Marcela Meléndez

UNDP Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University and is an Economist from Universidad de los Andes. Before joining UNDP in 2019, Marcela was, for 10 years, partner and director of Econestudio, a Colombian consulting and economic research firm recognized for her contributions to the public policy debate. Between 2010 and 2013, she co-directed the "Mission of Equity and Social Mobility" convened by the Colombian government and in 2017 she was appointed to an expert commission to carry out the expenditure and public investment review. Her research and consulting activities have focused on the design and evaluation of public policies, and on issues related to antitrust policy and the regulation of infrastructure services. Nowadays, from her position at UNDP, she leads the production of analytical content to support decision-making in the region.

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