Victoria Márquez Mees
Director of the MICI
Victoria Márquez Mees, a Mexican national, is the MICI Director for the 2015-2020 period. Appointed by the Bank’s Board of Executive Directors, she is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Mechanism and for ensuring that it embodies the principles of impartiality, transparency, effectiveness, and efficiency. She is also tasked with ensuring that all MICI staff maintains the highest performance standards and in strict compliance with IDB Group policies. She began her work with the MICI in April, 2011 as the Executive Secretary and served in that capacity until January 2015.
Victoria has had an extensive career in the philanthropic and social sectors at public and private entities in Mexico and abroad. Her areas of specialization are strategic and financial planning, fundraising, and the design and implementation of effective management policies and procedures. A significant part of her professional life has been dedicated to the institutional strengthening of civil society organizations and development in the fields of health and the environment. Prior to joining the MICI, she served as the Director of Social Investment for the Carlos Slim Institute of Health, a private Mexican foundation aimed at supporting the creation of health solutions for Latin America and the Caribbean; she was the Director of Philanthropy at the Mexican Ministry of Health, and the Operations Director of the British Council in Mexico. She has also worked as a consultant on issues of communications and government relations, and has taught numerous institutional strengthening workshops in the region.
Victoria holds an honors degree in economics from the Universidad Iberoamericana of Mexico, as well as a Master´s degree in economics from the University of Essex, and undertook post-graduate studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
She is a native speaker of Spanish, is fluent in English and Portuguese, and has a working knowledge of French and German.
Gastón Aín Bilbao
Consultation Phase Coordinator
Gastón Aín Bilbao, Consultation Phase Coordinator for the 2017-2022 period. He is responsible for MICI’s conflict resolution phase, which provides an impartial and egalitarian space where different parties can address issues raised in a complaint, with the objective of reaching an agreeable solution for all.
Prior to joining MICI, Gastón, of Argentinean nationality, worked for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Latin America and the Caribbean; and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Ruanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He also worked for the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, Haiti, Ecuador and Colombia. In Argentina, he was a public official for several institutions, including the Buenos Aires City Government, and the National Congress.
Gastón is a lawyer. He graduated from the School of Laws and Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires, specialist on dialogue, conflict prevention and conflict resolution. He holds a master’s degree in International Affairs by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and a master’s degree in Public Policy Management by the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, in Spain. His native language is Spanish, but he also speaks English, French and Portuguese.
Languages: Spanish, English, French and Portuguese.
Coordinator, Compliance Review Phase
Arantxa Villanueva, a native of Spain, is the Compliance Review Phase Coordinator for the 2016-2021 period. She is responsible for coordinating the compliance investigations in cases authorized by the Board of Executive Directors, and is assisted in that work by members of the Roster of Experts.
Her career began in the private sector, after which she was a consultant to the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights on matters involving economic, social and cultural rights. She has worked as a lawyer at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica, and, before coming to the MICI, she served as Advisor to the Chief Justice of the Mexican Supreme Court. In 2013 she joined the MICI as a Case Officer. She has spoken at numerous seminars and meetings on human rights, and has authored publications on the international protection of economic, social, and cultural rights, as well as the analysis of case law on humane treatment and the deprivation of liberty.
Arantxa holds a law degree from the Autonomous University of Madrid and a Master’s in International Law and Human Rights from the United Nations University for Peace. She also attended the Special Program for International Studies at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.
Spanish is her first language; she is also fluent in English and Portuguese, and has knowledge of German.
Ana María Mondragón Duque
Case Officer, Compliance Review Phase
Ana María Mondragón, a Colombian national, is a Case Officer for the Compliance Review Phase since August 2016.
Before joining MICI, she worked as a Professional Visitor at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and as Consultant Lawyer of the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) in San Jose, Costa Rica. More recently she worked for the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA) in the Human Rights and Environment Program in their Mexico City, San Francisco, and Bogota offices. In addition, she has worked as a researcher and independent consultant in areas related to business and human rights, and environment and human rights. She obtained her law degree at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Bogota and has a Masters of Law (LL.M) from the University of Harvard. Among her honors, Ana Maria has been a Fulbright Fellow, and recipient of the Gary Bellow Public Service Award and Henigson Human Rights Fellowship at the University of Harvard. While Spanish is her native language, she is fluent in English and has intermediary knowledge of German.
Case Officer, Compliance Review Phase
Pedro León Gutiérrez, a Mexican national, is a Case Officer in the Compliance Review Phase since September 2017.
