Jorge Chediek

Jorge Chediek has been nominated UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Brazil since April 2010.  He is also in charge of the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), UNDP’s global forum for policy dialogue and South-South learning on social development innovations.

He has a long career in the UN system of almost 20 years, notably as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Peru and Nicaragua, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Cuba and Uruguay, among other positions at UNDP in New York and Turkey. He got his Master’s degree in Economics in Foreign Service at University of Georgetown (USA) and his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at Universidad Católica of Argentina.

Sergei Soares (coming soon)

Minister Marcelo Neri (coming soon)

Rafael Ribas:

Rafael is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Amsterdam. He also worked for the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) between 2006 and 2008. His research interests include Labor Market, Social Programs, Household Finance, Corporate Finance, and Applied Econometrics.  He has received several awards, including the GDN Medal for Research on Development and the McNatt Memorial Award at the University of Illinois, and has a number of publications in journals like the Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Development Effectiveness, the Latin American Research Review among others.


Ingrid Woolard

Ingrid Woolard is Professor in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town, a Research Associate of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) and a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA). Her research interests include labour markets, social protection, fiscal policy and the measurement of poverty and inequality.

Ingrid has been the PI of South Africa’s national household panel survey, the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS), since 2007. She is the Chair of the Employment Conditions Commission which advises the South African Minister of Labour on making sectoral determinations on working conditions and minimum wages in 11 sectors covering approximately 3.5 million workers.  She is also a member of the Davis Tax Committee which is tasked with proposing wide-ranging tax reforms in South Africa.


Benjamin Davis

Benjamin Davis is a Senior Economist with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He is team leader of the From Protection to Production (PtoP) project, which seeks to understand the linkages between social protection, agriculture and food and nutrition security. He has served as Social Policy Advisor for the UNICEF Regional Office in Eastern and Southern Africa and as a Research and Post Doctoral Fellow at IFPRI. He holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.


Leonardo Gasparini

Leonardo Gasparini is the director of the Center for Distributive, Labor and Social Studies (CEDLAS) at Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP) in Argentina. Gasparini has a Ph.D in Economics from Princeton University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Income Distribution and Labor Economics at UNLP. He has published articles on income distribution, social policy and labor issues in several international journals such as the Journal of Public Economics, Review of Income and Wealth, Social Choice and Welfare, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Economic Inequality, Journal of Income Distribution, Journal of International Development, and others. He has written five books and several chapters on development issues. Gasparini has taught courses and given seminars on distributive issues in almost all Latin American countries. Gasparini has been awarded with the Guggenheim fellowship 2009.


Carolina Robino

Carolina Robino is part of the Supporting Inclusive Growth team, which seeks to ensure that economic growth in developing countries also benefits the poor and reduces inequality. She is also part of the Think Tank Initiative, a program dedicated to strengthening independent policy research initiatives, or think tanks, in Latin America.  She currently manages innovative research on the interrelations between labour markets dynamics, regulations and social protection policies and on entrepreneurship and policies for small business growth in Latin America and the Caribbean.

As an economist specialized in Latin America´s development theory and challenges, prior to joining IDRC, Robino worked as a researcher and visiting lecturer at the Department of Development Studies of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa where she taught development theory. She has also teaching experience at the School of Economics at the Universidad de la República in Uruguay.  Previously, she worked at the United Nations Development Programme and the Uruguayan Central Bank.

Robino holds a PhD in development studies from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.  She has also completed postgraduate studies in Social and Political studies for Latin America in Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Chile.


Susana Martinez

Susana Martínez-Restrepo, has Ph.D. in Economics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University (2012) and is currently a researcher at Fedesarrollo, the leading Think Tank in Colombia.  For her Ph.D. Dissertation, under the advice of Professors Francisco Rivera-Batiz and Henry Levin, she did an impact evaluation of a Conditional Cash Transfer Program (CCT) called the Young Agent Project in Brazil, targeting at risk-youth aged 15 to 17.

