Mónica Moreno Figueroa Dr., University of Cambridge
Dr Mónica Moreno Figueroa is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow in Social Sciences at Downing College, Cambridge. She was born and raised in Mexico. She studied a BA in Media and Communication at the Universidad Iberoamericana in León and Mexico City, and then worked at the Instituto Mexicano de la Juventud, Secretaría de Educación Pública (Mexican Youth Institute, Ministry of Education). In 1999, she came to the UK to study for an MA in Gender, Culture and Modernity and a PhD in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, London and graduated in 2006. After several temporary teaching positions (at Goldsmiths and Birkbeck), she became a temporary Lecturer in Sociology and Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham (2006-2007), and then a permanent lecturer in Sociology at the University of Newcastle (2007-2014). In 2012, she was Visiting Research Scholar at the Programme in Latin American Studies at Princeton University. She has also lectured at El Colegio de México. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University in 2014 before coming to the University of Cambridge later that year. An integral part of her academic work has been her commitment to exploring different forms of engaged and engaging sociology with a deep concern for social justice. This has led her to develop links and projects that aim to make racism public as a strategy for its elimination. In the summer of 2011, she co-founded the Collective COPERA (Colectivo para Eliminar el Racismo en Mexico) alongside Dr Emiko Saldivar (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Dr Alicia Castellanos (UAM-Iztapalapa).
Pablo Luis Rendón Garrido Dr., National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Dr Pablo Luis Rendón was born in Mexico City in 1971. He studied Physics at the Facultad de Ciencias de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He obtained his PhD from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at the University of Cambridge, studying nonlinear acoustics under the supervision of Prof. David G. Crighton. Thereafter, he did a postdoc at the Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC) in Paris working on the project Sonic Boom European Research (SOBER). Currently he holds a Principal Investigator 'A' in the Acoustics and Vibrations Group of the Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology (ICAT), UNAM. He has published articles in various areas, such as non-linear acoustics, waves in shallow water, musical acoustics, and astrophysics.
Alejandro Madrigal Professor, Anthony Nolan
Professor Alejandro Madrigal is an internationally respected and influential scientist in the field of stem cell transplantation. He began his medical career in Mexico and subsequently undertook a WHO Fellowship at Harvard University’s Dana Farber Cancer Institute, followed by a PhD at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London and UCL. He was subsequently awarded the Stanford Dean’s Fellowship and a Leukaemia Society Fellowship while a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University. He has led research at Anthony Nolan since 1993, having been Scientific Director of the Anthony Nolan Research Institute since 1995, and has held the Academic Chair of Haematology at the Royal Free Hospital and University College London since 1997. He has developed the Research Institute into an internationally recognised centre of excellence. He widened the clinical and research capacity of the Research Institute by establishing the Anthony Nolan Cord Blood Bank and leading it as Medical Director since 2008.
Brenda G. Hernández Ramírez , Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE)
Brenda Gisela Hernández Ramírez studied Law at the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico and obtained her Master’s degree in International Law from the University of Bologna, Italy. She has held several positions in government agencies. From 2003 to 2008 she worked in the Department of Legal Affairs of the Comisión Federal de Competencia (Federal Commission of Competence). Then, she became Co-General Plenary Commissioner of the Federal Commission of Competence from 2008 to 2013 and in 2014 was appointed General Head of the Economic Competence Unit of the Federal Institute of Telecommunications and General Director of the Investigating Authority’s Office of COFECE (Federal Commission of Economic Competence). She holds the role of Commissioner of COFECE until 2025. Ms. Hernández is also a lecturer at the Universidad Iberoamericana and the Escuela Libre de Derecho, Monterrey campus.
Elena Rodriguez-Falcon Professor PFHEA, New Model in Technology & Engineering (“NMiTE”)
Professor Elena Rodríguez-Falcón has a Doctorate in Engineering, Honoris Causa, from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon Mexico (she was the first female engineer to receive this honour). Elena served in progressively more senior roles in engineering education at the University of Sheffield from 2002 to early 2018, when she left her role as Professor of Enterprise and Engineering Education and Director of External Relations to join NMiTE as Chief Academic Officer and Provost. Elena was asked to step up as Acting Chief Executive Officer in May 2018 and she now holds the permanent position of President and Chief Executive, leading the creation of what she believes to be the most radical engineering education learning experience in the world.
Felipe de Jesús Colón González Dr., London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Felipe graduated from UNAM with a BSc in Veterinary Medicine, from the University of East Anglia with an MSc in Environmental Sciences, and obtained a PhD in Climate Change and Human Health from the University of East Anglia. He worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Trieste, Italy, and later with the Ministries of Health of Uganda and Rwanda. He participated in several FP7 consortia, and worked as a Senior Research Associate at the University of East Anglia, and later with Public Health England in several Health Protection Research Units. Currently he is Visiting Academic at the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. His work has influenced how syndromic surveillance is conducted in England. His main interests and expertise lie in understanding the role of climatic, environmental and socio-economic factors for the spatio-temporal dynamics of climate-sensitive diseases.
Mara Polgovsky Ezcurra Dr., University of Cambridge
Mara Polgovsky Ezcurra is Lecturer in Contemporary Art at Birkbeck, University of London. A graduate of El Colegio de México, she received a Masters degree in History at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and a PhD in Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge, where she also became Junior Research Fellow at Queens’ College. Her publications focus on the history, theory, and visual culture of Latin America; these include Touched Bodies: The Performative Turn in Latin American Art (Rutgers University Press, 2019); Marcos Kurtycz: Corporeality Unbound (forthcoming, Fauna-Jumex) and the edited collection Sabotage Art: Politics and Iconoclasm in Contemporary Latin America (I.B. Tauris, 2016). She has worked as scriptwriter for documentary films, and curated a number of research-led exhibitions, including, most recently, Reality Machines: An Art Exhibition on Post-Truth (CRASSH, Cambridge, 2018). In 2019 she received the Art Journal Award for her article “Beyond Evil: Politics, Ethics, and Religion in León Ferrari’s Illustrated Nunca más”.