Silvia is an interdisciplinary researcher with specialization in agricultural systems, gender research and capacity development. Her experience includes gender research, teaching, facilitation, multi-stakeholder support, project monitoring and evaluation, participatory action research, organizational development, capacity development for research. She has worked in South East Asia, Sub-Sahara Africa and South America, as she is very familiar with contextual realities.

Silvia is Peruvian-Canadian and she has a BSC and Engineering Diploma in Agronomy. After emigrating to Canada she did her postgraduate studies in the University of Guelph. She completed her MSc in Capacity Development and Extension and PhD in the Interdisciplinary Program of Rural Studies.

Silvia is married and has two children. Silvia enjoys music, reading and cooking.