LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN

UNITE Members per Country
Argentina2
Bolivia1
Brasil6
Cuba1
Mexico1

REGIONAL CHAIR

GISELA SCAGLIA

ARGENTINA

Gisela Scaglia is an elected Member of the Parliament of Argentina. A Professor of Political Science at the University of Entre Ríos, Scaglia seats at the Education Portfolio Committee, Welfare state Committee as well at the Family, Women and Children Committee. Responsible for the Social Department of the Buenos Aires City Government from 2008 to 2011, Scaglia was elected in 2013 for the Parliament. She is one of the most well-known politicians in the country.

Gisela Scaglia is a member of UNITE since December 2018.

MEMBERS

DANIEL SCIOLI

ARGENTINA

Daniel Scioli was Vice-President of Argentina from 2002 to 2007. Scioli is also the former Governor of Buenos Aires (2007-2015). In 2015, Daniel Scioli ran for the Presidency of Argentina, which he ended up in second place. He is one of the most seasoned politicians in Argentina and a well-known face in Argentinean Politics, Sports and Business. Daniel Scioli is a member of UNITE since February 2019.

MARIA LOURDES LANDIVAR TUFIÑO

BOLIVIA

Maria Lourdes is a National Senator in Bolivia representing the Department of Santa Cruz for the legislative period 2015-2020 and Secretary of Political Training in Santa Cruz de la Sierra of Demócratas, the main political opposition force in Bolivia. Former Vice Chairwoman of the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU), a global alliance of centre-right political youth organizations with 127 members from more than 81 different nations. Selected as a one of the Fellows of 2018 of the prestigious Millennium Fellowship Program of the Atlantic Council, an American think tank in the field of international affairs. Maria Lourdes Landivar Tufiño is a member of UNITE since December 2018.

ALEXANDRE PADILHA

BRAZIL

Alexandre Padilha is a Brazilian federal deputy for the State of São Paulo. Graduated in Medicine by Universidade de Campinas (UNICAMP) he occupied political occupations from Medicine Secretary of São Paulo, to the Ministry of Health under Dilma’s Rousseff government. Alexandre Padilha is a UNITE member since May 2019.

BENEDITA SILVA

BRAZIL

Benedita Silva is an elected member of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies. Before becoming member of parliament, Silva served as Rio de Janeiro Governor for one year. She was the Vice-Governor for 3 years. The first-ever black Senator (elected in 1995), Silva comes from a humble background and has thrived to become a strong voice in the defense of minorities and low-income classes in Brazil. She was also Minister of Special Work and Social Care from 2003 to 2007. Silva is a member of UNITE since September 2019.

EDUARDO COSTA

BRAZIL

Eduardo Costa is a Brazilian politician who currently serves as a member of the chamber of deputies in Brazil since 2018. With a background in Medicine, elected as a state deputy in 2014 and in 2018 as a federal deputy for the State of Pará. With experience as local legislator and state-level politics, Costa participated in the Assembly of Alepa where he chaired the committee that investigated the Zika virus in Pará. As Brazilian federal legislator, he currently seats in important committees such as Social Security and Family. Eduardo Costa is a UNITE member since October 2019.

JANDIRA FEGHALI

BRAZIL

Jandira Feghali is a Member of Parliament from the Chamber of Deputies. With a background in medicine, Feghali is the Minority Leader in the Chamber. Elected from Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian legislator was former Secretary of Culture. She is responsible for a leading several bills in the chamber that empower women’s rights and has advocate for a legal and de facto gender equality in Brazil. Jandira Feghali was also the Deputy-Chair of the Parliamentary Group on Health. Jandira Feghali is a member of UNITE since September 2019.

JORGE SOLLA

BRAZIL

Jorge Solla is an elected member of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies. A sanitarist medical-doctor, Solla was ranked as the 31st most active and important parliamentarian in the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies which comprises 513 members. A former Health Secretary from the state of Bahia and Vitória da Conquista, he was responsible for fostering healthcare services in the region by managing actively the regional health systems. He is also a University Lecturer with a PhD from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and holds a master degree in Public Health. Solla is a member of UNITE since September 2019.

ZACHARIAS CALIL HAMU

BRAZIL

Zacharias Calil Hamu is a pediatric surgeon and is a member of the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil. Known for delicate surgeries in his lifetime, Hamu seats at the Social Welfare and Family Committee in the Chamber of Deputies. Zacharias Calil Hamu is a member of UNITE since October 2019.

VALDIR VITAL COBALCHINI

BRAZIL

At the age of 18, Valdir moved to Brasília, where he served in the army. There he started his career in public life, as an adviser to then Federal Deputy Casildo Maldaner. Since then, Valdir sees as his mission to take care of people and make everyone’s life better. Today, Valdir exercises his fourth term as State Representative, the third as the most voted of my party. Holds the position of chairman of the Tourism and Environment Committee. Valdir Vital Cobalchini is a member of UNITE since March 2020.

JORGE ORTIZ

CUBA

Jorge Ortiz is an elected member of the Parliament in Cuba. One of the youngest parliamentarians, Ortiz is Vice-President of the ‘Popular Council’ – the body with the highest authority to implement reforms and policies in the country. With this power, Ortiz has advocated with grassroots movements for a raise of awareness for several topics including climate change and the country’s foreign policy. Jorge Ortiz is member of UNITE since November 2017. Valdir Vital Cobalchini is a member of UNITE since March 2020.

PATRÍCIA MERCADO

MEXICO

Patricia Mercado is one of the most well-known politicians in Mexico. She currently serves her country as a Senator. An economist by background, Particia has in her political trajectory a candidacy to the Mexican Presidency. Patricia Mercado is one of the strongest voices in the country for women’s rights, gender equality and for the legalization of cannabis. She also held positions in the Mexico City Government such as Secretary for Employment. Patricia Mercado ia a Member of UNITE since July 2019.