About us

Ferdinando Regalia
Ferdinando Regalia
The sooner, the better

Ferdinando Regalia is Chief of the IDB’s Social Protection and Health Division, where he leads the preparation of key loan operations and technical assistance projects in social protection and comprehensive analytical studies in the areas of poverty and social protection. He has a Doctorate and a Master’s in Economics from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain.


María Caridad Araujo
Let’s Support Those who Care for our Children

María Caridad Araujo é Chefe da Divisão de Gênero e Diversidade do BID, onde lidera esforços para melhorar o acesso a serviços de qualidade, oportunidades econômicas e fortalecer a voz e representação de mulheres, povos indígenas, pessoas de ascendência africana, pessoas com deficiência e a comunidade LGBTQ+. Como economista-chefe da Divisão de Saúde e Proteção Social do BID, trabalhou em programas de desenvolvimento infantil e redução da pobreza. Foi professora na Universidade de Georgetown e trabalhou no Banco Mundial. Possui doutorado em Economia Agrícola e de Recursos Naturais pela Universidade da Califórnia, Berkeley.

Florencia Lopez Boo
Florencia Lopez Boo
The High Cost of COVID-19 for Children

Florencia Lopez Boo is a leading economist in the IDB's Social Protection and Health Division, where she works on child development and poverty reduction projects. She was a professor at the University of Louvain and worked at the World Bank and UNIDO. She has a PhD in Economics from Oxford University (Clarendon-Oxford University Press award). She is also a Young Lives Research Associate at the University of Oxford and the Institute for Labor Studies (IZA) in Bonn.

Marta Rubio-Codina
Marta Rubio-Codina
What’s the status of the global agenda on child development measurement for very young children?

Marta Rubio-Codina is a Senior Economist in the IDB’s Social Protection and Health Division, where she works on early child development projects. Previously she was a researcher at the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London. She has a Doctorate in Economics from the Université de Toulouse in France.