Marta Villa, new Director General of Women for Africa


Marta Villa, new Director General of Women for Africa

Tuesday, 22nd November, 2016. Women for Africa (Mujeres por África) has a new Director General: Marta Villa Hidalgo. She has a degree in Law from the University of Deusto, as well as a master’s in European Studies from the Catholic University of Leuven and in the Evaluation of Public Programmes and Policies from the Complutense University of Madrid.

Villa succeeds Ambassador Juan Antonio Yáñez-Barnuevo in the post, who after four years at the helm of the foundation has decided to leave the post for personal reasons.

The new director of Women for Africa (Mujeres por África) has a wide experience in the field of international cooperation for development, having worked as an adviser and assessor for different international donors and development agencies, including the European Union, the International Labour Organisation, the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development, and the Development Agency from Luxembourg. She has been Head of Programmes in the Delegation to the European Union in Cape Verde, and project director in development consultancies. She has worked in various African countries in addition to Cape Verde: Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea (Conakry), Mozambique and Senegal.

Women for Africa would like to publicly thank Juan Antonio Yáñez-Barnuevo for the work and prestige he has given the foundation over these strategic years when it has been launched. 

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