Claudia Romo is a Mexican academic who has worked in some of the biggest humanitarian projects in recent years. Here's why she believes you have the power to change the world.
Before the turn of the millennium, the 2000s seemed like the promise of a bright future, a brave new world where anything and everything would be possible.
And yet, it's 2018 and xenophobic discourse is rampant all over the US and Europe, fear of the Other has been getting the best of voters, and it seems like social Darwinism, the idea that something as random as your place of birth, skin color, or even gender, determines your capacity to do something. The theory has been debunked by scientists, and by millions of people all over the world who are living proof of how ludicrous it all was from the start.
Of the millions of such people around the world, today we're introducing Claudia Romo Edelman, a formidable academic, born in Mexico City, who has worked in some of the biggest humanitarian projects around the world. She has put her education and knowledge to good use by advising and helping others.
"Never stop learning"
Claudia has a thirst for knowledge and new experiences. As a result, she speaks six languages and is not shy to use any of them to speak out about social causes whenever she can. She holds degrees in Communications and Philosophy, which she obtained in her home country, and a Masters in Political Communications from the London School of Economics. Early on in her life, she realized that learning is pointless if you can't share it, so she decided to teach marketing at the University of Geneva for the MBA in International Organizations. She is not an academic; far from it. Claudia is convinced that life must be grabbed by the horns and that knowledge must be shared for the common good.
"A Life in Public Service"
With this background, Claudia could have easily chosen to specialize in any area she saw fit, and so, without having to think twice about it, she became a recognized strategist in marketing and communications for humanitarian causes. She was Chief of Advocacy at UNICEF and she has led PR and marketing for organizations such as the World Economic Forum, the UN Refugee Agency, and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and malaria.
She also worked at the executive office of the Secretary General of the United Nations to lead communications and advocacy for the Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change for the Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Currently, she lives in New York with her husband and her two children, and is a member of the Board of the Bank Street College of Education and the Ad Council's Social Impact Group.
Communication with a purpose
Claudia is all about talking directly to an audience. From the beginning of her career, she put her knowledge to use by working as a journalist and correspondent for large Latin American media firms. But then, as she gained more experience, she decided to try something new, by co-hosting "Global GoalsCast," a female-led podcast, which aims to inspire a new generation of activists. They have two main initiatives: one for the sustainable development goals set by the United Nations, and another one for the We Are All Human Foundation, which Claudia founded after she moved to New York.
We are All Human Foundation
Through this foundation, Claudia looks into an issue that is really close to her heart. As a Latina who has achieved international success, she is concerned by the rise of xenophobic discourse around the world, according to which foreigners and minorities are seen as threats to be kicked out instead of people with skills and abilities that only enrich the country the move to.
So, this foundation will work to open the eyes of those at the top on the great chances they are missing. In other words, it seeks to raise awareness that, in the end, we are all human and have a lot to give in all areas of work and study. To accomplish this goal, the foundation has brought together people from all fields, from psychologists and neurologists to influencers, industry leaders, and decision makers. Together, they hope to connect, start conversations and generate a positive strategy that will change the prospects of minorities.
In this way, her life's work to help others is now coming to fruition: her involvement with UNICEF has taught her the most effective way to do humanitarian work, the World Economic Forum has given her insights on how to influence and rearrange the cogs that make large companies function, and her natural desire to help those in need has done the rest. We are so excited to see what she does next.