CAF Fellow 2013

Mario D. Tello

Mario D.Tello holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Toronto, Canada , an M. A  in Economics from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and a B.A. in Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. His areas of expertise are: economic development at national and subnational level, international aspects of economic development, issues of innovation, productivity, clusters and microenterprise development, sectorial policies and competitiveness. He has been visiting research and professor in universities accross the United States (USC, USM, Florida-State, U. Wincosin Center), Puerto Rico (U. Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras), Bolivia (U. Católica de la Paz) and during the Autumn of 2013 at the Latin American Centre at the University of Oxford.   

He has written and published several books, chapters of books, and articles in international and national publishers and journals. His areas of research are: structural change, development, informal microenterprises, productivity, innovation and computable general equilibrium models. Also Ihe has consultant experience with projects financed by international organisations such as the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Economic Commission for Latin American and Caribbean Countries, Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation, United States Agency International for Development, United Nation Conference on Trade and Development and the United Nation Development Program.

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Manuel Mendez Huerta, 2013-2014

Manuel Mendez Huerta is from Mexico City. After living between the UK and Mexico for several years, he completed his undergraduate at King’s College London reading a BA in European Studies with a specialization in Spain. Outside of his studies, He oversaw the coordination of cultural and social events related to Latin America in his role as the President of the King’s College London Latin American Society and played a part in university policy making as an elected student union representative. He studied an MSc in Latin American Studies at the Oxford University Latin American Centre. He was actively involved in the Oxford Mexican Society where held the position of General Secretary.

Diego Scardone, 2012-2013

Diego Scardone has an academic background is in Political Science and his main interests involve internationalisation of Brazilian capital and its impact on neighbouring countries in South America. He was the first holder of the CAF Scholarship at the Latin America Centre and intended to return to Brazil after my graduation to work in the government for at least one year before pursuing a masters in Public Policy.

Juan David Gutiérrez MSc in Public Policy in Latin America 2011-2012

Before coming to Oxford, Juan David Gutiérrez studied law in Colombia (‘05 U. Javeriana) and did a masters degree in law and economics (‘07 U. of Bologna - Erasmus U. of Rotterdam). He had worked in law firms and in legal departments of private firms in Bogotá.  He pplied to Oxford’s masters program in Public Policy in Latin America with two objectives. First, to round up his previous academic and professional experience with a better understanding of economic policies in Latin America.  Second, to have a deeper look into public policy issues that would be useful for working in the Colombian Government. Nowadays, as advisor of Colombia’s Minister of Justice, he has the opportunity to put in practice what he learned.

Leila Ollaik

Leila Ollaik studied a BA in Economics and an MA in Politics, both in Brazil. At the LAC, she undertok the MSc in Public Policy in Latin America, in 1998/1999. She followed a career path as a “specialist in public policy and government management” at the Planning and Budget Ministry in the federal government of Brazil since 1997. After leaving Oxford and returning to work, she took on more complex positions at the government, one position included two years at the World Bank in Washington DC, USA; which was very interesting, and only possible due to the Oxford background. Leila started a PhD in Public Administration at the University of Brasília, Brazil, in 2009, exactly ten years after leaving Oxford!

Laura Valadez

Laura Valadez completed the MSc in Public Policy in Latin America (2005-2006).  Her research focused on urban poverty and vulnerability in Mexico.  After finishing her Masters at the LAC, she completed a DPhil in Social Policy at Oxford; her thesis examined the effects of poverty on child development in Mexico.  After that, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Lisbon.  She is currently a Research Associate at the Centre for Research in Social Policy of Loughborough University.


Romina Grinberg

Romina Grinberg has an academic background in law and several years of work experience in the public sector in Argentina.

She is particularly interested in democratic governance - the region's greatest challenge in her view. Her research built on previous experience relating to citizen participation, particularly the regional impact of electoral mechanisms of direct democracy.

 Upon graduation she took on a position at the United Nations Development Program, Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean / Spain Trust Fund in New York.

Anouk Moser

MSc Latin American Studies 2011-12, Hertford College

First degree: BA Latin American Studies, University of Leiden, the Netherlands

Studying at the Latin American Centre at the University of Oxford has been an unforgettable and inspiring experience. I loved the broad range of courses from which we could choose (from economics to international relations to human rights), since this really enables you to select a combination of courses which suit your own interests and goals. I did my MSc Extended Essay on compliance with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ Verdicts on amnesty laws, with a focus on Peru, Uruguay and Brazil. I hope to use the skills I have gained during this year to pursue a career in international development, journalism or publishing, and will first start with an internship in publishing over the summer. I highly recommend this course to anyone with a passion for Latin America and who wants to have an unforgettable year in a town with such an extensive academic history. The college system in Oxford will also provide you with a community in which you will easily make friends that you will hopefully keep in touch with for the rest of your life.

Nicole Latham

MSc in Latin American Studies 2009-10

First degree: B.A. in History from Scripps College in Claremont, California, USA

 A Latin American history course taught by a particularly influential professor at my undergraduate college sparked my initial interest in the region. The following summer, I interned at CHIRLA, The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, an experience which solidified my interest in Latin America, and focused that interest on the issues surrounding migration. I continued to work at CHIRLA for the duration of my undergraduate degree and participated in workers' rights organizations on campus. My undergraduate thesis addressed nationalism and European immigration to Argentina. While studying abroad in Granada, Spain, I had the opportunity to visit Oxford, and I immediately fell in love with the place. The high quality of professors, emphasis on "one-on-one" and small group tutorials, and incredible resources (including, particularly in light of my interests, the Refugee Studies Center and the International Migration Institute) convinced me that Oxford was the place I wanted to pursue a graduate degree. At Oxford, my thesis was a historical and sociological analysis of Central American migration through Mexico. I hope to work as a part of the immigrant rights movement in the United States.

Matias Bianchi

I grew up in San Luis, Argentina and then moved to Buenos Aires to study political science at the University of Buenos Aires.

After working for the Organization of American States, the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC and the Government of Argentina, I decided to come to Oxford in 2005.  I was awarded a Chevening Scholarship to pursue the MSc in Latin American Studies.

After that I moved to Paris to continue my studies at Sciences Po. In 2008 I launched an on-line publication, that I also direct, focusing on Latin American issues called Asuntos del Sur.  I am also a Research Associate at the Development Center of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.


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