Executive Committee

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Rocio Saenz, MD, MPH

Executive Committee Chair, Former Chief Executive of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, Former Minister of Health in Costa Rica


Maria de Rocio Saenz is a Costa Rican doctor, public health specialist. She was Executive President of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (2014-2017) where she also chaired the Board of Directors of the institution as a State representative. She served as Minister of Health in Costa Rica in the period 2002-2006, as well as Coordinating Minister of the Social Council of Government during 2004-2006.

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Ximena Avellaneda

President of GESMujeres


Ximena Avellaneda is currently the President of the Rosario Castellanos Women's Study Group. She currently directs a Diploma in Leadership and Community Management for indigenous youth with the objective of working on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of the young population in indigenous communities.

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Carlos Cáceres, MD, MPH, PhD

Professor at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia


Trained as a physician and social epidemiologist, Carlos Cáceres has spent most of his professional life doing research on sexual health, HIV/AIDS, sexuality/gender, and, more recently, public health policy (from a global health perspective), social determinants of health, bioethics and health rights (in a human rights framework). Cáceres is based in Lima, Peru, though his research and collaborations are international to a significant extent.

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Arachu Castro, PhD, MPH

Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Public Health in Latin America Director of the Collaborative Group for Health Equity in Latin America at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine


Arachu Castro is Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Public Health in Latin America and Director of the Collaborative Group for Health Equity in Latin America at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Before joining Tulane in 2013, she was Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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Luiz AC Galvão, MD, MPH, DSC

Researcher at Osvaldo Cruz Foundation - FIOCRUZ


Luiz AC Galvão is currently a senior researcher at Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) in Global Health and Sustainable Development. His main contributions refer to Environmental Health, Equity, Climate Change, and International Governance. For 25 years he serves at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) occupying different positions in Mexico and in Washington, DC, where since 2003 he was responsible for establishing and direct the area of sustainable development, environmental health, and health equity.

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Pedro Mas, MD

Principal Researcher, Instituto de Medicina Tropical "Pedro Kourí"


Pedro Mas is a Physician with dual specialties in epidemiology and public health. Emeritus Research Scientist at the Tropical Medicine Institute “Pedro Kourí”, member of the Cuban Academy of Sciences and full Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the National School of Public Health in Cuba. He graduated from Central University in Cuba and trained in Epidemiology. He did a PhD degree in Charles University Prague, Check Republic. He served in the Ministry of Public Health as National Director of Epidemiology and did a fellowship training in Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine UK. His major academic appointments were General Director of National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Cuba (1988-2003), Pan-American Health Organization as Sustainable Development and Environmental Health Advisor in Jamaica (2011-2012) and coordinator of Cuban Cochrane Center (2014-Current). WHO Temporary Advisor: 4 times, PAHO Temporary Advisor: 11 times, WHO Expert Committee: 3 times, and Director WHO Collaborating Center for Health in Housing (1998-2003). He’s also worked as an epidemiology and health advisor in Ecuador, Mexico, Thailand, Colombia, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Nicaragua, Guyana, Cayman Islands and Jamaica as well as an external reviewer for Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. He has published five books and more than 65 papers, primarily dealing with epidemiology and public health, is Editorial Board member Journal of Public Health Policy and MEDICC Review Journal. He is member of the American Public Health Association.

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Amy Ritterbusch, PhD

Assistant Professor at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs


Amy Ritterbusch has led social justice-oriented participatory action research initiatives with street-connected communities in Colombia for the last decade and recently in Uganda. Her work involves the documentation of human rights violations and forms of violence exerted against homeless individuals, sex workers, drug users and street-connected children and youth, and subsequent community-driven mobilizations to catalyze social justice outcomes within these communities. Throughout her research and teaching career, she has explored different approaches to engaging students and community leaders through critical and responsible interaction between classroom and street spaces in Colombia and Uganda through the lens of social justice-oriented PAR. Her research has been funded by the Open Society Foundations, the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright U.S. Program and other networks promoting global social justice.

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Michael A. Rodríguez, MD, MPH

Founding Director of Health Equity Network of the Americas Professor, UCLA Department of Family Medicine


Michael A. Rodriguez is a professor and vice chair in the UCLA Departments of Family Medicine and Community Health Sciences, founding director of the Health Equity Network of the Americas, and founding chair of the UCLA Minor in Global Health. He is also a board member for the Blue Shield of California Foundation and Latino Coalition for a Healthy California.

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Manuel Urbina, MD, MPH

Research Fellow at Investigación en Salud y Demografía


Manuel Urbina is a co-founder of a private consultancy (Health and Demography, Research (INSAD). Is member of the National Academy of Medicine and General Coordinator of the Social Determinants of Health Committee and he was President of the Mexican Public Health Association. Prior responsibilities included Director General of Medical Services at the Social Security Institute for Government Employees, Deputy Ministry of Health.