Dr. Luis Benveniste is the Global Director for Education at the World Bank. In his prior role, he was the Human Development Regional Director for Latin American and the Caribbean. He was a co-author of the World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development.
Dr. Benveniste´s research interests focus on education financing, teacher policies and student assessment practices. Other publications include “Financing Education at the Bottom of the Pyramid,” with S. al Samarrai in D.A. Wagner, N.M. Castillo, and G.L. Suzanne (eds.), Learning, Marginalization, and Improving the Quality of Education in Low-Income Countries (2022), Teaching in Cambodia (2008), with J. Marshall and M. Araujo, "The political structuration of assessment: Negotiating State power and legitimacy," in A.H. Halsey, P. Brown, H. Lauder & J. Dillabough (eds.), Education: Globalisation and Social Change (2006) and All Else Equal (2003), with M. Carnoy and R. Rothstein, a book on accountability and the organization of public and private schools in the United States.
Dr. Benveniste has also previously worked on a wide variety of World Bank education projects in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and East Asia and Pacific. He received a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Psychology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in International Comparative Education from Stanford University.