Our coordinators are passionate about research and improving the research landscape in their settings. Critical to their role is designing and setting up a range of initiatives that strengthen the research culture, the skill base, and further career development opportunities for research staff. Giving an insight into their backgrounds and roles, please get to know our Coordinators better by reading their bios below.

If you would like to become a Regional Coordinator, please contact mercedes.rumi@ndm.ox.ac.uk 


Mercedes Rumi

Latin America and The Caribbean Lead, The Global Health Network

Mercedes is a medical doctor from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina, where she has assisted in the conduction of Prenatal Stress research, within the Perinatal Neurodevelopmental Programming Laboratory. Her motivation lies in discovering and helping advance medicine, for which she has worked in Infectious Diseases Prevention projects in Kenya and Colombia. To facilitate and strengthen research across LMICs, within The Global Health Network LAC, Mercedes establishes partnerships with research groups, organizes workshops, and supports learning initiatives in different Universities and health centers.


Flávia Bueno

Fiocruz Lead, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz) and The Global Health Network

Flávia graduated in Psychology, and is also a Public Health Specialist, holding a Master's degree in Public Health (sub-specialty Public Policies and Health) with a dissertation in international cooperation in HIV/AIDS and borders. Flávia participated in the 2013 class of the Edmundo Granda Ugalde International Health Leaders Program of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), and worked as the Information and Knowledge Management Lead at the South American Institute of Government in Health of the Union of South American Nations (ISAGS/UNASUR). Flávia holds a PhD in Global Health and Sustainability at the Faculty of Public Health of the University of São Paulo (FSP/USP), and currently coordinates the Fiocruz Hub at The Global Health Network, as well as an active member of the executive team of the Zika Social Sciences Network and the Social Impacts of the Epidemic axis of the Covid-19 Fiocruz Observatory.


Jackeline Alger

Honduras Regional Coordinator, Faculty of Medical Sciences UNAH

Jackie is a Parasitologist working in the Department of Clinical Laboratory at University Hospital in Tegucigalpa, the main public health hospital in Honduras, as well as a faculty member in the Research Unit of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras, an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine (SPHTM) in New Orleans, and a board member of the Instituto de EnfermedadesInfecciosas y Parasitologia Antonio Vidal—a non-profit organization devoted to training, advising, and conducting research in the field of infectious diseases. In addition to being a scientist and teacher, Jackie is strongly committed to making sustainable health research a national priority and to strengthen the capacity for research and innovation in Honduras. By combining clinical laboratory work, teaching, and research activities with a passion for mentoring graduate students, post-graduate trainees, and faculty members performing health research, Jackie builds interdisciplinary bridges and promotes international collaboration and networking to advance scientific research in Honduras.In 2019, Jackie was awarded a special commendation as Honduras HIFA Country Representative for year 2019: http://www.hifa.org/news/christopher-chibuike-alagboso-nigeria-hifa-country-representative-year-2019 A further profile was published recognising Jackie’s achievements by WHO-TDR: https://www.who.int/tdr/capacity/alumni/jackeline-alger/en/


Roxana Lescano

Peru Regional Coordinator, NAMRU-6

Roxana has served at NAMRU-6 for more than 30 years and in the role of Director of Research Administration since 2005. Her experience spans from IRB member training to program oversight and monitoring, assisting the institution and other institutions in Peru in the development of their institutional policies and educational programs in areas of human subject’s protection, scientific integrity and care and use of animals. Roxana participated as an NIH grant reviewer and is a frequent lecturer at master’s programs and professional associations in the topics of human subject protection and research integrity, in Peru and in other countries in Latin America. Roxana graduated as an attorney and has completed a Masters in Bioethics and a Masters in Epidemiological Research.