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The Population Council is an international, non-profit organization that conducts research and offers solutions to improve lives around the world. 

The Population Council has more than 70 years of rigorous research in the fields of poverty, gender and youth, education and empowerment of girls and adolescents, family planning and HIV. We have 14 offices on 3 continents and we work with partners in more than 50 countries. In America we have offices in Mexico, Guatemala, New York and Washington D.C. In Mexico, the Population Council has been working for more than 30 years to improve the sexual and reproductive health of people who are in a greater situation of vulnerability.

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Meet the team

Thoại Ngô

Global director of the Poverty, Gender, and Youth Program, Population Council
Nueva York, Estados Unidos.
Investigador Principal de VOCES.

Thoai Ngo, PhD, is the global director of the Poverty, Gender, and Youth Program and the Founding Director of the Girl Innovation, Research, and Learning (GIRL) Center at the Population Council. An epidemiologist based in New York City, his research focuses on the intersections between gender, health, and poverty globally. Thoai is an advisor to multilateral and bilateral donors, private foundations, universities, United Nations agencies, and governmental bodies in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. He sits on the editorial committee of Studies in Family Planning, serves as the board chair for Ibis Reproductive Health, and lectures at leading global health universities. He publishes widely in scientific journals and other media. Thoai is recognized as a 120 Under 40.

Nicole Haberland

Senior Associate of the Poverty, Gender and Youth Program, Population Council.
New York, USA.
VOCES Co-Researcher.

Nicole Haberland has more than 10 years of experience conducting research on issues related to gender, education, HIV prevention, violence, and sexual and reproductive health. Nicole leads the Population Council’s work on empowerment-based sex education and is co-editor of “It’s All One Curriculum,” an easy-to-use resource that provides content and activities to put gender and rights at the center of life skills.

Isabel Vieitez

Director Population Council
CDMX, Mexico.
VOCES Co-Researcher

She has more than 10 years of research experience focused on the health of women and adolescents. She is a General Physician from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, with a specialization and master’s degree in Public Health from the National Institute of Public Health.

René Nevares

Independent Consultant, Population Council Mexico.
CDMX, Mexico
VOCES Project Coordinator

Rene is a researcher with experience in qualitative research with a focus on gender and masculinities. He has also participated in research and surveys on migration and health. He was the fieldwork coordinatorfor the Survey on Migration in the Northern Border and project coordinator for the Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS).

Juan Pablo Gutierrez

Center for Research in Policies, Population and Health (CIPPS), National Autonomous University of Mexico.
CDMX, Mexico.
VOCES Co-Researcher

Researcher and Professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and member of the Evaluation Advisory Committee of the GAVI Alliance. His research focuses on the comprehensive evaluation of social programs and policies, universal health coverage and effective access and social inequalities in health. He has been responsible for evaluating health and social programs in Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Honduras, and India. He is the author or co-author of more than 60 articles in indexed journals.

Silvana Larrea

Programs Officer, Population Council Mexico
CDMX, Mexico.
VOCES co-researcher

Silvana is Program Officer for the Poverty, Gender and Youth Program of the Population Council in Mexico. She is a Public Health specialist with experience in health and migration and health and indigenous populations, with an emphasis on sexual and reproductive health.

Christina Misunas

VOCES co-researcher

Christina is a Data Analyst and Research Associate at the Population Council and is part of the Girl Innovation, Research, and Learning Center (GIRL) at the Population Council. She has an MA in Demography and Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London. Her research focuses on issues of violence and youth. She has published and contributed to multiple scientific journals.

Lina López

VOCES Data Analyst

Lina is currently serving as a data analyst on the VOCES project.
Before joining the team, she traveled to various countries such as Guatemala, England, Australia, and Cambodia, where she worked as a teacher and student advisor. She has a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, with an emphasis on quantitative methods for measuring and evaluating the impact of educational programs and policies.

Jordi Valencia

VOCES Research Assistant
CDMX, Mexico

Jordi is a psychologist graduated from the Faculty of Higher Studies Zaragoza. He has collaborated in projects related to the prevention of violence with young people through the professionalization of their cultural practices; community development projects through the design of socio-productive youth projects and has served as coordinator, designer and facilitator of various training courses and workshops. As a research assistant, she is responsible for monitoring and communicating with VOCES-19 participants, as well as reviewing and translating reports and reports.

Valeria García

Graphic Designer

Graduated from the Design and Visual Communication career at the Faculty of Arts and Design of the UNAM and specialized in illustration. She is creating and designing images for social media and infographics. She has experience creating social media content for independent Mexican brands. Valeria is currently undertaking a personal project called Avantolik, whereshe sells several of my illustrations on different printed media.

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