Manuel Albaladejo is an industrial economist working for UNIDO’s policy unit. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in research and advisory work in developing countries in the fields of trade and industry policy, institutional capacity building and investment and business climate. He joined UNIDO in 2007 and has led the program on strategic industrial intelligence and governance implemented in several countries, including Ecuador, Colombia, Paraguay, Cape Verde, Rwanda, Tanzania and Vietnam.
Before joining UNIDO he worked at the World Bank in Indonesia as private sector development and trade specialist leading the trade capacity building program and the rapid response facility on investment climate. Prior to the World Bank he was a research officer at the International Development Center (Queen Elizabeth House) of Oxford University where he published in the fields of innovation capabilities of SMEs, industrial and trade competitiveness and fragmentation. He has worked as consultant to many international organizations including the IADB, ADB, the World Bank, UNCTAD, UNIDO, UNECA and USAID. He has trained more than 300 government officials on industrial competitiveness and sectoral and value chain analysis. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies at the University of Sussex in the UK.