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    Pedro Conceição

    Director of the Human Development Report Office, UNDP
    Since 1 January 2019 Pedro has been Director of the Human Development Report Office and lead author of the Human Development Report. Prior to this, Pedro served as Director, Strategic Policy, at the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (from October 2014), and Chief Economist and Head of the Strategic Advisory Unit at the Regional Bureau for Africa (from 1 December 2009). Before that, he was Director of the Office of Development Studies (ODS) from March 2007 to November 2009, and Deputy Director of ODS, from October 2001 to February 2007. His work on financing for development and on global public goods was published by Oxford University Press in books he co-edited (The New Public Finance: Responding to Global Challenges, 2006; Providing Global Public Goods: Managing Globalization, 2003). He has published on inequality, the economics of innovation and technological change, and development in, amongst other journals, the African Development Review, Review of Development Economics, Eastern Economic Journal, Ecological Economics, Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, Food Policy, and Technological Forecasting and Social Change. He co-edited several books including: Innovation, Competence Building, and Social Cohesion in Europe- Towards a Learning Society (Edward Elgar, 2002) and Knowledge for Inclusive Development (Quorum Books, 2001). Prior to coming to UNDP, he was an Assistant Professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, teaching and researching on science, technology and innovation policy. He has degrees in Physics from Instituto Superior Técnico and in Economics from the Technical University of Lisbon and a Ph. D. in Public Policy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with a Fulbright scholarship.
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    Yanchun Zhang

    Chief Statistician, HDRO/UNDP
    Yanchun has more than twenty years of quantitative research experience on a wide range of economic and sustainable development topics. She has published articles on international macroeconomics, climate change and development, economic vulnerabilities and social protection in refereed academic and policy journals. Prior to HDRO, she served as Chief of the Commodities Branch at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva from 2019 to 2020, leading analytical research, which includes a biennial statistics report State of Commodities Dependence, and capacity-building projects in a dozen of commodity dependent developing countries in Africa and Asia. Prior to that, she was Chief of the Commodity Policy Implementation and Outreach Section from 2014 to 2019, in charge of formulating demand-driven technical cooperation initiatives, mobilizing multilateral and bilateral funding sources and coordinating the preparation of publicity materials and press releases for outreach efforts. Before UNCTAD, she had worked at UNDP in New York from 2007 to 2013 as a Policy Specialist, conducting original research on emerging development topics that are strategically important for the organization. From 2003 to 2006, she was an assistant professor at San Francisco State University, teaching and researching on econometrics, statistics and macroeconomics. Prior to her academic career, she also worked for the World Bank's Development Research Group. She holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Economics with specializations on econometrics, development economics and international economics from University of Virginia, U.S.A, and a B.A. degree in Economics with honors from Shanghai Fudan University, China.
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    Heriberto Tapia

    Research and Strategic Partnership Advisor
    Heriberto Tapia is the Research and Strategic Partnership Advisor of the Human Development Report Office (HDRO), leading both areas. He has been a senior member of the HDRO research team since 2014. Previously, he served in the Executive Office of UNDP and in the Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean. He has been lecturer at Columbia University (New York), University of Chile (Santiago) and University Diego Portales (Santiago). Heriberto holds a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University, and a Master’s degree in economics and a Commercial Engineering degree from the University of Chile.
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    Nasantuya Chuluun

    Operations Manager
    Nasa worked as Operations and Implementation Support Advisor in Multi-Country Office in Fiji since January 2019. Prior to that she was Programme Implementation Team Leader and Operations Specialist in Myanmar and DPR of Korea. Nasa joined UNDP, Mongolia as National Governance Officer in 1997, moved to the field of Operations in 2002. She also served in HQ in Office of Human Resources and Learning Resources Centre for eight years. Nasa started her professional career with Mongolian Customs Administration where she grew in ranks from Inspector to Deputy Director of Customs Administration. She received her bachelor’s degree in international trade economics from Budapest Economics University (Hungary) and graduated from Duke University (USA) with MA in International Development Policy/Public Administration.
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    Admir Jahic

    Advisor, Digital, Data and Knowledge Management
    Admir has over 20 years of professional experience in global project and programme management, strategic leadership, innovations, and digital transformation. His passion is in leveraging design thinking and innovation to address challenges and build products, strategies, and environments for high impact and sustained results. Since joining HDRO in 2014, Admir has led knowledge products, digital platforms and transformation, and innovation. Before joining UNDP, Admir worked in the corporate sector at Goldman Sachs, starting as a data analyst and later managing business solutions and knowledge products. Admir has a Masters's degree in Computer Engineering and Renewable Energy Engineering from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
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    Jon Hall

