Roland Michelitsch is Principal Specialist, Economics and Private Sector Development in the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, 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. 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. Before that, he worked as a 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, he worked at the World Bank on Corporate Governance in Central and Eastern Europe and as a research associate in experimental economics for Nobel-Laureate Vernon Smith in the Economic Science Lab of the University of Arizona. Dr. Michelitsch holds a PhD and MA in Economics from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the University of Graz. Some of his publications at OVE include the Evaluation of Public-Private Partnerships in Infrastructure, the Comparative Study of Equity Investing in Development Finance Institutions or the Evaluation of IDB Group’s Work through Financial Intermediaries.