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Monica Wills Silva

Principal Advisor - International Programmes

Monica is a Principal Advisor co-leading BIT’s international programmes from the London office. Since joining the team in 2015, she has worked with a broad range of partners including international organisation (the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, UNDP), the UK government (Department For International Development, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and police forces), as well as foreign governments in over 10 countries across Africa, Europe and Latin America, including in her native Colombia.

Growing up in Bogota in the 1990s and inspired by the work of former Mayor Antanas Mockus, Monica has a particular interest for applying behavioural science in complex contexts. From anti-corruption, to prevention of recidivism, teenage pregnancy and gender-based violence, as well as compliance and maternal health, Monica has worked on a wide range of policy areas.

Prior to joining the team, Monica worked with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) on youth violence prevention in South Africa, the European Centre for Anti-corruption and Statebuilding (ERCAS) in Berlin and with a peacebuilding think tank in Colombia. Monica holds a Masters of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and a BSc in Economics and a BA in Political Science from Los Andes University in Colombia.