BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Magdalena Ugarte
    Magdalena Ugarte Directora Ejecutiva

    Magdalena Ugarte is an Assistant Professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University, where she teaches courses in social planning, planning theory, and public policy. She holds an MA in Political Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Ph.D. in Planning from the University of British Columbia. Her work examines the role of state-led planning in the dispossession of Indigenous peoples, particularly the role of law and regulatory frameworks in such processes. In addition to her academic experience, Magdalena has worked in government settings in Chile and Canada.

  • Claudia Díaz
    Claudia Díaz Directora de Estrategia y Planificación

    Claudia Díaz holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies (University of British Columbia, UBC), a Bachelor in Psychology (Universidad de Valparaiso, Chile) and a Master of Education (UBC). She is currently an instructor in the UBC Faculty of Education and The Social Justice Institute where she teaches in the areas of sociology of education and educational policy as well as intersectional theories to thinking gender. Her research interests include childhood studies, public pedagogies for social justice, and research methodologies. She has recently published her first co-authored book titled Posthuman and New Materialist Methodologies: Research After the Child.

  • Rosario Oyanedel
    Rosario Oyanedel Directora de Finanzas

    Rosario Oyanedel is an Artist (PUC, Chile) and an Art teacher (UAH, Chile). She is pursuing a Master of Arts in Educational Studies at The University of British Columbia by means of a scholarship granted by the Chilean Commission of Science and Technology. Rosario’s academic interests include rural public education and art education. She has worked in both formal and informal education and has developed community-based art projects. In addition, Rosario has participated as a research assistant in various studies related to her field, such as “Support for the implementation of Core Project in Art Education” (2013-2015) and the “National Curriculum of Visual Arts” (2013).

  • Fernanda Rojas Marchini
    Fernanda Rojas Marchini Directora de Comunicación

    Fernanda Rojas Marchini participates in Redicec since 2017; first as the provincial delegate of British Columbia and later as the spokesperson for Redicec in front of “Redes Chilenas” (ReCh). She is a Ph.D. candidate in Human Geography at UBC. She has an academic background in geography from the Catholic University of Chile and a Master in Rural Development from the Austral University of Chile. Her academic interests revolve around the political ecology of global environmental change, the ecologies of difference, and the local knowledges to deal with contemporary environmental crises. Her current research addresses the liberal shift in Chilean environmental policy toward market-based conservation, with an emphasis on temperate rainforests in southern Chile.

  • José Ignacio Nazif-Muñoz
    José Ignacio Nazif-Muñoz Director de Organización

    José Ignacio Nazif-Muñoz has an academic background in sociology from University de Chile (BA) and McGill University (Ph.D.). He completed his postdoctoral research in public policy analysis at McGill University and Harvard University. His research seeks to understand how risk prevention public policies respond to global sociocultural dynamics, with attention to national contexts, and thus may have intended and unintended effects at the local level. Ignacio is developing his research agenda as an assistant professor at the Université de Sherbrooke, in Quebec. He has had the privilege of supporting all his doctoral, postdoctoral, and current research with funding from federal agencies such as SSHRC and CIHR, and at the provincial level with the support from FQRS and FQRSC.

COUNCIL OF DELEGATES

  • María José Torrejón
    María José Torrejón Co-fundadora, Delegada Territorial British Columbia

    María José graduated with a PhD in Sociology from the University of British Columbia in 2017. She has more than ten years of experience conducting research and working in service delivery for seniors. She currently works as a Research and Evaluation Coordinator with BC Cancer, where she promotes evidence-based applied research among health care practitioners in order to improve health care service delivery to patients and their families.

  • Nadia Mery
    Nadia Mery Delegada Provincial Québec

    Nadia Mery holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering (2015) and a Master’s degree in Mining (2016) from the University of Chile. She is currently a PhD candidate in Mineral Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada. Her research uses machine learning tools in order to develop and optimize mineral resource prediction methods that reduce uncertainty regarding mineral resource stocks.

