Date of Birth: 19 May, 1969
Calle 17 de Calacoto y Av. Julio Patiño No. 1044 - Edif. Aranjuez, Depto. 2-C - La Paz - Bolivia
Office: (591-2) 2623284 / Mobile: (591) 720 23301
Over 12 years of progressive experience in communication and PR from an international perspective. Success has been based on a combination of innate ability to produce quality media products of varied sorts, always striving for quality and timeliness in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment; strong interpersonal skills; exposure to multicultural, environments and demonstrable expertise in communication and public advocacy with several organizations.
* Q&A and press release drafting
* Communication strategy development
* Human Interest Stories
* Video Production and scriptwriting
* Coordination of media field trips
* Media trend analysis and monitoring
* Communication in Emergencies
* Media relations and proactive story placement
January 2009 - Present
Chief of Communication - UNICEF Bolivia
July 2003 - December 2008
Communication Officer - UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa
* Established effective relationships with the regional news media, thus helping raise the organization?s profile and winning coverage of UNICEF's programs and advocacy on behalf of children in the region.
* Developed and implemented a regional news desk strategy to generate and expand coverage, responding to media requests, pitching stories, writing and disseminating press releases, facilitating journalists' visits to field locations, arranging press events and interviews, creating and disseminating UNICEF's spokesperson list and placing specialists and stories on relevant broadcast shows.
* Worked closely with country offices and headquarters to determine story ideas
* Helped build media relations capability of staff in country offices.
* Provided writing and editing support for all outbound communication including promotional materials, website content, etc.
UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean
Augt. 1999 ? February 2003
* Developed and put together contents, figures and materials for the UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean Web Page.
* Edited weekly information updates, regional newsflash and special reports.
* Served as communication focal point for emergency situations in Central America, the Caribbean, Colombia and Venezuela.
* Developed the HIV/AIDS communication& social mobilization strategy ("With Young People Against HIV/AIDS")
Colombia Information Center, Presidency of the Republic
Oct. 1994 ? May 1998
Press Attache, U.S. & Canada Deputy Advisor
* Liaised regularly with key international media.
* Produced and distributed print and audiovisual material for use by diplomatic missions, foreign journalists and opinion makers.
* Served as media spokesperson when required
* Advised the President of the Republic and high Government officials about the impact of the country's agenda on international opinion.
* Cooperated with Government and diplomatic missions during press activities
Colombia 12:30 Broadcast News
Metropolitan News and Editor of daily international segment
* Collected pertinent information from diverse sources; wrote news articles and assisted in editing of material.
* Produced newscast on a daily basis, anchored news updates, special news broadcasts and live breaking-news reports as assigned.
* Researched, investigated, interviewed, wrote, produced and reported on daily news packages, international and metropolitan news stories on tape and/or live from the field.
2000 - - M.Ed., Boston University. Bilingual and Multicultural Education.
July 1998 - - Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Oxford House College, London, UK
Universidad Externado de Colombia, Santafé de Bogotá, D.C., Colombia, BS Degree in Journalism, Communications and Mass Media Research, 1993.
Colegio Andino - Deutsche Schule, Santafé de Bogotá, D.C., Colombia, Classic Baccalaureate
Spanish: Mother Tongue
English: Fluent (Read, Written, Spoken)
German: Fluent (Read, Written, Spoken) (*)
(*) Diploma Certificate in German Language issued by the
Kultusministerkonferenz der Bundesrepublik Deutschland