Cristina Vélez Valencia

Cristina Vélez Valencia

Secretary
Secretariat of Social Integration - Bogotá, Colombia

Until June 2019, Cristina Vélez Valencia served as the Secretary for Social Integration in the Mayoralty of Bogotá. She oversaw a department with over 9500 employees and a budget in excess of $360 million. The department defines and implements social policy in a city of over 7 million residents and is responsible for comprehensive programs for early childhood, aging populations, homelessness, youth, people with disabilities, and LGBT communities. She was in charge of defining and implementing programs for the Venezuelan migration crisis, as the city of Bogotá has received 30% of the almost 1,5 million migrants that have reached Colombia. Cristina previously worked as the Secretary of Women’s Affairs in the city of Bogota and participated in the design of a teenage pregnancy reduction program that reduced teenage pregnancy by 31% in three years. Cristina has worked in both academia and the national public sector with a few stints in consulting. She has been adjunct professor at Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica, a regional public university, and in the Department of Management at both Universidad de los Andes and CESA, two of the most important business schools in Latin America. Cristina is a historian and holds a MSc in History and a PhD in Management, both from Universidad de los Andes.

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