  • Daniel Morales
    Daniel Morales Delegado Provincial Québec

    Daniel Morales holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Chile, where he also worked in the MMGeo Lab at the Centre for Mathematical Modelling (CMM) of the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. He worked as a Project Engineer for the firm Shimin Ingeniería, where he was involved in mining innovation projects. Daniel is currently completing a Master of Engineering in Mining at the COSMO Lab (Stochastic Mine Planning Laboratory) at McGill University, Canada.

  • Pia Vidal
    Pia Vidal Delegada provincial Chile - Zona Sur

    Pía Vidal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Engineering from the University of Concepción. She received her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Hasselt, Belgium and worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University Health Network in Canada. She currently works as a principal investigator at Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción in Chile. Her research focuses on studying immunomodulatory approaches to develop spinal cord injury regenerative therapies. She has been an active REDICEC member since 2015. In addition to her current role, Pía was a member of the 2016 Colloquium Organizing Committee, one of the panelists in the first REDICEC–Chile Global Webinar in 2016, and the organization’s Ontario Representative in 2016-2017

  • Verónica Aliaga
    Verónica Aliaga Delegada provincial Chile - Zona Norte

    Verónica Aliaga holds a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from the Metropolitan University of Educational Sciences (UMCE) in Chile and a Master’s degree in Educational Sciences from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. During her more than 20 years of experience working at the University of Atacama in Copiapó, Chile, she served as Head of the Department of Humanities, and as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education. Verónica’s research interests include understanding and predicting student academic performance, as well as applying innovative teaching strategies. She is a proud member of REDICEC since 2015.

  • (Español) María José Valdebenito
    (Español) María José Valdebenito Delegada Provincial Chile - Zona Centro

    Architect from the University of Chile, Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture, from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Efficient Building Design Diploma, from the University of Chile and LEED AP Accredited Professional. She received the “Ray Cole and Busby Perkins + Will” Award in 2014, awarded to graduate students leaders, committed to innovation in the area of sustainability and architecture. She is currently Head of the Environmental Certification Unit of the Center for Innovation, Research and Development (IDIEM) of the University of Chile. She has developed her career in applied research, with an emphasis on public-private collaborations and the creation of sustainable communities in Chile. 

REDICEC REPRESENTATIVES TO REDES CHILENAS

  • (Español) José Arias Bustamante
    (Español) José Arias Bustamante Miembro Comisión Retribución

    (Español) Candidato a Doctor en Ciencias Forestales, Universidad de British Columbia, Vancouver. Miembro del capítulo de REDICEC British Columbia, donde ha participado en la organización de dos Coloquios (2014 y 2017). El 2014 formó parte del equipo de miembros de REDICEC que realizó el informe de evaluación y propuesta de modificación del decreto 664 de Becas Chile. Durante el periodo 2016-2018 fue Director de Finanzas. Periodo en el que se da inicio al ciclo de Webinars Redicec-Chile Global, en los cuales José se desempeño como soporte técnico y como moderador. Actualmente forma parte de la Comisión de Retribución de Redes Chilenas (ReCh), que esta trabajando una propuesta de Retribución para Becas Chile.

  • Fernanda Rojas Marchini
    Fernanda Rojas Marchini Consejera de Redicec en ReCh

    I participate in Redicec since 2017; first, as provincial delegate for the Province of British Columbia and, later, as representative for Redicec in front of Rech (Redes Chilenas). I collaborated in the organization of the 2017 Colloquium organized by Redicec in Vancouver, helped to conduct modifications to Redicec’s legal constitution, and assisted in various applications coordinated by Redicec’s board of directors. I am also a PhD student at the UBC Department of Geography. My research investigates the liberal turn in Chilean environmental politics along with the ways in which notions of nature and conservation are being constructed and mobilized in the so-called temperate rainforests.

VOLUNTEERS

  • (Español) Nadia Mery
    (Español) Nadia Mery Social Media Manager

    (Español) Nadia Mery es Ingeniera Civil de Minas (2015) y Magister en Minería de Minas (2016) de la Universidad de Chile. Actualmente es candidata al doctorado en Ingeniería de Minerales en Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canadá. Su investigación se centra en establecer y optimizar métodos de predicción de recursos minerales capaces de reducir la incertidumbre asociada a dichos recursos minerales mediante la aplicación de herramientas de machine learning.

  • (Español) Magdalena Ugarte
    (Español) Magdalena Ugarte Traductora al Inglés

    Magdalena is an Assistant Professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, where she teaches courses in social and community planning, planning theory, and public policy. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a PhD in Planning from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Her research focuses on the role of state planning in the dispossession of Indigenous peoples, with a particular emphasis on the role of legal frameworks. Besides her academic experience, Magdalena has worked with the governments of Chile and Canada.

  • (Español) Francisco Rivera
    (Español) Francisco Rivera Traductor al Francés

    Francisco holds a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology from the University of Chile and a Master’s degree in Historical Sciences with a specialization in Archaeology from the Université de Fribourg-Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He is currently a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the Université de Montreal, Canada. His research focuses on historical and industrial archaeology, and the anthropology of mining. Francisco is the Principal Investigator for the Alto Cielo Archaeological Project, based in the town of Ollagüe in the Antofagasta region, Chile. The project explores the history of the sulfur industry in the 20th century and its impact on local communities.

  • Hugo Collao
    Hugo Collao Website Manager

    Hugo Collao holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Management from the University of La Serena, Chile. He has more than 12 years of work experience in project evaluation and technology-based business creation. He is currently a faculty member in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of La Serena and Principal of North Capital SpA. Hugo was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada, after being awarded a competitive Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) Scholarship. He is a member of REDICEC since 2015.

PAST DIRECTORS

  • Estefanía Milla-Moreno
    Estefanía Milla-Moreno Directora Ejecutiva 2018-2020, Directora de Comunicaciones 2016-2018

    Ph.D. Candidate in Forest Sciences, University of British Columbia (UBC, Vancouver). Her research is on phytoremediation, analyzing the anatomy and physiology of plants that grow on copper mining tailings in Chile. An active volunteer of Redicec since 2014. Participated in the Financing Committee of the Colloquium-Redicec 2014 (Vancouver), Director of Communications Redicec (2016-2018), Volunteer at the Colloquium-Redicec 2017 (Montreal), Co-chair of General Coordination Colloquium 2017 (Vancouver) with José Arias Bustamante (Finance Director 2016-2018). She was also General Secretary of Chilean Networks (2016 – 2017) & Member of the Redes Chilenas Gender Committee (Nov 2017 to March 2018).

  • José Arias Bustamante
    José Arias Bustamante Director de Estrategia y Planificación 2018-2020, Director de Finanzas 2016-2018

    Ph.D. candidate in Forest Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Member of the British Columbia chapter, where he has participated in the organization of two Colloquiums (2014 and 2017). In 2014, he was part of the team of REDICEC members that wrote the evaluation report and proposal to amend Decree 664 of Becas Chile Fellowship. During the 2016-2018 period, he was Finance Director. During this period the cycle of Webinars Redicec-Chile Global began, in which José worked as IT support and moderator. He is currently part of the Retribution Commission of Redes Chilenas (ReCh), which is working on a proposal of Flexible Retribution for Becas Chile.

  • Alejandra Wiedeman
    Alejandra Wiedeman Directora de Finanzas 2019-2020

    Alejandra is currently doing a Postdoctorate at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. She received hePh.D.hD in the field of Human Nutrition at the University of British Columbia (UBC) after completing her MSc at the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (INTA) of the University of Chile. Her research has focused on the area of maternal and child nutrition. She has actively participated in REDICEC since 2017 as a Volunteer, to later become a Provincial Delegate (BC), and today she collaborates in the role of Finance Director of the Network.

  • Claudia Paez Varas
    Claudia Paez Varas Directora de Comunicaciones 2019-2020

    Claudia has an MSc. in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems, The University of British Columbia (2016), a Bachelor in Social Communication, Universidad Diego Portales, and a Diploma in Film Production, Vancouver Film School. During her graduate studies, Claudia conducted research in the Andes highlands focusing on gendered participation in household and community decision-making in the context of food security in Quechua communities. Since her graduation, she has worked as a research assistant and coordinator in several projects regarding trade and food procurement, food sovereignty, and Indigenous food systems. She also has worked as a research consultant on gender issues in Latin America small and artisanal mining industry.

