Vanessa is Spanish, born and raised in Barcelona. She studied Political and Administrative Sciences at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. She then completed a Master’s degree in International Relations at Madrid’s Diplomatic School and a Graduate Specialization in Political and Electoral Management, also at UAB. Vanessa obtained a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from New York University (NYU), where she also became a Project Management Professional and she obtained the Project Management Institute’s PMP certification. Vanessa has been working in public-sector project management for more than fifteen years. She initially worked for Spain’s Ministry of Economy, focusing on reimbursable cooperation funds, and she later became the head of governance projects at the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). Vanessa has been a consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) since 2012, where she has carried out workshops on project planning in the kick-off and advanced-execution phases and facilitated courses on project management through the PM4R methodology for public executing agencies and civil society organizations.