Our Team

Sylvia Aguilera

Christian Mendoza

Iván Ugarte

Sylvia Aguilera

Sylvia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology from the Autonomous Metropolitan University of Mexico and a Master’s in Peace Studies from Bradford University, United Kingdom. She began her professional career as a human rights defender in the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights, where she was Director from 2000 to 2004. 

 

Over the last 14 years, Sylvia’s work has focussed on public conflicts in Mexico, including the management of lands and natural resources, as well as issues related to advancing human rights, the justice system, victims’ rights and the rights of women. She was Director of the Center for Civic Collaboration from 2012 to 2018. Sylvia has provided consultancy services in issues of negotiation and human rights to many national and Latin-American organizations, as well as the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights. 

 

Part of Sylvia’s work has focused on strengthening coalitions from civil society and developing their capacity for participation, collaboration and negotiation. She received the Omecíhuatl medal from the Government of Mexico City in 2004 and was named a World Fellow by Yale University in 2018. 

Christian Mendoza

Christian is a feminist committed to social justice and human rights. She holds a Master’s degree in Regional Studies and is a specialist in gender issues, with more than 12 years of experience in the coordination of projects to promote the rights of women, indigenous communities and young people. 

 

From civil society, she has driven forward proposals including labor rights for domestic workers and public policies with a gender perspective. She has accompanied organized groups of indigenous women to influence women’s and indigenous people’s rights agendas. She has provided consultancy services to international authorities on issues related to social protection for women in Mexico.

 

Christian worked with the Simone de Beauvoir Leadership Institute for a period of 7 years and is currently part of the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’ working group for Women (Red DESC).

Iván Ugarte

Iván holds a Bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the Intercontinental University. He has 11 years of experience as an external auditor at Salles Sainz Grant Thornton. He also has 8 years’ experience as an accountant at commercial companies, as well as 6 years as a financial and tax advisor to not-for-profit civil organizations and civil societies dedicated to consultancy. Iván is a specialist in taxes and financial reports focused on financial health indicators, as well as the preparation of sustainability reports and optimization of resources and proposals.

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