Shiva Makki joined the World Bank research department in 2004 as a senior economist. He is part of a unit involved in financing, evaluating, and disseminating research. He received his Ph.D. degree in agricultural and resource economics from The Ohio State University in 1996. He studied agricultural science at University Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore, India. After his graduation, he worked at the Economic Research Service of United States Department of Agriculture for six years managing various agriculture sector projects. He has written more than 30 papers of which more than half are published in peer reviewed journals. He has taught for many years at The Ohio State University and USDA Graduate School. More recently, he participated in the Sustainable Development Leadership Program held at the University of Cambridge.