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Jelena Pia-Comella

Senior International Consultant

Ms. Pia-Comella started her career in 1996 as a diplomat representing Andorra at the United Nations, Canada and the United States, she was part of the team that created the foreign policy of her country. Ms. Pia-Comella was appointed Deputy Permanent Representative of Andorra to the United Nations in 2002 and served as chargé d’affaires a.i./Chief of Mission to Canada and the United States from 2001 to 2007.

From January to July 2018, she served in different capacities for civil society organizations: CWGL, WEDO, WFM-IGP. From June 2019 to August 2021, she served as adviser on gender, peace and security issues for the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.

Currently, Ms. Pia-Comella is consulting with the Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC); she is an adjunct lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Hofstra University, as well as a faculty member of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

Ms. Pia-Comella is the President of the Board of Directors of SOS-Torture/Burundi and board member and treasurer of Global Justice Center. Additionally, she is a member of the African Coordination of Human Rights for the Armed Forces (CADHA) and the Women Network on the Responsibility to Protect, Peace and Security of the British Academy for the humanities and social sciences of Leeds University.

Ms. Pia-Comella holds a Master’s Degree in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University, New York and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Fribourg University, Switzerland.