Leonardo has been working for the World Bank since 2006. Since joining he has been working in the Development Research Group and in the Financial and Private Sector Development Unit of the Africa Region. Currently Leonardo is a Senior Economist with the Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Global Practice.
In the last few years his work has focused on Latin America (in particular Mexico and Colombia) and Africa, but in the past he has also worked on East Asia (i.e. Indonesia) and ECA (i.e. Russia). Before joining the World Bank Leonardo worked as a consultant in Latin America and Southern Africa for the UNDP, WTO, UNIDO, USAID and EU. Leonardo was trained at Bocconi University, University Torquato di Tella, and received a PhD in Economics from University of Sussex.