Working Groups

Latin America and Caribbean


The MD4SG Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) group aims to develop a new topical focus on issues relevant to the region. This semester’s focus will be on addressing challenges through a  social cohesion and integration lens. Major themes include: migration (especially the Venezuelan diaspora) and education (leveraging technology to help students that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic). We welcome members to join our upcoming bilingual (English and Spanish) meetings. Currently our capacity for new members is small due to the new nature of the group, but our goal is to grow throughout 2021, so please feel free to reach out to learn more about our schedule and how to get involved over the year!



The main forum of discussion for these topics will be bi-weekly meetings of an hour in length. Each meeting will address a different topic (the list of which can be found on the website), and we expect members of the group to prepare short presentations on relevant papers to kick-start discussions for each meeting. In addition, for select topics we will also bring guest speakers who are experts in the field to share their work with us.


Topics / Selected Papers

The following papers are examples of the types of paper we are thinking of reading together. We note that this list is not exhaustive, and we do not expect members to have read these papers prior to joining the group.



The Venezuelan Refugee Crisis

EconCS / Optimisation Techniques for Refugee Integration


Policies as Tools for Societal / Socioeconomic Integration


Working Group Organizers

Francisco Marmolejo-Cossío Career Development Fellow in Computer Science Balliol College, University of Oxford
Michelle González Amador PhD Fellow, School of Business and Economics Maastricht University / United Nations University (UNU-MERIT)
Tilsa Oré Mónago Assistant Professor in Economics Universidad de Piura
Juan Felipe Penagos Strategy & Business Development Fundación CEIBA

Working Group Members

Alejandro Robinson-Cortés Lecturer in Economics University of Exeter
Rose Camille Vincent Postdoctoral Researcher, Chair of Public Economics (D-MTEC) ETH Zurich
Andrés Abeliuk Assistant Professor in Computational Social Science Universidad de Chile
Cami Bohórquez Pinzón Project Director and Social Complex Systems Fundación CEIBA
Christian Ramirez Romero Research Coordinator in Social Communication Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola/ SEMICOM
Ollin D. Langle-Chimal PhD Student in Complex Systems and Data Science University of Vermont
Yuri Solari Han Undergraduate Student in Economics Universidad de Piura
Felipe Scaccabarrozzi Otero Undergraduate Student in Economics Universidad de Piura
Angela María Yan Cedrón Undergraduate Student in Economics Universidad de Piura
Christian Chimoy Ayala Undergraduate Student in Economics Universidad de Piura
Ruben Martínez Cárdenas Lecturer in Economics De Montfort University
Mathias Weidinger Graduate Student in Economics and Public Policy Maastricht University / UNU-MERIT
Patricia Cabero Tapia Faculty Professor in Technology & Management Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo"
Salvador Ruiz Corea CEO Quine Technologies LTD