Economist/Data Scientist

The World Bank Group


I am an Economist/data scientist in the Data Group of the Department of Development Economics at the World Bank. During the last ten years, I have been working on socioeconomic analysis in topics related to poverty, welfare distribution, inequality of opportunities, development economics, and conflict economics.

In particular, I am interested in the analysis of data for policy dialog; statistical and methodological research; and the development of computational tools in Stata and R to make socioeconomic analysis intuitive, easier, and faster. I have contributed to buid analytical portals like the LAC Equity Lab or interactive guidelines like the South Asia Region MicroData user manual. Currently, I am part of the PovcalNet team.


  • Development Economics
  • Socioeconomic measurement
  • Developing tools in R and Stata


  • M.A in Apologetics, 2019

    Biola University

  • M.Sc in Economics, 2010

    Universidad del Rosario (Bogota, Colombia)

  • BSc in Economics, 2009

    Universidad del Rosario (Bogota, Colombia)

  • BSc in Finance and International Trade, 2012

    Universidad del Rosario (Bogota, Colombia)


External and Coauthored Posts

My personal profile in World Bank Blogs

Updated estimates of the impact of COVID-19 on global poverty

We estimate the impact of COVID-19 on poverty by comparing poverty projections that use the new GDP forecasts with poverty projections that use the GDP forecast before COVID-19 took off, in this case the GEP forecasts from January. Under the baseline scenario we estimate that COVID-19 will push 71 million into extreme poverty , measured at the international poverty line of $1.90 per day. With the downside scenario, this increases to 100 million

March 2020 global poverty update from the World Bank: New poverty estimates for 2018

East Asia and Pacific has continued its downward trend, reducing the poverty headcount ratio at the international poverty line from 2.3% in 2015 to 1.3% in 2018, driven by decreases in poverty in China and the Philippines. In contrast, spurred by the conflicts in Yemen and Syria, the Middle East and North Africa region has seen a sharp reversal, with the poverty rate increasing from around 2.4% in 2011-2013 to 3.8% in 2015 and 7.2% in in 2018. In Latin America, poverty has largely stagnated, increasing slightly from 4.1% in 2015 to 4.4% in 2018, partially due to an increase in the number of poor in Brazil

How we mass-produced reproducible Human Capital Project country briefs

...each of us started to work on our assigned tasks—compiling indicators from multiple public sources, composing interactive text that varies with data, creating charts, and integrating all the inputs in Rmarkdown. The technology facilitated a seamless collaboration between the authors and made last-minute changes possible at relatively low effort

Apples to apples — PovcalNet introduces a new comparability indicator

As part of the World Bank’s September 2019 global poverty update published a few weeks ago, metadata on the comparability of poverty estimates within countries over time was added to the PovcalNet website

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