Unasur Institute aims to contribute to the improvement
of the South American Health Government through the
formation of leadership, knowledge management and
technical support to health systems.
Former Health minister in Ecuador (2012-2015), Carina Vance holds bachelors degrees in Social Sciences from Liceo Internacional and in History and Political Sciences from Williams College (Massachusetts, USA). She also has a masters in Public Health from the University of Berkeley, California. Before taking over the Ministry of Health, Vance was the director of Causana Foundation, which seeks the promotion of LGBT rights.
Holding a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and International Development from Harvard University, Gabriela is graduated in Economics at Dartmouth College and has taken extension courses at FLACSO Ecuador, ISS (Netherlands), and others. Her professional career includes experience in both international and non-governmental organizations, such as UNDP, Esquel Foundation and International Amnesty USA, as well as in the public sector in Ecuador’s Ministries of Health and Education.
Rigoli holds a Medical degree from the University of the Republic of Uruguay, an M.A. Degree in Health Management from the University of Montréal and is a PhD candidate from the School of Medicine of the University of São Paulo. Felix has been working as a consultant since 2000 for institutions such as PAHO-WHO, World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank. Meanwhile, in Uruguay’s Ministry of Health, he was director of the main health services complex in the country and director of the Network of Public Primary Health Care in the city of Montevideo.
Ángela holds a degree in Chemistry-Pharmacy from the National University of Colombia, an Masters in Clinical and Health Effectiveness from the University of Buenos Aires and a PhD in Pharmaceuticals-Epidemiology from the same institution. With 15 years of experience, she was already a leader and adviser in the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Colombia, in INVIMA (National Institute for Drug and Food Surveillance), and in several projects for PAHO-WHO and the World Bank.
Hage holds a Medical degree from the Federal University of Bahia, an M.A. degree in Collective Health and a Ph.D in Public Health from the same institution. He is a member of the Panel of Experts and an Ad Hoc Adviser on International Health. He was in charge of the Communicable Diseases Surveillance Department in the Secretariat of Health Surveillance of the Brazilian Ministry of Health.
Physician/surgeon with a degree from Central University of Venezuela with a specialization in Malariology and Environmental Sanitation from the University of Carabobo. Armada holds an M.A. degree in Public Health and a Ph.D. in Health Administration and Policy from Johns Hopkins University. He was the head of the Venezuelan Ministry of Health in two occasions (between 2004 and 2007, and between 2013 and 2014). He was also Technical Officer for the World Health Organization (WHO).
The area of International Relations and Cooperation is coordinated by Luana Bermudez, a graduate in International Relations from Webster University, in Geneva, Switzerland, where she worked in the ePORTUGUÊSe Network, a platform of the World Health Organization to support the development of Human Resources in Health in Portuguese-speaking countries. She completed his MBA in International Relations at the Getulio Vargas Foundation and his Master’s Degree in Public Policies and Health at the National School of Public Health Sergio Arouca (ENSP/Fiocruz).
Graduated in social communication at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, holds an MBA degree in International Relations at Ibmec. Worked as a public information professional at the Rio + 20 Conference and at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Between April and July 2015, she participated in the Capacity Building Program of the Permanent Mission of Brazil at the UN in Geneva (Delbrasgen). Joined the Brazilian delegation during the 68th World Health Assembly of WHO, the 104th International Labor Conference of ILO and the 29th session of the Human Rights Council of the UN.
Graduated in Psychology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, is specialized in collective health from the Collective Health Residency at the same University. In 2012, received the Master Degree in Public Policies and Health from the National Public Health School/Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, investigating International Cooperation on HIV / AIDS in Brazilian borders. Furthermore, participated in 2013 in the Leaders in International Health Program "Edmundo Granda Ugalde" offered by the Pan American Health Organization. Currently, is doing her PhD in Global Health and Sustainabiliy at USP.
Graduated in journalism at from PUC-Rio. Worked at TV Globo and, more recently, was Press TV’s international correspondent in Buenos Aires. In Argentina’s capital, received a Masters’ Degree in International Relations & Negotiations from FLACSO, investigating issues related to global governance. Currently writes for international politics and regional integration blogs, such as “El Glocalizador” and “Asuntos del Sur”.
Raquel Cerqueira holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Communication from UFRJ. She began her career in the area of events and audiovisual production in 2009, in the Communication and production team of broadcasters such as TV Brasil and Globosat. From 2015 to 2017, she coordinated the logistical planning of institutional campaigns, documentaries and major events, such as the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She is currently attending the international training on Public Policies, Justice and Autonomy of Women in Latin America and the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO).
Carlos de Lima holds a degree in Information Systems from Unicarioca and currently holds a specialization in Information Security from Estácio de Sá University. In his career, he worked as IT coordinator for Banco Morada and was a Networking Technician at the non-competition IBC by Embratel at the Rio 2016 Olympics.