Our Team

Our Team

  • Direction

    Katyna Argueta


    Ms. Katyna Argueta was appointed as Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Brazil in April 2019 and is the Director of the IPC-IG. Originally from Honduras, she started her career with the UNDP in 2003, first as a consultant to Honduras Country Office Representation and subsequently as HR Unit coordinator. She also worked as Deputy Country Director in Panama (2009-2012) and Haiti (2013-2015). Since 2016, she has acted as Country Director to UNDP in Mexico. A career diplomat holding an ambassador status, she has worked in the Ministry of Foreig Affairs of Honduras as alternate Representative of the Honduran Permanent Mission to the Organization of American States (OAS), General Director of Foreign Policy, Chief of Staff of the Minister, Second Secretary of the Honduran Embassy in Great Britain and Protocol Officer. In the private sector, she has held positions as director of public relations and communications, corporate planning manager and served as president of a financial institution. Ms. Argueta has a specialisation in management and administration and graduated from the Andrés Bello Diplomatic Academy, in Chile.

  • Coordination

    Antonio Lassance

    Research Coordinator and Ipea's Researcher

    Antonio Lassance is an expert in ex-ante analysis and policy planning. He's a senior researcher of the Brazilian Institute for Applied Economic Research and holds a Ph.D. in political science (University of Brasilia - Brazil). He was chief of staff of the Minister of Communication and Strategic Affairs of the Presidency of the Republic (2003-2005) and was the Secretary-General of the Strategic Affairs Unit of the Presidency of the Republic, Brazil (2006-2007). His most recent works include the Ex-Ante Public Policy Analysis Guide and consultancy and advisory to Brazilian Federal Government.

    Alexandre Cunha

    Senior Research Coordinator and Ipea Researcher

    Alexandre holds a LL.B. (1999), LL.M. (2003) and a S.J.D. (2009) from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the Andes (2004) in Bogota, Colombia and at the University of the Republic (2017) in Montevideo, Uruguay. Alexandre is also a Law Professor and Legal Researcher at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation Sao Paulo Law School (2003/2009) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as well as a Planning and Research Expert at the Institute for Applied Economic Research, stationed at the IPC-IG in Brasília, Brazil.

    Mariana Balboni

    Senior Project Officer

    Mariana is a Senior Project Officer at the IPC-IG, responsible for the socialprotection.org project, a knowledge sharing and capacity building platform that since 2015 supports a global community of social protection practitioners. Previously, she was the Coordinator of the Observatory for the Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean at the UNECLAC. She was also responsible for the creation of the Centre of Studies on Information and Communication Technologies at the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee, which from 2004 to 2008 became a reference in the production of indicators and statistics on the availability and use of the Internet in the country. Mariana holds PhD in Sciences of Communications from the University of São Paulo (USP), where she specialised in the impact of ICT on the socio-economic development of low-income communities (2007), a MSc in Sciences of Communications from the University of Montreal (1999) and a B. A. in Communications, with a major in Journalism, from the USP (1995).

    Rafael Guerreiro Osorio

    Senior Research Coordinator and Ipea Researcher

    Rafael holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Brasília (UnB). He is a Senior Researcher at the IPC-IG and the Brazilian Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea), having coordinated studies and research and published works on poverty, inequality and social policies in Brazil and internationally. Rafael has also served the Brazilian Federal Government as an Adviser to the Minister of the Special Secretariat for Strategic Affairs of the Presidency of the Republic (2014-2015), as director of Ipea’s Directorate of Social Studies and Policies (2012-2014) and as Ipea’s coordinator of Social Security and Demography Studies (2010-2012). Before assuming his current responsibilities with the Brazilian Government, he worked as a UNDP researcher at the IPC-IG (2004-2009).

    Fábio Veras Soares

    Senior Research Coordinator and Ipea Researcher

    Fabio Veras Soares is a research coordinator at the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG). He holds a PhD from University College London (2004), as well as a Master's degree in Economics from the University of São Paulo (USP, 1999) and a BA in Economics from the University of Brasí­lia (UnB, 1993). As researcher for the IPC-IG and the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA), he has worked on the impact evaluation of cash transfers and other social programmes in countries such as Brazil, Mozambique, Paraguay and Yemen. His work has been published in the Journal of Development Effectiveness and the Latin American Research Review, and he has written book chapters on the comparative analysis of cash transfer programmes. He has numerous publications on impact evaluation of cash transfers and social protection programmes, public policies and labour economics.

  • Researchers

    Charlotte Bilo


    Charlotte holds a Master’s Degree in Poverty and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton, UK, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University College Maastricht, Netherlands. At the IPC-IG, Charlotte has been working on child- and gender-sensitive social protection in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), South Asia and Latin America. Since 2020, she has also been analysing and mapping the social protection responses to the Covid-19 crisis across the world and provided technical assistance to countries in the Global South. Before joining the Centre in September 2016, she worked as a Research Assistant for the Centre for Social Protection (CSP) at IDS as well as for the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in Brazil and the Ministry for National Planning and Economic Policy (MIDEPLAN) in Costa Rica. Charlotte’s main research interest lies in the area of gender and social policies.

  • Research Associates

    Luca Lazzarini

    Research Associate

    Luca holds a Master’s Degree in Law from Università degli Studi di Milano and a LL.M. in Food Law from LUISS School of Law. He previously worked as an intern at the International Chamber of Commerce in Rome, at the European Commission—DG AGRI— in Brussels. He is currently a consultant at the IPC-IG, and his main research areas include food and agriculture, sustainable development, poverty reduction and social protection.

  • Socialprotection.org

    Marina Carvalho

    Knowledge Management Officer

    Marina holds a BA in International Relations from São Paulo State University, a Master’s degree in Development Studies from Lund University, Sweden, and a Specialisation in Project Management from ESALQ/USP. Marina has experience with social projects, knowledge management, fundraising and e-learning. She completed an internship at the IPC-IG in the Project Management area in 2014 and is currently working at the Centre as a Knowledge Management Senior Assistant in the socialprotection.org team. Among other activities, she is involved with the TRANSFORM project.

  • Publications

    Roberto Astorino

    Communications Associate

    Roberto is the Coordinator of the IPC-IG’s Publications Team. He holds a BA in International Business Administration, with further specialisation in Online Journalism, as well as a Master’s degree in Administration in Marketing and Communications. Before joining the IPC-IG/UNDP he has also accrued significant experience with other international organisations such as the World Health Organization, the Pan-American Health Organization, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and the World Bank. His activities at the Centre include managing the Editorial and Desktop Publishing teams...

  • Communication

    Fabiana Pullen Sousa

    Communications Officer

    Fabiana is the Communications Officer at IPC-IG. She holds a masters´ degree in Corporate Communications and Public Relations by New York University (NYU). She has over 10 years of professional experience in media relations and corporate communications. Fabiana has already worked in the private sector, in the Government, and in the UN System, where she invested more than half of her professional life. She was a Communication Consultant at UNICEF HQ in New York in 2010, Communications Assistant at UNDP Brazil in 2014/2015 and at UNESCO in Brazil from 2015 to 2019. For three months, she was also a Communication Consultant at the WFP Centre of Excellence Against Hunger in Brazil.

  • Programme and operations

    Maria Teresa Fontes

    Programme Analyst (PNUD Brazil)

    Maria Teresa holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Brasilia (UnB), a Master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Vienna and a Specialisation in Public Policy from UnB. She has 20 years of professional experience in international technical cooperation with international organisations and federal government bodies. She worked as manager of the UNDP State Office in Bahia for three years, and since 2009 has held the position of Programme Officer responsible for the UNDP’s social policy and infrastructure projects in Brasília.

  • Information technology

    André Lyra

    IT and Web Manager

    André holds a BA in Computer Information Systems, specialising in the Internet and distributed objects, from the University of Brasília. He is certified by Sun Microsystems, Inc. in Java Programming Technology and by the United Kingdom’s Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency (CCTA) in Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). At the IPC-IG, he performs such IT duties as network administration, hardware and software installation and troubleshooting, Internet/Intranet page design and end-user support. André is also the Focal Point for UNSECOORD, being responsible for maintaining a security plan for the IPC-IG.

  • Current interns

    • Mariana Corte Real
    • Maria Luiza Pedrosa
    • Paulo Eduardo da Rocha Maia Fernandes
    • Laura Thomé
    • Uriel Kveller
    • Matheus do Nascimento
    • Luciano Caetano da Silva
    • Varsha Lakshmi Valiya Parambil
    • Giovanna de Assis