Mercedes Mateo Diaz
IADB / BID
Mercedes Mateo Díaz is lead education specialist at the IDB Group where she leads a large initiative to rethink education and strengthen the learning ecosystems to equip citizens with 21st century skills. She also coordinates the research, design and execution of innovative education projects. Her work covers different areas of international development and social policy, with a strong emphasis on inequality. She has contributions in the areas of institutional reform, female labor force participation, early childhood, socio-emotional and digital skills and social cohesion. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of Louvain. In 2004, she was a postdoctoral research fellow of the Belgian Scientific Research Foundation (FNRS) and honorary researcher until 2007. From 2002-2004, she was a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Robert Schumann Center of the European University Institute.