Dr. Gassmann is a highly qualified and skilled economist with extensive experience in development economics and related fields. She has demonstrated her expertise as a consultant and researcher in the economics of poverty reduction and income distribution, social policy reform, transition and development. Dr. Gassmann has comprehensive experience with the analysis of large household data sets and with methodologies to analyze poverty and social exclusion and to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of formal and informal social protection systems. She is experienced in the development of monitoring systems, indicators and data collection methods that allow the regular assessment of poverty and the effectiveness and efficiency of social assistance policies. Dr. Gassmann has advised governments on social protection reform issues in numerous projects.