David Seidenfeld is a senior vice president and leads AIR's International Development Division, overseeing a portfolio of more than 50 active research, evaluation, and technical assistance projects in low- and middle-income countries around the globe. He also oversees AIR’s Technology Solutions and data science practices and is the executive liaison for the company’s Institutional Review Board. Dr. Seidenfeld has extensive experience designing and implementing evaluations of economic, health, and education programs. His own research focuses primarily on social protection and cash transfer programs, child nutrition, and refugee populations.
Dr. Seidenfeld has designed and led evaluations of more than 10 cash transfer programs in low- and middle-income countries including five randomized controlled trials (RCT). These studies include two RCTs in Zambia that generated evidence to support the government’s decision to scale up a national cash transfer program and was named best UNICEF Research study in 2014. He also led two evaluations on cash transfers for Syrian refugees in Turkey and Lebanon, and several cash transfer studies for child nutrition in Mozambique and Madagascar. Dr. Seidenfeld has published articles in peer-reviewed journals based on these studies, including in the Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Development Effectiveness, Health Economics, and more.
In addition to his work with AIR, Dr. Seidenfeld co-founded and supports the Impact Network, an independent non-profit that brings eLearning and wrap-around services to 45 rural schools in Zambia as well as girls support programs and children’s health programs.
Ph.D., Education Policy, University of Pennsylvania; M.A., International and Comparative Education, Stanford University; B.A., Economics and Philosophy, Cornell University