Rachel Bahn

Technical Director

Rachel Bahn is a Technical Director specializing in the analysis of developing country economies and international development programming. Her sixteen years of professional experience have included work in academia, the U.S. government, and the private sector. From 2014 to 2022, Rachel 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, value chains, food security, nutrition security, 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 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, conducting ex-post performance updates of cost-benefit analyses, and developing guidelines for using cost-benefit analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis techniques to assess agricultural investments tailored to the needs of USAID staff and contractors.

At Limestone, Rachel manages a multi-person team to provide analytical products for World Vision Canada and recently completed the execution of 14 ex-post CBA models of agricultural value chain investments undertaken by USAID. Rachel speaks English (native), French (fluent), German (novice), Italian (novice), and Lebanese (novice).

Education

  • Ph.D. Agricultural Marketing – Universite de Montpellier / Institut Agro, Montpellier, France (2023)
  • M.A. in International Affairs – Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) (2008)
  • B.A. in International Relations and French Literature – Saint Joseph’s University (2004)