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

    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).

    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).

  • Researchers

    Anna Carolina Machado


    Anna Carolina Machado holds a MSc in Public Policy from the University of Bristol (UK). a specialisation in Public Administration from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a BA in International Relations from the Federal Fluminense University. Since 2015, she has been working as a researcher at the IPC-IG and has authored knowledge products in partnership with UNICEF on child-sensitive social protection. Anna worked in projects in sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, Latin America and more recently South Asia. Previously, she worked as a consultant for the UN-Habitat Regional Office in Latin America in urban development projects. Her research interests include social protection, migration, inequality and human rights.

  • 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

    Ana Carolina Romano

    Knowledge Management Support

    Ana Carolina holds a BA in International Relations (2017) from the University of Brasília (UnB) and joined the IPC-IG team February 2018. She has worked before in the British Embassy and in the EU Delegation to Brazil. She is currently involved in the socialprotection.org project supporting its knowledge management activities. She has been focusing mostly on supporting the e-TRANSFORM course, the Ambassador’s Programme and the revision of content, such as programme profiles, jobs and publications. Her main areas of interest are social protection and development.

  • Publications

    Flávia Amaral

    Desktop Publisher Assistant

    Flávia holds an MBA in Marketing from Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), a BA in Media from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and a BA in Graphic Design from the State University of Minas Gerais (UEMG). Currently she is working as a desktop publishing assistant in the IPC-IG Publications department. She is responsible for the graphic design and layout of publications at the Centre, the creation and maintenance of the IPC-IG’s visual identity in its applications and supporting the Centre’s work by developing printed and electronic material for projects and events. She was previously responsible for the administration of her own print shop company, in addition to having worked in various advertising agencies.

  • 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

    Guilherme Paul Berdu

    Programme and Operations Analyst

    Guilherme holds a Specialisation on Planning and Management of Cooperation for Development Interventions from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (Flacso) and a BA in International Relations from the Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP). He joined the IPC-IG in 2015 and is currently the focal point at the IPC-IG for Programme and Operations, acting in the management, negotiation, implementation and conclusion of the Centre’s projects.

  • 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

    • Camila Rolon Pereira
    • Merindah Loessl
    • Nicole Figueiredo
    • Xiwen Yang
    • Hyo Brian Son