Lea Giménez is the Minister of Finance of Paraguay. Previously, she served as Vice Minister for Economy at the Ministry of Finance and as an economist in the World Bank’s Poverty and Macro-Fiscal Global Practices. She has led a number of programs and assisted several countries in Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean in developing and implementing policies and strategies to reduce poverty and promote equitable economic growth. Her work focused on institutional strengthening of public entities, institutional capacity building, the design and promotion of evidence-based policies, and improving coordination across multilateral organizations to maximize the impact of their efforts. She holds a PhD in Economics from Lehigh University and a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Iowa.