Nicole Rippin joins the Secretariat as a Research Specialist. She was until recently a senior economist at the German Development Institute (DIE) which she joined in 2006. Before, she worked as a research economist for the Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture (BMELV) and the German Investment and Development Company (DEG). Her research topics cover the areas of Human Development, Pro-Poor Growth, Poverty and Inequality. She recently submitted her Ph.D. thesis Efficiency and Distributive Justice in Poverty Measurement in which she inter alia developed a new multidimensional poverty index. Its specific design received international attention and brought her several prolonged research stays at the University of Oxford, the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) and the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). As part of a recently concluded project on The Political Economy of Pro-Poor Growth, she also worked extensively on poverty trends in India, including both econometric analyses and qualitative field studies. Several of Nicole’s research findings are published in peer reviewed discussion papers or are currently in the peer review process for publication in international journals.