Current SPURS and Humphrey Fellows

Humphrey Fellows

Acosta Fuentes, Maira Isabel

Independent consultant architect. Promotes the co-creation of sustainable communities by rethinking spaces, using eco-friendly construction techniques, and applying risk-based design. Her professional experiences involves collaborations with government organizations as well as NGO’s, leading community infrastructure projects with a people-centered approach and community engagement. Her most recent role in the public sector was as Territorial Coordinator at Juan Francisco Bulnes ́ Municipality. She earned her B.Arch. from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras. At MIT, plans to analyze the synergy among social housing, health, and architectural design in a world impacted by Covid-19.

Altan-Ochir, Oyun-Erdene

Electrical engineer at a private energy company in Mongolia, Monhorus International. Has a bachelor's degree from the Power Engineering School of The Mongolian University of Science and Technology (2014). Has played a key role in Mongolia’s pioneering utility-scale renewable energy solar projects, including two plants that individually provide green energy for up to 20,000 households. Ulaanbaatar suffers from widespread use of coal-fired stoves for cooking and heating that create endemic air pollution in winter. To combat this problem, while at MIT, plans to explore affordable heating solutions and the use of renewable energy technologies for traditional ger housing neighborhoods in Mongolia.

Ayerra, Magdalena

Public policy consultant specializing in the management of place-based cultural and urban redevelopment projects in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Engaged in the design, implementation, and evaluation of projects that improve economic development of local communities, with focus on creative industries as powerful tools of social transformation. Worked in the public sector for twelve years. 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, interested in expanding her knowledge of collaborative projects related to urban planning and culture.

Camacho Otero, Sandra Patricia

For over 12 years Sandra advised on prospective disaster risk management (DRM). This includes implementing projects in international cooperation for development agencies and in the Mexican national government that address disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, risk transfer, disaster-prevention approach to investment and infrastructure planning. Sociologist with a B.A. from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (2009), and Master’s degrees in Public Policy by the Ibero-American University (2014) and Risk, Disaster and Resilience by University College London (2016). At MIT Sandra seeks to integrate DRM and parametric insurance with disaster resilient infrastructure design in order to reduce the economic losses of companies, cities and governments.

Dinur, Sharon Shlossberg

Deputy Director, City Planning Department, Jerusalem Municipality. Architect and urban planner, responsible for determining the city’s planning policies on matters such as density, employment, transportation, and public space. Develops planning policy that achieves a balance between objectives 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. initiated and managed several city masterplans. At MIT, wants to investigate further how to link density and diversity to make a city a better place: combined with sustainable development, this is the critical mission of our time.

Dovbnia, Oleksandr

An urban planner from Kharkiv, Ukraine. Has one master’s degree in urban economy from the Kharkiv State Municipal Academy of Urban Economy in 2005 and a second master’s degree in Public Administration from the National Academy of Public Administration in 2017. Has worked in the urban planning field in the Urban Development and Architecture Department of the Kharkiv City Council for more than 15 years. His main responsibility is coordinating the creation of urban planning documentation. During his fellowship, seeks to figure out a more efficient way of managing strategic projects to create sustainable urban development. 

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 government and the NDC Partnership for the fulfillment of national commitments. Worked with universities, NGOs, and the Panamanian government developing programs and public policies on environment, food security, and climate change. Recently, has been Climate Change Analyst in the Ministry of Environment in Panama. Holds an environmental engineer degree from Technological University of Panama, and a master’s degree in human settlements, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (2017). At MIT, will explore inclusive and sustainable approaches for climate policy. 

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 experience. Has 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 in Egypt. Worked as an architect in Ghana for 3 years, then as a consultant for French urban transport companies, such as Keolis Rennes and Transitec. Currently works at the Ministry of Territorial Planning, Housing and Urbanism of Chad, overseeing urban and rural planning. While at MIT, will research how to better plan urban and regional areas, linking this to improved public transportation. 

Vieira, Maressa de Lacerda

Public servant in Camaçari, Brazil, represents the city on the Watershed Committee and is the secretary of the Municipal Environment Council. Started a program to depollute the 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. Also working on her master's degree in the field of ecology. At MIT, plans to improve her leadership skills, especially in environmental management, and to deepen her knowledge of both wastewater and watershed management and related public policies. 

Yuvshanov, Muhammet

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.