Isabel Guerrero is a Senior Lecturer in the MIT Leadership Center at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
She is an economist who has worked in development all her professional life. Her career began as a macroeconomist, designing policy reforms from the World Bank adjustment operations in Philippines, Morocco, and the Former Soviet Union; she also wrote the World Bank’s first Poverty Report on the Philippines. Isabel was a manager in the Economic Development Institute, training government officials, parliamentarians and journalists on macroeconomics, decentralization, and trade. Between 1997 and 2008, Isabel was a country director for Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, and India. In that capacity she designed the World Bank Country Strategy for each of these countries, covering a wide range of sectors, including infrastructure, social development, environment, private sector development, rural development and livelihood programs, the financial sector, macroeconomics, and trade policy. In 2013, she retired from the WB after five years as vice president for the South Asia region where she managed a US$39 billion dollar portfolio, a US$150 million administrative budget and US$6 billion in Trust Funds.
Isabel studied economics at Catholic University in Peru and at the London School of Economics. She studied psychoanalysis at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute and the Peruvian Society for Psychoanalysis. She is cofounder of the nonprofit IMAGO whose goal is to support grassroots organizations on scaling up.