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María Pomés-Jiménez

María Pomés-Jiménez joined Itad in 2018 as a Principal Consultant in the Education Theme.

María has over 10 years’ experience in policy research and evaluation at an international level. Most recently, she was a consultant to the World Bank’s Education, Human Development and Social Protection teams. She has also worked with EU institutions and agencies and other international and multilateral intuitions. More broadly, she has focused primarily on three policy areas; a) education, and the investments that can enhance both access and quality of learning, b) employment, particularly policy programs that are targeted towards those furthest away from the labour market, and c) social protection and social inclusion, predominantly for minorities or the most disadvantaged.

María works across the complete research cycle, from the definition of the scope to the data collection, architecture and analytics, to the preparation of knowledge and dissemination products. She is a mixed methods analyst having worked on econometric analyses of big data and public consultations or in-depth interviews and case studies. She has a wide management experience at national, European and international level from both the private and public sector. She was previously a lobbyist in London and Brussels and a radio news broadcaster. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a BA in Journalism from the University of Navarre. She is fluent in English and Spanish, has working knowledge of French, and can understand Portuguese and Italian.

Nationality: Spanish
Languages: Spanish (mother tongue), English (fluent), French (good), Italian (basic)
Country Experience:

Belgium, Spain, United Kingdom


2009 - 2011
MPP, Public Policy
Georgetown University, Washington
2005 - 2008
Coursework in EU Politics, Political Theory, and International Relations
University of London, Birkbeck College
Dip., International Electoral Observation
Diplomatic School, Madrid
2001 - 2005
MA, Communications
Universidad de Navarra


2018 - present
Principal Consultant
Itad Ltd.

2016 - 2018
The World Bank, London
Europe and Central Asia - Education Global Practice: Researcher for Advisory Services on Assistance to a EU Ministry of Education for a Strategy for Infrastructure Investments in Education Institutions. Latin America & Caribbean - Social Protection & Labor: Lead researcher for a regional policy report on policy instruments for a productive economy, and human capital interventions for the changing nature of work in the context of economic integration, the advance of technology and population aging.
2016 - 2018
Family Development Foundation, London
Support to Operations, Evaluation and Communication.
2014 - 2016
Senior Consultant
ICF (European Social Policy), London
European Commission - DG EMPL: Managed the ex-post evaluation on the European Social Fund (ESF) Investment in Human Capital in the EU27 Member States. European Commission - DG EMPL: Managed the mid-term evaluation of the PROGRESS axis of the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) for three thematic sections: (i) employment, in particular to fight youth unemployment; (ii) social protection, social inclusion and the reduction and prevention of poverty; and (iii) working conditions. European Institute of Gender Equality (EIGE): Managed the quantitative analysis of a report in Study of Women and Poverty’ for the European Institute for Gender Equality in the review of the Area A of the Beijing Platform for Action.
Government Department of Social Policy, Madrid
Collaboration on the welfare state reform and middle class working groups.
2011 - 2013
The World Bank, London and Washington DC
Europe and Central Asia - Human Development: Lead researcher for a report on Public Opinion and the Political Economy of Taxes, Transfers and Redistribution in Europe and Central Asia. Europe and Central Asia – Social Protection and Labor: Contributed to the compilation, edition and usability of the region wide database of administrative data on governments’ spending on social protection transfers and social assistance programs. Operations Policy and Country Services: Analyzed lending products, loans and grants, in evaluation of program’s objectives and outcomes
Senior Advisor
Department of Strategic Communications and Image, Organization of American States
Department of Strategic Communications and Image, Organization of American States Responsible for communications strategic advice to the management at the Secretariat of Political Affairs. Managed the organization’s institutional image and edited its official publications.
Public Policy Researcher
Weber Shandwick, Brussels
Provided political and business intelligence to clients ahead of European Parliament election. Supported telecoms and non-profit clients in international campaigns.
2006 - 2008
Account Executive/Consultora Política
Instinctif Partners, London
Supported M&As: Ferrovial/BAA ($19bn), Iberdrola/Scottish Power ($23bn). Led the new business team and designed and implemented an internationalization strategy. Advised clients in the financial services, transport, manufacturing and energy sectors.
2005 - 2006
European Parliament Press Office, London
Assisted the press team in the analysis and delivery of relevant news coverage. Contributed to an outreach program targeted at national and international constituencies.