Paul Niehaus



Paul Niehaus is co-founder and director of GiveDirectly, the leading international NGO specialized in cash transfers to people living in extreme poverty. GiveDirectly is a top-rated nonprofit by GiveWell and ranked among the 25 most audacious companies (Inc) and 10 most innovative companies in finance (Fast Company). Paul is also co-founder of two emerging markets fintech companies: Segovia, an enterprise payments platform, and Taptap Send, a consumer remittance platform. He holds an academic appointment in the Department of Economics at UC San Diego, where he works with governments in emerging markets to improve the implementation of social programming. He holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University and is a National Science Foundation Fellow and a Sloan Fellow. In 2013 Foreign Policy named him one of its 100 leading “Global Thinkers.”


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