Krystell Santamaria Muñoz is the Disaster Risk Management Program Coordinator for the International Federation of the Red Cross and has more than 15 years of experience within international organizations in operational, strategic and policy positions at global, regional and national levels.
Krystell is an expert within the academic sector and Development Institute in developing Disaster Risk Management & Climate Change programs in urban preparedness; specializing in gender and child protection during emergency situations as well as experience in the Climate Change specially in ECO Disaster Risk Reduction & Nature Base Solution programmes. She trains local communities, their multi-sectoral partners, and governmental organizations in Disaster Risk Reduction, Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change using people centered approach methodologies. Krystell is manager of several regional programs funded by the European Union, DFID (Department for International Development), AECID (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation), Private and Public sector as a counterpart of key external stakeholders’ movements within UN agencies. She also works as an external consultant for UNISDR (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction) and OMM (World Meteorological Organization).
Krystell holds a Marketing and Advertisement bachelor’s degree as well as two master’s degrees in Project Management and International Affairs with emphasis on international cooperation. She has international and field experience in The Americas & Asia Pacific region and has lived in Colombia, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and Spain. She is also a recent mother to twins and created a Resilient Mom Program designed to empower women.