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Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona

Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona is a Senior Research Fellow at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). From 2008 to 2014, Sepúlveda was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights. Ms. Sepúlveda’s 20-year career at the intersection of poverty, development and human rights has bridged research and activism. She has worked as a researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, as a staff attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and as the Co-Director of the Department of International Law and Human Rights of the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in San José, Costa Rica.

She also worked  at the Norwegian Refugee Council in Colombia and more recently she was the Research Director at the International Council on Human Rights Policy in Geneva. She has worked as a consultant for numerous intergovernmental organizations including OHCHR, ILO and UNHCR. She currently serves as member of the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) of the Committee of World Food Security and a Member of the Human Rights and Gender Group, formed under the auspices of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.  Ms. Sepúlveda is a Chilean lawyer, J.S.D. (University of Valparaiso, Law School); LL.M. (University of Essex) and Ph.D (Utrecht University).  Ms . Sepúlveda has published widely in human rights, poverty and development.