Mici's Former Directors

Victoria Márquez Mees
Victoria Márquez Mees
MICI Director, 2015-2020

Victoria Márquez-Mees, a Mexican national, was the Director of the IDB Group’s Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism for the 2015-2020 period. She joined the Inter-American Development Bank in 2011 to become the Executive Secretary of MICI. In addition, from 2016 to 2019, she served as the first secretary of the Independent Accountability Mechanisms Network (IAMNet).
With more than 30 years of professional experience, Ms. Márquez-Mees has dedicated a significant part of her career to international cooperation and the institutional strengthening of civil society organizations in the areas of health and the environment. She has been committed to the task of raising awareness among international financial institutions of the risks of reprisals faced by human rights defenders and promoting capacity building to address these issues in development finance. She has held various positions at the Carlos Slim Health Institute, the Mexican Ministry of Health, and the British Council in Mexico. She has also worked as a consultant on communication and government relations issues, delivering numerous workshops on institutional strengthening in the LAC Region and devoting her free time to mentoring young professionals. 
She graduated with honors in Economics from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico, has a master’s degree in the same field from the University of Essex in Great Britain, and conducted research at the London School of Economics and Political Science as a Chevening Scholar.