Elisa Lavore

Elisa Lavor

Lead of the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion, Skills For Prosperity Initiative, Development Alternatives Inc.


Elisa Lavore is an education and youth employment expert with over nine years’ experience in government (including with the Ministry of Public Education, Mexican Institute for the Youth), academia, not-for-profit, and international consultancy. She has an outstanding understanding of the needs of out-of-school and at-risk young people, and how to bring them into the education system in Mexico. As a consultant she carried out reviews and evaluations of programmes focusing on indigenous communities and identifying opportunities to bring them into the skills and training system.

At present, Ms. Lavore is working at Development Alternatives Inc. in the Skills For Prosperity initiative, as the Lead of the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion. Beforehand, she worked at the Inter-American Development Bank in Mexico. There she led the National Skills Strategy development for the National Productivity Committee, involving several ministries, unions, universities, and the private sector. She oversaw the monitoring and evaluation of Programa de Formación de Recursos Humanos Basada en Competencias (PROFORHCOM), an investment loan to the Government of Mexico for the improvement of labour outcomes of TVET uppersecondary graduates. The program funds scholarships for disadvantaged students, equipment for schools in remote areas, and has supported the development of prospective skills studies and competency standards for the aerospace, telecommunications, hydrocarbon, and electrical-electric sectors.

She lead the dialogue with the Mexican Business Council, as part of their Advisory Board in Education. Prior to this, Ms. Lavore was the General Director at Mexico City’s Juvenile Halls, overseeing the detention of young offenders and their education whilst in custody. She led a team of 400 public officials, and was responsible for strategic planning, implementation plan, budget and M&E, including educational, psychological attention, addiction treatment and job training components, for male and female adolescents’ social reintegration in Mexico City’s youth detention facilities.