Our Team

Our Team


  • Direction

    Katyna Argueta

    Director

    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

    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).

    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.

    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.

    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).

  • Researchers

    Raissa Alves

    Junior Researcher

    Raissa holds a master's degree in law from the University of Brasília (UnB), Brazil. She is also a post-graduate student in Afro-Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO). She has working experience as a lawyer, researcher, law consultant and assistant, and professor in fields like the inter-American human rights system, modern slave labor, labor law in Brazil, and racial studies. Raissa is working with the IPC-IG research team on the strength of information production and management about labor justice in Brazil.

  • Research Associates

    Victor Tarifa Lopes

    Research Associate

    Victor holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) and BA in International Relations from the Federal University of Dourados (UFGD). In the past few years, he has been enrolled in professional activities in the private sector (as a Business Analyst), in the public sector (as a College Professor) and in the academic field (as a Researcher). Since 2020, Victor has been working as an Individual Consultant at the IPC-IG, working with themes related to labour justice, social protection and poverty reduction.

  • 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 Beatriz Nakatani

    Project Analyst

    Maria Beatriz holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Brasília (UnB), with a specialisation in International Relations. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Design and Management of International Cooperation Projects. She has experience in International Cooperation Projects since 2013, when she worked at the UNDP as Programme and Project Assistant. She joined the IPC-IG team in 2018 as Programme and Operations Assistant.

  • 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

    • Hyo Brian Son
    • Merindah Loessl
    • Nicole Figueiredo
    • Xiwen Yang