Jovana Ríos Cisnero

Jovana Ríos Cisnero

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Jovana will develop and scale Women’s Link mission to use the power of the law to impact the lives of women and girls, building a strong organization, fostering an ecosystem of allies, ensuring Women’s Link has a strong reputation and a growing pool of resources. She brings a bold vision of the unique role Women’s Link can play in the ecosystem of those fighting for rights and justice for women and girls.

Jovana co-founded the Latin America and the Caribbean Youth Alliance, which has catalyzed youth-led advocacy during negotiations around the 20-year review of the Cairo Programme of Action, the adoption of the Montevideo Consensus, and the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, Jovana was a member of the Developing Countries NGO Delegation to the Board of Directors of the Global Fund and has served as a consultant for the United Nations Population Fund. She led a policy and communications unit in the private sector and has worked as Advocacy and Campaigns Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean at Save the Children International.

Jovana has received high-level appointments from two UN Secretary-Generals related to the Every Woman Every Child initiative, first to the High-Level Steering Group and later to the Independent Accountability Panel. She also serves as a SheDecides Champion alongside other global leaders pushing for sexual and reproductive rights and gender equality around the world. She is the former Board Chair of Fòs Feminista where she co-led the transformation of the organization to an intersectional feminist alliance. She was named 1 of the 100 most powerful women in Central America by Forbes Centroamérica magazine. Jovana is also a 2022 Global Fellow in the Women Leaders for the World initiative of How Women Lead, a transformational leadership program for social impact leaders.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, postgraduate degrees in Higher Education and Executive Management, and an MBA in Human Resources from the Interamerican University of Panama. She also has a specialization in Public Policy from The George Washington University.

Jovana is an Afro-Indigenous descent woman, born and raised in Santiago de Veraguas, Panama.


WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

Panama.

WHAT LANGUAGES DO YOU SPEAK?

Spanish and English.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT WORKING FOR WOMEN’S LINK?

Women’s Link puts women and girls in all their diversities at the center of everything it does. Intersectional feminism is at our core. As a team, we live and promote shared leadership and co-creation to use the power of law, communications and advocacy to make a more just world.

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