Kiertisak Toh, Senior Fellow, Duke Center for International Development Policy  

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PhD, University of Maryland - College Park, 1980

Curriculum Vitae

International Public Finance
Applied Economics
Development Management
Aid Effectiveness

Recent Publications

  1. Toh, K, Emerging Growth Economies in Sub-Saharan Africa, American Economist, vol. 61 no. 2 (October, 2016), pp. 229-244 [doi] .
  2. K. Toh, South Sudan: Post-Conflict Economic Recovery and Growth – An Agenda for USAID Engagement (July, 2009) (Consultant Report prepared for Management Systems International, supported by United States Agency for International Development.) .
  3. K. Toh, Pakistan Applied Economic Research: Activity Design and Scope of Work (February, 2008) (Consultant Report prepared for Management Systems International, supported by United States Agency for International Development.) .
  4. K. Toh, Challenges and Opportunities for Development Partnership: The World Bank and the United Sates Agency for International Development (USAID) (November, 2005) (Report prepared for the Office of the Vice President for Operations Policy and Country Services, the World Bank.) .


Kiert Toh was a senior executive with 25 years of experience in international development with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and attained the commissioned rank of Minister Counselor in the U.S. Senior Foreign Service.  He started working for USAID as an economist in 1980. He subsequently held a series of leadership and senior management positions, including USAID Mission Director in Kenya (2001-2005) and Malawi (1997-2001). While based in Kenya, he served as External Examiner for the Department of Economics, University of Nairobi.  Toh has worked in Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Liberia, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Sudan, Jamaica, the Philippines, Thailand, and Pakistan.

In addition to overall development administration, management of international development assistance, Toh’s areas of expertise and experience include macroeconomic analysis, strategic planning, program design, policy-based sector assistance, evaluation and assessment of policy issues, program impact, development effectiveness, development cooperation and partnership.

Toh holds a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Maryland (College Park, 1980), a Master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University (Washington, D.C. 1997), and a diploma in Senior Executive Leadership Training from the Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Virginia.  He is fluent in Thai.