Elisa M. Benes is the Senior Labour Migration Statistician at the ILO Statistics Department in Geneva, where she is responsible for ILO’s global programme of work on international labour migration statistics. Prior to this role, she led the adoption of the international standards on statistics of work, employment and labour underutilization by the 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) in 2013, and advanced work on Labour Force Survey modularization, leading several pilot projects to develop evidence-based guidance for LFS and population censuses. She has been an active member of international expert groups on various topics including gender statistics, time-use statistics, migration statistics, 2020 round of population censuses, among others.
Prior to joining the ILO in 2008, Ms. Benes worked at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, in Geneva, and the United Nations Statistics Division, in New York, supporting international and regional programmes on gender, social and demographic statistics. She has extensive experience in household surveys, including surveys on international labour migration and immigration, having also worked for several years as survey manager, field supervisor and interviewer in the private sector (ORC Macro International) and academia. She holds a PhD in Sociology with a specialization in Demography from Brown University, USA, and a Certificate on Survey Sampling from the University of Michigan, USA.