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Panelist Biographies - Experimenting Unconditional Basic Income

Joe Huston

JOE HUSTON is a Regional Director for GiveDirectly, an NGO that delivers cash transfers to the extreme poor. He has managed GiveDirectly's operations in Kenya and Uganda and helped lead the launch of GiveDirectly's universal basic income pilot in Kenya. Before GiveDirectly, Joe worked as a researcher in the asset management industry.


Elizabeth Rhodes

ELIZABETH RHODES recently joined Y Combinator Research as the Research Director for the Basic Income Project. She completed a joint PhD in Social Work and Political Science at the University of Michigan in 2016, where her research focused on health and education provision in informal settlements in Nairobi, workforce development, and anti-poverty strategies. Elizabeth also holds an MSW from Michigan and a BA in Government and Economics from Georgetown.


Guy Standing

GUY STANDING is a Professorial Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies - SOAS, University of London. He was previously Professor of Economic Security at the University of Bath and Professor of Labour Economics at Monash University, Melbourne. Before that, he was Director of the ILO’s Socio-Economic Security Programme and Director of the ILO’s Labour Market Policies Branch. Professor Standing is a founder and honorary co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), an NGO promoting basic income as a right, with members in over 50 countries. His most recent books are The Corruption of Capitalism: Why Rentiers Thrive and Work Does Not Pay (2016); Basic Income: A Transformative Policy for India (2015), with S. Davala, R. Jhabvala and S.K. Mehta; A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens (2014); and The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (2011; third edition 2016). The Precariat has been translated into 19 languages.