Ana Rita Díaz-Muñoz, Academic Director
Ana Rita Díaz-Muñoz received her BA in sociology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Santiago, Chile, and an MA in social demography from the Universidad Nacional de Luján. Presently, Ms. Díaz-Muñoz is a PhD candidate at the University of Buenos Aires’ prestigious College of Social Sciences. She is also a researcher at the Instituto de Desarrollo Económico y Social (IDES) where she specializes in social, population, and health policy.
Ms. Díaz-Muñoz has been a professor at a number of universities, including the University of Buenos Aires, where she’s taught in the School of Law’s family studies master’s program since 2000. She also has extensive experience working as a consultant for government and international agencies such as the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO); the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB).
Her research has focused on poverty, social policy, and health systems reforms. She is the author of numerous books, academic articles, and technical reports. Currently, she is conducting research on the impact of social policies in reducing social inequality in early childhood. From 2003 to 2005, Ms. Díaz-Muñoz was a consultant for UNDP, evaluating projects for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in Argentina.
Ms. Díaz-Muñoz previously served as the academic director for the Argentina: Regional Integration, Development, and Social Change program. She joined SIT in the fall of 2005.
Valeria Lliubaroff, Program Assistant
Valeria finished her studies in informal education and received her degree as a national recreational technician in 2008. Currently, she studies anthropology at the University of Buenos Aires. She has been an educational coordinator working with young people in social clubs and schools since 2006. In 2005, she had her own homestay experience in Troyes and Avignon, France. Valeria joined a community theater in 2011 and participates in art projects and recreational activities there. As program assistant, Valeria helps students with daily issues, manages program logistics, and assists the academic director in coordinating all program activities.
Luciana Mascetti, Homestay Coordinator
Luciana is a psychologist and English translator from the University of Rosario. She has worked with study abroad and university programs in Buenos Aires for many years, after her own experience as an exchange student in California during high school. She recently returned to Argentina after living in the US with her husband and three children. Her many years living abroad have given her insight into various aspects of American life, culture, education, and work, which she applies to her role as homestay coordinator. In this role, Luciana is able to work with students and families to facilitate the homestay experience and to assist the academic director in managing student affairs in country.
Faculty and lecturers typically include:
Ernesto Cussianovich, MA
Mr. Cussianovich directs the thematic seminar module on Argentine history. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Buenos Aires and has completed postgraduate studies in the UK and Spain. He holds a master’s degree in economic history from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a certificate in management of nonprofit organizations from the University of San Pablo CEU, Madrid. He is currently a professor at Torcuato Di Tella University, teaching courses on Argentine history and a seminar on the origins and evolution of the Peronist movement. Additionally, Mr. Cussianovich teaches a seminar on budget and taxation in the Public Policy Department at Torcuato Di Tella University. His current research is in the area of Argentine economic history with a focus on fiscal history and taxation. He has also worked as a teacher and researcher at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and as manager of governance and society at the British Council.
Mr. Langsam is secretary of ISALUD University´s Science and Technology Unit and teaches the thematic seminar module on health system organization and programs. Mr. Langsam holds a master’s degree in political science from Di Tella University, Buenos Aires, has completed postgraduate studies on the economy and public policies, and is a doctoral candidate at Oxford University, United Kingdom. In his position at ISALUD University, he is in charge of design, coordination, and evaluation of the university´s research activities. He also teaches and conducts research. Mr. Langsam has been an analyst for the Economy Ministry´s project on assessment of social expenditure and the evaluation of social policy impact.
Mr. Cetrángolo is an economist, holding a master’s degree in development studies from the University of Sussex, UK. He is currently in charge of the program’s module on Health System and Equity. Mr. Cetrángolo is the director of the Master of Economics program at the University of Buenos Aires, a professor of public finance at the same university, and a researcher with the Interdisciplinary Institute of Political Economy (IIEP) at the University of Buenos Aires-National University of Tres de Febrero. Previously, he worked at ECLAC (UN) as an expert in public policy and has held different positions in the public sector (Central Bank, Planning Secretariat, Budget Secretariat, and Fiscal Incomes Secretariat). Between 1999 and 2001, he was appointed to the position of undersecretary at the Ministry of Economy. Mr. Cetrángolo also has worked as a consultant for different international organizations (ILO, PAHO, IADB, and UNDP) and has published several books and academic articles on public policies primarily related to the issues of taxation, fiscal federalism, health, and education.
Dr. Mariana Romero
Dr. Mariana Romero is a researcher in sexual and reproductive health based at CEDES (Center for the Study of State and Society) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she has been a researcher for 15 years. Originally trained as an MD in Argentina, she received an MSc in reproductive health in Mexico in 1993 and has since been active in the field. Her focus has been on abortion, maternal morbidity and mortality, and quality of care, mostly in the Latin American region. One of the founders of CLACAI (Latin American Consortium against Unsafe Abortion), she is recognized as an advocate and resourceful member of the academic community for research and training.
