Fellows & Associates

Fellows & Associates listed below are part of CID's Growth Lab. View Fellows for Evidence for Policy Design and Building State Capability programs.

Jose Morales Arilla is a Research Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. He holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration and International Development (MPAID, 2012) and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela. His intellectual interests focus on the political economics of natural resource extraction and rent management, macroeconomic policy, institutional development and culture. Before joining CID, Jose served as policy advisor to Henrique Capriles' Presidential Campaign, and as researcher and consultant for the Interamerican Development Bank, IESA, Transparency International, the Revenue Watch Institute, the International Budget Partnership and Venezuela's Central Bank. He loves playing the drums, watching movies and reading political chronicles. [Email]

Dany Bahar

Dany Bahar is a Research Associate at Harvard's Center for International Development, an economist at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank, and non-resident fellow at the Brooking's Institution. His research is focused on the role of technology transmission, diffusion and adoption on sectorial productivity shifts in developed and developing countries. He completed a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University. [Website] [Email]


Douglas Barrios a Growth Lab Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. Before joining CID he worked in McKinsey’s Bogotá office as a Public Sector Specialist where he served public and social sector organizations throughout Latin America in a broad set of topics ranging from ICT promotion strategies to education policy design. Other previous experience include serving as an external policy adviser for local governments as well as political campaigns in Venezuela. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Universidad Metropolitana (Venezuela) and a Masters in Public Administration and International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School (MPA-ID 2012). His research interests are focused on urban dynamics, natural resource extraction and rent management, behavioral economics and the political economics behind policy design. [Email]

Sebastian Bustos is a Research Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University and a Doctoral candidate in Public Policy at Harvard University. His research interests are the development of the private sector and how governments can solve market failures to accelerate the process. Sebastian holds a B.S. in Economics and Business Administration from University of Chile and a Masters in Public Administration / International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School. Before his studies at Harvard, Sebastian served as Economic Adviser to the Minister of Finance of Chile, focusing on capital markets and tax reforms. In recent years he has been a consultant for IADB, CAF and a number of national governments regarding industrial policy issues. Sebastian was born in Chile, loves traveling and sporting activities. [Email]

Jasmina Beganovic Chauvin is a Research Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University and a Doctoral candidate in Strategy at the Harvard Business School. Her research interests are the development outcomes of business-government deals in resource concessions and large projects. She is also interested in other forms of business-government collaboration, especially relating to private sector development and diversification. Jasmina holds a B.S. in International Political Economy from Georgetown University and a Masters in Public Administration / International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School. Most recently Jasmina served as deputy to the Economic Adviser to the President of Liberia, during which time she advised the government on concessions negotiations, development strategy, and private-sector development. Jasmina has also consulted for the World Bank, the Revenuewatch Institute, and a number of national governments. Previously she worked in project finance at Citigroup on a variety of infrastructure and energy financings in North and South America. Jasmina originally hails from Bosnia, loves traveling, and languages. [Email]

Juan Pablo Chauvin is a PhD student of Public Policy, and a researcher associated with the Center for International Development and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard. His research focuses on the role of industrial composition in the economic development of cities and regions. In the past he was Consultant with the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) in Ecuador where he advised local and provincial governments on economic development policies. He also held teaching positions at three Ecuadorian universities. He holds a BA in Economics and a BA in Sociology from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, a Master in Public Policy degree (Local Development) from FLACSO-Ecuador and a Master in Public Administration in International Development degree from Harvard. [Email]

Timothy Cheston is a Research Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. Prior to joining CID, Tim worked for the World Bank in the Social Protection and Labor team for the Latin America and Caribbean region, where he led in the design, negotiation, and supervision of major social protection and labor projects and research in the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Bolivia, and Belize. His research interests focus on the intersection of social policy and economic policy, including the use of growth diagnostics to unlock structural transformation processes. His experience also includes research on the use of psychometric screening tools for small business financing in South Africa with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Africa. He also serves on the Board of Empowerment Health, an NGO providing community-based maternal and child health services in Afghanistan. Previously, Tim led remittance research with the Inter-American Dialogue, worked on microfinance with FINRURAL in Bolivia, and lived in the Dominican Republic, serving undocumented Haitian immigrants through the Dominican Literacy Project. Tim holds a BA in the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs from Princeton University and a MPA/ID from Harvard. [Email]

