The New Dimensions scholarship program was created and is managed by the nonprofit organization Ecuadorian Development Research Lab (LIDE) and sponsored by the United States Embassy in Ecuador and DataCamp Donates. Co-director, Alonso Quijano-Ruiz, will show us how he developed this program to equip young women entering the Ecuadorian workforce with business intelligence skills so they can break the cycle of generational poverty that affects over a quarter of the country’s citizens. The New Dimensions program has become a crucible for success, and you’ll see testimonials from many women who have drastically increased their earning power with new jobs after learning on DataCamp with the guidance of Mr. Quijano-Ruiz and other in-person instructors.
Alonso Quijano Ruiz is an economist, financier, statistician, linguist, and musician. Through his work with LIDE and the New Dimensions scholarship program, he leads development projects focused on vulnerable communities and works on the dissemination of evidence-based policy in Ecuador. Alonso holds a double degree in economics and finance from USFQ and a master's degree in musicology from Xiamen University, China. He specializes in the use of experimental methods and artificial intelligence for the evaluation of the impact of programs focused on reducing poverty. He is an alumnus of MIT's MicroMasters Program in Data, Economics, and Design of Policy, leveraging his expertise in policy research to enhance the lives of vulnerable communities in his home country by improving policies.
During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Nathaniel helped create a program to give data education scholarships to disadvantaged and unemployed individuals through partnerships with NGOs. This CSR campaign evolved into DataCamp Donates, and now Nathaniel manages this program along with DataCamp Classrooms as DataCamp’s Social Impact Manager. Through those two programs, DataCamp has awarded data science education scholarships to almost a million unique learners and counting.