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José Luis López Gómez
President (Nov 2023- Nov 2024)

Jose Luis is an Innovation and Digital Disruption Senior Analyst at the World Bank Group and an alumnus of the Cambridge Judge Business School. 


He earned an MPhil in Technology Policy from the University of Cambridge. His professional interests include navigating the intersection between technology and private and public sectors to solve global challenges, with a particular emphasis on digital innovation and sustainable development. Prior to Cambridge, Jose Luis has acquired hands-on experience in developing and implementing effective business and technology strategies. 


Beyond his work at the World Bank Group, he actively makes contributions in academia, policy, and community development. His expertise in finance, innovation and technology has aided his pursuits for accelerating the digital economy in over 15 countries in Latin America, Europe and Central Asia. 


Jose Luis' commitment for Mexico’s advancement motivates him to work towards improving the life of Mexican families through harnessing academic, professional, cultural, and social opportunities.

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Mario Ramos Hamud

Vice President (Nov 2023- Nov 2024)

Mario is a member of St. Edmund’s College and is pursuing a PhD in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at DAMTP. His research endeavours are directed towards addressing some of the most fundamental questions in theoretical physics such as the origin and fate of the Universe, the existence of a multiverse, and the nature of dark energy. These profound inquiries are approached from the perspective of the most developed theory of quantum gravity known as string theory.


Prior to joining DAMTP, Mario earned his BSc and MSc (Hons) in Theoretical Physics from UNAM in Mexico, specialising in the exploration of particle symmetries for neutrino physics, also within the framework of string theory. His thesis work was awarded with the Juan Manuel Lozano Mejía diploma from UNAM and led to a paper published in Elsevier. 


Mario is actively engaged in projects aimed at creating opportunities in science for underrepresented and minority groups, with a particular focus on advancing the prospects of Latin-American high energy physicists.


Natalia Sobrino-Saeb

Secretary (Nov 2023- Nov 2024)

Natalia is currently studying an MPhil in Education through the route ‘Education, Globalisation, and International Development’ for which she is the student representative. She holds a BSc in Governance, Economics, and Development obtained at Leiden University College in The Netherlands.


Before coming to Cambridge, she worked at the consulate in the Embassy of Mexico to The Netherlands, and recently worked as Conference Coordinator for the Academy of Professional Dialogue. Natalia has written about the dangers faced by journalists in Mexico, but her passion lies in exploring ways to contribute to the improvement of educational access and quality, wishing to give back to her country in the future.

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Sebastián Pujalte Ojeda

Treasurer (Nov 2023- Nov 2024)

Sebastián is a Research Assistant at the Department of Chemistry focusing on AI driven drug discovery to combat Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and an MPhil in Computational Biology from the University of Cambridge. 


Prior to Cambridge he worked in a computational neuroscience lab at UNAM; studying the decision making process at a neuronal scale. Sebastian is passionate about home gardening, urban design and open source software.

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Leslie Arias 

Academic Officer (Nov 2023- Nov 2024)

Leslie holds a B.A. in International Relations from Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico City). She was awarded a Brockmann Cambridge Scholarship to study an MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests focus on development and Rule of Law. Before her studies in Cambridge, she served as interinstitutional liaison in an international cooperation program that focused on strengthening the criminal justice system in Mexico.

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Walter Santana García

Cultural Officer (Nov 2023- Nov 2024)

Walter is a third year PhD student in Biological Sciences at the European Bioinformatics Institute | University of Cambridge. He focuses on employing ultra-long read sequencing technologies to study intraspecies variations of DNA modifications patterns in medaka fish and humans. He currently develops novel algorithms for ultra-long read sequencing of DNA.


Before coming to Cambridge, Walter obtained and Masters degree in Life Sciences at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris (France) and a Bachelors degree in Genomic Sciences at UNAM (Mexico).

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Gabriel Alberto Velázquez Ruíz 

Social Officer (Nov 2023- Nov 2024)

Gabriel obtained his bachelor’s of law at the University of Guadalajara, and practised law in Mexico for five years primarily focusing in Constitutional and Administrative Law. He currently runs a consultancy firm supporting Mexican law firms in Constitutional litigation and USA law firms (Texas based) in personal-injury litigation while studying his MPhil in Public Policy at Cambridge University.


He was involved in the legal team of leading infrastructure projects of the Mexican Government, including: The Tren Maya and the Coatzacoalcos’ Port. He was also part of collaborative entrepreneurial efforts between Mexico and the Netherlands aimed at connecting Mexican farmers and producers with the European Market, mainly in the field of avocados. He holds the position of Mexico’s Country Executive for the Policy and Institutional Research Project at Harvard University, a program aimed for developing a database with policies for development around the world, showing countries’ paths for development. Gabriel is a memebr of the Ibero-American Institute of the Hague aimed at promoting International Law, Justice and the mission of the International Criminal Court, around Spanish speaking countries.

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Carla Flores Rivera

IT and Communication’s Officer (Nov 2023- Nov 2024)

Carla serves as Research Assistant for the HOME Project at Cardiff University BabyLab, and concurrently as the Personal Assistant to the Director of Research at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS. 


She achieved her undergraduate degree in the United States of America focusing on Psychology and Biology and earned her postgraduate degree in the United Kingdom specializing in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology. 


Carla's professional pursuits are centred at the intersection of Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience and Developmental Child Psychology, specifically in neurodevelopmental disorders, learning, linguistics and paralinguistics. She holds a graduate membership from the British Psychological Society, is a Designated Person and Safeguard for the Cambridgeshire County Council, and a selected member of the UC Davis Neuroscience Initiative to Enhance Diversity. Carla is passionate for the arts, the outdoors and nature, cooking, and dancing.

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Bernardo De Luna

Sponsorship Officer (Nov 2023- Nov 2024)

Bernardo is studying an MPhil in Public Policy at Cambridge's Department of Politics and International Studies. His academic interests are digital, trade and regulatory policy. Before Cambridge, he obtained a Bachelor's in Economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He has taught Game Theory and Competition Economics as an adjunct professor at UNAM's Faculty of Economics.

Bernardo has a comprehensive trajectory in the public sector, working at the local, national, and international stages. He served at Mexico's Trade  Office in Washington, DC, where he coordinated regulatory and trade cooperation initiatives to strengthen Mexico's business environment and foster innovation. He has also worked at Mexico's National Commission for Better Regulation (CONAMER) and Mexico City's Digital Agency for Public Innovation (ADIP), two of the country's most influential regulatory policy agencies.

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