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Head of the Latin America and the Caribbean Unit

Cristina Hoyos is currently the Head of the Latin America and the Caribbean Unit of DCAF. Mrs. Hoyos has more than twenty five years of experience working in development cooperation, diplomacy and security-/peace-related issues, leading multilateral and bilateral negotiations (OECD, African Development Bank, Inter- American Development Bank, and significant bilateral cooperation programmes) in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

She has been working in the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) for the last 12 years, where she was responsible for developing new approaches to countries in fragile situations and for programmes related to conflict prevention in development cooperation contexts. From 2005-2008, Mrs Hoyos was the Co- Chair of the OECD Conflict, Peace and Development Co-operation (OECD) representing Switzerland. Within the Colombian government, she was advisor to two Ministers and Head of International Cooperation in the Ministry for Environment (1998-2000). During that time she was part of the negotiation team in the peace process with the ELN (1998) and participated in the negotiations with the FARC-EP in 2000.  As a Diplomat for the Colombian government she held different positions in Germany (1995-1998) and in Brazil (1991-1994).

Mrs. Hoyos holds a PhD in Geography from Humboldt University, Berlin, with a thesis about the Peace Process with the FARC-EP (1999-2002).