Fellows - Claudia Umaña

Claudia Umaña

Claudia Umaña Araujo is a lawyer, activist and legal researcher born in San Salvador, El Salvador. While studying for her law degree from the University Dr. Jose Matías Delgado, the country went through one of its most convulsive times. These circumstances had a great impact on her life and is what has lead her to devote most of her career to the pursuit of modernization of the State, search of opportunities through trade and the promotion of the importance of transparency and rule of law as the path to prosperity and peace.

She is the current President of the NGO: Democracy – Transparency – Justice (DTJ), which promotes transparency and woman’s rights, and Vice President of FUSADES, which has been ranked among the top ten in Latin America according the “Think Tank Initiative.” She is also the Coordinator of the Political and Legal Studies of FUSADES. She also served as the Director of the Department of Legal Studies of FUSADES for almost ten years.

Claudia was also a public servant for almost a decade working as the Director of Trade/Commercial Policy of the Ministry of Economy of El Salvador, with the rank of Special Ambassador for Trade Negotiations. During the years that she held office she coordinated the team that negotiated the WTO, CAFTA, Central America and Chile, among other trade treaties. She was also the head of the Central American Integration Treaty. In 2014, she was awarded the “Order of Bernardo O’Higgins” in rank of Officer, by the Government of Chile. She is a Fellow of the sixth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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Claudia Umaña Araujo’s 2020 Action Pledge

This year I have strengthened the bond with the Aspen Institute because the confinement gave me a chance to step back and spend days with many inspiring fellows from all over the world and refresh perspectives. The Connected Learning and the readings have provided a very rich and inspiring motivational modality in me that has enabled my leadership characteristics to flourish specially in my country El Salvador where hope is very scarce.
I have been an active member of a transparency network that has been vigilant and instrumental so that the members of the public Institute of freedom of information are professional and independent and not people whose main characteristic is that they are close to their political party in government. We have been taking public stances to prevent the election process from being manipulated; we’ve had public appearances such as press conferences and have denounced that if the Institute and other control institutions don’t work appropriately, the funds that should be used for health purposes and to tackle the pandemic may go into corruption.
In have been very active promoting better knowledge on what is to live in a Republic and the division of powers to more than 1000 youth. Transparency is a principle that we have promoting specially in the public procurement during the pandemic of the COVID 19.

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