María del Rocío Sáenz Madrigal, MDExecutive Director
Dr. María del Rocío Sáenz Madrigal is a Costa Rican medical doctor at Universidad La Salle, México, D.F and public health specialist. Former Executive President of Costa Rican Social Security Fund 2014-2017 (CCSS). Former Minister of Health of Costa Rica and Coordinator of the Social Council (2002-2006). Member of PAHO/WHO Health Emergency Response Team with emphasis on Central America, with main functions related to support and assist in the re-establishment of basic health services including water, sanitation and primary health care, and its corresponding evaluation.
I am currently a professor of health promotion and in the master's degree of public health at the University of Costa Rica, I coordinate the Patient Navigation Project, the Permanent Forum on Cancer in Women of Costa Rica and the research project on Primary Care in health. Being the first woman Minister of Health and Executive President of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, has allowed me to consolidate a leadership based on public health and advocate for the role of the State in Universal Health Coverage, being able to visualize the role that in this can play the various social actors, especially the role of the NGO group I am currently working with. I look forward to the event sharing experience, lessons learned, and learning about women's leadership in various social, economic, political and health contexts. As president of the Latin American Global Health Alliance (ALASAG) and of the Health Equity Network in the Americas (HENA / RAES), I also hope to identify opportunities for cooperation between networks on Global Health.
I have published 42 technical papers and 16 scientific papers, most of them related to health promotion, health policy, and health systems.
Karol Rojas ArayaAssociate Coordinator
Professor and Researcher at the University of Costa Rica. Licda. in Nursing from the University of Costa Rica, Bach. in Sociology from the National University, graduated from the Master of the Central American Postgraduate in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Policy and Democratic Governance. Has a specialty in Management of Health Human Resources Policies from ICAP / PAHO, as well as diplomas in Global Health from INSP Mexico, Economy and Health from FLACSO Chile, and in Management of Social Determinants of Health from COLAM / OUI. Currently works professionally in public policy formulation and analysis in health, research of health systems and services, and global health.