Mónica de Pinto Ribeiro Hancke – Women Deliver

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Mónica de Pinto Ribeiro Hancke

Head, Strategic Initiatives and Executive Engagements

Guided by intersectional feminist values and approaches, Mónica (she/they) is committed to transformative change in global development, building a more representative, equitable, and just sector that centers the experiences and leadership of women and girls, and gender-diverse people. Their decade-long career has spanned Nicaragua, Kenya, Tanzania, Guinea-Bissau, Timor-Leste, and the US, focusing always on movement-building, trust-based grantmaking, and facilitating gender justice advocates’ access to and leadership in global policy-making spaces.

Mónica joined Women Deliver in 2018 to support country-level coalition-building in Kenya and Senegal (through the Deliver for Good campaign) and in 2022 transitioned to the Office of the President/CEO where they now lead all things Executive Engagement, strategic planning, Board Affairs, and institutional project coordination and management as the Head, Strategic Initiatives and Executive Engagement .

A “Third Culture Kid”, Mónica hails from Portugal and Norway by way of the UK, the Netherlands, and speaks five languages. Mónica now resides in Brooklyn, NY – USA with their wife and poodle. When not pushing for policy-change, you can find them punching out the patriarchy on a boxing bag.

They hold an MA in International Development and Gender Policy from the Elliott School at the George Washington University in Washington, DC – USA and a double degree in Political Communications and Theatre Education from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts – USA.