Julia Yansura is the Program Manager, Latin America & the Caribbean for Global Financial Integrity (GFI). She coordinates projects and partnerships in the region that promote transparency, security and economic development. Her specific research interests include remittances, de-risking, informality and financial inclusion.
Prior to joining GFI, Ms. Yansura conducted research on remittances, migration and economic development at the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington, DC-based think tank. In 2016, she and Manuel Orozco co-authored the book ‘Centroamérica en la mira: La migración en su relación con el desarrollo y las oportunidades para el cambio,’ which looks at current trends in Central American migration and presents opportunities to leverage remittances and migrant economic transnationalism for economic development.
Ms. Yansura has previously worked on international development projects in financial inclusion, mobile money and education. From 2016-2019, she managed a project promoting access to formal financial services for 150,000 people in Guatemala.
Ms. Yansura received a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She also holds a certificate in Migration, Refugees, and Humanitarian Crises from the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Russian from Grinnell College and is fluent in English and Spanish.