Marcelo Cabrol, an Argentinian citizen, was appointed Manager of the Social Sector (SCL) in August 2017. In this capacity, he leads a multidisciplinary team convinced that investing in people is the way to improve lives and overcome the development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean. Under his direction, the sector supports the countries in the region to formulate public policy solutions to reduce poverty and improve the delivery of education, work, social protection, and health services. All under the premise of a more productive region, with equal opportunities for men and women, and greater inclusion of the most vulnerable groups.
Prior to his appointment, he served as the External Relations Manager (EXR) of the IDB. In this capacity, Cabrol spearheaded a major modernization of the IDB’s communication activities. He led the creation of Demand Solutions, a business model that draws on entrepreneurial thinking and creative approaches to tackle problems in sectors such as public health, mass transportation, energy and citizen security.
Between 2007 and 2012, Cabrol was Chief of the IDB’s Education Division. In that role he promoted projects that employed cutting-edge technologies to expand the coverage and raise the quality of education in Latin America and the Caribbean. He forged groundbreaking partnerships with several Fortune 500 corporations, renowned non-profit organizations and academic institutions in more than 20 countries.
Previously he served as principal advisor to the Executive Vice President of the IDB, providing quality and operational oversight of projects in the social sectors, state modernization, science and technology, and microenterprise. He joined the Bank in 1998 as a project specialist.
Cabrol obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires and a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University. He completed doctoral studies in government and public policy (ABD) at Georgetown.