Alain Pineda, from Mexico City, Mexico, is pursuing a PhD in economics at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), where he also received his master’s degree in applied economics. At Banco de México, he worked as an economist in the Real Sector Research Division. At ITAM, he was a teaching assistant in applied macroeconometrics, and served as student council president. He earned the Baillères Scholarship, and won first place in the mathematics and physics category at the CUAM-ACMor research conference.