Lorena Aguilar (Costa Rica), "was born in San José, Costa Rica, and is the Senior Gender Advisor of IUCN, (the International Union for the Conservation of Nature,) where she is the first Latin American woman ever to be appointed such an esteemed global position. She earned a Master’s degree in Anthropology with a major in Cultural Ecology, and her efforts towards sustainable and equitable human development include more than two decades of practical experience in projects and initiatives involving public policy development and design and the incorporation of social and gender issues into the use and conservation of natural resources. Ms. Aguilar has provided technical assistance to international organizations, governments and universities, in areas such as water, environmental health, gender and community participation. She has written 30 books and other publications on gender and environment, environmental health and public policies involving ender equality. Many of her books have been translated into English and French and are widely used in many projects around the world. Through her efforts and firm determination regarding the development of technical skills, more than 10,000 people have been trained using the methodologies developed by her team over the last 10 years."