Pedro has worked with civil society organizations and the public sector in issues related to human rights, the environment, infrastructure and development projects. Before joining MICI, he was an attorney at the US office of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW), supporting cases and efforts to protect local communities and the environment in Latin America and other parts of the world. Before, he worked in Mexico’s federal court system in capacity building activities about human rights, infrastructure projects, the environment, sexual orientation and gender identity. Has been a university professorand worked in projects to draft guides and materials about mining, climate change, citizen participation, and indigenous people’s rights.
Pedro is a lawyer from ITESO university, Mexico, and has a master’s degree (LLM) in International Human Rights Law from Lund University, Sweden.
Spanish is his native language, he also speaks English and has intermediary knowledge of French.
Raquel Gómez Fernández
Case Assistant, Compliance Review Phase
Raquel Gómez Fernández, a Colombian national, is a Case Assistant for the Compliance Review Phase since May, 2017.
Before joining MICI, she focused on issues related to international human rights and U.S. immigration law. She was previously a Legal Assistant at Lichtman & Rosenblum PLLC, and a Drug Policy and Communications intern at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). Her experience also includes internships and research projects as a political and cultural affairs intern at The Embassy of Ecuador, a Latin America and the Caribbean intern at Vital Voices Global Partnership and a Research Assistant on democracy in Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador at Washington College.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in Latin American Studies from Washington College.
Raquel’s native language is Spanish, and she also speaks English and Portuguese.
Eva Heiss, a German national, is senior specialist at the MICI, where she works in areas such as governance and institutional strengthening. Prior to that, since 2012 she worked as Case Officer at the MICI, where she contributed to the Consultation Phase processes in different countries of Latin America. She has professional experience in the private sector as well as in non-profit organizations. She has also participated in multi-sector initiatives in the Latin America and Caribbean region, mainly in the areas of environmental management, social inclusion, and small and medium-sized business development. Prior to joining the MICI, she worked as an Associate Researcher at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, where her research focused on the mitigation of climate change.
Eva holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Foreign Trade from the University of Applied Sciences in Worms, Germany, and a Master’s of Science degree in Climate Change and Development from the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton, United Kingdom. She has also taken courses on conflict analysis, as well as on environmental dispute mediation and environmental impact studies.
Her native language is German, and she also speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Maria Camila Barriga
Case Officer, Consultation Phase
Maria Camila, a Colombian national, is a Case Officer for the Consultation Phase since March, 2017. Her work experience has focused in policy design and project management, especially related to human rights, citizen participation, transparency, and monitoring and evaluation of social programs for public institutions in Colombia. Likewise, she worked for the Organization of American States in Washington D.C., where she participated in the development of the Observatory for Public Policies and Transparency in the LAC region. Furthermore, she has participated in research projects regarding peace processes and electoral systems for the Americas Program at The Carter Center in Atlanta.
Maria Camila holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Management and International Relations from the Externado de Colombia University and a master’s degree in International Security with specialization in Conflict Resolution and Project Management from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po-Paris). While she is a native Spanish speaker, she is fluent in English and French.
Case Officer, Consultation Phase
Martin Packmann, an Argentine national, is a Case Officer for the Consultation Phase since March, 2017.
His professional experience has been based in the field of analysis and conflict resolution, dialogue process design and public advocacy, with a specific emphasis on socio-environmental conflicts regarding extractive industry development in Argentina and Latin America. Furthermore, Martin has experience in project design and implementation, as well as public policy analysis. Previous to his involvement at MICI, he has worked with civil society organizations, including Fundación Cambio Democrático, and in the public sector at the National Secretariat of Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism, both in Argentina.
Martín has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA-Argentina), and a master’s degree in Administration and Public Policy from the University of San Andrés (Argentina). He has also participated and conducted trainings and courses related to conflict resolution.
Case Assistant, Consultation Phase
Sebastian Gonzalez, a Colombian national, is the Case Assistant for the Consultation Phase since September 2017.
Prior to joining the MICI, he worked as a consultant for the IDB in the Budget and Administrative Services Department where he focused on important administrative procedures and collaborated with the management and implementation of databases. He also worked as an assistant at the Office of the General Counsel of American University, where he carried out extensive research on various legal issues including: public safety, community-based conflict and fundraising.
Sebastian holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with specializations in marketing and information technology from American University. He also earned a diploma in International Business from the University of London King's College.
Spanish and Portuguese are his native languages, he also speaks fluent English, and has knowledge of German.
