As a ‘development entrepreneur,’ Natalia has been looking for ways to implement social innovations for children at UNICEF for over 10 years.
She's currently serving as the Data, Research and Policy Planning Specialist at UNICEF Headquarters, where she provides strategic management guidance through lean and innovative management practices and support policy advocacy goals, with focus on the ‘data revolution’ and application of design thinking for the development of a second-generation data strategy for UNICEF.
Borrowing from the design world, she introduced a Human Centered Design approach to support the development of Regional Policies for Children in Nicaragua, implementing design techniques such as prototyping, service trials, empathy-driven programming, ethnographic research, co-creation, and crowdsourcing. In partnership with the private sector, she has also explored new ways ‘to do development’ through the creation of 'entrepreneurial ecosystems.' She conceptualized and implemented the Sociopreneur Initiative, which combines social entrepreneurship and collaborative solutions to create value for children and foster responsible tourism practices.
Natalia also worked at UNICEF Mozambique, where she broadened the intersection of child rights and Public Finance Management. She was responsible for securing the office’s first partnership with the Ministry of Finance and the Parliament, and played an integral role in the creation of a civil society Budget Monitoring Forum.
At 14, she opened her own business, an English school in the countryside of Brazil, teaching over 50 adults and children and saving the profits. She has a Master’s in Human Rights from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in French Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated summa cum laude and with the highest honors.