João Pedro Azevedo is an Economist in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Unit of the Latin America and the Caribbean Region at the World Bank. His areas of expertise are social protection, entrepreneurship, education, and quantitative methods, with an emphasis on applications related to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of poverty and inequality reduction strategies. Prior to joining the Bank he was a Research Fellow from the Brazilian Institute of Applied Economic Research, and the Superintendent of Monitoring and Evaluation at the Secretary of Finance from the State of Rio de Janeiro. He is the current President of the Executive Committee of the Network on Inequity and Poverty of the IADB-World Bank-UNDP-LACEA and has done extensive consulting and research for the World Bank, IADB, UNDP, UNESCO, the British Department of Work and Pension, and the Brazilian ministries of Education and Social Assistance. João Pedro is a Brazilian National and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Newcastle.