Guatemalan economist, with a postgraduate degree from the Inter-American Center for Regional Development, in Management of Regional Development Projects. He also holds a degree from the Latin American Center for Development Administration in Higher Research in Public Administration. He also studied Health Workforce Systems with the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ). He is Lead Advisor on Public Policies, in the Health and Education Policy Project implemented by Palladium International. He has also worked as Senior Advisor on Economic Evaluation and Cost-Effectiveness for WHO in Geneva, and Regional Advisor on Strengthening Strategic Information and Resource Tracking for PASCA. He worked as an expert on financing Public Health, Education and Municipalities for the "Dialogue for Social Investment" project, and as an advisor to develop a proper Health Administration for the "Quality in Health" project.
He has been an independent consultant for the World Bank, IDB, UNAIDS, European Commission, Global Fund, USAID, PAHO and WHO. In that capacity, he has contributed to the development of account systems, manuals and software for health and HIV, and participated in the pilot implementation, validation and training of such tools in 15 countries in Latin America, 2 in Central Europe, 5 in the Caribbean, 5 in Africa and 2 in Asia.
- Valladares-Cardona, R (2017) “How Sustainable is Decentralizing Health Care Financing to Municipalities? Promoting Devolution to Improve Resource Utilization, Accountability and Equity in Guatemala”. International Health Economics Association Congress, Boston, 2017.
- Valladares-Cardona, R (2012) “Mapping HIV Spending in Central America and the Need of Renewing the Policy Agenda”. Abstract presented in the World Conference of HIV, Washington 2012.
- Knaul, F, Valladares-Cardona, R & col. (2011) “Household Catastrophic Health Expenditures: A Comparative Analysis of Twelve Latin American and Caribbean Countries”.
- Bossert T, Mitchell A, Valladares R, Bowser D. (2009) “Resource Allocation Options for Financing in the Health Sector: International Experience and Lessons for Guatemala”. USAID/Dialogue for Social Investment in Guatemala.