Private Sector Lead Specialist
Dr. Sylvia Dohnert is a Private Sector Lead Specialist at the Competitiveness, Technology and Innovation Division of the Inter-American Development Bank, and Compete Caribbean Executive Director from November 2012. Sylvia has a Ph.D. in Economic Development and Regional Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and ample experience on economic development issues throughout the Latin American and Caribbean region. Specializing in designing and implementing government policy and/or projects that will support private sector development, and particularly interested in how to stimulate local firms' competitiveness in the global economy, she has researched and/or worked on development projects in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, and the CARIFORUM region.
Her interests include government economic development policy, global supply chains, clusters and SME development. During her time at Compete Caribbean, the program has gained a solid reputation of delivering catalytic technical assistance to both governments and firms in the region to stimulate private sector development, productivity and innovation. Prior to joining the IDB, Sylvia created an economic development agency within Venezuela’s third largest municipality, Sucre.
The programs that she developed with the private sector in the areas of employment generation, market development and SME support benefitted more than 10,000 Venezuelans and are still in place today. Sylvia is based in Bridgetown, Barbados.