Executive Direction

Julia Pomares | Politics and Public Management Program Director
Ph.D. in Political Science, London School of Economics and Political Science. M.A. in Comparative Politics and Research Methods, London School of Economics and Political Science. B.A. in Political Science, Buenos Aires University (UBA).  She worked as an adviser to the Interior Ministry during the government of the Alliance. In 2005 she coordinated the e-voting pilot test of the Government of Buenos Aires City. She was policy advisory of the Prime Minister Office of the United Kingdom and was in charge of monitoring and evaluating the electoral decentralization in Guatemala. As a specialist in applied public policy research and monitoring and evaluation of projects, she worked for various international organizations and think tanks, including the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Organization of American States (OAS ).


Social Development Department

Florencia Mezzadra | Education Program Director
M.A. in Comparative Education Policy, Harvard University. B.A. in International Studies, Torcuato Di Tella University. She was consultant to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Office and assistant professor in Torcuato Di Tella University. As a coordinator in CIPPEC, she worked with UNICEF and various provincial governments.







Fabián Repetto | Social Protection Program Director
Ph.D. in Research in Social Science, Latin American Social Sciences University (FLACSO), Mexico Seat. M.A. in Governments and Public Issues, Latin American Social Sciences University, Mexico Seat. M.A. in Public Administration, School of Economic Sciences, Buenos Aires University. B.A. in Political Sciences, Buenos Aires University. As part of his work in Public Administration, he held the position of Sub-Coordinator of Information, Monitoring and Evaluation System of the Social Programs of the Ministry of Social Development and Environment. His experience in Academic Management includes Academic Secretary of the Master in Administration and Public Policy, San Andres University, and Graduate Secretary at Social Sciences Scholl, Buenos Aires University. He taught graduate courses in several universities in Latin American, and he was Manager of SOCIALIS, a Latin American Social Policy Journal. He published more than forty articles in specialized journals and books. Besides, he is author of the book "Public Administration and Social Development in the ninety", and editor of numerous books. He has been a consultant for international organizations such as UNICEF, UNESCO and CEPAL. He has been the Resident Coordinator for the National Program of the Inter-American Institute for Social Development in Guatemala (2003-2005). Between 2005 and April 2008 he has been a professor in the Inter-American Institute for Social Development at the Inter-American Development Bank at Washington DC.


Economic Development Department

Lucio Castro | Director of the Economic Area 
Ph. D. in Economics at Sussex University, specializing in international economy. He holds a Master's in Public Administration (MPA) from the Program in Economic Policy Management (PEPM) at Columbia University. He also received a Bachelor's in International Relations from the University of El Salvador (USAL). He was a senior economist and Director of the Public Finances Department at Maxwell Stamp PLC, a financial consulting firm for development based in London. He led the analysis of macroeconomic risk for emerging markets at the Stock Shares department of Morley Fund Management, a leading investment fund in the United Kingdom. He has worked in areas such as international trade issues, regional integration, fiscal policy and the impact of commercial policy on poverty and employment at the National Ministry of Economy, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank. Additionally, he has advised companies and governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Castro is the author of numerous publications on a variety of subjects, including economic relations between Latin America and China, the impact of regional integration on economics and welfare, social effects of international trade, public infrastructure and location of foreign direct investment, regional development banks and regionalism and the effects of monetary policy on stock markets in emerging markets. He frequently contributes to both national and international press on the topic of the international economy.

Strengthening Institutions and Public Management Department

Sandra Elena | Justice and Transparency Program Director
M.A. in International Law, American University, Washington DC. Lawyer. B.A. in Political Science, Buenos Aires University (UBA). She worked on reform programs and continuous improvement of justice in more than 10 countries in the region and as a specialist in judicial reform in the International Foundation for Electoral System in Washington DC. She led reform programs in Latin America, Asia and Africa. She coordinated rule of law programs financed by the IDB, the World Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Develpment (USAID), among others. She was coordinator of International Programs Studies Forum Administration of Justice (FORES), where she was responsible for implementing reform programs in Argentina and other countries in the region. She coordinated the implementation of the Model Court Program Evaluation World Bank (PROJUM), and was a consultant in judicial audit on several Patagonian provinces and in the commercial jurisdiction of Buenos Aires City. She was director of Project Development of the Association for Civil Rights (ADC). For two years, she advised the Judicial Council and the Attorney of Buenos Aires City. 




Natalia Aquilino | Advocacy, Monitoring and Evaluation Program Director
M.A. candidate in Labor Social Sciences, Buenos Aires University (UBA). B.A. in Political Science, National University of Rosario (UNR). Postgraduate in Public Policy and Local Development (UNR). For 14 years she worked in the international public sector, private and public sectors in Argentina. She has experience in strategic planning and in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of public policies at the national, provincial and municipal levels. She was National Officer of the Coordination UN System in Argentina and responsible for the implementation of joint programs with the Argentine government in gender, maternal and child health and decent work, among other areas. As UN official she supported various corporate outreach initiatives on managing for results, transparency and accountability and improving internal systems in El Salvador, Belize, New York, Dominican Republic and Panama. She is Co-Founder and Vice President of the Chamber of Specialists in Political Science and International Relations (CeCPRI) of the Commercial and Industrial Center of Rafaela and the Region. She has participated in national and international conferences and published articles on the internationalization of public-private plot, corporate social responsibility and occupational health.


Nicolás Fernández Arroyo | Local Development Program Director
B.A. in Political Science from Universidad de San Andrés, postgraduate studies in Civil Society and the Third Sector (FLACSO). M.A. in Political Action and Citizen Participation in a Democracy, Universidad Francisco de Vitoria and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain.  He was Executive Director of Grupo Innova Foundation. He is a member of the Administrative Council of San Andrés Foundation, and a member of the Consulting Council of Centro Havel, Centro de Estudios Políticos, Sociales y Culturales. He was a member of the Consulting Council for the "Citizen Audits" project of the Federal Cabinet Ministers Office (PNUD). Fellow of Carolina Foundation (Spain) for postgraduate studies; San Andrés University and Friedrich Naumann Stiftung. He teaches Government and International Relations at UADE. Has directed numerous research and consulting projects about municipal public management and has been speaker and teacher of public servants and members of social organizations in more than 20 cities in Argentina.


Institutional Development

Mercedes Méndez Ribas | Institucional Development Director
Master of Laws (LLM), London School of Economics. Attorney, Buenos Aires University (UBA). British Chevening Scholar (2001, Human Rights). She has over 10 years of experience in civil society organizations in areas of institutional development, corporate social responsibility (CSR), strengthening nonprofit organizations and project management in England and Argentina. She served several years as a corporate lawyer in Beccar Varela. She is a founding member of APARU (2002) and was a member of its Executive Committee (2005-2006).




Management and Administration

Romina Wuvczaryck | Management and Administration Director
M.A. in Health Economics and Management, Institute ISALUD Foundation. B.A. in Business Administration, National University of La Plata (UNLP). She served as head of monitoring and evaluation of programs with international funding in the National Health Ministry. She was adviser to the Hospital Directorate of Buenos Aires City and was involved in the reengineering process and the implementation of hospital management systems at provincial and municipal levels. She was a consultant in the Provincial Budget Directorate of the Ministry of Economy of the Province of Buenos Aires (2005-2006).





Dolores Arrieta | Communications Director
B.A. in Social Communication, Austral University. She is a professor in Discursive Production and Informational Genres and Styles in Austral University, where he also teaches corporate writing.