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Lucilla Maria Bruni is an Economist in the World Bank’s Social Protection Global Practice. Lucilla focuses on southern Africa, where she leads a portfolio of operational and analytical activities related to social assistance, demographics, and labor markets. She also leads a series of training exercises on impact evaluation for government officers in Poland. In her previous assignments at the World Bank, Lucilla worked on social protection projects in East Asia and the Pacific and was on a field assignment in Cambodia. Prior to the World Bank, Lucilla did research on poverty and inequality in Guatemala and was an economics consultant in London. Lucilla is Italian and holds a master of public administration in International Development from Harvard University and an M.Sc. and B.Sc. from the London School of Economics.

Melis Guven is a Senior Social Protection Economist in the World Bank’s Africa Region. Melis focuses on safety nets and pensions and is the focal point and technical lead on pensions in the region. She is currently responsible for the social protection and labor programs of the Bank in Botswana, Mauritius, and Seychelles and leads regional work on pensions. Prior to joining the Africa Region, she worked on a broad range of pension and safety net issues in Albania, Poland, Romania, and Turkey. Previously, Melis worked for the Turkish government (the Turkish Treasury) and was a core member of the health and pension reform team in Turkey. As a result, she has in-depth understanding of decision making and prioritization in governments. Her recent work focuses on extending pension coverage to informal sector workers in the Africa Region.

Emma Monsalve is a Consultant in the World Bank’s Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice in Africa. She joined the Bank in 2014 and worked with the Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice and the Poverty and Equity Global Practice in the Latin America and Caribbean Region. Before joining the Bank, she worked with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Central Bank of Colombia. She has developed technical and analytical expertise in a wide array of topics, including social protection and labor, poverty, education, health, and fiscal policy. In her most recent work at the World Bank, she has focused on assessing the efficiency and redistributional incidence of social spending in several countries in the Africa Region and the Latin America and Caribbean Region and in designing and implementing poverty diagnostics. She has made numerous contributions to analytical work, systematic country diagnostics, country dialogue, lending operations, the ASPIRE and the Latin America and Caribbean Region Equity Lab database. She holds a master’s. in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Antioquia in Colombia.