As a researcher at Fedesarrollo, the leading Think Tank in Colombia, she is currently evaluating Red UNIDOS Colombia’s strategy to eradicate extreme poverty. Additionally, she is designing two educational programs to allow low-income youth to access community colleges in Rural and the Pacific region of Colombia. She is currently designing a big proposal about Youth risky behaviors (school dropouts, drug use, teen pregnancy, violent behaviors and gang recruitment).

During her previous assignment at UNDP, at the Regional Bureau for Latin America in New York, she also supported the design and monitoring of a Conditional Cash Transfer Program called “Ti Maman Cheri” with FAES from the Ministry of Finance in Haiti. Her experience with education policies also includes her work at NCREST (an educational research center at Columbia University) and at the Harlem Children Zone (HCZ), where she performed program and curriculum implementation, monitoring and evaluation.


Estefanía Galván 

BA in Economics. Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Administration (FCEyA), Universidad de la República (Uruguay). Researcher at the Institute of FCEyA in topics of labor economics, economics and gender and income distribution.


Juan José Diaz 

Juan-José Díaz is Senior Researcher at Grupo de Análisis para el Desarrollo – GRADE and also serves as professor in the Master in Economics at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and the Economics Program at Universidad de Piura, Lima campus. His areas of interest include development economics and evaluation of social programs.


Lorena Alcazar

Dr. Alcázar holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, an Advanced Studies Degree in Public Policy Research from the Kiel Institute of World Economics in Germany. She is currently Senior Researcher and Research Director at GRADE. She has been Vice President of the National Regulatory Institution of Public Transportation Infrastructure, Head of Research of APOYO Institute, Research Professor at Universidad del Pacífico, Economist of the World Bank’s Policy Research Department, Research Fellow of the Brookings Institution and Advisor in social policy to the Vice Minister of Economics.

During the last fifteen years, Dr. Alcázar has done extensive research and has several publications on the analysis and evaluation of social and education policies and programs, social protection, nutrition and infant and child development, decentralization and institutional reform in Peru in other Latin-American countries such as Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay and Trinidad y Tobago


Gary Mena 

Gary Mena serves as researcher at the Monitoring and Evaluation Group in ARU and he is also in charge of processing and managing household surveys. Within the group, he has done research activities which include studies of poverty trends and its determinants, gender inequalities in the labor market, determinants of household savings and the differentiated impact of inflation in the population, among others. He has also done consultancy for international agencies and before ARU he worked as professor’s assistant in microeconomics. He is a distinguished graduate in the career of Economics at “Universidad Catolica Boliviana” and one of the youngest members of ARU.


Dev Nathan 

Dev Nathan, a social scientist, is Professor at the Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, India and Visiting Research Fellow at Duke University, USA. His research interests are quite varied, ranging from global value chains (GVCs), to labour, development issues of indigenous peoples and gender relations. He is Coordinator of SARNET, the South Asia Research Network on Employment and Social Protection for Inclusive Growth, formed by IHD, UN-ESCAP SSWA Office, ILO, and IDRC. He is Co-editor of the new Cambridge University Press series ‘Development Trajectories in GVCs’. He writes a blog, Creative Destruction, in the Economic Times and Times of India.


Fabio Soares

Fabio Veras Soares, Ph.D Economist, is the research coordinator of the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth. He is on leave from the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea), Brasilia, Brazil. His principal research interest is the comparative analysis of cash transfer programmes and social protection systems in developing countries. He has also worked in impact evaluation of cash transfers and other social programmes in countries such as Brazil, Paraguay, Mozambique and, currently, in Yemen. He has published his impact evaluation work in the Journal of Development Effectiveness and Latin American Research Review and has written book chapters on the comparative analysis of cash transfer programmes.


