Alexandria Valerio is a lead education specialist in the Education Global Practice at the World Bank Group. She is currently a member of World Development Report 2018, which focuses on Education. Prior to joining the WDR 2018, she was a member of the Global Engagement and Knowledge unit in the Education GP, responsible for global engagements and research agendas on benchmarking workforce development policies and institutions, measuring adult skills sets using large-scale household and employer surveys, and identifying effective entrepreneurship education and training programs. Alexandria has also led the Bank’s education policy dialogue and portfolio in the Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean regions. Her published work includes peer-reviewed papers on the returns to education and skills payoffs in low- and middle-income countries, cost and financing of early childhood development, impacts of school fees, technical vocational education and training, and school-based health programs. She is the co-author of several books, including: Accounting for Mismatch in Low- and Middle-income Countries, Taking Stock of Programs to Develop Socioemotional Skills, and Entrepreneurship Education and Training Programs around the World. Alexandria holds a PhD in Comparative Education and Economics from Columbia University, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.