Belén Sanz Luque, UN Women Country Representative for Colombia.
She has a degree in Social Anthropology from National School of Anthropology and History of Mexico, and masters in Anthropology from the University of London, and Evaluation of Public Policy at the Complutense University of Madrid.
Spanish national, has over 15 years of experience in development policies, with special emphasis on gender equality and women’s rights, and evaluation of public policies in international arenas.
Belen has worked as Director of Evaluation of UNIFEM and Director of UN Women from the agency’s headquarters in New York. In that position she had to evaluate programs and strategies in different regions, and strengthening evaluation as a strategic function for rendering accounts, learning and defining policies based on evidence. In this position she was in charge of the Evaluation Group of the United Nations, promoting a human rights and gender approach on the assessment by the UN system.
Prior to her work at the UN, she was Head of Policy Development Evaluation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, where she led the development of the Evaluation System in the Spanish cooperation and previously as an advisor on programs and gender policies in the same entity.
She served as Vice President of the Network on Development Evaluation of the OECD, and as a member of the Steering Committee of the Network on Gender Equality of the same organism.
She has been a professor and a speaker at numerous academic institutions and international forums related to International Cooperation, Policy Assessment, Human Rights and Policies of Gender Equality.