Ms. Marie-Elena John
Ms. Marie-Elena John is a gender equality and development practitioner. She spent over a decade developing and managing human rights, women’s empowerment and economic development programmes in Africa. One of her major contributions to her field is her work on women’s inheritance rights in Africa. Between 2002 and 2009, she researched and wrote a work of Caribbean and African Diaspora historical fiction; and guest-lectured widely on the novel’s gender-related themes. From 2009- 2013, Ms. John was a consultant with UN Women, including with the Caribbean multi-country office on ending violence against women and women’s economic empowerment, the Strategic Partnerships Division as a member of the Donor Reporting and Relations Team, and supporting the Fund for Gender Equality. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the City College of New York and a Masters Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York. Ms. Marie-Elena John is a national of Antigua and Barbuda.