We are a team of research experts in Economics of Education who provide evidence to promote the development of innovative educational strategies and policies at the service of country’s educational quality, relevance, equality and inclusion.


Be a national and international benchmark in educational transformation issues that promote educational development and innovation in Colombia and the region.

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Our Team

Luz Karime Abadía Alvarado



Economist and Master of Economics of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana; she also holds a Master’s degree in Empirical Applications and Economic Policies, and a PhD in Economics from the Universidad del País Vasco. She has served as the Director of the Economics Department at Universidad Javeriana, and Director of Promotion of Higher Education at the Ministry of Education. Her areas of research are Economics of Education, Labor Economics, and Gender Studies. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Economics and Director of Graduate Studies in Economics.

Gloria Lucia Bernal Nisperuza



Economist and Master of Economics of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Master of Public Administration of New York University, and PhD in Public Policy Analysis from Maastricht University UNU-MERIT in the Netherlands. Her areas of interest are Economics of education, Public Policy Analysis and Impact Assessment. She is currently an assistant professor of the Department of Economics of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá.

Ómar David Garzón Ospina

Junior Researcher


Economist of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and candidate for a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Development Studies of the Universidad de los Andes. At LEE, he is responsible for database processing, the construction of statistics and indicators, econometric analysis, and support in the design and evaluation of interventions related to the economics of education.

Sebastián Balcucho Escalante

Junior Researcher


Economist and Candidate for a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá. At LEE, he is in charge of the processing and use of databases to carry out descriptive and econometric analyzes, the implementation of quantitative methodologies for research and for the evaluation of interventions related to the economics of education.

Juan Manuel García Ospina

Project Advisor


Economist and Master in Economics of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. He has experience in entrepreneurship and management of consulting and research in the areas of science, technology, innovation and education, as well as in the creation and calculation of baselines of national indicators and indices and in the design and evaluation of public policy on transformative innovation. At LEE, he is responsible for managing research projects and obtaining grants (funds).

Silvio Fernando López Mera

Junior Researcher


Economist from the Universidad del Valle, Specialist in Social Management from the Universidad Eafit and Master in Economics and Public Policy from the Universidad de Antioquia. He has worked for more than 9 years in the public sector on issues related to public policies, education, poverty, employment, transportation and public finances. Consultant, researcher and coordinator of consulting projects. University teacher.

Gloria Gutiérrez Méndez



Social Communicator with emphasis on organizational communication of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Bogotá. At LEE, she is responsible for communications and image management, social media management, media relations, and content development to disseminate and socialize the initiatives and information analyzed and produced by LEE.