Diego Deleersnyder is a senior research manager at the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society program. He leads the Latino Digital Inclusion Initiative, which aims at identifying, developing and uplifting promising ecosystem approaches that better prepare Latinos to compete in a 21st century digital economy.
Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Diego brings 9 years of experience in local capacity building, economic development, and urban management projects in the public and not-for-profit sectors in Latin America, Europe, and the USA. He worked at CIPPEC, one of Latin America’s leading think tanks, where he was responsible for the design and implementation of research and technical assistance projects at the local level throughout the region in topics such as the gig economy, entrepreneurial ecosystems, and the coordination of metropolitan policies. He also worked as a program manager in the Argentine federal government, where he led a team aiming at building local governments’ capacities for economic development. As part of this role, he created the National Network of Productive Municipalities, a collaborative platform that included over 400 local governments.
In London, Diego worked as a researcher in international development at the UK Parliament, where he also administered the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mexico. Before joining the Aspen Institute, he worked as a graduate consultant for the Community Development Unit of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, co-leading a team that developed an impact measurement framework to evaluate the racial equity implications of projects and partnerships between community development organizations and capital providers.
Diego holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University – SIPA, a MSc in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics (UK), and a MSc in Urban Economics from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Argentina). He received a B.A. in Political Science from Universidad de Buenos Aires.
In his free time, Diego enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, and traveling. He speaks Spanish, English, French and Portuguese.