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Cynthia Martinez Cortes
Head of Advocacy, Economic and Multilateral Affairs , International non-profit, Development Bank
Nairobi, Kenya, Kenya
Advocacy-focused, committed Global Affairs Executive, with over 17 years of experience combining international relations, program implementation, and global communications know-how to spearhead organization goals.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Communications, Media, Knowledge Management, Editor
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
  • Trade, Finance, Economics, Cooperation, Global
Professional Experience:
A large part of my 17 years of professional experience in diplomacy and international organizations has been dedicated to Mexico and Latin America, with a particular focus on Central America.

During my work at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C., and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), I led and implemented projects in the areas of political cooperation, education, human rights, and communications. From the Embassy I was able to advance collaboration through mechanisms of political cooperation and human rights, expand networks and improve dialogue among key stakeholders in the US-Mexico relations. And from the management of the Social Sector of the IDB, I led knowledge and communication campaigns, coordinating a diverse and interdisciplinary team of external consultants and senior specialists distributed between the HQ and 22 regional offices.

Prior to my work in Washington, D.C., I spent three years at the Embassy of Mexico in El Salvador, where I led the implementation of the Bilateral Program of Technical, Scientific, Education and Cultural Cooperation, the implementation of the Mesoamerica Project, and where I served as a non-regional observer of the security bureau of the Central American Integration System (SICA).

Currently I continue working in development cooperation, now from the Embassy of Mexico in Kenya. However, I wish to be able to continue doing so from a diverse non-political and multinational team, with a corporate vision towards development.
Master's degree in Digital Strategy and Creativity (online), ongoing by Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona, Spain.

Earned the Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP) degree, 2011, by The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Massachusetts, USA.

Completed the Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (2004) by Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Mexico.

Received Professional Training in:
- Digital Transformation – Fundamentals Badge, Inter-American Development Bank, INDES, 2019

- InDesign – Diploma, Ledet, 2017

Has the following Licenses & Certifications:

- Cosmopolitan Communication Diploma, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), 2013

- Diplomatic Theory and Practice Certificate, DiploFoundation, 2010

- Essentials of News Journalism Diploma, BBC Training & Development, 2009

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
  • Internships / Fellowships

    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, Spanish, Croatian and Italian
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