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Marcela Valera
Project Manager , International non-profit, government agency
*Can relocate, Mexico
12 years experience in the management of programs in over 10 countries (including 4 Olympics and Paralympics, 2 Panamerican Games and 2 Football World Cups), completed 2 year-long UN-Habitat social projects as general manager, spent 4 years collaborating with NGOs as strategic partnerships coordinator, worked in an academic cruise-ship around the world, trilingual (Spanish, English & Portuguese)
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Area of Expertise:
  • Administration, Management, Accounting/Finance, Procurement
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Government/Governance, Reforms
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
I have 12 years experience in the development and management of programs and strategic partnerships in over 10 countries. This includes major events such as four Olympic and Paralympic Games, two Panamerican and Para Panamerican Games, two Football World Cups; and also smaller, short to medium term development projects with social goals. I completed two year-long UN-Habitat projects as general manager in my native Mexico, I spent four years collaborating with different NGOs as key alliances and fundraising coordinator, as well as sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and worked in an academic cruise-ship around the world, as part of interdisciplinary teams working under international and local development programs.

My experiences in development programs, alongside my Master’s Degree in Population and Development at the London School of Economics and my roles in Olympic/Paralympic Games and World Cups, have involved ever-evolving scenarios, foreign contexts and highly demanding responsibilities.  In each, I have learned to adapt to local and institutional contexts, execute multiple tasks, work under pressure and time limitations, and team up with diverse people in cross-cultural and complex environments. I have also gained experience leading colleagues within a trust-based and constant feedback atmosphere, which I believe is essential to achieve concrete results as a team.
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
London, UK.
MSc Population and Social Development.
With Merit.
Sept 11 – Sept 12.
Brockmann, CONACYT, FUNED and FIDERH Scholar.

Economic Research and Teaching Centre
Mexico City
Negotiation and Mediation Diploma.
Course in conflict resolution and consensus building.
Aug - Dec 09

Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM)
Monterrey, Mexico.
B.A. in International Relations.
With Honors. Awarded merit-based scholarship of tuition.
Jan 02 - May 06.

B.A. Exchange Program at Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado. São Paulo, Brazil.
Jan - May 05.
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    Years of Experience:
    10-15 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Spanish, Portuguese
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