Rachel Bahn

Senior Economist

Rachel Bahn is a senior researcher specializing in analysis of developing country economies and international development programming. Her sixteen years of professional experience has included work in academia, the U.S. government, and the private sector. Since 2014, Rachel has worked as an Instructor of Agribusiness at the Department of Agricultural Sciences and Coordinator of the Food Security Program of the American University of Beirut. Her research focuses on food systems, supermarketization, and value chains; food security, nutrition security, and sustainable diets; and the intersection of agriculture, conflict, and crisis.

As an independent consultant and former economist in USAID’s Office of Economic Policy, Rachel has completed numerous assignments to advance the use of cost-benefit analysis for assessing agricultural value chain investments undertaken by USAID field missions. These assignments include reviewing, auditing, and conducting ex-post performance updates of cost-benefit analyses, as well as the development of guidelines for the use of cost-benefit analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis techniques to assess agricultural investments, tailored to the needs of USAID staff and contractors. Rachel speaks English (native), French (fluent), German (novice), Italian (novice), and Lebanese (novice)


  • M.A. in International Affairs – Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
  • B.A. in International Relations and French Literature – Saint Joseph’s University