Alberto Rodriguez is a Country Sector Coordinator and Lead Education Specialist working with the Europe and Central Asia Region, and currently, Acting Sector Manager for Education in Europe and Central Asia. He has worked on system-wide education reform issues with particular emphasis on their effects on national competitiveness. He has led the policy dialogue and has been Project Manager for World Bank education activities in Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Slovakia, Poland, Bulgaria, and Bolivia. His interests and experience are in educational administration and management, specifically in the financing of education systems, decentralization, school-based strategic development, innovation and competitiveness, and secondary education- both general and vocational/technical. Prior to joining the World Bank, Dr. Rodriguez was a school teacher and administrator for 7 years, was an administrator in a private Bank in Bogotá- Colombia for 2 years, worked at the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation as Fellow and as Director of the Adolescent Division, and was the Technical Secretary of the Ministry of Education in Colombia. Dr. Rodriguez holds a BS in Industrial Engineering, a MA in Educational Administration, a Master in Public Administration, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Michigan.