Joost is a Professor of Economics at the Utrecht University School of Economics and the director of the Utrecht Centre for Global Challenges (UGlobe). He previously worked as a Senior Economist at the World Bank and managed its Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF). He was part of the management team at Porticus, supporting the global philanthropy transition toward a focus on contributing to systemic change. Joost also held academic positions at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) and Harvard University. He holds a PhD in Economics from Brown University. Joost's current research agenda is focused on addressing two global challenges: ensuring disadvantaged children have the same (early) education opportunities as everyone else, and promoting environmental sustainability. It has been published in leading journals such as Science and the Journal of Development Economics. Joost is a passionate ambassador for transdisciplinary research, working collaboratively with societal partners to address the globe’s most pressing challenges.