Program 2014

Marcela Escobari

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Marcela Escobari is the Executive Director of Harvard’s Center for International Development, a university-wide center that develops and disseminates breakthrough strategies for growth and prosperity in developing countries.
She has two decades of experience in economic development. Before joining CID, Marcela led the Americas region and served on the Executive Committee of the OTF Group, a strategy consulting firm that advises private and public sector leaders on how to improve export competitiveness. While at OTF, Marcela advised the president of the Dominican Republic on the countrys industrial policy, the government of Colombia on revitalizing its tourism industry, and the Jamaican entertainment and tourism industries on increasing their earning potential.
She has spoken about issues of technology, entrepreneurship and competitiveness in a wide range of policy, industry and academic forums throughout the Americas, and gave the keynote address at the “International Conference of Social Women Entrepreneurs” to an audience of over 1000 female entrepreneurs in Mexico City.
Marcela serves on the board of Root Capital, an organization financing rural development. She is a co-author of the book In the River They Swim: Essays from around the World on Enterprise Solutions to Poverty and was recently named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Marcela began her career as a Mergers & Acquisitions banker at J.P. Morgan in New York. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College and a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. She is originally from Bolivia.