Jason Lakin

Jan 13, 2011

Jason Lakin first joined IBP in May 2009 as a program officer covering Ghana and East Africa, and then worked as IBP’s Kenya country coordinator through 2013, where he set up IBP Kenya (based in Nairobi) as a locally registered entity.  Jason served as country manager for IBP Kenya from 2014-2017, then assumed responsibilities as head of research at our global headquarters in Washington, D.C. In 2020, he stepped down to senior research fellow to allow him to pursue other activities as well as his work for IBP.

Prior to joining IBP, Jason completed his Ph.D. in government and social policy, as well as post-doctoral research in global health, at Harvard University. The focus of Lakin’s research was on the political economy of social policy reform in Mexico (particularly health financing and implementation). Before graduate school, Lakin worked briefly as a researcher on tax and housing issues for the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute. He is the co-author, with Seymour Martin Lipset, of “The Democratic Century” (2004).