Francesca Perucci oversees the work on global development monitoring, open data, data integration and dissemination, and other global data initiatives. Francesca initiated her career in the UN as an adviser on gender and social statistics. Since then, she has served in different positions within the UN system, where she has been an active leader in developing and promoting the use of data and statistics to inform development policies and review and monitor progress, and has pioneered new ways of producing, analyzing, and communicating data to be used effectively for policy and decision making. She has authored several articles on social and gender statistics, the UN publication known as The World’s Women in 1995 and 2000, and several statistical manuals on gender statistics and social statistics. She was the lead author of the MDG Report from 2005 to 2012 and currently oversees the preparation of the yearly progress report on the SDGs.