The Population Council


The Population Council is an international, non-profit organization that conducts research and offers solutions to improve lives around the world. Big ideas backed by evidence is our blueprint for global change.

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.

For more information about the Population Council and what we do around the world, you can consult the following website:




Thoại Ngô

Global Director of the Poverty, Gender and Youth Program, Population Council
New York, United Estates.
VOCES Principal Investigator

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.

Isabel Vieitez

Director Population Council
CDMX, México.
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.

Nicole Haberland

Sennior Associate of the Poverty, Gender and Youth Program, Population Council
New York, United Estates.
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.

Silvana Larrea

Program Officer of the Poverty, Gender and Yourth Program, Population Council in 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.

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.

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).

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.

Pablo López

VOCES Research Assistant
CDMX, Mexico

Pablo is a political scientist-internationalist graduated from the Center for Economic Research and Teaching, an expert in political, social and economic analysis. He has collaborated on aging and retirement savings projects; the health insurance sector; economic competition in the financial sector; food safety; and, education. He has worked for seven years promoting research and public policies with “win-win” strategies in international organizations, the federal government, business chambers and companies. He is currently studying the Master of Science in Health Systems and Policies at the National Institute of Public Health.

Daniela Martínez

VOCES Project Volunteer
CDMX, Mexico

Daniela is currently completing her undergraduate carrer in International Relations at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. She is a volunteer for the Voces-19 project as responsible for creator of creative content and support in managing social networks. She also supports outreach and contact logistics activities with local authorities.

Christina Mac Gregor

Data Visualization de VOCES
CDMX, México

Cristina carries out data visualization for the VOCES project. After pursuing a master’s degree in Computational Analysis and Public Policy at the University of Chicago, she has focused her work on Big Data analysis, data visualization, statistical analysis, and impact measurement. She has served as a coordinator, research assistant, and analyst at the World Bank, the University of Chicago, and The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT.

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.