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President of the Region
For more than fifteen years, Diana Barco has been dedicated to sexual and reproductive health work as a volunteer, at both the national and international levels. Concerned with the high rates of teen pregnancy in her country, she became a member of Profamilia's Assembly in 2001. She has been on its Board of Directors since March 2003, where she has promoted friendly services for youth, youth participation, and the defense of sexual and reproductive rights. In 2004, she participated in the IPPF/WHR volunteer committee in New York, which developed the framework for the Board workshop on strengthening the five A's in IPPF/WHR Member Associations; and in 2005, she facilitated the planning workshop on strengthening the five A's with the Peruvian Association, INPPARES in Lima. In 2008, she gave a lecture on the importance of family planning in the first conference of Women Deliver.
She has been a member of IPPF/WHR’s Board of Directors since 2005, where she serves as Vice Chairperson since 2010, and has participated in several of the Board’s committees. Diana was a member of the Awards Committee and of the Women’s Committee on Gender Rights and Sexuality, which supported the Bill of Sexual Rights. She presided the Resource Mobilization Committee, where she founded the Committee of the Future Young Spokespersons, and led donor trips. She currently is Chair of the Committee on Policy and Performance: Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health.
Diana has been a regional representative for IPPF/WHR before the IPPF Governing Council during three periods, first from 2005 to 2008 and then from 2011 to 2017. She represented IPPF/WHR on the Governance Task Force, which developed the Code of Good Governance and the Welcome on Board handbook, making recommendations for strengthening the role of volunteers in IPPF and making the governing bodies of the Federation more effective. She currently is part of the Membership Committee, which has allowed her ample knowledge of the associations in the Federation, in addition to participating in the focus group that reviewed the third cycle of accreditation for the Federation.
Diana received a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in Art and Design and a B.S. (Bachelor of Science) in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master’s degree in Architecture from Columbia University in New York. Several of her projects have received awards and have been published in international journals. She is a founding member and Vice-president of the Rogelio Salmona Foundation and co-curator of the AUFI (Audi Urban Future Initiative) research project about future mobility in Bogota. She speaks Spanish, English and French.