Andrea Castano de la Torre

Andrea Castano de la Torre

My passion is to develop public policies in defence of gender equality, human rights and non-discrimination. I did my undergraduate studies, as well as my first Master in Economics, at Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, and worked for 5 years before coming to Oxford.

My work experience started with the Colombian Senate, as an economic advisor proposing addends to national law bills in order to create inclusive legislation. I then worked as an Advisor for the Vice Minister of Health and Social Protection, as well as an advisor for the Labour Minister’s bureau, were I supported the development and implementation of the National Public Policy of Labour Equality with Gender Scope; formulated action guidelines regarding wage gaps, glass sailings, labour and sexual harassment, informality, unemployment gaps and horizontal segregation. I was also made part of the United Nations Development Programme, working for the Regional Gender Team for Latin America and the Caribbean as an advisor on Women’s Economic empowerment, supporting the expansion and globalization process of the Gender Equality Seal in LAC, Africa and Asia.

I decided to pursue the MSc in Comparative Social Policy and I am enjoying having an inter-disciplinary approach on social policies to nourish my economic expertise from a social science point of view. The practical scope of the MSc, along with its focus on qualitative and quantitative research methods, was an added value of the department that will help me create innovative solutions for the reduction of gender gaps at a national and international level.