Eva Csaky

Eva Csaky

Director, Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity

Eva Szalkai Csaky is the Director of the Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity and Research Professor where she works closely with partners in academia, the private sector and not-for-profit organizations to develop projects and initiatives that benefit disadvantaged communities around the world. Prior to joining SMU, Eva worked for the World Bank Group for 18 years with a focus on market-based solutions for environmental and social problems. She led the design and implementation of projects in 24 different countries around the world and led programs in areas including energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean water access and sustainable value chains. Eva was recently the recipient of the first IFC/World Bank Innovation Award. Eva has an MS in Finance from the George Washington University, an MA in Public Policy from Duke University and is completing her PhD in Public Policy with focus on globalization and development at Duke University.

Education and Honors

  • Ph.D., Public Policy and Globalization and Development, Duke University, 2014
  • M.A., Public Policy, Duke University, 2009
  • M.S., Finance, The George Washington University, 1995
  • B.S., Finance and Accounting, Budapest Business School, 1993

Publications, Speeches and Presentations

  • Doctoral Dissertation: Smallholder Global Value Chain Participation: The Role of Aggregation
  • An Analysis of the Social Upgrading Potential in the Agri-food Value Chains of Guatemala and Hungary (2008)
  • Household Response to Different Recycling Incentives: Is There Something Special about Transferable Financial Incentives? (2008)
  • The Potential Role of Social Entrepreneurship in Improving the Livelihood of Waste Pickers While Increasing the Efficiency of Recycling (2208)