Esteban Tovar, of Mexican nationality, has been Registration Officer since June 2016. His work experience has been in both the private and public sectors in Mexico. Before joining MICI he served as Coordinator of the Office of Corporate Affairs and Industry of the Aeromexico Group where he carried out economic and political analysis related to the airline industry and Aeromexico’s relations with governments, labor unions, and the media. In the public sector, he worked for the Technical Secretariat of the National Security Council of the Office of the Mexican Presidency on communication activities.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley.
Spanish is his native language, but he is also fluent in English.
Isabel Berdeja, a Mexican national, is MICI’s Registration Assistant since May of 2017. Prior to her work at the Mechanism, Isabel dedicated herself to the management of development projects with the Panamerican Foundation for Development (PADF), where she focused on capacity-strengthening projects for Civil Society, as well as human rights in Nicaragua and Ecuador. She has also held consultancies with Planet Indonesia and Pyxera Global, focused on the development of monitoring and evaluation plans. Furthermore, she has worked in the energy sector with GE Mexico.
Isabel holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Iberoamericana University, and a master’s degree in International Development Studies from George Washington University.
Senior Resource Planning and Administrative Associate
Sylvia Walker, a Bolivian national, has been the Senior Resource Planning and Administrative Associate since December 2010.
She began her career with the Inter-American Development Bank in October 1987. Prior to joining the MICI, she was the Communications Officer and Head of Human Resources at the Inter-American Culture and Development Foundation, a non-profit organization created at the initiative of the IDB.
Sylvia has a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, as well as a certificate in Project Management from the same University.
A native Spanish speaker, Sylvia is also fluent in English and has knowledge of Portuguese and French.
Senior Office Support and Administrative Assistant
Rebeca García, a native of Mexico, has been the MICI’s Senior Office Support and Administrative Assistant since 2010.
Rebeca has worked at the Inter-American Development Bank for more than 20 years as an Executive Assistant in the Office of the Executive Directors for Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Prior to that, she worked at the Mexican Treasury Department as the Assistant to the Director of International Financial Bodies.
She studied International Communications at Northern Virginia Community College, and has a degree in Bilingual Executive Secretarial Studies from the Michigan Institute of Mexico.
Rebeca’s native language is Spanish; she also speaks English and has basic knowledge of Portuguese.
Senior Outreach & Communications Officer
Rosario Lino, a citizen of Peru, has been the Senior Outreach and Communications Officer since June 2015.
Rosario’s professional experience is in the field of development and communications project management. She specializes in the management of audiovisual projects, ranging from television programs to documentaries, advertisements, and educational and corporate videos. She has developed communications projects for a number of organizations and media outlets around the world, and has taught classes and seminars at various universities and institutions.
She studied Communication Sciences with a concentration in advertising and audiovisual media at the University of Lima and attended several programs at the Sender Freies Berlin Television Training Center. In addition, she took courses and participated in workshops related to the field of communications, including journalism, cinematography, narrative techniques, documentaries, educational projects, and marketing, among others.
She speaks English in addition to her native Spanish.
Senior Communications Officer
Carmelina Perea, a Mexican national, is Senior Communications Officer since August 2017.
She joins the team after a career in the fields of strategic communication, public relations and innovation. Carmelina has worked both in the public and private sectors in her country and in the United States. Her professional career has included the promotion of Mexico as a destination in the Mexican Tourism Board and the deputy directorate of Foreign Press in the Press Office of President Salinas de Gortari. She also operated his own public relations agency, collaborated on Channel 13 (Mexico) and Channel 51 (Miami, Fla), and was also a screenwriter and producer of Radio Programs for the Ministry of Public Education and the National Consumer Institute. Has lead Innovation workshops for companies like Telmex. Before joining MICI, she was Corporate Communications Director for the US firm First Cash Financial Services, with operations in Mexico
She holds a degree in Communication from the UAM (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana) and has a postgraduate certification in Innovation from the University of Buffalo NY, has taken courses in screenwriting and creative writing. She has studies of Master’s Degree in Philosophy and Literature at the Landívar University of Guatemala.
Her native language is Spanish, and she also speaks English and Portuguese.
Axel Davila, a Venezuelan national, is communications assistant since September 2017.
Before joining MICI, Axel worked in strategic communications for Latin-American organizations in the non-governmental and private sector. Among his areas of expertise are public relations management, internal communications, and the development of strategies and communication campaigns.
He holds a degree in journalism from Universidad Católica Andres Bello from Caracas, and he is currently doing a master in Public Relations & Corporate Communications at Georgetown University.
Spanish is his native language. He also speaks English and has a basic knowledge of Portuguese.