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 es la Jefa de la División de Género y Diversidad del BID, donde dirige esfuerzos para mejorar el acceso a servicios de calidad, las oportunidades económicas y fortalecer la voz y la representación de las mujeres, los pueblos indígenas, los Afrodescendientes, las personas con discapacidad y la comunidad LGBTQ +. Como Economista Principal de la División de Salud y Protección Social del BID trabajó en programas de desarrollo infantil y de combate a la pobreza. Fue docente en la Universidad de Georgetown y trabajó en el Banco Mundial. Tiene un doctorado en Economía Agrícola y de los Recursos Naturales de la Universidad de California, Berkeley.

Florencia Lopez Boo
Florencia Lopez Boo
Can we really change parenting behavior?

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
Why are economists so interested in ECD and what can they contribute to the field?

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.