Gabriel Demombynes is the Manager of the Human Capital Project at the World Bank.
Gabriel previously held positions based in Bogota, Manila, Hanoi, and Nairobi. He led preparation of Systematic Country Diagnostics for Colombia, the Philippines, and Vietnam as well as the Philippines COVID-19 Emergency Response Health Project. His past analytical work includes studies on nutrition in the Philippines, child survival in Kenya, learning poverty in Colombia, global COVID-19 mortality patterns, Vietnam's household registration system, the Millennium Villages Project, and crime and violence in Central America and the Caribbean. He also developed innovative approaches to surveys in South Sudan. His work has been published in academic journals and cited in the Financial Times, the Washington Post, and Economist magazine.
He has taught economic development at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and was Economic Policy Advisor to Howard Dean during his 2003-04 U.S. presidential campaign. Gabriel holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California-Berkeley and bachelor's degrees in civil engineering and humanities from the University of Texas at Austin.