Michael Kremer is the Gates Professor of Developing Societies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. His recent research examines education and health, water, and agriculture in developing countries.
In his project, Kremer is examining health issues around water in developing countries. The research will reveal strategies for addressing the impact of water contamination on health.
Kremer, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has received a MacArthur Fellowship and a Presidential Faculty Fellowship and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He helped develop the advance market commitment (AMC) for vaccines to stimulate private investment in vaccine research and the distribution of vaccines for diseases in the developing world. In 2007, the British, Canadian, Italian, Norwegian, and Russian governments, together with the Gates Foundation, pledged $1.5 billion to establish an AMC for a vaccine against pneumococcus, which kills 2 million people annually. Kremer is a cofounder of Deworm the World, which promotes school-based deworming in the developing world, and is the president of its board. In the fall of 2010, he became the scientific director of Development Innovation Ventures at USAID. Kremer earned his PhD in economics from Harvard University.