Karla Alfaro Pizaña graduated in Economics and Political Science from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo Mexico (ITAM). She also has an MSc. in Geographic Data Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and an MSc. in Data Science from ITAM.
Karla specializes in data treatment, analysis, and visualization. She has served as Research Assistant at Harvard University and ITAM, as well as Teacher Assistant at the Political Science Department from her alma mater. She worked as a Data Analyst at the Ministry of Education and as an Intern at the Senate and the Instituto Nacional Electoral (INE) in Mexico.
She has also collaborated with the Centro de Inteligencia Voluntario (CIV) to aid during natural disasters. Her work on Computer Vision provided the CIV with its first trained Convolutional Neural Network to detect collapsed buildings using aerial images.
Previously, she has been involved in social driven initiatives in the fields of education, poverty, health, and environment. Being born in Chiapas, one of the poorest states in Mexico, she has been on medical and educational missions to different villages in the state.