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Fabiola Lopez-Gomez

Fabiola is a development economist with strong econometric, analytic, writing and presentation skills with experience in international development projects, academia and in the private sector. She joined Itad in the Spring of 2015.

Fabiola has experience in programme design and Monitoring and Evaluation for DFID projects. Before joining Itad, she was Deputy Project Manager and Monitoring Specialist for two DFID funded projects: “Trade in Global Value Chains Initiative, (South Africa, Kenya and Bangladesh”, and Monitoring Specialist for the Procurement and Secretarial Services for Climate Change Mitigation Policy in South Africa.

Her main areas of expertise and interest include M&E (DCED Standard), Impact Evaluation, Private Sector Development, Global Value Chains, M4P, International Trade, Multinational Enterprises, SMEs, Foreign Direct Investment, Industrial Organization and Industrialization and Industrial Policy.

Fabiola holds a PhD in International Development form the University of East Anglia, where she conducted econometric to assess the impact of Outsourcing on Domestic suppliers in Mexico, in terms of productivity and upgrading. She has also undertaken training on Impact Evaluation at the Centre for Micro-data Methods and Practice and at the University of East Anglia. She has undertaken a course on how to apply the M4P approach and is therefore knowledgeable in its application.

Nationality: Mexican
Languages: Spanish (Fluent), English (Fluent)
Country Experience:

Mexico, Bangladesh, Kenya, South Africa and United Kingdom.


2004 - 2011
PhD International Development
University of East Anglia
2003 - 2004
MRes Development Studies
University of East Anglia
2002 - 2003
MSc Industrial Economics
University of East Anglia
1995 - 2000
BA Economics
Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico City


2015 - Present
Itad Ltd

2012 - 2015
Cardno Emerging Markets

2011 - 2012
Associate Tutor
School of International Development, University of East Anglia

2011 - 2012

2011 - 2012
Research Assistant
School of International Development, University of East Anglia

2009 - 2010
Research Assistant
Colegio de Mexico

Aviva Plc.

2000 - 2002
HR Assistant
Enlaces Terrestres Nacionales


Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P), Springfield Centre, Bangkok
An Introduction to Programme Evaluation for decision makers, Centre for Micro-data Methods and Practice, (CEMMAP)
Panel Data Analysis ESRC National Centre for Research Methods, University of Southampton

Project Experience:

2012 - 2015
Fund Manager for Trade in Global Value Chain Initiative
(DFID) - Deputy Project Manager and Monitoring Specialist.
The TGVCI is a modified challenge fund that, apart from grant funding, provides in-country technical assistance to help develop and deliver the projects. The programme aims to improve the lives and working conditions of those working in horticultural and garment value chains. As Deputy Programme Manager is responsible for helping the programme team to establish robust systems for grant management, procurement and contract management; demonstrating VfM through low administrative costs and management processes designed to maximise cost effectiveness.

As M&E specialist she was responsible of the design of the monitoring frameworks using the DCED framework. Responsible for resourcing and mobilising country coordinators in the three pilot countries for data collection, coordinating the delivery of information; preparing quarterly reports to DFID and to the Evaluation Management Unit, monitoring performance of the programme.

2012 - 2013
Provision of Research, Procurement and Secretarial Services for Climate Change Mitigation Policy in South Africa
(DFID) - Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
Responsible for design of the M&E framework and monitoring of the programme activities.
Measuring the Impact of Aid Agency Programmes in Rapid Onset of natural Disasters in Sri Lanka
(Oxfam, School of International Development UEA) - Research Assistant
Duties included data cleaning and results measurement at the household level in 3 communities in Sri Lanka in order to: a) identify resilience strategies adopted by households after a natural disaster; and b) measure the impact of Aid Programmes in rapid onset of natural disasters.
Brazilian Manufacturing in the face of Chinese Competition
(School of International Development, UEA) - Research Assistant
Collected, created and managed a trade database (HS 1996) at six-digit level for seven Latin American countries, United State and China.
2009 - 2010
Industrial policy in Mexico and Central America
(Colegio de Mexico (Project funded by the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC))) - Research Assistant
Literature review on industrial policies in developing countries. Conducted statistical analysis and interpretation of data on the impacts of industrial policies in Mexico, Central America, Korea and Malaysia.
2009 - 2010
Technical assistance to design a program to improve and strengthen the statistical system of measuring FDI in Mexico
(Colegio de Mexico (Project funded by the Mexican Ministry of Economy)) - Research Assistant
Assessed key problems on the collection of FDI data in Mexico. Analysed methodologies used in Germany, United Kingdom, Holland and Spain and provided recommendations to improve and strength the methodology in Mexico
2009 - 2010
A study on the role of an Investment Ombudsman in promoting FDI in Mexico
(Colegio de Mexico (Project funded by the Mexican Ministry of Economy) ) - Research Assistant
Conducted the literature review of the role of Ombdusman authorities in promoting FDI with particular emphasis in Korea. Proposed policy recommendations to the establishment of an Investment Ombdusman Office in Mexico.