Bruna Romero-Melgar is a global citizen dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women in entrepreneurship, technology, and STEM. Multilingual and a geek. Executive Director of Girls in Tech Bolivia, which in its first quarter of operations has 5000 followers in social networks, 500 members, and more than 100 beneficiaries within its first 10 workshops and is about to launch the first female coworking in Bolivia. MSc. Economics with a focus on Development Economics and a minor in Gender Relations in International Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MBA in International Business at the Gabriela Mistral University in Santiago de Chile, and Diploma in Higher Education and Technology at Gabriel University Rene Moreno in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Further studies of Innovation at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Women’s Leadership at Georgetown University and Wirtschafts universität Wien. Recipient of the 2014 Marianne & Peter Kilby Scholarship for Summer Research in Latin America and 2015-2016 American Association of University Women’s AAUW International Scholarship for Doctoral Studies.
She has worked for UN Women, the Inter-American Development Bank, Save the Children, UNOG, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia. She has been Dean of the Department of Economic Sciences and Administration of UPFT and professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Warsaw University, and Gabriela Mistral University. She has publications at the United Nations and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UIUC. She is a conscientious citizen and has been an active volunteer at YWCA, Rotary, PeaceJam, and the Arkansas Women’s Foundation.