Ferdinando Regalia heads the Social Protection and Health Division at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Prior to this position, he served as Advisor to the IDB Vice President for Sectors and Knowledge (2008-2009), as Chief of Social Policy and Economics at UNICEF South Africa (2008-2007), and as Social Protection Specialist in the Sector Operations Department 2 (Central America, Dominican Republic and Mexico) and Poverty Economist in the Poverty Unit at the IDB (1999 – 2006). In these roles, he led the preparation of key lending operations and technical assistance projects in social protection, particularly non-contributive social assistance programs, labor markets, health and education and completed analytical studies in the areas of poverty and social protection.
Ferdinando has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Population Studies, Journal of Development Effectiveness, Economics of Education Review and Journal of Labor Economics and is the author of book chapters on social protection and result based financing mechanisms. Ferdinando, of Italian nationality, holds a PhD and a Master in Economics from Univesitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain.