Paula Marcela Moreno Zapata

Founder and President, Manos Visibles

Paula Moreno is former Minister of Culture of Colombia - the youngest woman and first Afro descendant to be appointed as a cabinet minister in the country’s history. She founded and now serves as President of Manos Visibles (Visible Hands). In 2010 she was selected by the Council of the Americas as one of the most influential young leaders in the region for her work on effectively? understanding diversity. She received the Unita Blackwell Award in 2009 from the National Conference of Black Mayors of the United States as one of the most influential Black leaders in the world. For her service to the Government of Colombia and the nation as Minister of Culture, Paula was awarded the Order of Saint Charles in 2010 by President Uribe, and in 2011 she was awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle by President of Mexico Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa for her contribution to the improvement of Colombia/Mexico relations during her term as Minister of Culture. Paula holds a Mas ter’s Degree in Management Studies from the University of Cambridge, she was a United States Fulbright scholar for the program of urban and regional planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology?(MIT) and Yale World Fellow 2014. More recently, she was selected as 2014 BBC Women leaders in the Word. She is currently a board member of the Ford Foundation.

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