Former Minister of Culture
Government of the Republic of Colombia
Paula Moreno served as the minister of culture in Colombia from 2007-2010 – the first Afro-Colombian woman and the youngest person to hold a cabinet-level ministry in the history of the country. In 2010, she was selected by the Council of the Americas as one of the most influential young leaders in the region. The same year, Moreno received the Order of Saint Charles for her work in government, and in 2011 she was awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle by Mexican President Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa for contributing to the improvement of Mexico-Colombia relations. She was recently selected to be a Yale World Fellow, and has been a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow for Urban and Regional Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Moreno is the director of Manos Visibles, a nonprofit foundation that she founded to promote social inclusion and peace building in Colombia. She holds a degree in Italian language and culture from the Italian Institute of Culture and a B.S. in industrial engineering from the Autonomous University of Colombia. Studying the sustainable use of biodiversity by local communities in Colombia, Moreno earned a master of philosophy in management studies at the University of Cambridge.