Esperanza Lasagabaster is Manager of the new Innovation, Technology and Enterprise Group at the World Bank. In her work, she delivers policy advice on the governance, design and implementation of policies and programs to foster innovation and entrepreneurship. She formerly worked as a Sr. economist in the Europe and Central Asia, Latin America, and South Asia Regions of the World Bank, and the Institute of International Finance. She has researched and published on innovation policy. She earned a Ph.D. and a M.Sc. in economics from Cornell University.