Maria Sophia Aguirre is a professor of economics at the Catholic University of America, where she founded two degree programs in integral economic development. A specialist in international finance and economic development, Aguirre has advised the United Nations as well as governmental bodies in the US, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East on issues related to population, health, family policy, and women’s education. Previously an advisor to Millennium Development Goals Fund projects, she is currently advising the Sustainable Development Goals Fund on the implementation of the post-2015 goals. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of Notre Dame.