Michele Coscia obtained his Master in Digital Humanities (2008) and his PhD in Computer Science (2012) from the University of Pisa. He then spent seven months conducting research at Northeastern University's Center for Complex Network Research, led by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi. Michele currently works as a Growth Lab Fellow at CID. He is trained in data mining and his research is focused primarily on Complex Network analysis, particularly on multidimensional networks, i.e. networks expressing multiple different relations at the same time. His current project is on aid coordination. The project aims to understand the extent to which international aid organizations address the issues related to aid in their countries of operation. Personal Website [Email]

Luis Espinoza is a Growth Lab Research Fellow at CID. His research interests are the process of economic structural transformation, both from a historical and a contemporary perspective, and how it can be (or cannot be) fostered by active industrial policies, not only from a "technical" point of view, but also from a political economy and state capability one. Moreover, he is interested in the relationship between this process and economic inequality. Before joining CID, Luis worked as full-time teaching assistant at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, covering not only the core courses in economics but also economic history and history of economic thought. Previously he also worked as a research assistant in GRADE, a Peruvian think-tank based in Lima. He holds a B.A. in Economics and a Diploma in Applied Mathematics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and a Master in Public Administration/International Development from Harvard. [Email]

Ermal Frasheri is a Growth Lab Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. Ermal finished his doctoral studies, S.J.D, at Harvard Law School, where he worked in the areas of law and development, international law, European integration, and social and political theories. He has written on legal reform and comparative law, European Union law, and his dissertation examined the relationship between regional integration and development strategies. Ermal has been teaching at Harvard in various roles since 2006 in the fields of political and social theories, European integration and EU law, democracy, international institutions, and sociology. He was awarded a teaching excellence award by Harvard and was appointed a Byse Fellow at Harvard Law School (fall 207) where he taught a series of workshops on Law and Development. He has also taught international law at Babson College, and European Union law at New England Law – Boston. Ermal has worked on development and rule of law projects in Albania, Nepal, and Thailand. Prior to starting his graduate studies, LL.M. and S.J.D., at Harvard, Ermal was a Fulbright Scholar in Washington D.C., and a head of section at the Ministry of Justice in Albania. His current research at the Center for International Development focuses on socio-economic development and regional integration processes in the Balkans. [Email]

Ina Ganguli is an Assistant Professor at SITE at the Stockholm School of Economics. Her research areas are labor economics, the economics of science and innovation, international development and economic history.  Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University and part of the Harvard Business School-Harvard Medical School Innovation Lab.  Ina holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University, a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences from Northwestern University. [Email]

Andres Gomez is a postdoctoral fellow at the Growth Lab. He is currently investigating the mechanisms that explain the economic differences between cities in terms of their internal occupational and industrial mix. He is also helping with the development of atlases of economic complexity for Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. Since his doctoral studies, he has been part of the Cities, Scaling and Sustainability research group at the Santa Fe Institute. There, he has been investigating the statistical properties of urban aggregate output to extract information about how cities coordinate heterogeneous and interdependent individuals in large scale production processes. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Arizona State University, a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering and a B.S. in Physics, both from La Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. [Email]

Alfredo Guerra is a Research Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. In the past, he was a consultant at ODH Consulting Group in Caracas, where he advised Henrique Capriles during his tenure as Governor and his Presidential Campaigns on several policy topics. His background also includes research on the political economy of electoral systems and was a Professor of Economics at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. Alfredo holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration and International Development from Harvard University and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela. Alfredo's primary research interests lie on economic development, cultural economics, political economy of natural resources and reform, history economics, as well as applied microeconomics. [Email]