Martín Valdivia

Martín Valdivia holds a PhD in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota. He currently works as the senior researcher of the Group for the Analysis of Development (GRADE) and leads the bureau for Latin America of the investigation network on Economic Policy and Poverty (Política Económica y Pobreza, PEP). His research focus includes rural development, the economy of financial inclusion and entrepreneurship, and the social determinants of health inequality, among others. His latest research is based on the use of experimental designs dedicated to understanding the behaviour patterns of economic actors and the reasons why some policies against poverty are successful, in what way and for whom. In this regard, Valdivia often works with the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IaDB), USAID, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), among other international agencies, in order to design strategies aimed at assessing the impact of different types of public programmes in Latin America. He is currently coordinating similar efforts in Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru and the Dominican Republic.


Claudia Martinez

Claudia Martínez A. is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Research Affiliate of J-PAL. Dr. Martínez A. completed her PhD in Economics at the University of Michigan in 2007. Her research focuses on intra-household decision making, financial inclusion and education in developing countries. Previous and current projects include: impact study of controls on remittances and savings of transnational families, education information, entrepreneurial training, financial literacy, financial inclusion and savings programs. Her research has been published in the The Review of Economics and Statistics


Chris Boyd

Chris Boyd is a Researcher at the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (a think tank based in Lima –Peru). She holds a degree in Economics by the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and a Master’s Degree by the Economics School of Louvain (Belgium). She has been involved in quantitative and qualitative evaluations of Financial Inclusion Projects mainly in rural Peru


Carlos Chiapa

Carlos Chiapa holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University. He is an Assistant Professor of Economics at El Colegio de México. His areas of expertise are applied microeconomics, economic development and program evaluation. His current research focuses on the effects of financial inclusion through savings accounts, on behavior, aspirations and cognitive abilities of individuals.


Claudio Ferraz

Claudio Ferraz is Associate Professor of Economics at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and holds the Itaú-Unibanco chair of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley and he is a research affiliate of BREAD, JPAL, EGAP, and EH-ClioLab. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Development Economics; Economía, the Journal of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association; Latin American Economic Review; member of the LACEA Board and co-director of the LACEA Political Economy Network. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, LSE, Pompeu-Fabra, and the Einaudi Institute of Economics and Finance. His research focuses on the intersection between development economics, political economy and public economics and it has been published in leading academic journals


Jorge Maldonado

Jorge H. Maldonado. Associate professor in the Department of Economics at Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). PhD in agricultural, environmental and development economics (Ohio State University), and bachelor in animal sciences (Universidad Nacional de Colombia). His interests focus on the use of economic tools for understanding and solving problems related with economic development, environment, natural resources and agriculture, with emphasis on poverty and rural issues. Currently is the director of the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP) and the director of the project “Conditional cash transfers and rural development in Latin America”, funded by IFAD.


César del Pozo

Economist with a Master degree in Social Management, specialization in impact evaluation of development programs. Work experience in institutions such as Innovations for Poverty Action, Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program, National Institute of Statistics of Peru, United Nation of Development Program, Ministry of Agriculture of Peru and currently researcher at the Centro Bartolomé de las Casas. Themes of work and interest: impact assessment, agricultural economics, natural resources, environmental economics, rural development.


Javier Escobal

Javier Escobal is an economist with a Master and Doctoral studies from New York University and a Ph.D. degree in Development Economics at Wageningen University in The Netherlands. Currently, he is working as Senior Researcher at GRADE (Group for the Analysis of Development), a research centre based in Lima, Peru. He has concentrated his research in the analysis of rural poverty and the relationship between infrastructure investment and rural development. In the last decade he has also pursue significant research around child poverty issues. Currently he is a Co-principal Investigator for Peru of the project “Young Lives: an international study of childhood poverty”, a longitudinal study developed also in Ethiopia, India (Andhra Pradesh) and Vietnam. The Project follows more than 2,000 children in poverty conditions in Peru during the first fifteen years of their life.


Ursula Aldana

Ursula Aldana is a researcher from the Institute of Peruvian Studies (IEP).   She is an economist with a Ph.D. in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.   Her areas of interest cover rural markets, agricultural technologies, microfinance and health economics.


