I am an Adjunct Lecturer in Empirical Methods at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and work as a Director, Applied Research at the Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University. At CID, I am mostly involved in research projects aimed at helping governments to rethink their development strategies both at the national and sub-national levels. All of our engagements are tackled by multidisciplinary teams, staffed with Harvard scholars and CID Fellows specialized in the specific expertise required in each case. Since I joined CID in 2014, I have been involved in projects at the national level in Mexico, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, Jordania, at the sub-national level Buenos aires, and in Mexico I have worked in Chiapas, and Hermosillo-Sonora.
Before joining the field of international development, I worked for ten years in corporate finance and business development in Latin America, performing as Director of Finance for the Cisneros Group of Companies (1997-2003), Head of Corporate Finance for Mercantil Servicios Financieros (2005-2007), and Business Vice-President for Sony Pictures and Entertainment Latin America (2008-2009).
At that point, I decided to switch tracks and get involved in development economics. I went back to school and enrolled in two Master of Science degrees in International Finance and Trade (2011) and Economics (2012) from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and went on to complete my Ph.D. in Economics at Universidad de Barcelona (2016). In the meantime, I had the opportunity to lead the Macroeconomic Policy Team for presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski in the Venezuelan elections of 2012, and complete the Master in Public Administration at Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2014).