Elena Bardasi is a Senior Economist with a background in labor, poverty, and gender. She has been working at the World Bank since 2003 and in IEG since 2012, where she is currently leading the Citizen Engagement Evaluation. She was also the task-team leader of two major learning reports on the Impacts of Community Driven Development Interventions on Women’s Empowerment and Social Safety Nets and Gender, and of the thematic chapter on gender in the 2015 Results and Performance Report of the World Bank Group. As IEG thematic coordinator for gender, she has been instrumental in facilitating the integration of gender in project and thematic evaluations. She contributed to developing evaluation quality standards by coauthoring the IEG guidelines Integrating Gender into IEG Evaluation Work. Her evaluation work also includes a number of in-depth project evaluations.

Prior to her current position, Elena was part of the Gender Unit of the World Bank Poverty Reduction and Economic Management network. In that position, she has led the Unit’s work program on female employment and entrepreneurship and has contributed to numerous reports, including poverty assessments, investment climate assessments, and country economic memorandum. Before joining the World Bank she was Senior Economist at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex (UK), working on issues of labor market dynamics, poverty dynamics, poverty in old age, and family policies in OECD countries. Before that Elena worked at the Luxembourg Income Study, where she was responsible to collect, standardize, and document labor force survey data for inclusion in the database.

Elena has been writing and publishing on female entrepreneurship, female employment and gender issues in formal and informal labor markets, wage differentials, occupational segregation, and time use.

Elena earned her Ph.D. in Economics from the European University Institute.