Ana Maria Ibáñez is a Professor at the School of Economics in Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) and is currently on leave working as Economics Principal Advisor at the Inter-American Development Bank. She previously served as dean of the School of Economics and director of CEDE, both at Universidad de los Andes. She completed her Ph.D in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland at College Park. Her research focuses on the microeconomic analysis of internal armed conflict, on the economic costs of crime and conflict, and it also studies the causes and consequences of economic and forced migration. Ana Maria Ibáñez was awarded the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development, Global Development Network in 2005; the Honorary mention in social sciences, Fundación Alejandro Ángel Escobar in 2009 and the Juan Luis Londoño award in 2010; and her work has been published in journals such as Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Geography, Nature Sustainability, Economic Development and Cultural Change, International Regional Science Review, Journal of Peace Research, The Economics of Peace and Security Journal, Journal of Development Studies, Economía, and World Development.