Margarita Beneke

Margarita Beneke de Sanfeliu.   Director of the Center for Research and Statistics in FUSAES.

she graduated with distinction with a BS in Industrial Engineering, from the  Universidad de Oklahoma,  where she also graduated with a MS in Industrial Engineering.  She is the Director of the Center for Research and Statistics in FUSADES.

She has more than 25 year of experience coordinating interdisciplinary research teams, and in the design, implementation and analysis of social and economic research. Recent research and publications have been concentrated in: labor market, poverty and vulnerability, household income dynamics, migration and remittances, social and economic infrastructure, fiscal incidence of social programs, and impact evaluation of social programs. Currently, she participates in international research networks, such as Commitment to Equity Initiative (CEQ) of the University of Tulane and the Inter-American Dialogue; in the Conditional Cash Transfers and Rural Development in Latin America, financed by IFAD;  and in the Women´s Economic Empowerment Poject Through Public Policy, coordinated by CIEDUR, Uruguay, and financed by IDRC.  She was the local coordinator of the Impact Evaluation of Red Solidaria, done by the IFPRI and FUSADES, and was the lead researcher in the Impact Evaluation of Programa PATI.


Matthew Bird

Matthew Bird is a Professor in the Graduate School at the Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, Peru, where he also consults for private sector and non-profit clients helping them address social change and impact evaluation challenges. Previously, he worked as a Research Director for the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University and as a Research Associate at Harvard Business School, where he authored cases on strategy, innovation, and change management. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where he studied cultural influences on economic decisions and organizational behavior, an interest developed after working as a management consultant in Barcelona, Spain. His research seeks to translate evidence-based insights into action tools that will help policy makers, managers, and social entrepreneurs better harvest local cultural solutions to common social challenges. His research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, the National Institute of Mental Health, and Innovations for Poverty Action. He holds a B.A. in History from Yale University.


Norma Vidal

Norma Edelmira Vidal Añaños is currently the Deputy Minister of Social Benefits at the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion, pursuant of Supreme Resolution No. 005-2014-MIDIS (27-02-2014).

She is an engineer and holds a Masters’ degree in Agricultural Economy. Her professional experience encompasses fields like design, management, project evaluation, management and implementation of investment financed by multilateral entities and international cooperation. More so, she has led international projects (Latin America) linked to capacity development and technology transfers.

She was the Executive Director of the National Solidarity Assistance Program named “Pensión 65”.

In 2008, she worked as the Project Manager of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (PCM) – BID’s Programme for the Modernisation and Decentralisation of the State.


Ingrid Rusinque Osorio 

Graduated in Sociology at the National University of Colombia. She also has postgraduate studies in regional development, planning, management and conflict resolution from Los Andes University. She has worked for more than 15 years in the public sector at the levels of national and district level in positions related to the planning, design and implementation of public policies, with an emphasis on children, women and ethnic minority groups.  Currently she is the General Direction Advisor at the National Agency for Overcoming Extreme Poverty in Colombia. As advisor she works with the  design and implementation of programs for minorities in the Strategy Red Unidos


Francisco Vera

Mr. Francisco Vera is in charge of the National Program for Micro Entrepreneurship at Chilean’s Solidarity and Social Investment Fund, FOSIS. He is a Public School Teacher for History and Geography, with a Diploma in Public Policies. As a professional consultant, he has performed tasks in the fields of teaching, training, planning, coordination and evaluation with international organisms, such as IADB and ECLAC. His last position was at the University of Playa Ancha, Valparaíso, Chile, as General Coordinator of the Technical Training Unit and the University’s Foundation.


Luis Henrique Paiva

Luis Henrique Paiva has a MSc in Social Policy at the University of Southampton, UK, and a Masters in Sociology at the University of Campinas, SP, as well a Doctorate in Sociology and Politics at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Civil servant at the Ministry of Planning, he worked previously in the Ministry of Labour and in the Ministry of Social Security. He also worked for the Chief of Staff in the Brazilian Presidency. He has been working at the Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger since 2009, as advisor, Deputy Secretary and, since February 2012, as National Secretary.