Rafael E. de Hoyos is the Program Leader in Human Development (HD) for EU member states. Based in Brussels, Rafael oversees education, social protection, and health programs in EU member states, focusing on Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, and Croatia.
He is a founding partner of “Xaber,” an NGO promoting use of evidence to design and evaluate education policies in Latin America. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and advised governments on school-based management, evaluation policies, strategies to reduce dropout rates, and other topics. Previously, he was the chief of advisers to Mexico’s under-minister of education (2008-11). Rafael worked in the Development Economics Vice Presidency at the World Bank (2006–08), at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge (2005–06), and as a consultant for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Mexico and at the United Nations World Institute for Development Economics Research in Finland. He holds an MA in development from the University of Sussex and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Cambridge.