Ms Hayek’s academic background is in Economics and Political Science with additional professional training in Conflict Analysis, Human Rights, Risk Management and Emergency Response. She holds an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK as well as a MSc in Business Economics from Eni Corporate University, Milan, Italy. Among her academic interest are Human Rights Obligations of Non-State Actors and Transitional Justice.
She has over twenty years of operational and managerial experience working in conflict and post-conflict situations addressing key issues related to Democratic Governance development programmes (DDR, S&JSR, Transitional Justice, and Violence Prevention). Her field experience covers programme design, coordination, management and evaluation, effectively applying instruments derived from the Results Based Management System (RBMS), Human Rights Approach to Development (HRAD), DAC Evaluation Quality Standards and Paris/Accra Principles on Aid Effectiveness. Her experience dealing with institutional capacity-building programmes and projects in all phases of the peace process in Central America and Colombia, has provided her with a valuable overview as well as specific insights regarding the challenges in terms of aid effectiveness in conflict and post-conflict contexts.
She has performed advisory and peer-review roles for multidisciplinary research on political and criminal violence in transitional processes. She served eleven years at the UNDP and is familiar with UN’s programming methodologies as well as with other multilateral and bilateral development agencies procedures. Throughout her career she has demonstrated strong skills in developing and managing collaborative relationships, the ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and facilitating community-involvement and consensus building processes.