Vivian Couto was an independent contractor with GVCC in 2017-2018. Vivian graduated from the Utrecht University’s Masters of International Economics program in 2015. Prior to working with GVCC, her research focused on improving the competitiveness of Latin American countries in the offshore services value chain, with a particular interest in both economic and social upgrading. She has consulted for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the ILO. Vivian has also been responsible for the development of the professional offshore services industry of Uruguay at the National Trade and Investment Promotion Agency. Before that, she worked as project coordinator at ALES (Latin American Association of Service Exporters) for five years, an IADB-funded project aimed at promoting service exports from Latin America. Finally, she is an assistant professor and thesis coordinator at the Catholic University of Uruguay.