As a research scientist, Valerie applies innovative data science methods to global health challenges. Before joining Surgo, Valerie researched agricultural value chains in sub-Saharan Africa. She used data analytics and simulation models to identify drivers of animal-source foods consumption and livestock productivity, as well as understand and map spatiotemporal patterns of livestock distribution in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Valerie has a BS in industrial engineering from the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. She has a PhD in agricultural and biological engineering from the University of Florida.