Jovana Magdalein Rios Cisnero

Jovana Magdalein Rios Cisnero is an international advocate for youth empowerment and participation, particularly for young women and girls. Her strong background on Human Rights and leadership has allowed her to advance youth and gender mainstreaming, as well as the access to sexual and reproductive health services at many international organizations, including the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. She also has experience participating in and providing follow up to the UN Commission on Population and Development and the UN Commission on the Status of Women. In 2011 she was selected as a member of the United Nations Population Fund Special Youth Programme, representing Latin America and the Caribbean at the headquarters office in New York and in 2016, she was appointed by the former UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, to serve as a member of the High-Level Steering Group for the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. She co-founded the Latin American and the Caribbean Youth Alliance, an active regional advocacy group to promote the International Conference on Population and Development and the youth involvement during the negotiation process for the Sustainable Development Goals and its implementation at the national level. Ms. Rios Cisnero holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an MBA from the Universidad Interamericana de Panama.