Elisabetta is an agricultural economist leader and a senior manager with 20 years of experience in economic analyses and evaluation of food system solutions that are at the nexus of agriculture, environment and nutrition.
She is currently leading the Program on Performance, Innovation and Strategic Analysis for Impact, consisting of a multidisciplinary team of 35 staff members, at the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT. In this role, she is responsible for managing highly integrated work on foresight analysis, strategic performance evaluation, assessments of outcomes and impact, data management and open science to ensure that the Alliance research outputs generate development outcomes and impact. Since 2016, and while leading the Development Impact Unit at Bioversity, she has been serving as the RTB Cluster Leader on Foresight and Impact Assessment and, since 2019, she is also serving as the CGIAR Centers’ representative in the PIM Management Committee.
Her research has focused on linking biodiversity-based interventions with poverty reduction, food security and nutrition, sustainable rural livelihoods and resilience outcomes so that the results can inform the CGIAR and SDGs indicators and targets. During the past five years, she has been developing and leading a research area aiming at linking farm and landscape-level models with partial equilibrium models to understand if and how agrobiodiversity is strengthening the resilience of small-scale farmers.
She has been conducting and leading field work in Bolivia, China, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Kenya, India, Peru, The Philippines, Uzbekistan and Yemen.