Director of Governance and Institutions, Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy
Helaina is a researcher, advisor, teacher and convener. Her work, at the intersection of politics and public money, focuses on the state institutions that incentivize and govern the behaviour of actors, ultimately, influencing the performance of organizations and public policy outcomes.
A co-founder of the IFSD, Helaina previously held the position of Senior Research Associate at the Jean-Luc Pepin Research Chair at the University of Ottawa.
Helaina has led a number of key research initiatives focused on the development, sustainability, evaluation and performance of fiscal institutions, public policies and public administrations, in Canada and abroad, in countries such as the United Kingdom and Myanmar.
With a commitment to thriving international networks of peers and advisors to support research and capacity development, Helaina leverages relationships with partners such as the World Bank, the National Governors Association, the International Budget Partnership and the OECD, as well as research communities in the International Political Science Association.
Helaina holds an Hon. B.A. from Western, an M.A. from Queen’s University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa.