The GGO Team

The Global Gender Office (GGO) is comprised of technical experts and policy advisers, on-the-ground practitioners, skilled trainers, innovative researchers, and accomplished project and budget managers. The core team members, while reporting to the Washington, D.C., office, are located in numerous countries around the world.

Lorena Aguilar has held the position of Global Senior Gender Adviser and head of the GGO since 2002, following more than a decade with IUCN. She has more than 30 years of experience providing assistance to international organizations, governments, and universities on gender policy, gender equality, and women's empowerment, as well as on water, forests, environmental health, and disaster risk reduction.

View Bio

Andrea Athanas is a Technical Advisor for GGO’s Gender Equality for Climate Change Opportunities (GECCO).

View Bio

Emmett Boyer coordinates IUCN GGO’s inputs into the 16-country Shared Resources, Joint Solutions programme, supports various other GGO projects, and contributes to the generation of knowledge products in their capacity as a Programme Officer for the GGO.

View Bio

Itza Castaneda is a Gender and Sustainable Development Special Adviser with the GGO. Itzá has almost 20 years of experience in projects and initiatives involving public policy development, building local institutions, and the incorporation of gender issues into development. She has worked in various capacities for a number of international and national organizations in Mexico and Latin America as a researcher and consultant adviser, while also teaching and training on gender equality and development.

View Bio

Molly Gilligan is the manager of the Environment and Gender Information (EGI) platform and contributes to various other projects with the gender team.

View Bio

Margaux Granat is a Program Officer for the GGO and provides support in all areas of development and implementation for numerous projects. She is a technical program professional with international experience in sustainable development, specializing in providing technical analysis, support, and capacity building in climate science and policy at national and international levels.

View Bio

Roxanne Halley is the Finance & Logistics Assistant providing financial and administrative support for the IUCN GGO based in the IUCN Washington, DC Office.

View Bio

As Senior Officer of the GGO, Cate Owren does a little bit of everything across the team’s portfolio of work, including by supporting management and communications, project development and delivery, internal and external relations, stakeholder coordination and resource mobilization.

View Bio

Maria Prebble is a Project Officer for the GGO where she supports the Gender Equality for Climate Change Opportunities (GECCO) Energy portfolio where she conducts research, produces knowledge projects and supports activities under the GECCO network of experts.

View Bio

Ana Rojas, Gender and Energy Task Manager, GECCO

Ana Victoria Rojas is the Gender and Energy Task Manager for the GGO's Gender Equality for Climate Change Opportunities (GECCO) programme. She is a sustainable development specialist with 15 years of experience working with policy makers, program practitioners, international organizations, NGO’s and grassroots level organizations.

View Bio

Laura Sabater

Laura Sabater is an intern for the GGO and supports the Environment and Gender Information (EGI) platform analyzing documents in Spanish, French and English, as well as supporting other projects.

View Bio

Jackie Siles is a Senior Project Coordinator for the GGO, focusing on the nexus of gender and environment and development in the Mesoamerican, Andean Amazon and African regions.

View Bio

Celia Steele has over 25 years of experience as an administrative assistant in international environmental and conservation organizations, working in areas involving productive projects, agriculture, gender, and the environment. Since 2009, she has been the Global Gender Office’s Administrative Assistant, coordinating project budgets, travel and logistics office-wide.

View Bio

Silvie Vale joined the GGO in 2017 to support research on climate change and gender issues, specifically examining climate finance mechanisms and the accessibility women may or may not have to necessary resources.

View Bio

As the Communications Officer to the GGO, Jamie is responsible for the GGO’s strategic communications. With an approach rooted in stakeholder analyses and strategic planning, Jamie is a communications and advocacy specialist with experience across international organizations and diplomatic institutions.

View Bio