Denise Britz do N. Silva is Principal Researcher and former director of the National School of Statistical Sciences (ENCE) from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). Has also worked as a Principal Methodologist for the Office for National Statistics (ONS-UK) and as a lecturer at the University of Southampton. She completed her PhD in Statistics at the University of Southampton and has an MSc and a BSc in Statistics. She has extensive experience in teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels as well as professional development courses, and has been working as a survey statistician at IBGE for more than 30 years. Her main areas of interest are survey methods, statistical modelling for the social sciences, small area estimation and time series analysis. She is president of the International Association of Survey Statisticians (IASS) and is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI).