Paloma oversees over 40 staff responsible for the delivery of World Bank Group solutions (integrating lending, research, and technical assistance) on trade and competitiveness issues in Eastern Southern Europe, and Central Asia. She leads policy dialogue with government counterparts, international organizations (IMF, OECD, EBRD), academic institutions, the private sector, and the press.
Paloma is an economist with nineteen years of relevant experience. She has worked across five regions (including Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Africa, Middle East, and Latin America), distilling development lessons and delivering development solutions from and for over twenty countries. Her experience spans low-income countries as small as Moldova and Sao Tome and Principe, and middle-income countries as large as Russia, Mexico, and Argentina. Paloma joined the World Bank Group in 2001 as Young Professional and has served in a variety of roles, including Sector Manager, Sector Leader, and Lead Economist. She led complex lending operations and technical assistance activities. She also published on a wide range of economic topics (spanning trade, growth, productivity, labor markets) and was primary author of high-profile World Bank Group flagship publications.
A citizen of Spain, Paloma holds Masters Degrees on Economics and Public Policy (specialization in Economics of Social Policy) from the London School of Economics (LSE, London); International Economics (specialization in Trade) from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Brussels); and Macroeconomics and Finance from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE, Madrid). She speaks English, Portuguese, French, Spanish, and Russian.