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Dr Clarissa Rios Rojas


Developmental Molecular Biology scientist and Founder of the NGO Ekpa’palek

A scientist with experience working at the Ministry of Environment in Peru and at the European Commission providing science-based evidence and advice for policymaking, Clarissa is the Founder and Director of the non-profit Ekpa’palek, focusing on the empowerment of young professionals in Latin-America. She also has experience as a UN Women champion for women's economic empowerment, a UNESCO delegate, an Emerging Leader at the Atlantic Dialogues, a Young fellow at the Raisina Dialogues, a newspaper collaborator, an advisor at Women Economic Forum and as a co-lead of the Science Advice working group at the Global Young Academy. Her work is also related to science diplomacy, gender equality, reduction of Inequalities and education for sustainable development goals. Praised international speaker, Clarissa is a leader with excellent communication and people skills and has global experience living and working in Germany, Italy, Finland, Sweden, Peru, Australia and The Netherlands.