Irene Estefanía is the Senior Manager of Institutional Development & External Relations at the Inter-American Dialogue. She joined the Dialogue in 2016 as a Program Assistant in the Office of the President and later became its Program Strategy & Communication Associate. She previously worked as Executive Assistant to the Bureau Chief for El País in Washington, DC and as Project Assistant for the Latin American team at the National Democratic Institute (NDI).
Born in Spain, Irene studied at the Norway campus of the renowned United Word Colleges. She graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College, where she received a BA with a double major in Political Science and German. She is fluent in Spanish, English, German and Portuguese, and has working proficiency in French.
On May 13, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted the online webinar “Innovation and Technology in Latin America’s Post-Pandemic Recovery” with the participation of Carmen Pagés-Serra, Chief of the Labor Markets and Social Security Unit at the Inter-American Development Bank, Andrés Cadena, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Co., Ángel Melguizo, Vice President, External & Regulatory Affairs at AT&T DirecTV Latin America, and Victor Muñoz, National Innovation and Digital Transformation Advisor at the Colombian Presidency.
On April 29, the Dialogue hosted an in-depth conversation with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic in the state of human rights in Latin America.
On March 19, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a conference call with Alicia Bárcena and Santiago Levy. The discussion centered around the consequences of this pandemic for the global economy and the Latin American and Caribbean region in particular.
In terms of both symbolic and substantive changes, if Josep Borrell is confirmed as the next EU High Representative, the world can expect a more active and united EU in the Western Hemisphere, as well as a more conflictual EU-US relationship over the region.