Project Coordinator, Latin America and the Caribbean Unit
Natalia Escobar works in DCAF's Latin America and the Caribbean Unit as Project Coordinator. She supports the Unit in managing DCAF’s projects in Honduras, Colombia and the wider LAC region.
Ms. Escobar has over 10 years of experience in the design and implementation of multi-stakeholder initiatives. She has conducted several assignments in the areas of governance, institutional reform, and sustainable development for organisations such as the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), as well as for government institutions like the Presidency of the Republic of Colombia. Prior to joining DCAF, she was in charge of coordinating and monitoring inter-agency teams working on designing post-conflict transition plans for seven regions (40 municipalities) in Colombia, and led the assessment of the institutional changes required for implementing the Colombian Policy of "Territorial Peace". She was also advisor to the Director-General of the Department of Social Prosperity, the Colombian government agency responsible for the country’s socioeconomic development. In that capacity, she formulated public policies and drafted bills such as the bill on public-private partnerships. She was responsible for coordinating projects across different organisations and ensuring the strategic alignment with partners ranging from ministries to local governments to multilateral organisations. She has also supported the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights with inputs for the reports on Corporate Human Rights Due Diligence and on Public Procurement and Human Rights.
Ms. Escobar holds an MSc in Management and Strategy from the London School of Economics (LSE), her background is in Economics and also holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Universidad Nacional de Colombia.