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Ariel FiszbeinAriel Fiszbein is director of the education program at the Dialogue. Prior to joining the Dialogue, Fiszbein was chief economist for the World Bank’s Human Development Network, where he has helped develop strategies for work worldwide on education, health, nutrition, population, social protection, and labor. Fiszbein has over 20 years of experience working on education and other social policy issues in Latin America and globally. A native of Argentina, he has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jeff - speakingJeffrey M. Puryear is a senior fellow at the Dialogue. Until 2014 he was vice president for social policy, and directed the Dialogue’s education program (PREAL). He previously served as head of the Ford Foundation’s regional office for the Andes and the Southern Cone, and as a research scholar at New York University and at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in comparative education from the University of Chicago and has authored numerous articles on inter-American affairs. His book on intellectuals and democracy in Chile was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

SucreFederico Sucre is a program assistant for the education program at the Dialogue. He graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College, where he received a B.A. with a triple major in Political Science, French, and Latin American Studies. His senior thesis analyzed the influence of politics on the lives and works of Venezuelan poets during the last thirty years. Prior to joining the Dialogue, Federico was an Admission Fellow at Amherst College. He also did an internship at Fundación Poder Ciudadano, the chapter of Transparency International in Argentina.

kathryn blog picture finalKathryn Cronquist is an intern for the education program at the Dialogue. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Latin American Studies at Georgetown University with a concentration in Development. She is especially interested in education policy and research. She recently completed an analysis of the rural educational model known as Escuela Nueva in Colombia and its implementation in the urban setting of Manizales. She spent the previous summer in Chile conducting research on teaching methods and educational reform.

 Maria blog picture finalMaria Oviedo is an intern for the education program at the Dialogue. She is an undergraduate student at the University of Notre Dame majoring in Political Science with a minor in International Development Studies. At Notre Dame, she worked for two years as student assistant at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Originally from Nicaragua, Maria supported research on fiscal policy and education as an intern at the Institute for Strategic Studies and Public Policy (IEEPP) in Managua.


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