Visiting Research Scholars

Visiting faculty from other universities and institutes across Latin America and the Caribbean are invited to the Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas to share research work in their area of expertise.

Héctor Arreola-Ornelas 

Héctor Arreola-Ornelas is a Research Coordinator in Economics at the Health Competitiveness Program in the Mexican Health Foundation (FUNSALUD), also Associate Researcher at Tómatelo a Pecho an NGO in Mexico. He holds a master’s in health economics from the Centre for Research and Teaching in Economics and the National Institute of Public Health and a BA in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. In 2005, he was awarded the First Prize for Research of the Global Development Network, in the category of Health and Institutional Development for his work "Preventing Impoverishment, Promoting Equity and Protecting Households from Financial Crisis: Universal Health Insurance in Mexico Through Institutional Reform” written with Felicia Marie Knaul, Oscar Méndez and Martha Miranda.

His areas of research include financial protection, policy and health systems, labor economics, economic evaluation and health and competitiveness. He has worked in the Mexican Social Security Institute, the National Public Health Institute and the Center for Economic Research and Teaching. He is the author of 42 research papers and 10 book chapters. He is part of the National System of Researchers in Mexico.

Didi Bertrand

Wingdie "Didi" Bertrand spouse Farmer, MA, DEA, DESS is a medical anthropologist and community health specialist who has worked in Haiti, Rwanda, Malawi and Lesotho. Born in Port-Au-Prince Haiti, Ms. Bertrand Farmer studied social science, community health, and health systems management in Haiti and in France. For the last 15 years, she has worked as community organizer, program developer and implementer, activist for women and girls' rights, and researcher. She served as the Director of the Community Health Program and the Head of the Biosocial Research and Social Development Programs for Partners In Health Rwanda Inshuti Mu Buzima from 2005 to 2015 supporting the Rwandan Ministry of Health. She has been the principal investigator on studies focusing on community health, malnutrition, reproductive health, and traditional healing in rural Rwanda. She also serves as the Chair of the Haiti-Rwanda Commission, initiated after the 2010 earthquake to promote South-South cooperation and exchange. She currently acts as Senior Adviser on Community Health for Partners in Health and leads a Women and Girls Initiative in both Rwanda and Haiti. She is also the mother of 3 wonderful children.

Afsan Bhadelia

Afsan Bhadelia, PhD, MS is a Research Associate in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Bhadelia applies and translates systems theory to three core areas to promote health systems performance improvements and to advance value-based care: 1) health inequities faced by marginalized populations; 2) chronicity and its implications for health systems strengthening across the care continuum and life course; and 3) gender responsiveness of healthcare. Using mixed methods, each area incorporates a focus on developing innovative metrics for priority-setting and implementation, with an emphasis on integrating ethical considerations. She seeks to advance dynamic health systems modeling and effective policy analysis and translation to achieve better health outcomes for all. Dr. Bhadelia was a lead co-author of the report of the Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Relief and co-Chaired the Commission’s Scientific Advisory Committee. She co-authored and co-edited the book, “Closing the Cancer Divide: An Equity Imperative.” She was previously named a ‘Young Cancer Leader’ by the Union for International Cancer Control and has served as a Minority International Research Trainee and an Albert Schweitzer Fellow. She is currently co-Chair of the Taskforce on Women and NCDs. Dr. Bhadelia received her PhD in International Health and Health Systems from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, an MS in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition and a BS in Biology and International Relations, both from Tufts University.

Salomón Chertorivski Woldenberg

Salomón Chertorivski Woldenberg is a Mexican politician and economist. He served as Ministerio of Health of Mexico, during the last part of President Felipe Calderón's administration. He was the Secretary for Economic Development in Mexico City from 2012 to 2017. He entered the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico as a student of the economics degree. He focused on the area of social policy to combat poverty. In his college years, he undertook ideas such as prefabricated panels for home construction and supplying glasses for children in rural communities. He completed a master's degree in economics at his alma mater and then a master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.

During his tenure as National Commissioner for Social Protection in Health in 2009, the affiliation of one million Mexicans per month was achieved to attain coverage for 53 million Mexicans. In his term, it expanded coverage to germ cell ovarian cancer, prostatic, testicular, colon cancer and universalized VPH vaccination among many other things. Formed agreements to provide Popular Insurance to Mexican immigrants in the United States and their families in Mexico with the support of Mexican consulates. He is currently a public policy Professor at the very prestigious CIDE and Chairman of the national advisory council "Pensando en México".

