Job Title: Senior Public Policy Advisor
Contact Details: Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI)
Oxford Department of International Development
Queen Elizabeth House (QEH), University of Oxford
3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB.

Michelle Muschett is a social policy and global development specialist with local and international experience in public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors. In the public sphere, she held the position of Viceminister and Minister of Social Development of Panama, and Technical Coordinator of the Social Cabinet.  As part of her duties, she led the process of developing the first national Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI); the creation of the first Childhood MPI in the Latin American region, and the implementation of the SDGs at the national level.  She also presided the National Concertation Council for Development, a legally established space for dialogue and social consensus with the participation of 23 sectors of society.   

Currently, Michelle is a faculty member of the School of Government of ADEN University, where she teaches Human and Social Development as part of the Master of Public Policy Management, and she is Director at The Fourth Sector Group, a global multistakeholder platform aimed at accelerating the development of a supportive ecosystem for purpose driven enterprises.  She has extensive experience in Commercial Law and Arbitration, and management of cultural projects and assets. Michelle is Fellow of the VIII class of the Central America Leadership Initiative, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Michelle lives in Panama City with her husband César and their daughter, Paloma.

Areas of Expertise: Social Policy, International Development, Public Administration, Social Dialogue, Law.

– Master in Public Administration (MPA), Cornell University, New York
– Master in Management of Heritage and Cultural Projects, Palazzo Spinelly, Italy
– Specialist in Commercial Law, Universidad Externado de Colombia, Colombia
– Specialist in International Law, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
– Degree in Law and Political Science, Universidad Santa María La Antigua, Panama