Ferdinando Regalia heads the Social Protection and Health Division at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He is responsible for leading innovative private-public collaboration initiatives such as Salud Mesoamerica 2015, which seeks to reduce maternal and child health equity gaps in Mesoamerica, and the SPOON Initiative which aims at preventing under-nutrition and obesity among infants in Latin America.
Prior to this position, Regalia served as advisor to the IDB Vice President for Sectors and Knowledge (2008-2009), as chief of Social Policy and Economics at UNICEF South Africa (2008-2007), as social protection specialist in the Sector Operations Department 2 (Central America, Dominican Republic and Mexico) and poverty economist in the Poverty Unit at the IDB (1999 – 2006). In these roles, he led the preparation of key lending operations and technical assistance projects in social protection, health and labor markets as well as analytical studies in these areas.
Regalia has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Development Effectiveness, Population Studies, Population Health Metrics and Journal of Labor Economics and is the author of working papers and book chapters on social protection and result based financing mechanisms. Regalia, of Italian nationality, holds a PhD in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain.