Eliana is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is on external assignment from the World Bank, where she is a Senior Economist at the Jobs Group in the Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice. Her interest is in both policy practice and research, and in the fields of development and labor economics.
Eliana joined the World Bank as a Young Professional in 2011. At the World Bank Jobs Group, she works with national governments, NGOs and the private sector in the design and impact evaluation of pilot approaches to create more jobs, connect people to jobs, and increase the quality of jobs. Formerly, she was an Economist in the Human Development Unit for South Asia, a Country Poverty Economist for Ethiopia at the Poverty and Economic Management Unit, and the Technical Adviser for the Gender Innovation Lab at the Africa Chief Economist Office. She has conducted work on a number of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, East Asia, and Latin America. She holds a PhD in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University Department of Economics, and an MPA in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School.