Silvia Backes

Program Manager

Silvia has been working for Smile Train since April 2019 as Program Manager for Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay. She brings along her 20-year experience in the humanitarian field to contribute to the organization’s work in supporting Smile Train’s partners in the region to provide comprehensive cleft care to patients in need. Silvia is from the south of Brazil and has lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina since 2010 as well as lived and worked in the United Kingdom. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in English, Portuguese, and Literature, and is at the final stage of obtaining her Master's Degree in International Cooperation for Development at the National University of San Martin, Argentina.

Prior work experience includes seven years as Program Coordinator for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Brazil responsible for managing the humanitarian programs in the country. She has worked in the promotion of International Humanitarian Law and in projects related to humanitarian assistance and access to health care in situations of violence.