Administrator from the University of Chile, 2005. He has a Master’s in Public Policy from the same university, 2016. He also has three diplomas: Diploma in Public Policy, The Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy, The University of Chicago, 2013; Diploma in Public Policy, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2007; Diploma in Political Analysis from the Department of Political Science, Institute of Public Affairs, University of Chile, 2006.


Relevant positions:

His work experience includes working in the Division of Healthy Public Policies and Promotion and in the Executive Secretariat of Chile Crece Contigo in the Ministry of Health (2008-2011), in the Ministry of Social Development (2011-2014), and as Chief of Staff of the two Ministers of Health of the Government of President Michelle Bachelet in Chile (2014-2018). He currently works as Coordinator of Clinical Fields and Researcher of the Public Health Center Program of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Santiago de Chile, he is also professor of the Master in Nutrition and Food, with Mention in Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention related to Nutrition from INTA, University of Chile, and Consultant in Social Policies for the World Bank in Chile and Governance in Child Policies for UNICEF Panama. His areas of development and interest are public policies, childhood policies, health policies, public health, early childhood development, social protection, health facility management, planning and management control.

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Arachu Castro, Ph.D, MPH, is Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Public Health in Latin America at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, in New Orleans, United States, since 2013, where she is the Director of the Collaborative Group for Health Equity in Latin America (CHELA). She obtained her PhD in social anthropology from the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in Paris (1996), has a PhD in social sciences and health from the University of Barcelona (1997), and an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health (1998).


Relevant positions:

She was Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School (2000-13, with different faculty appointments), Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Initiative for the Integration of Prenatal Care with the Diagnosis and Treatment of HIV and Syphilis (2007-10), President of the Society for Medical Anthropology (2017-19), and winner of the Guggenheim Fellowship (2010). She is part of the National Career of Researchers in Science, Technology, and Innovation of the Dominican Republic, of the Executive Committee of the Health Equity Network of the Americas (HENA/RAES), and of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of Experts in Maternal, Neonatal, Child, and Adolescent Health and Nutrition of the World Health Organization. Her major interests are how social inequalities are embodied as differential risk for pathologies common among the poor and how health policies may alter the course of epidemic disease and other pathologies afflicting populations living in poverty.


To learn more: https://sph.tulane.edu/gchb/arachu-castro-phd- mph.

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Yamileth Granizo has a PHD in Public Health at National Institute of Public Health of Mexico, (2020) a Master in Gender and Culture Studies at University of Chile (2010) and a midwifery graduate at Universidad de Chile (2008). She also has awarded a Diploma in Culture of Human Rights and Health Protection CNDH México (2019), a Diplôme Universitaire in Social Development & Community Health at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris VI (2005), a Attestation d’études Universitaires in Health Education at the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (2003) and a Diplôme Universitaire Enjeux et specifics de l’infection par le HIV chez les femmes Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris VI (2003).

Her work experience includes working as a technical advisor in the Health Promotion and Life Cycle departments  at the Ministry of Health of Chile ; Responsible of social participation in FONASA and coordinating APROFA's clinical services (NGO affiliate of IPPF RHO).


She is currently serving as co-investigator in a cohort study by  researching maternal, pregnancy and neonatal outcomes for women and neonates infected with SARS-CoV-2, WHO-UFRO.


Her areas of interest and development are focused on: human rights, gender and health, sexual and reproductive health, and program evaluation.

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Matilde Maddaleno is a Pediatrician at the University of Chile and a world expert in adolescence. She has a Master in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from George Washington University, Washington DC, USA (1992).


Relevant positions:

Regional Advisor on Adolescent and Youth Health of the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO); Coordinator of the Life Course Program at the Family, Health Promotion, and Life Course Division of the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO); Head of the Office of Cooperation and International Affairs of the Ministry of Health of Chile. Her areas of development and interest are public health, public policies, life course, adolescents, and youth.



Paula Valenzuela Delpiano, is an Occupational Therapist from the University of Chile, 2000. She is Master of Science in Global Child Health from the University College London, 2016 and Master in Latin American Social and Political Studies from the Alberto Hurtado University, Chile, 2004. She is professor of Childhood and Public Policies Diploma of the University of Chile.


Relevant Positions:

Her work experience includes working in the team of Comprehensive Childhood Protection Subsystem in the Ministry of Social Development National Coordination of the Chile Crece Contigo  (2006-2013); She was a member of the team of the Executive Secretariat of the Council for the Reform of Childhood Policies (2006) and consultant to the National Council of Childhood in the construction of the National Policy for Children and Adolescents (2014-2015).

She has been consultant in Early Childhood Development for the Inter-American Development Bank (2015-2016), the World Bank (2017-2018) and consultant and Social Policy Officer at UNICEF-Chile (2016-2019).


Her areas of development and interest are public policies, childhood policies, early childhood development, social protection and children's rights.



Carina Vance is currently pursuing her PhD in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health in New Orleans.

Relevant positions:

Between 2016 and 2019, she was Executive Director of the South American Institute of Government in Health of UNASUR (ISAGS). She was Minister of Public Health of Ecuador between 2012 and 2015. In 2013 she was president of the 52nd Directing Council of PAHO and between 2014 and 2015 she chaired the 36th Meeting of Ministers of Health of the Andean Area (REMSAA). Between 2009 and 2011 she was an advisor to the Ministries of Education and Health of Ecuador, as well as to the President of Ecuador, Eco. Rafael Correa. Previously, she was the Director of the Causana Foundation, focusing on promoting the human rights of the LGBTI community. She has a BA in History and Political Science from Williams College (1999) and an MA in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley (2007), both in the USA.

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Pablo Villalobos, is a Commercial Engineer with a minor in Economics from the Catholic University of Chile. He has a degree in Economic and Administrative Sciences from the same university, 2004.


Villalobos Dintrans is a Master in Economics (Public Policy concentration) from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2007. In addition to a Master of Arts in Economics from Boston University, 2011 and a Doctorate of Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health, 2018.


Relevant positions:

Coordinator: Research and Postgraduate Directorate, Faculty of Biological Sciences, PUC-Chile, Santiago, Chile. 2006-2010; Analyst: Department of Studies, Monitoring and Evaluation. Ministry of Economy, Santiago, Chile. 2008-2010; Analyst: Department of Evaluation of Public Programs. Budget Office (Ministry of Finance), Santiago, Chile. 2012-2015; Independent consultant. 2018-present. His areas of development and interest are public health (health systems, financing, inequity, aging, and long-term care), public policy, economic development, and program evaluation and implementation.