Susana Martinez-Restrepo

Susana Martínez-Restrepo

Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

Personal Details

Focus areas: education, labor markets, economic empowerment and entrepreneurship with a gender lens, gender-based violence interventions, design and evaluation of education, social protection, entrepreneurship and income generation programs, survey design, econometric techniques with mixed methods, Big Data analysis with machine learning, applied research and consulting for governments, foundations, international and grassroots organizations

Susana Martinez-Restrepo is the Cofounder and Executive Director of CoreWoman and a Researcher at Fedesarrollo, the leading Think Tank in Colombia and third in Latin America. Her expertise includes the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of education and labor market and entrepreneurship policies with a gender focus, and particularly about women's economic empowerment and gender-based violence. She has more than 12 years of experience doing applied research and consulting for governments, foundations, grassroots organizations, and international organizations.

Before joining Fedesarrollo she was Research Associate at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where she led the research about poverty reduction strategies in Latin America with a gender focus. She also served as a Research Associate at the Center for Governance and Leadership in Singapore (Think Tank). 

Susana holds a Ph.D. in Economics of Education from Columbia University in the city of New York, an MA in Public Policy from Sciences-Po Paris (Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris), and a BA in Political Sciences and Economics from the same university.

Susana is the co-editor and author of Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment: Lessons from South America (2017).


  • PhD in Economics of Education, Columbia University
  • MA in Public Policy, Sciences-Po Paris
  • BA in Political Sciences and Economics, Sciences-Po Paris


  • Co-founder and Executive Director at CoreWoman
  • Researcher at Fedesarrollo, Colombia
  • Member of the Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE)

Research And Publications