Magdalena Lizardo currently serves as Director of the Advisory Unit of Social and Economic Analysis of the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development. She holds a degree in Economics from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) and a master in the same area from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro also has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in Economics. Her career has focused on the areas of economic development, international trade, rural development and public finance. She was economic adviser to the National Planning Office and to the Ministry of Finance, Magdalena has also provides services to the Secretary of the Presidency. She has done consulting work for the IDB, World Bank, CEPAL and FAO.