Gabriela Cruz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in international affairs with a specialisation in International Organisations from the Guatemalan University Francisco Marroquin. She undertook an Advanced Master’s Degree, where she graduated with distinction, in development management and evaluation at the Institute of Development Policy and Management at the University of Antwerp. The core subject of these studies was evaluating development effectiveness, understanding poverty reduction strategies and aid at a national level. Her thesis focussed on the principles of the 2005 Paris Agenda and if they have been transformed into the national development plans, taking Guatemala as her case study.
Before being part of UNU-CRIS, she had worked for several international organisations and NGOs among these, Save the Children International, ProMéxico, and the Latin American youth-led organization, TECHO.
During her six-month internship she was supervised by Ana Amaya where she assisted with the field work and workshops for a project that seeks to understand the contribution of regional organisations in the formation of successful health policies in South America and in the South of Africa. Additionally, she conducted research around the cooperation policies between the EU and the CELAC countries.