Start date with DI: September 2015
Where I am based: UK
What I do: I lead DI’s research under the Investments to End Poverty programme, which brings together our work on poverty and resources to provide data-driven and policy-relevant analysis on how donors can maximise their impact toward poverty eradication. A particular area of focus for me is the role of development cooperation in private sector development, including blended finance. I also manage DI’s data on financing beyond ODA which is used across a number of grant and consultancy projects.
Previous experience: I studied International Economics and Management at Bocconi University in Milan. I spent a year working with relatively small non-government organisations, first in the northern region of Guatemala and then in northern Uganda. I then studied Finance and Development at SOAS before working for the Japan International Cooperation Agency, both in London. Before joining DI I spent three years working at the Ministry of Finance in Guyana – two as an Overseas Development Institute Fellow and one as an independent consultant assisting the government with the drafting of Guyana’s 2015 Millennium Development Goals Progress Report.