    Policy Specialist
    Jon has been thinking about how to quantify – and influence - national development since 2000. His 2002 work for the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Measuring Australia’s Progress won a national award as the “smartest” social project of the year. From 2005 – 2009 he led a project at the O.E.C.D promoting these ideas around the world and since 2012 has been working on strengthening national human development reporting. Jon has a masters degree in applied statistics and econometrics, and another in public service administration. He has lectured in over 50 countries and has a particular interest in measuring happiness. In 2013 he was one of ten “global opinion leaders” to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss his work.
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    Tasneem Mirza

    Policy Specialist
    Tasneem joined UNDP in 2013 as an Economist in the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific where she provided policy advise to 36 country offices of UNDP. She also worked in UNDP’s Bureau of Programme and Policy Support providing support to countries for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to UNDP, Tasneem worked for the Asian Development Bank headquarters as a Young Professional where she co-led the Secretariat for SASEC, a regional cooperation initiative between four countries in South Asia. In her role she facilitated strategic negotiations among countries for deeper economic integration. Before this, Tasneem worked at the Center for Global Trade Analysis (GTAP), where she worked on the development of the GTAP model/database, a global CGE model. Tasneem completed her PhD in International Economics from Purdue University where she studied the impacts of trade liberalization on employment, poverty, and income.
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    Brian Lutz

    Policy Specialist
    Brian is a member of the research and writing team, where he focuses on overall narrative development, as well as health, climate and inequality. Prior to joining HDRO in 2019, he served in UNDP’s Executive Office and, before that, on UNDP’s HIV, Health and Development team. His work on the development dimensions of health has been published in AIDS and The Lancet, among others. He was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company before joining UNDP. Brian holds a MSc Environmental Change & Management from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar, and a MSc Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He has a BS in Mathematics.
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    Cecilia Calderon

    Statistics Specialist
    Cecilia’s topics of research include the calculation of the Multidimensional Poverty Index for all countries, with particular interest in analyzing multidimensional poverty in children, the Human Development Index, inequalities in income and education and gender inequalities. Before joining HDRO, Cecilia has worked at the Population Council, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Center for Distributive, Labor and Social Studies at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (CEDLAS), Argentina. Cecilia holds a Ph.D. and a Master in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master in Economics from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina. Her Ph.D. dissertation analyses the relationship between the nutritional status of the mothers and its impact of the growth and development of their children.
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    Christina Lengfelder

    Research Specialist
    Christina Lengfelder is a member of the HDRO’s research team, where she has co-authored global Human Development Reports since 2014. Before joining HDRO, Christina lectured on social policies, international relations, and qualitative & quantitative research methodology in Santiago de Chile. She also worked as a knowledge manager for the Inter- American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington D.C., consulted for UN ECLAC in Trinidad and Tobago and Santiago de Chile, and interned with the Mexican Government’s Secretariat for Human Development. Christina comes from a multidisciplinary background, holding a PhD in Political Science (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile) with a focus on development cooperation, research methodology, and international relations. She also earned two master’s degrees, one in International Development Economics (HTW Berlin), and another in Political Science (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile). Her academic career started with a dual bachelor’s degree in International Business Studies (Mexico and Germany). Christina’s research interests lie in human development, multidimensional inequalities, social policies, and, more recently, mental health. She has published her work in several UN publications, book chapters, and peer-reviewed journals.
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    Yu-Chieh Hsu

    Statistics Analyst at the Human Development Report Office, UNDP
    Yu-Chieh joined the HDRO as a Statistics Postdoctoral Consultant in 2014. Before coming to UNDP, she was a Senior Research Analyst at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC). During that time, she was jointly appointed as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. Yu-Chieh graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a PhD and MPhil in Public Policy and Management. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Statistics from Columbia University. Yu-Chieh’s PhD dissertation focused on demography and applied statistics. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Demography, Population Studies, and Journal of Health Economics.
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    Fe Juarez

    Operations Associate
    Prior to her post in HDRO, Fe held positions of Programme Associate at the United Nations Capital Development Fund and Programme/Administrative Assistant at the Sustainable Development and Poverty Elimination Division of the Bureau for Development Policy. Her background are on finance, human resources and procurement. Before joining UNDP, Fe has worked at various private companies in the Philippines performing functions in office administration. Fe holds a bachelor’s degree in office administration from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and received a strategic diploma on public procurement from the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply.
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    Ana Porras

    Executive Associate
    Ana has over 10 years of experience working as an Executive Associate at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, including at the Permanent Mission of Spain. She has extensive experience working in multilateral settings; where she has been providing organizational and logistical support to high-level diplomats, preparing programs, and coordinating the visits to the United Nations by heads of State/Government, cabinet ministers and other senior officials, ensuring that appropriate protocol is observed. Prior to joining HDRO, Ana worked at the Permanent Mission of Spain to the UN and as a freelance Spanish Interpreter for the Board of Elections of the City Of New York. Ana holds a master’s degree in Translation and Interpreting from the University of Salamanca and has been appointed as an official sworn translator by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She also holds a United Nations Protocol certification course.
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