Ximena Cadena comes to The Pearson Institute following a position as deputy minister general at the Colombian Ministry of Finance where, among other duties, she led the design, approval in Congress, and implementation of recent reforms to the liquors regime, royalties, and taxes. In this role, she worked on all aspects related to financing the historic peace accords between the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
Prior to serving in the Colombian government, Cadena served as director of the Colombian Longitudinal Survey at the Universidad de los Andes as well as research manager at Harvard University’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and worked at the behavioral science NGO ideas42. She also worked at the Bogotá-based research institute Fedesarrollo.
Cadena received both a BSc and MSc in economics from the Universidad de los Andes as well as an MPA in economics and public administration from Princeton University.