Maria Mercedes Sidders

2021 Cheng Fellow

Maria Mercedes Sidders is a joint MPA-ID at the Harvard Kennedy School and an MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Children’s well-being is at the heart of each of Mercedes’ initiatives.

She has worked and volunteered in the public and private sector, at home and overseas, including Argentina’s Planning and Innovation Department in the Ministry of Education, the non-profit Centre of Research and Social Action and Boston Consulting Group in South Africa. As part of the central team assisting President Macri and the Chief of Staff of Argentina, she helped increase opportunities for economically disadvantaged children.

As a Cheng Fellow, she is working to improve the fate and amplify the voices of Argentina’s children. Mercedes founded “Abrazar” to implement an integral strategy to identify children at risk of domestic violence. She leads a diverse team of students from Harvard, and her alma mater in Argentina, collaborating closely with psychologists, lawyers, public officials and politicians, and hopes to scale the project up from Jesús María to other local governments across the country.