Last week's Summit of the Americas in Panama signalled a new era of diplomacy and collaboration, with Cuba's first ever participation at the summit. The Summit of the Americas was a historic one, but it will only make history if leaders turn rhetoric into action.
Policy Unit Oxfam Canada and Oxfam Quebec
Lina Holguin works for both Oxfam Canada and Oxfam-Quebec. She leads Oxfam’s policy and campaigns. She has worked for 18 years in the field of international development and humanitarian aid. She joined Oxfam in 2000. She has a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies from the European Peace University, Austria and a Degree in Journalism and Social Communication from the University of La Sabana, Colombia.
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