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Eleonora Bertoni
Consultant , Inter-American Development Bank
Washington, DC, United States
Trilingual (Italian, English, Spanish) economist with 5 years experience in multilateral development banks. Fields of expertise include Research; Data and Policy Analysis; Agriculture/Rural Development; Poverty; Conflict and Education in West Africa and Latin America. Currently consultant at Inter-American Development Bank, seeking professional development opportunities.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Fundraising, Business Development, Grants Writer
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
I am currently working as a Consultant in the Education Division at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, DC. Over the past two and a half years at the IDB , along with full fluency in Spanish, I have honed sound and reliable policy judgement on pressing issues of education financing, conflict and displacement in Latin America. School funding inequalities, the application of AI techniques to improve students’ admission systems, the shortage of high-quality teachers in conflict-affected areas in the region, the education demand burden caused by Venezuelan migrants in the education systems of Colombia, Ecuador and Perú, are some examples of the policy areas I have been engaging with. Additionally, thanks to continuous interaction with policymakers and non-state actors, I have gained solid network management, writing, communication and presentation skills, together with an acute sensitivity to discretion and confidentiality.

Between 2014 and 2016, I have been working as a Research Assistant at the Poverty Global Practice of the World Bank in Washington, DC. This partnership gave me the opportunity to co-author on three scientific research papers on the socioeconomic development of Nigeria and to gain professional skills in different fields of work such as Agriculture/Rural Development; Trade; Poverty; Conflict and Education. Part of my duties in the organization included in-depth statistical and econometric analysis of household survey data for developing countries and the production of economics reports including dissemination work. While conducting scientific research and consulting for the organization, I developed analytical rigor, a marked capacity for logical reasoning and the ability to translate technical knowledge into practical contributions to various World Bank sector strategies.

In addition to that, local and international internship experiences provided me with strong organizational and interpersonal skills as I had to measure myself against both governmental institutions and the private sector. Firstly, at the Refugee Commission in the Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs in Malta I was in charge of the organization of the Refugee Commissioner's political agenda, I was involved in the collection of asylum seeker's interviews and updating asylum seeker's national official statistics. Secondly, at the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe in Thessaloniki (Greece) I have drafted and edited EU grants applications on the topic of Civil Society and Human Rights Defenders protection in the Balkan area under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) and presented detailed budget plans. In addition, while at the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs I focused on policy analysis providing decision-makers with accurate analysis and policy proposals while raising public awareness on matters of European integration.
Education:
My academic and professional records meet at the intersection of Economics, Conflict, Education and International Relations. I obtained a BA in International and Diplomatic Sciences at the University of Bologna in 2009, a MA degree with Honors in Advanced Development Economics at the University of Florence in 2012, and I completed my Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Turin - Collegio Carlo Alberto in 2017.

The BA in International and Diplomatic Sciences provided me with an in-depth knowledge of European and international sociopolitical dynamics. After attending a three weeks seminar in Law of Armed Conflict and peacekeeping operations I developed the final dissertation on the case study of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

The MA in Development Economics guided me through the major socioeconomic aspects of Developing and Emerging Countries. I attended a series of technical courses such as micro econometrics, statistical inference, development micro and macroeconomics and analysis of poverty causes which provided me with strong quantitative and analytical skills . I developed the final dissertation on an econometric specification (Multilevel Logit Model) based on the 2006 Egyptian Labor Market Panel Survey, which aimed at estimating Egyptians’ probability of being unemployed given both specific individual and contextual characteristics. The idea of this manuscript was that of providing an explanation of the causes of the revolutionary uprisings taking place in the Arab world since December 2010. The master thesis was more recently published as a research paper in the scientific journal “LABOR: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations” in 2017.

It is with the Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Turin - Collegio Carlo Alberto that I have consolidated my quantitative skills and built a solid economic background. In 2014 I have been offered the opportunity to work on my Ph.D. dissertation at the Poverty Global Practice of the World Bank in Washington, DC. I developed three research articles on the socioeconomic development of Nigeria. In one of those I studied the effect of the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East of Nigeria on the education system of the country. In this scientific study, I find evidence that the conflict in the region had a strong negative effect on human capital accumulation by reducing school enrollment and years of education completed by children in mandatory school age. The ultimate objective of these results is to inform policymakers in the country of the urgent need to stem human capital erosion by restoring political stability. The article was published in the Journal of Development Economics in 2019.
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    Years of Experience:
    2-5 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Doctorate
    Languages:
    English, French, Spanish, Italian
    Nationality:
    Italy
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