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Giulia Pellegrini is a Portfolio Manager in the Emerging Markets Debt team at BlackRock and Director of Research for Frontier Markets. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2015, Giulia was Chief Economist for Sub-Saharan Africa in J.P.Morgan’s Emerging Market Research team in London and in Johannesburg from 2010 to 2015. Prior to that, Giulia was an Economist at the World Bank, in the Africa Finance and Private Sector Development Department in Washington D.C. Giulia started her career as an Assistant Economist in the Policy & Strategy Division of the Debt Management Office of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Abuja. Giulia holds master degrees in Development Economics and in Econometrics from the University of Oxford, St Antony’s College and from Birkbeck College as well as a BSc in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London.