Marcela brings with her a wealth of expertise and knowledge in the area of international development, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and youth rights and participation. Her expertise also extends to the area of institutional strengthening focused on strategic planning, elaboration of sustainability plans for NGOs, proposal preparation and development of decision-making bodies and evaluation. In her 20 years of experience Marcela has served as an advocate, board member, consultant and/or technical expert/writer for various international and local organizations and networks including UNESCO (2017), UNICEF (2017-2018), the International Planned Parenthood Federation (2003-2018), The Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement (2015-2017), the High Impact Practices on Family Planning Advisory Group (IPPF Representative 2012-2014), the Youth Advisory Group created by the Director of United Nations Population Fund (2004-2006), the Latin American and Caribbean Youth Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (1999-2004) and Profamilia-Colombia (1998-2004). 

Why do you love working at IWORDS Global?

“Because it is continuous learning. Each NGO, agency and network we work with is different and brings particular strengths and challenges. To answer to their needs we need to constantly explore new ways of seeing and doing things.”

Why do you feel passionate about working with NGOs and other humanitarian and development agencies?

“I believe transforming our world -the overall goal of the SDGs- requires an input of and collaboration among different stakeholders. Organizations, agencies, networks and other stakeholders committed to the rights, development and humanitarian agendas need to be strong to be able to contribute in a meaningful way: they need to identify their niche, develop innovative programs in collaboration with the communities and individuals, show their impact, share their successes and failures with others, spend the limited funding available wisely and unlock new capital.”



Why do you love working at IWORDS Global?

“Having worked for organizations big and small I know first-hand the many challenges faced by development organizations and how helpful it can be to have some extra support. I love being able to help so many different organizations improve and innovate their work and it’s wonderful to see the fantastic work they all do.”

What is your favourite memory working in the field?

“Working in the field is one of the most rewarding parts of our work. It’s fantastic to be able to see the work being done on the ground and meet the local personnel and beneficiaries of the projects and initiatives. My favourite memory is probably of a project we did with Red Cross Norway and the Guatemalan Red Cross. The work they do is absolutely fantastic and it was amazing to be able to meet the young people involved in the initiative. Their resilience and warmth were truly admirable.”



Why do you love working at IWORDS Global?

“My role requires a lot of multitasking, which I enjoy, as well as working with talented individuals who are passionate about IWORDS Global mission.”

What is your favourite travel memory?

“My favourite travel memory takes me back to Everest base camp (5380m) where you really feel ‘on top of the world.”



Why do you love working at IWORDS Global?

“I love working in a multicultural and diverse environment and I am enthusiastic about doing my best to support people and organizations that work to transform the world, always from a rights-based perspective.”

What do you consider is the relevance of your role in adapting and communicating appropriately the message of the organisations with which we work?

“Many organizations do a marvellous work; however, it is hard for them to communicate what they do in an effective manner. Hence stakeholders, including donors and broader audience, lose information about a work that it is worth to follow, support and understand. My job is to make this communication more efficient by connecting organizations and stakeholders through the words. It becomes easier to inform them, change mindsets and behaviour, call for action, and to support organizations including the ones with financial resources.”



Why do you love working at IWORDS Global?

“The work at IWORDS Global is interesting and enriching. All the projects a challenge and new learning with them. I enjoy collaborating with IWORDS Global because the team is very talented and passionate provide me with continuous support and feedback. The work with a social focus gives me a new perspective on what I can do with my profession and life and allows me to contribute to making this world a better place.”

How does your experience in arts and psychology influence the work you do at IWORDS Global?

“My experience in Psychology and arts has strengthened my communication, creativity and other abilities, also gave me strategies in the field of research. This combination is very interesting and is very beneficial in my work with IWORDS Global.“







Why do you love working at IWORDS Global?

“Because it is an experience where you can learn all the time. Also because you can organize your time and your rhythm of work and feel really comfortable to ask for help from anybody in the team.

How do you consider your experience at IWORDS Global may direct your professional development?

“I think IWORDS Global is an excellent opportunity for me to use my skills and talents, and to develop other, like teamwork, discipline, technical writing and languages. Additionally, the work in a social entrepreneurship company as this one allows you to learn many things about how other organizations such as NGOs operate and carry out their projects in the real world. All these are really important skills for the professional development of a psychologist. Supporting IWORDS Global also enables me to interact with other professionals.




María Clara is an expert on supporting vulnerable and migrants’ populations, with a specific interest in the protection and humanitarian assistance, migration issues, counter-trafficking, reintegration initiatives and capacity building.  She has over eight years’ experience working on coordination and programme management with agencies such as the International Organization for Migration and the Ministry of Health in Argentina.  She has a proven track record in the monitoring of large grants, training, investigation and analysis of cases related to human rights violations, gender inequality, discrimination and stigma, political advocacy, labour market access, and social inclusion. Clara holds a bachelor of Economics, a Master’s in development and management of social programmes and a diploma in humanitarian action. Languages: Spanish, English, pre-intermediate level of French and Italian.




María José is a magister in International Law (Economical, Public and Private) and International Affairs from Complutense University of Madrid and a Bachelor degree from the Faculty of Finance, Government and International Affairs of Externado University of Colombia. Extensive knowledge and experience in designing and managing projects –PMP certification in progress- Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, Social Responsibility, institutional strengthening and consultant on multiple organizations in topics like: strategic planning, capacity building, development and humanitarian programmes (for youth, women and victims of conflicts), entrepreneurship and business plans. Professor in business management and areas related to new IT trends (e-business, e-marketing and e-commerce). Knowledge in English (advanced) and French (medium level).




