Before joining ODI, Bea worked as a consulting economist for the World Bank Group Philippines office as part of the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice. She handled projects related to trade, logistics and competition, producing technical reports and working with government stakeholders to identify investment and reform priorities and regulations that required streamlining. Concurrently, she worked with ISI Emerging Markets, writing macroeconomic pieces for Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries.
Prior, she spent several years in Singapore as a senior economist for Oxford Economics. She modelled bespoke economic scenarios for clients and stress testing exercises (designing the US-China trade war scenario among others), performed model validation reviews, worked on macroeconomic consulting projects, forecasted for the Philippine economy, and wrote research briefs.
In her early professional years, she garnered valuable research experience working in academia for a public policy think tank and for other international organisations such as the Asian Development Bank, where the bulk of her work concentrated on preparing and analysing large datasets.
She holds an MSc in Specialized Economic Analysis: International Trade Finance and Development degree from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, and a BA in Economics with a Minor in English Literature from the Ateneo de Manila University.