Estrella Merlos joined the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Switzerland in 2013 and is responsible for overseeing UNITAR’s Network of 22 training centres (CIFAL Global Network) located across the globe. She is also responsible for UNITAR’s Road Safety Global Training Initiative.
Previously, she served as Executive Director of UNITAR’s training centre in Atlanta, USA. Estrella holds an Executive Master’s Degree in Development Policies and Practices from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland; a Master in Public Administration from Georgia State University in the USA and a degree in Economics from the Central American University in El Salvador. Estrella was a Fulbright Scholar in the United States specializing in public policy, urban planning and economic development. Her areas of expertise include public policy and administration, airport management, disaster response and humanitarian supplies management, Free Trade Agreements and negotiation.
Estrella is presenting at the awards ceremony.