I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and did my undergraduate degree in economics and statistics at the University of the Witwatersrand. Curious about what the wider world had to offer, I traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan to study for a PhD in Economics at the University of Michigan. I wrote large parts of my thesis upstairs at one of the country’s best delicatessens, Zingerman’s. After graduation I joined the faculty at Harvard’s economics department, as assistant and then associate professor, teaching industrial organization and market design. I am currently a principal researcher in the exciting interdisciplinary environment of Microsoft Research New England.