Amparo Ballivián leads the Open Government Data working group at the World Bank. This is a multidisciplinary group which supports developing and emerging countries’ open data and innovation initiatives. A native of Bolivia, Amparo has managed several Bank projects in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa. Between 2002 and 2006, she served as the Bank’s Country Manager and Resident Representative in Nicaragua. Before joining the Bank, she worked in public service, academia, diplomacy, and the private sector. She has also held senior government positions in Bolivia, including Minister of Housing and Chairman of the Board of National Customs. She obtained a Ph.D. in econometrics and a master’s in mathematical economics from Rice University in Houston, Texas.