Francine Fernandez completed her undergraduate degree in Management with a minor in Enterprise Development and her graduate degree in Economics with a specialization in urban and regional development from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. As a student, she spent two years as a volunteer for a socially-oriented organization of the university which provides academic mentorship to public school children from disadvantaged communities through weekly tutoring sessions. She is passionate about education issues particularly in the context of developing countries, and joins the GHD program after having worked for the Development Indicators and Policy Research Division of the Asian Development Bank, where she helped produce the special chapter of the Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific, a flagship publication of the bank. She has also previously worked as a lecturer in the Economics department of the Ateneo de Manila University. An avid traveler born and raised in Manila, she hopes to be able to see as much of the Philippines’ 7,107 islands as she possibly can.
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