Katherin Gil, IRD Local Coordinator, Quibdó, Colombia
Katherin Gil is the Local Coordinator in Quibdó, Colombia, for the Inclusive Regional Development program of MIT CoLab. She is a lawyer and an artist, with a Masters in Government and Public Policies with an emphasis on peace building. Gil is also Co-Founder of Young Creators of Chocó, a youth group that -through art and culture- seeks to create protective environments in vulnerable communities of youth in the Colombian Pacífic. Gil is also a fellow of the Generation Change Program of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP); and a participant in the Autonomous Development and Effective Leadership (DALE) programs, High Government School, Pacific Connection Workshops, Minga Lab of the Manos Visibles Corporation; ex-member of the Martin Luther King (MLK) program, and winner of the National Juvenile Volunteering Award in the categories of Art and Culture in 2014. Gil also has a diploma in Afro-Colombian Communities and Historical Memory within the framework of the Justice and Peace Law; and was a participant of the V summit of leaders of Latin America by the CAF, the V World Summit of Young Ambassadors for Peace, and was recognized as one of the ‘Leaders That Transform’ by the Ministry of the Interior in 2018, within the commemoration of Afro Colombian culture.