Graduate, Yale University; PhD, Harvard Graduate School of Education. Former: Executive Vice-President, Tavares Associates, an international consulting firm; Co-Founder and Executive Vice-President, New Americans Museum, California; Vice-President, San Diego Foundation; Programme Officer, Ford Foundation, Brazil; Director, Training, Research and Evaluation, ACCION International, a global microfinance organization. 2009-13, Representative for Brazil and Regional Programme Director, UN Women's Brazil and Southern Cone Office. Currently, Representative of UN Women's Multi-Country Office for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka. Has published books, monographs and articles on race relations in Brazil, women's rights and microfinance in Latin America.