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Lorena Aguilar

Executive Director

Kaschak Institute, Social Justice


Global leader passionate about gender equality, human rights, inclusion, and sustainable development, with over three decades providing strategic contributions to national and international policies. Leading inclusive collaboration with government counterparts, UN agencies, international organizations, and civil society towards advancing equitable sustainable development. Lorena has field experience in more than 50 countries across Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia. Ms. Aguilar also served as Vice-Chancellor of Costa Rica.

She has been a pioneer in the creation of influential international gender networks such as the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders of the Environment (NWMLE) and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA). Lorena has been a Board member of numerous reputable organizations including Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN), the 2006 Champion of the Earth laureate Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), and Momentum for Change under the United Nations Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC).

Lorena has authored numerous publications on gender, sustainable development, disaster risk reduction, forests, water, health and environment, and is an engaging speaker at international conferences, congresses and other high-level events.

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