Our Team

Francisco Cos-Montiel

Director Gender, Work and Technology

Francisco is an expert on evidence-based policy related to gender, migration and technology.

Previously Francisco was Senior Research Officer at the United Nations University and UNWOMEN’s Economic Advisor for the Asia Pacific Regional Office. His expertise includes the fields of macroeconomic and microeconomic analysis and the socio-cultural constraints to human agency. 

His latest research interest focusses on technology and its impact on human mobility, production and reproduction.  Recently, Francisco authored the report on “Women's Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work” for the Asia Pacific region.

He is an expert in evidence-based policy development and its implementation. Before joining the UN, he had a distinguished public service career in both Mexico and Canada. In Mexico he held senior positions at the Ministries of Finance and Foreign Affairs. In Canada, while working at the prestigious International Development Research Centre (IDRC), he spearheaded the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women initiative (GrOW), a five-year research program that generated the most recent evidence on women’s economic empowerment, gender equality, and economic growth in Asia and Africa.

Xurxo Pita


Holds a degree in Economics from the Universidad De Santiago de Compostela, a Masters in Financial Markets from the Universidad Pompeu i Fabra de Barcelona, a Masters in Secondary Education from the Universidad UCAM de Murcia, and a course in Electronic Commerce taken at the Centro de estudios financieros in Madrid.

His professional experience has been earned as much in the private sector as the public, encompassing areas ranging from private and commercial banking to education. He has experience and expertise in investment banking where he worked as a specialist. Being used to dealing with clients who demand a high level of specialization, he is an expert in on-line marketing, e-commerce strategies, procedures and quality.

Liliana Aragón Castro


Graduated in International Relations from the Technológico de Monterrey (México), received a Masters degree in International Cooperation for Development (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and another Masters in Gender, Women and Citizenship from the Instituto Interuniversitario de Estudios de Mujeres y Género (IIEDG - Universidad de Barcelona). Professionally, since 2001, she has become a consultant and technical researcher in the areas of gender, education, culture and development in various organizations and institutions. She has worked for both the public and private sectors in the design and evaluation of policies on gender equality and the evaluation of projects focusing on gender. She is a doctoral candidate in Gender Studies: Culture, Societies and Policies at the Universidad de Barcelona. Her research focuses on the historiography of women and women’s movements.

Rashi Hernández Trueba

Coordinator, Institutional Relations

Internationalist. His experience includes the political analysis of the relationship of Mexico with more than ten Central and South American countries; scientific, educational and cultural technical cooperation; commercial affairs and investment; relations with Congress as well as with international organizations such as branches of the United Nations and the Organization of American States.

He has been a member of negotiation and implementation teams in national and multilateral forums dealing with issues of gender, development, climate change, international cooperation and Agenda 2030. He has served as a presidential and ministerial diplomatic liaison with more than 16 countries and international organizations.

Furthermore, he has been involved with working groups responsible for designing, refining and implementing research projects, consultations and studies on public policy focused on gender, development, migration and the future of work between local governments and international institutions.

Anna Eknor


Holds a Master’s degree in International Development and Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Gender studies from Lund University.

She has five years of experience in the areas of gender equality, migration, international development, inclusive economic growth, the future of work and public policy. Anna has worked for various bodies of the United Nations system such as UN Women and the United Nations University and is currently employed in the Swedish public sector working with issues of inclusion and employment.

She speaks English, French and Swedish as well as some Spanish, and has resided in Spain, Thailand, Sweden, France and the United States.

Mariana Winocur


Communication specialist with international experience developing, designing and implementing communication strategies on women’s rights, particularly in the field of gender, sexual and reproductive health rights, diversity and sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI).

Se currently works with ARC International as Communications Officer. She has wide experience with the United Nations System where she developed the first communications strategy for UN Women Mexico.

With the Mexican GIRE (Information Group on Reproductive Choice) she participated in the design and implementation of advocacy plans to change laws and policies affecting women’s rights, especially sexual and reproductive rights.

She has a vast experience in training NGOs like RedTraSex (Network of Women Sex Workers from Latin America and the Caribbean). in strategic communications, she has developed strategic communications plans for governments, international organizations, NGO´s and academia.  She has experience in networking at the local, regional and international levels.

Andres Montes


Andres Montes is a public policy and social development specialist with over 15 years of experience in statistics, and promoting sustainable economic and social progress in developing countries. Mr Montes holds extensive knowledge on policy analysis and research, program management, and hands-on experience in developing countries including five years in Latin-America and 12 years in the Asian region both at the regional and in-country levels.

Proven ability to address development topics linked to the MDGs and the SDG, in particular on gender statistics, health indicators such as on disability and civil registration, as well as in measuring the Goals’ progress having worked as a statistician for over a decade. Extensive experience in building partnerships with governments and international partners, as well as in communicating and advocating inclusive growth. Mr. Montes holds a bachelor degree in Economics from the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, a Master in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics and is a PhD candidate in Demography at the University College London.

Dr. Steven Frazier


Dr. Steven Frazier is an art therapist and clinical counselor. He has more than 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults from the United States, Latin America, Europe and Africa in school and community contexts. Within his doctoral studies, Dr. Frazier focused his clinical practice and research on trauma treatment with refugee populations. From this work, he developed an intersubjective model based on the therapist's use of his own artwork to support the development of the therapeutic relationship and bridge intercultural differences. In addition to his work in schools and private practices in the United States, Mexico and Venezuela, Dr. Frazier has taught university classes and professional development courses at the Center for Jungian Studies in Caracas, Venezuela, University of the Americas in Mexico City from Mexico. and Mount Mary University in Milwaukee. He was a pro bono therapist at the Marjorie Kovler Center for Torture Survivors in Chicago for 16 years and conducted trauma therapy training workshops for Alianza Heartland in Mexico.

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