Magdalena is a food systems and land policy expert advocating for greater empowerment and leadership of women and girls in development governance. She has nearly 20 years of professional experience including active roles at the United Nations and in the European Union multilateral negotiations as well as in managing programs building effective partnerships with local organizations at both community and government level. Founder of independent consultancy Food and Climate. She worked for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme. In 2004 she opened an ActionAid office in Rome. At ActionAid, she pioneered the organization’s policy and program work on women’s land rights. Magdalena has also worked as Programme Coordinator at International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflict and was elected to the Board of Student Pugwash for two terms. Since college years activism in “16 Days to End Gender Based Violence”, Magdalena has been vigorously committed to supporting women’s rights and feminist leadership. Magdalena holds an M.A. in International Development and International Law a Postgraduate Certificate in Diplomacy and B.A. in Economics (summa cum laude) and B.A. in Political Science.


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