Maria Eugenia Royer
Ms. Royer holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and a master’s degree in health systems and social security from ISALUD. She has completed postgraduate studies on health services administration and has served as the head of the Department of Statistical Analysis in the City of Buenos Aires’ Ministry of Health, working on the design and coordination of primary healthcare systems. Ms. Royer is the author of numerous academic works that analyze and characterize the epidemiological profile of the users of the government’s healthcare system, as well as more general epidemiological and demographic studies. She has been an associate professor in epidemiology and demography at ISALUD since 1999 and has also been a professor at various universities and local institutions.
Ms. Jorgensen is an economist with a master’s degree in economics from the Universidad de San Andrés and a master’s degree in industrial economics from the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid. She has held positions as a researcher in Argentina and Spain, looking at issues of cost effectiveness and has also worked on analyzing health and disease econometrically. In Spain, Natalia studied issues related to immigration and health, and she developed estimation models of demand for healthcare. At the international level, she has participated in consultation projects with the European Commission and has participated in conferences and seminars. Currently, Ms. Jorgensen works as a professor and researcher at ISALUD, where she analyzes the cost effectiveness of programs related to neglected tropical diseases, as well as the determinants of obesity in Argentina.
Arnaldo Dario Medina
Mr. Medina is a hospital administrator, and works with the Health Services Ministry at the School of Health in the province of Buenos Aires. He holds a specialist degree in public health (UBA), a master’s degree in health economics, and a certificate in business administration and management of health services. He has participated in the Interfaculty Program for Health Care Administration at the National University of Chile PIAS. Arnaldo is the executive director of the Hospital el Cruce in Florencio Varela and the president of the Argentina Association of Health Economics. Previously, Mr. Medina held positions as the Secretary for Health Planning and the coordinator of Health Regions with the Ministry of Health of Buenos Aires, the CEO of Hospital mi Pueblo in Florencio Valera, and a professor at the University of Business and Social Sciences (UCES).
Ms. Poccioni holds a degree in social communication, with a specialty in the methodology of scientific research and investigation. She is the assistant director of the Instituto de Ciencias de la Salud de la UNAJ, the academic secretary and a professor of the communication and health specialization at UNLP, a professor of communication and health of the bachelor’s program in nursing at the UNAJ, and a professor of social communication at UNLP. Among other activities, Ms. Poccioni has coordinated social communication between various programs and has conducted courses and training for staff at public hospitals. She coordinates SIT’s program activities in Florencio Varela.
Ignacio Llovet, PhD
Dr. Llovet is in charge of the Problem Based Learning Module for the program. He holds a BA in sociology from the Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires; an MA in social sciences from FLACSO, Quito, Ecuador; and a PhD in sociology from the University of Toronto, Canada. Ignacio is a full professor at Universidad Nacional de Luján, where he teaches sociology and research methodology. His main areas of interest are sociology of health, rural studies, and development. During the last seven years Dr. Llovet´s research has focused on the social dimensions of Chagas disease, a disease transmitted by infected insects. Ignacio has been granted funds from several institutions such as the Ford Foundation, the World Health Organization, the International Development Research Center, the Ministerio de Salud de la Nación Argentina, and the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, to carry out his studies. Besides his academic activity, Dr. Llovet has also done consulting work for various agencies, including the World Bank, the University of Miami, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. A recent sample of his work is Mitigating Social and Health Inequities: Community Participation and Chagas Disease in Rural Argentina, published in the journal Global Public Health.
Graciela Dinardi holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Toronto, Canada, and received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Currently, she is a professor at the Graduate School of the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero and is conducting research on social aspects of Chagas Disease in endemic areas of Argentina. She is also researching knowledge translation and conducting a study on health and wellbeing. Recently she co-authored a book on the culture and organization of blood donation. Mrs. Dinardi has received grants and scholarships from the IDRC-Canada-Latin America and the Caribbean Research Exchange Grants (LACREG); the Ministry of Health-Programa VIGI+A; the Ministry of Economy-UNDP; UNFPA-Ford Foundation; the International Council for Canadian Studies Grant (Ottawa, Canada); and the Connaught Scholarship, University of Toronto, Canada.
Ana María Andía
Ms. Andía is a biochemist with the Universidad Nacional de San Luis. She specializes in public policy, and the formulation and evaluation of projects for the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. She holds a master’s degree in public health from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and is the author of numerous articles and chapters on issues of health and sexual and reproductive rights. Ana María works with the Ministry of Health of Mendoza and is a professor at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba and the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. From 2000 to 2007, she worked as the head of the Reproductive Health Program in Mendoza Province, and she has also held roles in research, management, teaching, and technical assistance with CONICET, Universidad Nacional de San Luis, UTN, Consejo Nacional de la Mujer, Ministerio de Salud de la Nación, the Legislature and Municipality of Mendoza, and the governments of Santa Fe, Catamarca, and La Rioja.
Mrs. Krsul coordinates and teaches language courses and is a language professor from Pontificial Catholic University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From 2001 to 2006, she held the position of academic coordinator at the Spanish Language for Foreigners at the University of Buenos Aires Language Laboratory. Her extensive professional experience in the area of Spanish as a second language includes work at academic and corporate institutions. In her role with the program, Mrs. Krsul is in charge of language level assessment, coordinating activities, and evaluating students´ performance as well as preparing educational materials and monitoring extracurricular language activities.