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SUMMITS OF THE AMERICAS SECRETARIAT

María Celina Conte
Director, Summits of the Americas Secretariat
Organization of American States

María Celina Conte directs the Summits of the Americas Secretariat of the OAS since September 2017. In this capacity, she serves as the technical secretary of the political and technical bodies of the Summits Process, including the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG) and the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG), within the framework of which she advises its Chair, member states, and multilateral institutions; and oversees and coordinates the participation in the Summits Process of key partners in the multilateral system, civil society and social actors; among others.

After being in charge of the Summits Secretariat for four years, Mrs. Conte was appointed Director by the Secretary General in September 2021. Previously, she served as Senior Specialist at the Inter-American Commission of Women, managing the OAS Gender Program and efforts to institutionalize gender equality and women's rights perspective in both the OAS and member states. Earlier, she served as Specialist in the OAS Department of Science, Technology, and Innovation, where she managed regional technical cooperation programs and advised on science and technology policy.

In her more than 25 years of experience at the multilateral level, Mrs. Conte has managed and implemented regional and hemispheric institutional strengthening and technical cooperation programs; has advised and facilitated political and technical dialogue, and negotiations leading to the adoption of the hemispheric agenda in the framework of the Summits Process and sectoral ministerial meetings; has represented the OAS extensively at international fora and meetings; and directed and coordinated the preparation of several publications, as well as authored and co-authored several technical studies. In the past, she worked in the public and private sectors.

Mrs. Conte holds two master's degrees, a Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Master of Arts in International Commerce and Policy (ICP) from George Mason University. She also holds a bachelor and a Licenciatura in Business Administration from Universidad del Pacífico from her native country, Peru.

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Andrew Stevenson: Associate Staff Member – Special Advisor

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Nohra Posada: Officer - JSWG / Ministerial Meetings

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Maria Florencia Fernandez: Officer - JSWG and Ministerial Meetings

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Jennifer Molina-Vrolijk: Officer - Civil Society, Finance & Documentation

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Catalina Torres: Officer - Civil Society and Social Actors

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Juan Francisco Minetto: Consultant - Technical Support SIRG

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Lylian Mires: Senior Consultant - Gender Issues

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Manuel Fazioli: Consultant - Gender issues

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David Marin: Consultant - Gender issues

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Effy Gómez: Consultant - Administrative and Financial

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Diego Vapore: Consultant - Communications and Web Management

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Email: summit-info@oas.org

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