Emiliana Vegas

Advisory Board Member

Emiliana has a PhD in Education from Harvard University with a specialization in Economics of Education; a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Duke University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Communication from the Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas, Venezuela.

Fue jefa de la División de Educación del She was head of the Education Division of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC for 7 years, where she led the work of technical assistance and research to support educational systems in Latin America and the Caribbean. Also, for 11 years, she held various positions at the World Bank where she directed lending operations and applied research on regional and global education policy. Most recently, she was Co-Director and Senior Fellow of the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institute.

Currently, she has joined Harvard as a professor and will teach the Global, International and Comparative Education concentration, as well as the master’s program in Educational Analysis and Policy.Her courses will focus on educational policyinLatin America and the economics of education in the developing world. Her courses will focus on educational policy in Latin America and the economics of education in the developing world.

Emiliana’s work has focused on the development and use of empirical evidence to support educational policy in developing countries; even working directly with governments on educational reforms. She has a particular interest in policies that impact the quality of teacher education, in the role of investment in education, and in strengthening institutional capacity. Due to the context, she has focused her attention on the possible long-term effects of COVID-19 in low-income countries. Emiliana is committed to working to improve educational opportunities for children and youth in Latin America and the developing world.