Adjunct professor at School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA, Columbia University, New York), she focuses on rural development, agricultural economics, policy analysis, food security and poverty reduction. She has worked on development issues for over 25 years, first as World Bank staff and since retirement as a consultant. She has specialized in policy analysis, program and project formulation and evaluation, research and training activities in agriculture, agro-business, rural development and poverty reduction. She has worked in most regions of the developing world: Africa, Asia (South, Southeast and East), MENA and Latin America. She holds a PhD in Economics.