M.A. Student – Class of 2021
I was born and raised in El Salvador in a pre-civil war environment and given the difficulties to thrive in such conditions, I emigrated to Europe in my teen years. Highly motivated by social justice and human rights issues, I engaged at a very young age with the work of international organizations. After completing my academic studies at CUNY (B.A. in Psychology and Romance Languages) and Columbia University’s Teachers College (M.A. in Organizational Psychology), I continued my professional career within multilateral institutions, supporting departments that deal with leadership. I lead global Human Resources in various UN system organizations and held advocacy roles as Special Representative to the UN of the International Labour Organization in New York. Recently, I was Partner at Kennedy Fitch, a management consultancy focusing on HR and the future of work, and now I work with SRI Executive, leading key leadership searches for non-profit institutions in sectors related to the Sustainable Development Agenda.
Over the years, I have been involved with the pioneering work of Humanitarian Work Psychology, bridging organizational psychologists’ insights with humanitarian work. I have also been supporting the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laurates, a platform that facilitates interactions between Nobel Prize Laureates and youth groups, dealing with issues related to nonviolence, the rule of law, social and economic justice, as well as the environment and sustainable development. My return to my alma mater to pursue an M.A. in Global Thought is motivated by my growing concern around global leadership and the shift of the social contract in the 21st Century. My aspiration is to be able to enrich my perspectives and update my thinking and research practices to better articulate global issues and potential solutions.