Date and Hour: June 7th 2021 / 16:00 - 17:00 CET – 9:00 – 10:00 CDT
Language: Spanish. Interpretation to other languages will not be provided for this webinar.
In collaboration with the Association of Latin American Archivists (ALA)
Transparency and Accountability explore how archives empower accountability and transparency through access to information for holding governments to account and ensuring that citizens can protect their rights.
Archives are important cultural heritage institutions, but they also play a vital role in ensuring accountability and transparency, enabling citizens to assert and protect their rights while holding governments responsible for their decisions and actions. Archives are a key enabler of democracy, justice and human rights, and this webinar will explore this with interventions from representatives from the ICA Section on Human Rights, National Institute for Transparency, Access to Information and Data Protection (Mexico), and ALA’s Group of Experts of the Iberoamerican Network of Archival University Education. These perspectives will open a discussion on how we can better empower and value the role of archives in accountability and transparency.
Antonio González Quintana
Chair of the Section on Archives and Human Rights of the International Council on Archives, and President of the Spanish Association of Archivists as Civil Servants
Antonio González Quintana is a graduate in history (1979), has a postgraduate diploma in Archival Science and Recordkeeping (1983) and is a member of the corps of State-registered Archivists (1985). He was Deputy Director General of Archives in the Community of Madrid between 2010 and 2018. Antonio chairs the Section on Archives and Human Rights (formerly a working group) of the International Council on Archives. He is also President of the Association of Public Sector Spanish Archivists and an active member of Archivists without Borders.
Josefina Román Vergara
Commissioner of the Institute of Transparency, Access to Public Information and Protection of Personal Data of the State of Mexico
Josefina Román Vergara is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, holds a master’s degree in Corporate law from the Faculty of Law at Anáhuac University and a PhD in Law from the Postgraduate Law Studies Centre. From 1987 to 1998 she held a number of posts in different branches of the Secretariat for Finance of the Government of the State of Mexico. In 2005, she was a member of the Board in charge of Standards at the Audit Office of the Tax Administration Service. From 2006 to 2013, she was head of the Legal Affairs Unit of the Higher Taxation Authority of the State of Mexico. In 2013 she was appointed to the Commission of the Institute for Transparency, Access to public information and Personal data protection of the State of Mexico and its municipalities, becoming its President one year later, a position she held through until 2017. From 2015 to November 2016, she was senior coordinator of the enforcement agencies for the federative bodies in the National system for Transparency, Access to public information and Personal data protection. In 2018 she was appointed Technical Secretary for the Executive Secretariat of the Anti-Corruption system of the State of Mexico and its municipalities. Josefina is currently a member of the National Institute for Transparency, Access to public information and Personal data protection (INAI) for the 2019 – 2026 period. She has taught fiscal and administrative procedural law, fiscal law and public finances in a variety of public and private institutions and continues to give lectures today.
National Representative of Uruguay at GE RIBEAU ALA
Maria Alejandra Villar Anllul has a first degree in Archival science from the University of the Republic (Uruguay) and a master’s degree in the same subject from the Carlos III University in Madrid (Spain). She is a member of the Executive Board of the Unit for Access to Public Information– UAIP (AGESIC) and heads the Recordkeeping Department of Uruguay’s Attorney General’s office. Associate professor for undergraduate studies in archival science in the Department of Information and Society in the Information and Communications Faculty of the University of the Republic, she is also a member of the Institutional Documentary Evaluation Commission of the Agency for e-governance and the Information and Knowledge Society (AGESIC).
Carlos Zapata Cárdenas
National Representative of Colombia at GE RIBEAU ALA
Carlos Alberto Zapata Cárdenas is a graduate of the University of La Salle (Colombia) in library and archiving studies, a specialist in administrative management at the Central University. He also holds a master’s degree in University education from the University of La Salle and a master’s degree in Digital recordkeeping from the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain). He is a member of the Expert Group on Advocacy (AEG) of the International Council on Archives (ICA) and a member of the Expert Group on University archival science education and the working group on Digital preservation of the Association of Latin-American Archivists (ALA). He is currently employed as Chief Advisor at the General Directorate for Information Management at Colombia’s Bank of the Republic.
María Esther Cruces
Director Archivo General de Indias
Esther Cruces Blanco holds a doctorate in history from the University of Málaga. She is a member of the corps of State-registered Archivists and Librarians (Archive section). She headed the Research Department in the General Directorate for Universities of the Andalusian Region Government and was in charge of the Department of Research and Communications for the Board of Trustees of the Alhambra and Generalife. She was Chief Executive of the Historical Archives of the Province of Córdoba and the Archives of the Provincial Delegation of the Ministry of Finance in Córdoba and Director of the General Archives of Andalusia. Esther has also been Secretary and, later, President of the Architectural Archives Section of the International Council on Archives and is a member of the ICA’s Evaluation Commission. She is currently Director of the General Archive of the Indies.