  • Carla Abarca Segura
    Carla Abarca Segura Co-fundadora, Vicepresidenta (2013-2016) y Directora Ejecutiva (2016-2018)

    Carla has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University and a Bachelor in Industrial Chemistry from the Universidad Católica de Chile. During her Becas Chile fellowship, she actively participated in the development of Redicec as a founding member; working on its mission, vision and activities from 2013 to 2018, and promoting a network of more than 300 members and presence in more than 5 countries. She is currently working in Business Development of geochemical analysis for Mineral Exploration and Environment at Actlabs, and is a member of the Scholarships Committee and Council at ReCh (Redes Chilenas de Investigación).

  • Sebastian Vielmas
    Sebastian Vielmas Director de estrategia y planificación de Redicec entre 2016 y 2018

    My name is Sebastian Vielmas, I am a political scientist graduated from Université Laval and I live in Quebec City. I was the Director of strategy and planning at Redicec between 2016 and 2018. I am currently working professionally as Coordinator of the national program for Global Citizenship of Spur Change/Activer le Changement. This program, of the Inter-Council Network of the Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation (ICN-RCC), aims to develop the capacities of young people, educators and Canadian small and medium-sized organizations in the sector of international cooperation for sustainable development on a global scale.

  • Fernando Valiente
    Fernando Valiente Co-fundador, Presidente 2013-2016

    Biochemist (USACH) and Ph.D. in Microbiology (USACH / UCHILE). Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at the Virology Program of ICBM, University of Chile (www.favelab.cl). Previously I was a postdoctoral researcher at the AIDS Center of Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research at McGill University (www.ladydavis.ca) and I worked at the Laboratory of Molecular Virology, Medical Research Center of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. My work is focused mainly evasion of the host response against infection with HIV-1, in the regulation of translation initiation of messenger full HIV-1, as well as the characterization of emerging pathogens are zoonotic.

  • Cristian Fernandez-Palomo
    Cristian Fernandez-Palomo Co-fundador, Tesorero 2013-2016

CO-FOUNDERS

  • Carla Abarca Segura
    Carla Abarca Segura Co-fundadora, Vicepresidenta (2013-2016) y Directora Ejecutiva (2016-2018)

    Carla has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University and a Bachelor in Industrial Chemistry from the Universidad Católica de Chile. During her Becas Chile fellowship, she actively participated in the development of Redicec as a founding member; working on its mission, vision and activities from 2013 to 2018, and promoting a network of more than 300 members and presence in more than 5 countries. She is currently working in Business Development of geochemical analysis for Mineral Exploration and Environment at Actlabs, and is a member of the Scholarships Committee and Council at ReCh (Redes Chilenas de Investigación).

  • Fernando Valiente
    Fernando Valiente Co-fundador, Presidente 2013-2016

    Biochemist (USACH) and Ph.D. in Microbiology (USACH / UCHILE). Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at the Virology Program of ICBM, University of Chile (www.favelab.cl). Previously I was a postdoctoral researcher at the AIDS Center of Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research at McGill University (www.ladydavis.ca) and I worked at the Laboratory of Molecular Virology, Medical Research Center of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. My work is focused mainly evasion of the host response against infection with HIV-1, in the regulation of translation initiation of messenger full HIV-1, as well as the characterization of emerging pathogens are zoonotic.

  • Cristian Fernandez-Palomo
    Cristian Fernandez-Palomo Co-fundador, Tesorero 2013-2016
  • María José Torrejón
    María José Torrejón Co-fundadora, Delegada Territorial British Columbia

    María José graduated with a PhD in Sociology from the University of British Columbia in 2017. She has more than ten years of experience conducting research and working in service delivery for seniors. She currently works as a Research and Evaluation Coordinator with BC Cancer, where she promotes evidence-based applied research among health care practitioners in order to improve health care service delivery to patients and their families.

  • Ximena Martinez Trabucco
    Ximena Martinez Trabucco Co-fundadora
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