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Izabela Leao

Rural Development Specialist
Izabela Leao is a Rural Development & Labor Specialist in the Food & Agriculture Global Practice of the World Bank, where she works on analytical and operational tasks in the areas of jobs and agriculture, rural economy, youth employment, and conflict and fragility. She joined the World Bank as a Young Professional in 2013, and has worked in South Asia, Africa, and Europe & Central Asia – focusing on Afghanistan and India. Prior to joining the World Bank, she spent 5 years in the United Nations working on employment creation in fragile and conflict-affected areas, in particular Sierra Leone, Nepal, and Colombia. She holds an MA in History & Political Science focusing on Social Protection Policy and Transnational Organized Crime from Pittsburgh State University, and a PhD in Political Science focusing on Youth Agency and Employment in Post-Conflict Contexts from the University of Milan, Italy.