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Maria-Amparo Ballivian

Amparo Amparo Ballivian
Lead Economist
Latin America & Caribbean Region
The World Bank Group

Amparo Ballivian, a Bolivian national, holds a Ph.D. in econometrics from Rice University.  Her career began in the private sector, concurrent with university professorships. She joined the diplomatic service and served in Switzerland, where she negotiated Bolivia’s accession to the GATT. Amparo joined the Bank as a YP in 1991 and worked in the Southern Africa and LAC regions before moving to the Western Africa region, as economist in the Bank’s office in Abidjan. She moved to the Resident Mission in La Paz before leaving the Bank temporarily to assume senior government positions in Bolivia (Vice-Minister for Privatization, Minister of Housing and Basic Services and then Chairman of the Board of National Customs).  In 2002 she returned to the Bank as Country Manager for Nicaragua. Amparo has extensive experience in Bank operations and she will be working with the Poverty and Gender unit, mainly on PRSCs, PRSPs and Poverty Assessments in Nicaragua.

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