Dr. Lea Giménez is the first woman to be appointed Minister of Finance in Paraguay in June 2017 and is also the youngest finance minister in Latin America. Prior to this, she joined the Ministry of Finance as Vice Minister of Economy in 2016 and worked as an Economist in the World Bank's Poverty and Macro-Fiscal Global Practices. She led a number of programs and assisted several countries in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean in developing and implementing policies and strategies to reduce poverty and promote equitable economic growth. Her work focused on institutional strengthening of public entities, institutional capacity building, the design and promotion of evidence-based policies, and improving the coordination across multilateral organizations to maximize the impact of their efforts. She has also served as an adjunct professor of economics at Lehigh University.