Center for International Development, Harvard University
Marcela Escobari is the Executive Director of Harvard University's Center for International Development, setting centre's strategic direction and leading initiatives that foster prosperity in developing countries. As head of the Americas region at the OTF Group (a spin-off of Monitor Group), she advised governments on how to increase export competitiveness and harness the private sector to eradicate poverty. She also advised the president of the Dominican Republic on the country's industrial policy, the government of Colombia on revitalizing its tourism industry, and the Jamaican entertainment and tourism industries on increasing their earning potential. She began her career as a Mergers & Acquisitions banker at JP Morgan in New York. Escobari currently serves on the board of Root Capital, an organization financing rural development. She co-authored the book “In the River They Swim: Essays from around the World on Enterprise Solutions to Poverty”. She holds a BA in Economics from Swarthmore College and an MA in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.