Helen joined UNRISD in June 2009 as an intern working with Katja Hujo and Elena Gaia on the Social Policy and Development program. She assisted in editing papers for UNRISD’s flagship report on poverty reduction and providing background research on pension funds in Latin America.
Prior to joining UNRISD, Helen worked as a country risk summer analyst at J.P. Morgan, as an economics research assistant at the Center for Social Policies in the Brazilian Institute of Economics and as a public policy programs associate at the Council of the Americas.
Helen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University and a Master’s of International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University with a concentration in international economic policy and Latin American studies.
Upon finishing her internship, Helen started a Ph.D. in Political Science at The George Washington University, where she was to research political institutions and their impact on economic growth, with particular focus on market reforms, redistributive policies, and welfare spending in Latin America.