Carolina Coll

Carolina Coll is an epidemiologist with strong interest in health inequalities, especially those related to women’s health. She obtained a MSc and PhD Degree in Epidemiology at the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil and acquired extensive fieldwork experience in the conduction of epidemiological studies, having participated in the supervision and data collection of the 2015 birth cohort study, among others. During her PhD she also completed a doctoral fellowship at the University of Oxford (UK), where she was involved with the Psychiatry Department and established relevant collaborations around women’s mental health. In 2017, Carolina joined the International Center for Equity in Health as a postdoctoral researcher. Her work involves data analysis of national health surveys from low and middle-income countries and writing of scientific papers. She has been mainly involved in projects addressing reproductive health and gender-based violence which has led to publications in high impact journals in ​​global health. Mostly recently, Carolina is also serving as a young researcher to the Lancet Commission on Gender-based Violence and Maltreatment of Young People and supporting the Director of the Institute, Dr. Felicia Knaul, in the development of the global work plan.

Roopa Dhatt

Dr. Roopa Dhatt is a passionate advocate for gender equality in global health and a leading voice in the movement to correct the gender imbalance in global health leadership. She is also a practicing Internal Medicine physician at Georgetown University MedStar Hospital in Washington, D.C. Dr. Dhatt is particularly committed to addressing issues of power, privilege, and intersectionality that keep many women from global health leadership roles and to opening up spaces for the voices of these women to be heard. Determined to build a movement to transform women’s leadership opportunities in health, Dr. Dhatt co-founded Women in Global Health in 2015. Today, Women in Global Health has more than 25,000 supporters in more than 90 countries and continues to grow. Dr. Roopa Dhatt, the Executive Director, and the global team work with a network of WGH chapters in every region to challenge power and privilege for gender equity in health. Dr. Dhatt has worked in global health for nearly 15 years, collaborating with 120+ countries. She holds numerous advisory, board and ambassador roles. She advises the WHO on matters of health workforce, gender equity, and universal health coverage. She has published in the Lancet, BMJ, Devex, Forbes and been interviewed in National Geographic, Nature, NPR, EuroNews and numerous other channels. Dr. Dhatt was recognized in the Gender Equality Top 100, the most influential people in global policy 2019.

Xiaoxiao Jiang Kwete

Xiaoxiao Jiang Kwete is a research associate at Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health with a research interest of health policy analysis in chronic illness and health systems. She graduated from Peking University Health Science Center, China with a bachelor’s degree of Medicine, and later Harvard School of Public Health with a Master of Science in Global Health and Population. Her current work includes extended cost-effectiveness analysis for priority setting, health system modeling, population health measurement, and China-Africa health collaborations. She was also a core member of the research team for the Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Relief.

From March 2013 to August 2014, she was the project manager for Harvard School of Public Health Breast Cancer Awareness Education and Pilot Training in China. She led a team based in Beijing working with different government branches, academic and social groups, such as All China’s Women’s Federation, China National Center for Women’s and Children’s Health, Peking Union Medical College and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. The project developed breast cancer awareness and training materials used in a pilot phase for about 900,000 rural women aged 35-64 across western, middle, and eastern China.

She also served as the youth commissioner of Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health from 2012 to 2014, and is currently a member on the board of directors of Aid for Health Simulation, an organization dedicated to engage young students and scholars in the discussion of global development for health related issues.

Eduardo Saenz Rovner

Eduardo Saenz Rovner, PhD in History from Brandeis University, Professor at the Facultad de Ciencias Económicas, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He has published The Cuban Connection. Drug Trafficking, Smuggling, and Gambling in Cuba from the 1920’s to the Revolution (Chapel Hill, 2008, Bogotá, 2005), Colombia Años 50. Industriales, política y diplomacia (Bogotá, 2002), and La ofensiva empresarial. Industriales, políticos y violencia en los años 40 en Colombia (Bogotá, 1992).

He has done extensive historical research and published on drug trafficking in Colombia, Colombian traffickers in Miami and New York, and the diplomacy of drug trafficking between the United States and Colombia. He is currently working on a book on the history of drug trafficking in Colombia between the 1930’s and the 1990’s.