Maria Lucia Uribe
Ms. Maria Lucia Uribe is the Director of Arigatou International Geneva since 2013.
In her role as Director, she currently heads the strategic implementation and
expansion of the Ethics Education for Children Initiative as a International
Knowledge and Action Hub with partners in more than 30 countries, providing
expertise and technical support to global and grassroots organizations, and
ensuring that values-based education is integrated in programs to respond to the
prevention of violence and the promotion of peace building and interfaith and
Previously she served as Coordinator of the Working Group on Education and
Fragility for the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE). From
2005 to 2010 she served as Program Officer of Arigatou International, where was
co-responsible for the development of its Learning to Live Together Programme –
An Intercultural and Interfaith Programme for Ethics Education, launched in
collaboration with UNESCO and UNICEF, and translated to 13 languages reaching
more than 150.000 children around the world.
She is currently the convener, on behalf of Arigatou International, of the Working
Group on Children and Violence of Child Rights Connect, leading the advocacy
work with the United Nations and Human Rights mechanisms in Geneva on the
topic. Ms. Uribe is also the convener of the International Consortium on Nurturing
Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence, launched in 2018 by
Arigatou International with faith-based organizations, civil society organizations,
multilateral agencies and academia, to mobilize religious communities to support
families in nurturing values and spirituality in early childhood.
Ms. Uribe has more than 15 years of experience in intercultural and interreligious
education and collaboration and has a unique expertise on education to foster
learning to live together through teacher training, children’s empowerment, youth
participation, and by linking education policies to the improvement of education
systems to ensure quality and inclusive education that can contribute to peace
Ms. Uribe holds a Master in Peace and Conflict Transformation from the University
of Basel, Switzerland, a specialization in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and a
Bachellor degree in International Relations and Finance in Colombia. Ms. Uribe is
also a fellow of the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship. She serves in the Steering
Group of the International Partnership for Religion and Development – PaRD.
Ms. Uribe is married and has one daughter.