Brazil - Federal University of Maranhão
Zeni Carvalho Lamy
Zeni is a Pediatrician and neonatologist and holds a PhD in Child and Women’s Health. She is an Associate Professor at the Federal University of Maranhão, Brazil where she is a researcher of the Graduate Program in Collective Health (UFMA). Zeni is also the Coordinator of the Center for Studies on Health and Subjectivity NESS of CNPq, National Consultant for the Coordination of Child Health and Breastfeeding of the Brazilian Ministry of Health. Member of the Advisory Board of the Society of Child and Pediatrics of Maranhão, Brazil. Zeni has a great deal of experience in medicine, with emphasis on Public Health and Maternal and Child Health.
Brazil - Fiocruz Fundation
Maria do Carmo Leal
Maria do Carmo Leal is a Professor at the National School of Public Health (NSPH) Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Brazilian Ministry of Health, and a Senior Researcher of the Brazilian National Council of Research. She is a lead researcher, who has led several investigations into Maternal and Child Health with emphasis in Epidemiology and programme evaluation in her country. Her areas of scientific expertise include Inequalities in Health, Primary Health Care, Reproductive Health, Maternal Mortality and Infant and Child Mortality.
Maria do Carmo Leal coordinates program and project grants funded by the Brazilian National Council of Research, the Brazilian Ministry of Health and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Recently, she has coordinated a major national enquiry, Birth in Brazil: a national survey into Labor and Birth, whose results contributed to supporting the development of an agreement among the Brazilian Ministry of Health, the National Agency of Supplementary Health and private hospitals in order to promote normal labor and birth, as well as the reduction of unnecessary CS. Another product of her work was the Birth in Prisons Study, which showed an overview of antenatal and childbirth care in incarcerated women and was crucial to establishing public policies to ensure sexual and reproductive rights for these women and their children.
Colombia - Universidad de los Andes
Jovana Alexandra Ocampo Cañas
Jovana is a Medical practitioner, with a master’s and Doctorate in Public Health with expertise in topics related to Health Systems, Children, Gender and Interculturalism. She is an external advisor to International Cooperation Agencies on issues related to Health Models, Maternal Child Health and Neglected Diseases. Currently is a teacher and researcher of the Public Health Team of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of the Andes. With great expertise in primary health care strategies and project development involving community intervention related to highly vulnerable or armed conflict populations. High sensitivity by social issues – Inequities and social injustice in ethnic minority groups or population under special conditions.
Oscar Alberto Bernal Acevedo
Oscar is a medical practitioner of the University of Antioquia (UDEA), Master of the Tulane University School of Public Health in International Public Health and Master in Planning and management of social programmes at the University of Coruña, Spain. He has a PD in Public Health and Biomedical Research from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He has more than 20 years of experience as programme coordinator at Medics Without Borders, teaching and research on topics such as health systems, epidemics, infectious diseases, evaluation and monitoring, health system reform, health sciences, collective health and public health.
El Salvador - IOM
Ugo Ramos Castillo
Ugo Ramos Castillo is the Regional Sub-Coordinator for Health and Migration for Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Ugo received his PhD in Medicine and Surgery from Alberto Masferrer University in El Salvador, and a MBA from the Instituto Superior de Economía y Administración de Empresas in El Salvador. He received his project management qualification from the Project Management Institute, Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (UCA).
Ugo has more than 20 years of experience working nationally and internationally in Public Health Management, 15 years working with vulnerable populations, 15 years in design, monitoring and evaluation of health and development processes and more than 5 years working with migrant populations. Ugo has experience of working with international organizations, the United Nations, Governments of El Salvador and Panama and in the private sector in the health and development areas.
Honduras - FLACSO
Adriana Velásquez is a researcher at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences- FLACSO- Honduras. Previously, she held positions as a consultant in policies for equality for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and as a coordinator of the Central American Observatory for Social Development of the Secretariat for Central American Social Integration (OCADES / SISCA). She has participated in different research projects for UNDP, UNESCO, IDB, UNFPA, UCA, Don Bosco University, FUNDAUNGO and FLACSO El Salvador. Her academic interests cover various topics in social inclusion, inequality, international migration, and public development policies. Adriana has published many books, articles, infographics and opinion columns. In addition, she develops intellectual volunteering activities for FLACSO El Salvador and the Don Bosco Universities. In 2017 she was convened by the United Nations as an expert from Latin America and the Caribbean on migration and development issues for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration consultation. For further details, please see Adriana Velazquez page.
Rolando Sierra Fonseca