Interim Principal Advisor, Latin America & the Caribbean
Paloma Bellatin is a Principal Advisor at BIT, where she leads the Latin America and Caribbean portfolio. She designs, implements, and analyzes rigorous evaluations to determine the impact of policies, with a thematic focus on gender-based violence and social protection policy. She specializes in the use of technology and educational entertainment (edutainment) for social change. At BIT, she has led projects using chatbots to promote infant nutrition in Peru, debunking fake-news, promoting survivor help-seeking in Honduras, and promoting sexual and reproductive health using influencers and TikTok videos in El Salvador.
Prior to BIT, Paloma worked in research, program implementation, and evaluation in the multilateral sector. She worked in the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank in Peru on rural community development in conflict-prone mining areas. Before that, she worked in the Social Protection Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Rome headquarters on policy support regarding decent rural employment and rural youth, with a focus on Central America.
Paloma holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University with a focus on Economics and Public Policy, and a BA in Political Science and Government from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.