Valentina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government and International Relations from the Universidad Externado de Colombia where she acquired basic knowledge in financial administration, micro and macroeconomics and international law. As a trilingual (Spanish, English and French) professional in government, her main interest is the design, implementation and evaluation of public policies, social and international cooperation projects in human rights and humanitarian action. Her academic experience in the design of public policies and social projects, during her studies, revolves around issues of human rights, sex work, early childhood and education. She carried out fieldwork in Bogotá Colombia with sex workers (2017) and with children and adolescents difficult to adopt from the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (2016). In the second semester of 2018 as a degree option, she worked as a junior consultant with the Universidad Externado de Colombia for DescLAB, in a Capstone project on inclusive education for people with disabilities in Bogotá. As part of this project, she participated in the analysis of quantitative and qualitative information, in the preparation of the field work and execution of this and in the writing of the district report. During this time Valentina also worked as a research assistant in co-production of public policies. Regarding her studies in international relations, during her career, she emphasized on international human rights law and on security and conflict studies. And finally, this is complemented by her studies at the Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao, Spain, during the first semester of 2018, where she deepens into issues of immigration, third age, diversity and interculturality, humanitarian action and studies of peace and reconciliation.



Fernando brings expertise and knowledge from the field of translations. As he had a bicultural education and lived abroad, he had enriched his abilities and helped him to identify nuances of the English language. He had worked on the transcription and translation for legal purposes: police questionings, interviews, telephone conversations, and also teaching private English lessons for teenagers. His work experience developed skills in original translation; working mainly with transcription and translation of conversations led him to find the best ways to translate specific figures of speech, including slang. He also holds studies about Music theory and composition studies at the Centro de Investigación y Estudios de la Música (CIEM-México) and a Mixing and Mastering Diploma at Dubspot (NYC).



Adriana is a gender expert in the fields of gender-based violence, sexual violence and empowerment of victims of armed conflicts. Adriana brings her ten years of experience working in gender and human rights at  Colombian armed conflict. She has demonstrated experience working in policy building about women reparation, gender in land’s restitution and collective reparation, all in transitional justice and building peace contexts. She has led empowerment processes with Colombian women about her rights, leadership, peace, and transitional justice. She is a researcher interested in gender-based violence in humanitarian situations with a large experience in fieldwork and qualitative researching: For six year she was part of the Colombian Historical Memory Centre where she was involved in memory and social investigations about demobilization and reintegration of women combatants, LGBTQ sectors victims of armed conflict, and sexual violence in armed conflict. Adriana has a Government and International Relations Degree and a Human and Humanitarian Rights Postgraduate from Externado University in Colombia and is a candidate to a master’s degree in social anthropology.




Lorena Hillón is a native of Colombia and grew up in the Washington DC area, where she acquired not only bilingual abilities but also a sensibility and understanding of living in different cultures.  She has a B.A in Languages and Sociocultural Studies from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá and an M.A in Sociology from George Mason University in Virginia. Her graduate research included gender, religion, and elections in the U.S. She has experience translating and editing in areas such as labour rights and youth employment in a multilateral context having worked at the Organization of American States (OAS). At the OAS, she worked with Ministers and officials from the Ministries of Labor of the Americas, which gave her experience with stakeholders at the highest level.  Her translation/editing experience and professional interests also include gender, feminism, immigration, education, bilingualism and race/ethnicity.



Mauricio is a graphic designer with a strong foundation, commitment, and knowledge of women’s rights, gender issues, equity, equality, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and development. He has participated in sensitization and training through seminars and workshops led by feminist groups and human rights organizations. He brings with him experience in the graphics and audiovisual areas. He established direct relations with agents of change in Bolivia and other Latin American countries, including youth, survivors of gender-based violence and sexual harassment, and other related issues. As these issues tend to be taboo in society, he has approached them by thinking outside of the box and creatively. Mauricio is also passionate about environmentalism, protecting animals on the verge of extinction, and continuously participates in activities and produces graphic materials with a political and social impact. Throughout his 10 years of experience, he constantly works on developing his skills and growing with each project and challenge that he faces.




Tanya has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Daystar University and a postgraduate certificate in advanced humanitarian operations from Oxford Brookes University. She has spent the past five years working for International Non-Governmental Organizations and emergency responses. Her experience involves developing strategies for women’s protection and empowerment, safe programming and disability inclusion for vulnerable populations in all sectors. Tanya has considerable knowledge in the coordination of development projects and best practices in emergency response management within East Africa. She has an excellent command of English and Kiswahili language, working knowledge of French and sign language.




Kavitha is a researcher and advocacy professional with solid experience in arts, health and development.  She brings over nine years of knowledge and expertise on communication, advocacy and research processes –including design, implementation and training on strategies, package and policies for national and state levels.  Kavitha has a deep understanding in Politics of Health, MSF Field Communication, Gender Equality, Feminism and Humanitarian Affairs as she has accomplished training and courses related to these topics. Her current areas of interests include health, gender/sexuality and the use of arts in civic engagement.



-Catalina Arenas Cano:   MEL and Resource Mobilisation Lead 

-Luz Muñoz:   MEL and Resource Mobilisation Officer 

-Paola Prada:  MEL and Resource Mobilisation Officer 

-Gabriela Forero:  Human Resources and Logistics 

-Solea Winnie Nalubenga:  Junior evaluator -support to youth initiatives 

-Fernando Ruiz:  PHD Demographer -Researcher 

-Angela Barraza:  Translator