Matte Hartog is a Research Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. His research focuses on the role of knowledge diffusion through external sources in fostering structural change of economies. For new economic activities to develop in countries, cities and firms, an influx of new capabilities is often necessary, which can be obtained through the inflow of organizations (for instance, multinational companies) and people from elsewhere. Matte particularly focuses on economic development in Colombia and Mexico. He graduated from the London School of Economics with a Master's degree in Local Economic Development and from Utrecht University with a Master's degree in Human Geography and Planning, and conducted PhD research on economic development in Colombia, Finland, The Netherlands and Sweden. [Email]

Matthijs Janssen

Matthijs Janssen is a Research Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. Holding a PhD in innovation sciences (Eindhoven University of Technology), he primarily investigates innovation policy and strategy. At CID, Matthijs is working in particular on the role of services in industry evolution, as well as on policy strategies for sustaining and enhancing the competiveness of regional economic strengths. From his position at research and consultancy firm Dialogic (Utrecht, the Netherlands), Matthijs has been performing policy studies for almost five years now. Typical clients in this respect include public authorities at the regional, national, or supranational level. Before joining CID, Matthijs spent one year as a post-doc researcher at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University. [Email]

Eduardo Lora is a Senior Fellow at the Growth Lab. He has been Chief Economist of the Inter-American Development Bank (2008-2012) and Executive Director of Fedesarrollo, Colombia (1991-1996). He is Vice-President of the Latin American and the Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) and editor of Vox.Lacea. He has a monthly column in the Colombian magazine Dinero. His academic and professional awards include the title of "Distinguished Alumnus" of the London School of Economics, where he obtained his M.Sc. in Economics in 1982. He has published in numerous academic journals and has been the coordinator and main author of several books on Latin American development issues, most recently More than Revenue: Taxation as a Development Tool (2013), The State of State Reform in Latin America (2008), and Beyond Facts: Understanding Quality of Life (2008). He is also the author of a textbook of Economic Statistics that is now in its fourth edition (Técnicas de Medición Económica, only in Spanish). [Email]

Ljubica Nedelkoska is a Growth Lab Research Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. She holds a PhD in Economics of Innovation from the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Appalachian State University, North Carolina. Before joining the CID, Ljubica worked as a post-doctoral researcher and a coordinator of the Economics of Innovation Research Group in Jena, and as a research fellow at the Zeppelin University in Germany. Ljubica's research focuses on the areas of regional structural change, transferability of skills across jobs and occupations, learning on the job and capital-labor relations. She has also been contributing to several projects at the intersection of research and policy in the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Germany and Albania. [Email]

Frank Neffke is a Senior Research Fellow at CID's Growth Lab. His research focuses on how economic actors diversify from one productive activity to another. Central in this research is that activities can be more or less similar in terms of the capabilities or skills they require. This similarity is shown to affect diversification processes throughout the economy, ranging from individuals’ career paths and corporate diversification strategies, to structural change in regional and national economies. Before joining the CID, Frank worked as an assistant professor at the Erasmus School of Economics in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He holds a Ph. D. in Economic Geography from Utrecht University and Master degrees in Econometrics and Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam. [Website] [Email]

Tim O’Brien is a research fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University, working on both Growth Lab and Building State Capability projects. He researches macroeconomic and energy sector issues, as well as the performance of CID’s Problem-Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA) approach in Albania. Tim’s research interests cover a wide range of topics related to sustainable development, climate change and violent conflict. Tim holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University and a Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. He has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, worked for the World Bank/Water and Sanitation Program in Cambodia, and done environmental health and industrial hygiene consulting in New York City. [Email]

Originally from Dublin, Neave O'Clery is currently a Fulbright Scholar and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University where she is working in the field of complexity/network theory and economic development. Neave received her PhD in Mathematics from Imperial College London, and was previously an MSc student at Lincoln College, Oxford. She undertook her undergraduate studies at University College Dublin, which included a year at Ecole Polytechnique, Lausanne. Neave is also founder and Editor-in-Chief of ANGLE, a online and print publication focusing on the intersection between science, policy, politics and international affairs. [Email]

Manuel Orozco is Senior Migration and Remittances Advisor for the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Senior fellow and director of remittances and development at the Inter-American Dialogue, president of Migration and Development Group. He has theorized, conducted extensive research, policy analysis and advocacy on issues relating to global flows of remittances, and migration and development worldwide. His work has led to international policy and business initiatives leveraging these flows to build assets among families and migrants, and strengthen market competition. Dr. Orozco is also chair of Central America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute at the U.S. Department of State. He also teaches at American University, and George Washington University. He testified every year before Congress and has spoken before the United Nations. Orozco holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Texas at Austin, masters in public administration and Latin American studies, and a BA in international relations from the National University of Costa Rica. [Email]

Miguel Angel Santos is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University and a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Universidad de Barcelona. Before joining academia, Miguel Angel accumulated more than ten years of experience doing corporate finance and business development in Latin America, working for large family business, investment banks, and multinational companies. He holds an MBA degree from Instituto de Estudios Superiores en Administracion (IESA), two M.Sc. degrees in Economics and Specialized Economic Analysis from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He has been granted the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation since 2004. In 2013, he was the Head of the Macroeconomic Policy Team for presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski in the Venezuelan elections of that year. Miguel Angel is an Adjunct Professor to the Center of Finance at IESA, where he has been teaching macroeconomics and corporate finance since 1997. His interests revolve around macroeconomic policy, economic growth, financial flows, and the political economy of reform. Born in Venezuela, he enjoys traveling, reading and writing. [Email]

Juan Tellez is a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) scholar and Growth Lab Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard Kennedy School. He holds a Master in Economics (2005), a Master of Advanced Studies in Econometrics (2008) and a PhD in Econometrics (2014) from the University of Geneva. His previous research has focused on proposing new econometric methodologies that are useful in the areas of development, health, inequality and social and public policy. He was a research assistant in the Applied Economics Lab of the University of Geneva (2006) and a teaching and research assistant in the Department of Economics of the University of Geneva (2006-2012), for the courses of Econometrics, Time Series, Probability, Statistics and Mathematics. He was also a Boninchi scholar and visiting researcher at McMaster University in Canada (2010-2011) and he worked as a researcher in the French Institute of Health and Medical Research (2011-2013). [Email]

Martina Viarengo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva. She is Faculty Associate at the Harvard University Center for International Development, at Harvard's Women and Public Policy Program, a Member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Women's Empowerment and a Member of the International Growth Centre in London. Prior to joining the Graduate Institute's faculty, Professor Viarengo was an Economist at the Centre for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. Professor Viarengo is a specialist in applied microeconomics and development. Her research focuses on comparative education policy, gender and international migration. She has examined education policy, gender gaps and labor market outcomes in the OECD and developing countries in trying to better understand how to reduce poverty and inequality. In 2009 Professor Viarengo was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and she was named Newton International Fellow by the British Academy, Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University. [Email]

Romain Vuillemot is a Data Visualization Fellow who currently works on the design of novel visualizations for The Atlas online. Romain holds a PhD in Computer Science from INSA Lyon, France (2010) and was previously a post-doc at AVIZ, INRIA Saclay, France (until 2013). His general research interest is in the visual communication of complex data. He specifically focuses on exploring novel visual design spaces, as well as structuring existing ones. He is also interested in making visualization more accessible and understandable to non-initiate both on the web and in casual environments. [Email]

Muhammed A. Yildirim is an associate at the Center for International Development at Harvard University as well as an assistant professor of economics at Koç University in Istanbul. His research is focused on understanding network and spillover effects in multitude of research areas including international trade, productivity and economic growth.  He obtained his PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University and BS degree from California Institute of Technology. [Email]