The Centre for Economic Policy Research is the lead institution on the STEG programme. CEPR has had more than 35 years of project management experience, managing multiple projects for various international funders. CEPR will bring this expertise in managing the programme with support from STEG’s partners.  



Tessa Ogden will act as the Consortium Administrative Director. She is the CEO of CEPR. She (re-)joined CEPR in 2014, becoming CEO in June 2016. At CEPR she is responsible for the management of all CEPR activities, including projects, meetings, external relations, dissemination and publications, and has overall responsibility for CEPR’s research uptake strategy, including social media. She is also Chair of the Management Committee for the DFID funded PEDL project. Between 1995 and 2002 she was Grants Administration Officer and then Chief Operating Officer of CEPR. She then joined Imperial College Business School as Risk Management Operating Officer, where she was responsible for the co-ordination of the activities of Risk Lab and the Finance Group more generally, including liaison with internal and external stakeholders; project funding; conference organization; liaison with press and corporate funders; developing new MSc Programmes; and developing executive education programmes. She was the key operational driver of the development of, and continues to have oversight of its operational aspects. 


Professor Douglas Gollin is the STEG Research Director and CEPR team leader. Gollin is a  leading figure in the literatures on structural transformation and the growth of developing economies. Gollin is a Professor of Development Economics at the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID). His research focusses on economic development and growth, with particular interests in agriculture and structural transformation. He joined Oxford in October 2012 after spending 16 years at the faculty of Williams College in the United States. He has been a visiting professor at Yale University and a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund. From 2012-17, he chaired the Standing Panel on Impact Assessment of the CGIAR, a consortium of international agricultural research organisations. He also works with the International Growth Centre and a number of NGOs involved in policy-oriented work on development. He has published widely in leading economics journals, including the Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Growth, and others. He has consulted widely, including with the World Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development, and other international organizations. He is currently Managing Editor of the Journal of African Economies and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Development Economics and Oxford Development Studies. Gollin holds an AB degree from Harvard University and an MA from Yale University. He received his PhD. in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He is a CEPR Research Fellow in the Development Economics and Macroeconomics and Growth programmes.   


Stephen Yeo is the STEG Research Uptake Manager. He was CEO of CEPR until 2014, having joined CEPR at its establishment in 1983. In 1995, he worked with the Department of Trade and Industry in South Africa to establish the Trade and Industrial Policy Secretariat, a think tank providing policy advice to the Department with funding from IDRC. He served on the TIPS Advisory Board from 1996 until 2018. He subsequently worked with IDRC to establish the Southern African Trade Research Network, launched in 2001; and its successor, the Southern African Development Research Network. In 2010 he worked for the World Bank, designing a programme to strengthen policy research in Southern Africa. He was a founding Board member of the African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET), based in Accra, Ghana, and chaired its Finance and Audit Committee from 2008 to 2018. He currently leads the team evaluating the International Growth Centre. He has also coordinated a number of strategic planning and institutional strengthening exercises, for example for the DFID-funded Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) and the IDRC-funded Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP), both based in Nairobi; and for the Zimbabwe Economic Policy Analysis and Research Unit (ZEPARU), an ACBF-funded think tank in Harare. In 2007, for example, along with Romesh Vaitilingam he helped launch, which is now the most popular portal for economic policy research worldwide. In 2009 Yeo and Vaitilingam launched Vox Talks, the first podcasts to feature economic research and economic researchers. In 2011 he helped design the DFID-funded PEDL programme.  


Romesh Vaitilingam is the STEG Research Uptake Manager and is responsible for the  communications elements of role during the Implementation Phase. Vaitilingam is a writer and media consultant and a member of the editorial board of VoxEU, having been involved at the very start in 2007. He is the author of numerous articles and several successful books on economics, finance, business and public policy, including The Financial Times Guide to Using the Financial Pages (FT-Prentice Hall), now in its sixth edition (2011). As a specialist in translating economic and financial concepts into everyday language, Romesh has advised a number of government agencies and international institutions, including the European Central Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the UK’s Department for International Development. His work involves consultancy for the economic research community, notably advising the Royal Economic Society, the Centre for Economic Policy Performance at LSE and CEPR on the management and development of their public profile; and training economists in communication skills. In 2003, he was awarded an MBE for services to economic and social science.