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About HRF 
Mission, Vision & Values 
Bryan Sanderson CBE, Chairman 
Mercedes Jaureguibeitia, Executive Director 
Sophia Aguirre 
Elizabeth Andras  
Marta Bertolaso 
Susan Van Bilderbeek 
Teresa Payne  
Julia Prats 
Caroline Wakefield 
Antonio Argandoña 
Sophia Aguirre 
"Research across disciplines is increasingly underlying the importance of family life for the normal development of a person and, thus, for sustainable economic growth. In this context, the role of the home is fundamental. As an economist I am convinced of the need to promote interdisciplinary research that will lead to a greater awareness of the importance of work of the home. It is a pleasure to work with Home Renaissance Foundation as their focus on this topic places them in the cutting-edge of research."


Dr. Aguirre earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and joined the Catholic University of America in 1993. She has previously held appointments at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University’s Economics Department. Her professional background also includes degrees in accounting and banking finance, earned in Argentina. Dr. Aguirre's specialisation is in international finance and economic development and she has researched and published in the areas of exchange rates and economic integration, as well as on theories of population, resources, and family as it relates to economic development. Her work has been published in a wide range of journals such as in International Review of Economics and Finance and she is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Economics Dynamics & Control. Dr. Aguirre is also the author of The Economic Consequences of the U.N. Conferences of the 1990s and of several book chapters. Recognizing her contributions to the field, she has received various awards including a Citation of Excellence for her paper published in Journal of Economic Studies (1998). Dr. Aguirre has participated and lectured in several conferences at both the national and international level and since 1994 has actively participated in UN Conferences. Professor Aguirre is a member of several prestigious organizations such as Commission on the Status of Women in the Professions, in which she serves and has served as an officer in different capacities. She is also actively involved with leadership programs for young women. She has testified in front of Congresses on issues related to population, family and health both nationally and internationally among these are included the Congress of the United States, Uganda, Honduras as well as the United Nations, and the Central American and Canadian Parliaments. She has also advised several US Congressmen and other countries' Permanent Missions to the UN and UN Delegates on economic aspects of UN Documents as well as several governments on women's education, family policy, and health. She is currently a presidential appointee to the US Advisory Commission on Foreign Diplomacy. 

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