Carolina Leff

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Carolina Leff is a researcher working on the Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action, focusing on humanitarian innovation and training tools that accompany processes of change.

She has experience as a facilitator in dialogue processes and building networks between the private sector, civil society, government, and international organizations, as well as in creating, implementing, and evaluating innovative methodologies in peace-building games and simulations. Her thematic areas of focus include training and facilitation, intercultural dialogue, strategic planning, mediation, and negotiation in the international development and humanitarian fields.

Previously, Carolina worked for the Office of the Ombudsman at the Pan-American Health Organization-World Health Organization (PAHO-WHO) in Washington, D.C. She has also worked at the Organization of American States (OAS), in the Department of Political Affairs, in the area of Mediation. She has participated in various trainings and conferences in Washington, D.C., such as the Negotiation and Drafting Peace Agreements Training Series: Transitional Justice (ICTJ); the "OAS Annual Conference Youth in Action 2013" which analyzed key issues affecting the 534 million youths in the Western Hemisphere; and the OAS Workshop "Mechanisms to Protect the Rights of Indigenous Peoples." 

In 2011, she worked in the field with The German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) in Colombia. Her main focus was on creating, implementing, and evaluating innovative methodologies in peace building, as well as facilitating dialogue processes and intercultural training with NGO's, World Bank, PNUD, and the government using innovative methods in conflict-affected areas. In 2010, Carolina was the only woman selected to represent her state (Cundinamarca, Bogota) at a National Meeting of Youth in Colombia, which proposed guidelines for the Colombian Plan of Development of Youths. In 2007, Carolina worked in Israel with the Institute for National Security Studies doing research on Middle East Conflict. Carolina holds a BA in International Relations and Government from Rosario University in Colombia and is an MA Candidate in Sustainable International Development with a Concentration in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence from the Heller School of Social Policy at Brandeis University.

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