on evaluations of private sector activities.
Prior to joining IDB, Dr. Michelitsch was Chief Results Measurement Specialist and Manager of the Investment unit at the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Development Impact Department, responsible for measuring and reporting on the development results of IFC's activities, focusing on IFC’s investments. In that function, he created and led the Development Outcome Tracking System (DOTS) for investment operations, helped develop a similar system for advisory services, helped integrate development results in IFC’s strategy, operations, incentives and reporting and played a key role in developing IFC’s Development Goals (IDGs). He also led the Jobs Study and subsequently helped establish and then headed a Global Partnership of over 25 international organizations to help create more and better jobs, “Let’s Work”.
Prior to this he managed Investment Project Evaluation in IFC's Independent Evaluation Group, where he helped set up and then led IFC's Project Evaluation System and Framework and led evaluations on various topics, such as: extractive industries, financial intermediaries and project economic analysis. Before that, he worked as Regional Economist in IFC’s Sub-Saharan Africa department, mainly on IFC’s strategy in Africa, coordination within the World Bank Group, and project economic analysis.
Before joining IFC, Roland worked in the World Bank on Corporate Governance in Central and Eastern Europe and as Research Associate in experimental economics for Nobel-Laureate Vernon Smith in the Economic Science Lab of the University of Arizona.
Roland holds a PhD and MA in Economics from the University of Arizona and a MBA from the University of Graz.
Some of Roland's publications at OVE include:
- IDB and IIC Project Performance: OVE’s Review of 2016 Project Completion Reports and Expanded Supervision Reports
- Evaluation of Direct Support to SMEs by the IIC
- Comparative Study of Equity Investing in Development Finance Institutions
- Evaluation of Public-Private Partnerships in Infrastructure
- Evaluation of Public-Private Partnerships Evaluation in Infrastructure: Executive Summary