2021-2022 Humphrey Fellows
Acosta Fuentes, Maira Isabel
Independent consultant architect at mIaF ECO ARQUITECTURA. She promotes the co-creation of prosperous, vibrant, and sustainable communities by rethinking design and using eco-friendly construction techniques. For more than seven years, she has collaborated with public, private, and NGO sectors in Honduras, contributing to positive impacts in remote areas by facilitating social housing programs, educational/cultural/social, and water infrastructure projects, all involving participatory processes. On the public side, her most recent role was as urban planning and territorial coordinator at Juan Francisco Bulnes´ Municipality. She earned her B.Arch. from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras in 2012. At MIT, she plans to analyze the synergy among social housing, health, and architectural design in a world impacted by Covid-19.
Electrical engineer at a private energy company, Monhorus International. She holds a bachelor's degree from the Power Engineering School of The Mongolian University of Science and Technology (2014). She has a passion for promoting Mongolia’s use of renewable energy and has played a key role in the country’s pioneering utility-scale renewable energy - solar energy projects including the Darkhan 10 MW and Sumber 10MW Solar Power Plant. Each project produces 14.1 million kWh of energy annually. This provides green energy for up to 20,000 households and reduces 14.746 tons of CO2 emissions. Ulaanbaatar suffers from an over-reliance on coal-fired stoves for cooking and heating, which has resulted in endemic air pollution in the winter months. To combat this problem, while at MIT, Oyun-Erdene plans to explore affordable heating solutions and the use of renewable energy technologies for the traditional ger housing neighborhoods in Mongolia.
Public policy consultant specializing in the management of place-based cultural and urban redevelopment projects. She is engaged in the design, implementation, and evaluation of projects that improve the economic and social development of local communities, with a special focus on art and culture as powerful tools of social transformation. She has worked in the public sector for twelve years. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Universidad Catolica Argentina and a master’s degree in cities and society from Goldsmiths College, University of London (2017). At MIT she is interested in expanding her knowledge of collaborative projects related to urban planning and culture.
Camacho-Otero, Sandra Patricia
Adviser on Prospective Disaster Risk Management. Sandra has worked in International Cooperation for Development Agencies and in the National Government in projects regarding disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, insurance, infrastructure, and public investment planning. Sociologist by the National Autonomous University of Mexico, with master’s degrees in Public Policies (Iberoamerican University) and Risk, Disaster and Resilience (University College London). At MIT, Sandra seeks to enhance disaster risk management preventive strategies into infrastructure planning prioritizing its consideration in the design process, considering insurance. Sandra would love to focus on a new passion: Real Estate Design in disaster-prone areas.
Dinur, Sharon Shlossberg
Deputy director for planning and architecture in the Department of City Planning at the Jerusalem Municipality. She holds a B.Arch. in architecture from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, and an M.A. in architecture and urban planning (with distinction) from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. She is responsible for determining the city’s planning policies on matters such as density, employment, transportation, and public space. She is also responsible for developing planning policy that achieves a balance between objectives that may sometimes seem to be in conflict: density and open space, preservation of buildings and preservation of the urban ecology, privacy and public space, diversity, and attracting young professionals to the city. She has initiated and managed several city master plans. At MIT, she wants to further investigate how to link density and diversity to make a city a better place because, combined with sustainable development, this is the critical mission of our time.
Urban planner from Kharkiv, Ukraine. He graduated with a master’s degree in urban economy from the Kharkiv State Municipal Academy of Urban Economy in 2005 and master’s degree in public administration from the Kharkiv Regional Institute of Public Administration of the National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine in 2017. He has worked as a public administrator for fifteen years, including as Head of the City Master Plan Department within the Urban Development and Architecture Department of the Kharkiv City Council. One of his main responsibilities is coordinating the preparation of urban planning documentation. During his fellowship at MIT, one of his major objectives is to define an efficient approach for preparing and coordinating the next city master plan.
Khther, Samir Ali
Civil engineer from Iraq. He has 10 years of experience in managing and building a wide variety of industrial facilities and infrastructure projects in Iraq, such as refineries, power plants, and tank terminals. He has worked as a manager in engineering and environmental departments in several international and governmental organizations. Currently, he is a project manager in the North Oil Company-Ministry of Oil in Iraq. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. At MIT, he will conduct research on urban environments and focus on learning about new, contemporary approaches to managing infrastructure projects.
Martínez Quintero, Ana Carolina
Facilitator in Panama for the Paris Agreement on climate change, serving as the national interface between the country and the NDC Partnership for the fulfillment of Panama’s commitments. She has worked with universities, NGOs, and the Panamanian government, leading projects, programs and public policy development on environment, food security, sustainability and climate change. Recently, she has worked as a Climate Change Analyst in the Ministry of Environment in Panama. She graduated as an environmental engineer from the Technological University of Panama, and has a master’s degree in human settlements from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (2017), plus she completed specialized postgraduate studies in investment project management and public policy. At MIT, she aims to explore comprehensive, inclusive and sustainable transformations for human settlements, focusing on natural resources, environmental policy, and climate change.
Nguyen, Mai Thi
Sustainability design consultant. She is a professional civil engineer, who has 7 years of experience in introducing and accelerating sustainability in the construction industry in Vietnam. She holds dual LEED Accredit Professional and has contributed to multiple green building projects. Previously, she worked for the Vietnam Green Building Council (a NGO). After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, she earned her master’s degree at Saitama University, Japan, and published several papers in the fields of sustainable construction. At MIT, she will focus on comprehensive and integrated approaches to sustainable urban development.
Saleh, Marie Jeanne
Architect with five years of experience. She holds a master’s degree in architecture from the African School of Architecture and Town Planning of Lomé in Togo (2016) and a master’s degree in urban transport and sustainable mobility from Senghor University of Alexandria in Egypt. She worked as a junior architect in Ghana for 3 years, and then as a consultant for French urban transport companies, such as Keolis Rennes and Transitec. She currently works at the Ministry of Territorial Planning, Housing, and Urbanism of Chad, overseeing urban and rural planning. During her year at MIT, she intends to do research on how to better plan urban and regional areas, linking this planning with improved public transportation. Her research will provide her Ministerial Department with better tools to respond to current and future challenges in the national urban planning program of Chad.
Vieira, Maressa de Lacerda
Public servant in Camaçari, she represents the city on the Watershed Committee and is the secretary of the Municipal Environment Council. In that capacity, she has started a program focused on depolluting city water sources through a series of integrated actions such as building inspections, maintenance of sewage and drainage pipes, providing environmental education, and restoring springs. She is working on her master's degree to enhance her knowledge of tools in the field of ecology. After that, her plan is to start another master's degree in engineering focusing on the management of sanitation services. During her fellowship at MIT, she will work to improve her leadership skills, especially in environmental management, and to deepen her knowledge of wastewater management and related public policies. She will also seek to learn more about watershed management.
Deputy CEO of CJSC Turkmen Awtoban. He is responsible for operational management of the construction of a 600-kilometer long highway. He holds an MS in geo-information systems (Environment Protection) from the Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Wageningen University and Research (2006), and a diploma of industrial engineer from S.A. Niyazov Turkmen Agricultural University (2002). Additionally, he completed engineering training at Brown University. During his time at MIT, he plans to research new infrastructure development along the highway.