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“A Better World for Migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean”

Ana María Ibáñez, Inter-American Development Bank

Tue, 2/27 · 4:30 pm6:00 pm · 216 Aaron Burr Hall

Program in Latin American Studies

Ana Maria Ibañez, Vice President of Sectors and Knowledge at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will present the book “A Better World for the Migrant Population in Latin America and the Caribbean”, which offers regional research on the use of cost-effective strategies to change people’s perceptions of migration.


Ana María Ibáñez, a citizen of Colombia, was appointed Vice President for Sectors and Knowledge (VPS) in June of 2023. Prior this appointment, Ibáñez was Economics Principal Advisor in VPS since 2019 when she joined the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). In this role, she coordinated and supervised the VPS knowledge program in close collaboration with the operational departments, focusing on aligning the multi-annual agenda with the development priorities of the Region.

Before joining the Bank, Ibáñez was a professor in the School of Economics at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá since 2003 where she conducted cutting-edge research on migration, rural development, and the consequences of conflict. Additionally, from 2012 to 2016 she was Dean of the School of Economics at the same university and from 2008 to 2012, she was the Director of the Research Center of the School of Economics (CEDE). Ibáñez has been a visiting professor and senior fellow at several Universities during her career, including Princeton and Yale, and is an accomplished writer of publications and books with particular emphasis on migration, forced displacement and armed conflict.

Ana María Ibáñez served in the Board of Directors of Grupo Éxito, BBVA-Colombia, Fundación Éxito and Fundación Saldarriaga Concha, as well as the Advisory Committee of the United Nation’s Peace Building Fund, and the World Bank’s Commission on Poverty. She holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park and an undergraduate degree in Economics from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá in Colombia.


Maria Micaela Sviatschi, Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University

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