The SIYB team

Organizational description | 03 January 2021

Nadja Nutz

Nadja leads the SIYB Global Coordination team that supports projects and partner organizations using the ILO’s ‘Start and Improve your Business (SIYB) entrepreneurship training programme in over 100 countries globally. She has over 13 years of experience with private sector development, entrepreneurship promotion and market systems development. Prior to joining the ILO in 2014, Nadja worked on SME promotion with GIZ in Algeria, and on private sector development in the MENA region with the OECD. Nadja holds a M.A. in Economics in International Development from the American University in Cairo (AUC) in Egypt. She is fluent in English, French and German.

Fernando Martinez

Fernando has worked on entrepreneurship promotion by designing, operating and evaluating programmes with a robust focus on the poor, forcibly displaced, ethnic groups and women in multilateral agencies, national government, NGOs, consultancy firms and research institutions throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. Fernando holds an MSc in Social Development Practice by University College London (UCL). He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Luana Ayala
Luana is a Technical Officer in Entrepreneurship and SME Development Training. She has experience working on entrepreneurship promotion, SME development, and financial inclusion. Previous to the ILO, she worked for the Argentine Ministry of Economy with international policy issues and with national policies to promote access to financial services in Argentina. In the private sector, she worked on implementing financial technology solutions for SMEs in Brazil. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from the Federal Fluminense University in Brazil and an M.A. in Applied Economics from the Torcuato di Tella University in Argentina.​

Elisa Mandelli
Elisa is a Technical Officer on Inclusive Markets and Value Chains. She supports the AIMS portfolio as well as entrepreneurship and value chains initiatives by providing technical advisory and operational support to ILO projects on systemic approaches to create more and better jobs for all. She has joined the ILO in 2018 as Technical Officer on Market systems in The Lab Project. Prior to this, Elisa was Associate Programme Officer at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) working on land tenure issues and the linkages with targeting strategies and value chain development. Before IFAD, she worked for UNICEF Nicaragua on the implementation of innovative design methodologies for policy-making in indigenous regions and for the promotion of social-entrepreneurship for youth and women. She was also Principal Ethnographer for a public policy innovation start-up (Policy Lab) in Colombia and Researcher for a responsible tourism initiative supported by the NGO ACRA in Ecuador. Elisa holds a master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland). She speaks Spanish, French, Italian and English.

Luisa Iachan
Luisa is a Technical Officer on Entrepreneurship and SMEs development. She supports the implementation of ILO’s SIYB programme with focus on promoting decent work and inclusiveness. Before joining the ILO, she co-founded a social business in Brazil and worked on a variety of international projects focusing on inclusive development and the creative economy. Luisa holds a PhD degree in Economics from the University Sorbonne Paris Nord, Master’s degrees in Economic Policies and Analysis from University of Turin and University Sorbonne Paris Nord, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She speaks Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and Italian.