Mariana Costa Checa was honored with her own Barbie. Is this one of the top highlights of this Peruvian entrepreneur’s life? I don't think so, but it's certainly interesting for a woman who dedicated her life to improving digital skills for women in Latin America and the Caribbean. She says it herself in a note: "It was really an honor that Barbie’s company wanted to include me … [Read more...] about Barbies, Employment and Digital Skills
Laura Ripani is the Chief of the IDB's Labor Markets Division. She specializes in the area of the future of work, with a particular interest in improving opportunities for young people. She has published extensively in academic journals on labor markets, social protection, and education. With more than twenty years of experience, Laura has developed an extensive network of international contacts in the public, private, and academic sectors and has become a thought leader for labor markets and the future of work issues. Before joining the IDB, she worked at the World Bank on projects related to the link between poverty and labor markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has a Ph.D. and a Master's in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor's and Master's in Economics from the National University of La Plata, Argentina.