Rene Leon Solano is a Senior Social Protection Specialist in the Social Protection and Jobs (SPJ) Global Practice of the World Bank. He has worked on issues related to social assistance, labor markets, education/skills, health, poverty, displacement, youth and gender in the Middle East and Africa, with a special focus on Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, post-revolution Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine, Mali, and Nigeria. Currently, he is the SPJ Task Team Leader (TTL) of the World Bank’s response to the Iraqi conflict, where he manages a portfolio of over half a billion dollars. Rene is also the TTL of SPJ operational and analytical tasks in Lebanon, which are part of the World Bank's response to the Syrian refugee crisis. In addition, he co-led the design of and is currently working on the World Bank’s Human Development operational re-engagement in war-stricken Syria. Rene has authored various journal articles and reports on human development, with a focus on employment services, active labor market policies, and social cohesion. Before joining the World Bank in 2011, he worked for the Inter-American Development Bank and the Organization of American States, where he designed and supervised grants and technical assistance programs on youth employment in 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.