Regional Director

Luiza Carvalho, Regional Director of UN Women for the Americas and the Caribbean

Luiza Carvalho (Brazil) joined UN Women as Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean in November 2014. The promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women has been a constant guidance throughout her extensive career in the United Nations system, the public sector and academia.

Before joining UN Women, she served as Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in the Philippines (2012-2014), a position from which she directed the response of the humanitarian system during the typhoon Haiyan, the most destructive registered globally, which affected more than 14 million people and caused more than 6,000 deaths. Human rights and the protection and differentiated needs of women and girls affected by the disaster, were a permanent consideration for Luiza Carvalho during the immediate response and recovery efforts. Also, during her tenure in the Philippines, the government of the country signed the Peace Agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front after years of an intense negotiation process in which Luiza promoted a gradual involvement of the UN system.

Between 2008 and 2012, she was Resident Coordinator of the UN in Costa Rica, where she worked with the government in the formulation of the public safety national policy, ensuring that it incorporated a strong gender perspective to ensure the rights of women and girls, in particular, the right to a life free of violence. She also led the implementation of joint programmes of the United Nations system to accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in Costa Rica before the 2015 target, and to support the country's efforts to eliminate the emission of HCFCs for the year 2030. Additionally, she coordinated the support to the Costa Rican government in the formulation of a National Development Plan with a strong perspective on environmental sustainability and gender.

Previously, she was Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Venezuela (2005-2008) and Coordinator of the Unit for Sectorial Policies (2002-2005) and Programme Officer (1999-2001) of UNDP in Brazil.

Before joining the UN, she worked in the Government of the Federal District of Brazil for over 15 years, in promoting social development in suburban areas of the Brazilian capital, conducting fieldwork and later as Programme Supervisor and Advisor for the Planning Department of the Federal District Government.

She also accumulates experience as a professor and researcher at the State University of Norte Fluminense (1996-1999) and the University of Brasilia (2000-2003).

Luiza Carvalho holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Essex (UK) and a Master of Planning and Social Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). She graduated in Management of Public Policies for Employment Generation, from the University of Campinas (Brazil) and Planning and Administration from the University of Brasilia (Brazil).

She is the author of several publications in the areas of gender, female-headed households and social policies.