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Ana Portocarrero

Senior Advisor

Ana Victoria Portocarrero is a passionate feminist researcher, educator and activist focussed on economic and environmental justice, gender, sexuality and development, climate change and food sovereignty. She has more than 15 years’ experience working with grassroots organizations, diverse social movements, state institutions, (I)NGOs, and academia on the unveiling, strengthening and creation of alternative feminist economies based on an ethics of care for humans and nature.

She holds a degree in Economics and a masters in Development Studies. She is currently pursuing a PhD on Climate Change, Food Sovereignty, and Peasant Feminism, focussing on the Central American region, particularly Nicaragua.

Ana Victoria has extensive experience on feminist research with emphasis on discourse analysis methodologies, gender integration in public and private educational institutions, coordination and evaluation of projects, programs and policies, and on the design, implementation and teaching of educational programs.


  • Nespresso’s Transformative Changes for Gender Equality

    • Institute
    • Project

    This tailor-made programme strengthens the capacity of over 415 Nespresso agronomists across twenty countries to create deep structural changes for gender equality, known as gender transformative change. It covers three areas: 1) knowledge of gender transformative change 2) facilitation skills 3) self-reflection. It is aligned with Nespresso’s AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program, which is a unique initiative to […]

  • Fenomenal Funds Learning Partner

    • Institute
    • Project

    Fenomenal Funds (2019-2025) is a five-year feminist funder collaborative that aims to decolonize philanthropic spaces and shift power through pooled, flexible core funding for women’s funds globally. Fenomenal Funds have been working with close to 50 women’s funds from the Prospera International Network of Women’s Funds (INWF), using a shared governance model and participatory grant-making.   […]


  • Women’s sexual rights and empowerment beyond the liberal paradigm:

    • Book chapter

    Understanding sexuality and power relations from the life experiences of young women Women’s sexuality was originally included in the development agenda mainly in relation to health and risks. With time, it has started to be understood also through the lenses of the ‘empowerment’ and ‘rights’ approaches. This chapter looks at the way in which young […]

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