Sofía Monsalve Suárez
is the Secretary General of FIAN International. FIAN is an international human rights organization working for the right to food and nutrition. She holds a master’s degree in political science and philosophy. Before turning Secretary General in 2016, she coordinated FIAN’s program on land and natural resources for more than 15 years. This work included field research visits and fact-finding missions to 20 countries; as well as close collaboration with peasants, family farmers, landless people, fisher folks, indigenous peoples and rural workers organizations. She has extensive advocacy experience in the UN human rights system, FAO and the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) contributing to the development of human rights standard setting. Likewise, she has undertaken conceptual work and research particularly on the intersection between human rights, land and natural resource governance in collaboration with various academic institutions.