Diana Dajer is a DPhil candidate of Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford, a Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship Research for Action Awardee, a Colciencias Scholar, and founder of Policéntrico, a start-up that fosters sustainable development and peacebuilding in Colombia using participatory methodologies and experimentation. Her research focuses on the interaction between citizen participation, technology and peacebuilding in Colombia, using participatory budgeting as a case study. 

Social inclusion and democratic innovation in post-conflict societies are Diana’s biggest professional, academic, and personal interests. Her career is rooted in Colombia and Latin America’s state-building efforts, working in projects involving democratic innovation, human rights, transitional justice and political and civic participation. Until recently, she was a Build Peace Fellow, where she conducted a research for action project to design Our Development, a participatory budgeting game and tech tool, to help foster inclusion, transparency and trust in governmental processes.

In some of her previous positions she has worked as an advisor on peace for the Colombian Ministry of Interior, as Project Manager of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Rule of Law Programme for Latin America, as a researcher for the Toledo International Centre for Peace, and as a consultant at Purpose. Additionally, she is a lawyer (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana), specialist in administrative law (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana), and master in public policy (University of Oxford).


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