Lyliana Gayoso de Ervin is a consultant in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice at the World Bank and a professor at Meredith College. She specializes in labor and applied development economics, working on topics in education, welfare measurement, food security, and climate change, among others. She has supported teams in the Latin America and Caribbean and Eastern and Southern Africa regions. Previously, she led Paraguay's Voluntary National Review, the process through which countries assess and present national progress made in implementing the United Nations 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. She also served as the Director of Public Policy Analysis at the now Paraguay Ministry of Economics and worked for other international organizations, such as the Inter-American Development Bank and the United Nations Development Programme. She has studied and worked extensively on assessing language-based educational gaps that exist in multiple multilingual countries, where language barriers in education persist despite governments' efforts to offer education in official languages. Her work has been published in academic journals and policy literature. Ms. Gayoso de Ervin holds a Master of Arts in International Trade from Kyung Hee University, and a Master of Science in Applied Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics from Washington State University.