Matthew Bird is an Associate Professor at the Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, Peru. His research seeks to design and evaluate innovative interventions that better harness local solutions to solve common social challenges. Areas of focus include the leveraging of digital technologies and behavioral insights in the areas of financial inclusion, SMEs, and transitional justice. He received his Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Chicago, where he studied cultural influences on economic decisions, an interest developed after working as a management consultant in Barcelona, Spain. His research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, the National Institute of Mental Health, Citi Foundation, and Innovations for Poverty Action. He holds a B.A. in History from Yale University.