João Pedro Azevedo is a senior economist at the World Bank in Washington. He currently works for the European and Central Asia region, focusing on Turkey and Central Asia and leading the region's Statistical Team. Azevedo has focused much of his work on helping developing countries improve their systems for evidence-based decision making. Before joining the Bank, Azevedo served as the superintendent of monitoring and evaluation at the Secretary of Finance for the State of Rio de Janeiro. He was also a research fellow at the Brazilian Institute of Applied Economic Research. He is a former chairman of the Latin American Network on Inequality and Poverty. He holds a PhD in Economics.