Growing up in Peru, Marco Hernandez watched his country struggle under the weight of economic and political difficulties in the ‘80s and ‘90s. His childhood inspired him to pursue a career in economics, a path that led him to the World Bank. After high school, Hernandez went to MIT to study economics and worked in the private sector for a while. Interested in learning more about the public sector he returned to Peru to work in the Ministry of Finance. He then moved to the United Kingdom to get his Ph.D. at Oxford University. After graduation in 2008, Hernandez joined the World Bank. Now a country economist, Hernandez works closely with governments to help them design and implement change in their countries.