Maria Fernanda joined the office of Evaluation and Oversight in 2016. Prior to joining OVE, Maria Fernanda was a Research Fellow in the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness (SPD) of the Inter-American Development Bank, since August 2013. Before that, she worked as an advisor in the sector policy division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Colombia, and the antitrust division of the Colombian Trade Commission.
Her research focuses on productive sectors, in particular cooperatives, technology adoption, food security and productivity. She recently evaluated the impact of information technologies on outcome variables at birth (infant weight and height) in vulnerable populations . Maria Fernanda holds a PhD in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.