Denisse Delgado is a former Program Manager for the Migration, Remittances, and Development Program. She previously worked in Cuba as a researcher for the Psychological and Sociological Research Center (CIPS), where she conducted research on international migration, remittances, social development, and social inequalities.
Delgado has had numerous visiting scholarships, fellowships, and academic residencies, including Harvard University at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (2013) and the University of Massachusetts-Boston at the Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy (2017-2018) in the United States. She has also been a guest speaker at various institutes and universities, including the Foreign Service Institute, United States, and the Pontifical Catholic University, Chile.
Delgado has published on international migration and remittances, and she is a principal collaborator for Cuban Horizon, a Capacity Building Project at Columbia Law School. She has conducted policy analysis and offered recommendations. Delgado has briefed before Congress about the impacts of Western Union closure on the Cuban people. During summer 2021, she was a Congressional Fellow for Congressman Jim McGovern Office at the House of Representatives.
Delgado holds two master’s degrees in Social Development from the Catholic University of Murcia and Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a BA in Sociology from the University of Havana. She is currently a public policy Ph.D. candidate at the University of Massachusetts, researching the transnational economic engagement of the Cuban diaspora with the island.
The context surrounding the Covid-19 crisis has aggravated the circumstances limiting remittance flows to Cuba. This article explores how digital technologies and cryptocurrencies are emerging as new, formal channels for sending remittances and paying for goods and services from abroad.