Mariana is Advocacy Manager for the GSMA - Connected Women Programme. In this capacity, she ensures that the programme’s knowledge and insights are disseminated effectively by supporting the production of content on how to bridge the gender gap in mobile money and mobile internet in developing countries. She also leads Advocacy efforts, such as GSMA’s participation in EQUALS: The Global Partnership to bridge the digital gender divide. Prior to joining the Connected Women team, Mariana worked at the London Centre of International Law Practice as a researcher on the root causes of gender-based violence in conflict. Mariana holds a Masters in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford (2016), a BA in Business and a BA in International Relations from ITAM University (2015). She also spent time studying in Harvard, Stanford, George Washington University, and LSE.
Debra-Derieux manages and edits content for the GSMA’s Capacity Building training courses and publications and leads Teaching Training programme for the delivery of online and face-to-face courses. Debra is a lifestyle author, who prior to joining the GSMA, worked as a multilingual broadcast journalist and correspondent based in Paris. She has worked as a communications consultant and lecturer designing and delivering undergraduate and graduate training courses in universities and media school groups in London, Brussels and New York. Debra holds a BA in Journalism-Mass Media and Broadcasting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MA – PD in Hispanic Language Civilisations and Literatures from New York University.