Veronica De Allende, Ph.D.
Research Scientist


Dr. Veronica De Allende is an expert in international and development economics with 14 years of experience as a U.S. Department of Defense operations research scientist. She currently is a Women, Peace, and Security advisor at the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. She has extensive in-country research fieldwork experience in Latin America and the Caribbean, West Africa, and Southeast Asia regions conducting root-cause research analysis and providing policy advice to high-level government and military officials. Her areas of expertise include foreign security assistance, security cooperation, humanitarian assistance and disaster-response preparedness, organizational analysis, and assessment, monitoring, and evaluation (AM&E). She has project management experience and is well versed in analytic qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Prior to joining CNA, Dr. De Allende was a consultant for the World Bank's Latin American Financial Sector Development Department on gender and micro-finance issues, and she was also the deputy economic advisor to the Mexican minister of trade. She has taught master's courses on economic development and managerial economics at Georgetown University and American University. She is a Fulbright scholar and holds a B.A. in economics from Universidad de las Americas, Mexico, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Ohio State University. A native Spanish speaker, Dr. De Allende also speaks French.