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Julia Pomares is the new Executive Director of CIPPEC

A doctor of political science, Pomares is a renowned specialist in applied research and politics. For his part, her predecessor Fernando Straface has been appointed General Secretary of Government and International Relations of the City of Buenos Aires.

(Buenos Aires, December 3rd 2015). – Julia Pomares is to be the new Executive Director of CIPPEC (Center for the Implementation of Public Policy for Equity and Growth). 

Pomares, previously the director of CIPPEC's Institutional Politics program, holds a degree from the University of Buenos Aires and a PhD from the London School of Economics. She has worked at different levels of government in Argentina and abroad, including as an advisor to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in the UK, before heading the monitoring and evaluation of Guatemala's ‘electoral decentreralization'.

A specialist in applied research and politics as well as in project monitoring and evaluation, Julia has worked for a variety of international organizations and think tanks, among others the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Organization of American States (OAS).

"The coming period will bring complex challenges for Argentina which reinforces the need to consolidate CIPPEC as a space for dialogue and for pairing up knowledge with politics. In this sense, a long term vision to aid the institute in the generation of public policies is fundamental", said the new Executive Director.  

For his part, Eduardo Levy Yeyati, president of CIPPEC's board of trustees, welcomed Pomares' appointment and pointed to her international experience and the respect she enjoys across government and academia. "Development consists of many small ideas combined, patiently, over a time-frame that exceeds the tenure of a given administration. CIPPEC's contribution lies in thinking long term and beyond a given juncture to be part of this, backed by a team that unites many of the country's most distinguished specialists, he said. "The appointment of Julia is confirmation of the vitality and importance of CIPPEC in debating public policy."

CIPPEC's outgoing Executive Director, Fernando Straface, will take up his new role of General Secretary of Government and International Relations of Buenos Aires City. In his sand-off, Straface stressed the role of institutions such as CIPPEC in Argentina and regionally to promote long term policies to consolidate development. Levy Yeyati said: "For five years Fernando has been a crucial actor in cementing CIPPEC as the country's principal independent think tank. I am in no doubt that his contribution to the Government of the City of Buenos Aires will be equally positive".

Founded 15 years ago, CIPPEC is an independent and politically non-aligned organization working to improve the quality of public policies. In 2014, the institution was ranked among the three best think tanks in Latin America, behind the Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brasil) and CEPAL (Chile), according to a University of Pennsylvania survey covering some 6.600 institutes worldwide.

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