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Adriana Vilela

Adriana Vilela is an education specialist at the Organization of American States (OAS). She is in charge of facilitating the creation and consolidation of the Inter-American Teacher Education Network and follow-up of the Regional Education Indicators Project. Until November 2007, Ms. Vilela was Executive Director of the Organization World Links, where she had previously served as Director of Programs in Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe as well as Director for Education and Technology Initiatives in global programs. Ms. Vilela developed teacher training materials, coordinated and conducted training workshops for teachers, and organized ICT education policy workshops in Central America and Southeast Asia. She has also led initiatives on programs assessment involving ICT in education worldwide.  In her native Argentina, Ms. Vilela worked as a teacher, principal and supervisor in the public education system. She was co-coordinator of the TELAR-iEARN Network of Schools (Todos en la Red). Ms. Vilela holds a Masters in Education and Development with a focus on ICT use in education from the Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA. E-mail:


Andrea Leonelli

Andrea Leonelli is an educational consultant at the Organization of American States (OAS). She has over ten years of experience in educational development. Since joining the Inter American Development Bank (IADB) and subsequently the Organization of American States (OAS), Mrs. Leonelli has provided expertise on technical support for the design, preparation, and evaluation of education projects and contributed to the education policy dialogue, particularly in teacher profession.

In her native country Brazil, Mrs. Leonelli has held several positions working with all levels of education (pre-school, basic education, secondary education, tertiary education and distance learning). She also worked as a researcher in e-learning culture, teacher’s training and use of pedagogical ICT tools to improve in-class learning. Mrs. Leonelli holds a Masters in Education with a focus on ICT use in education from the University of Montreal, Canada. Email:

Nathalia Khayat

Nathalia Khayat, a Brazilian national, is specialist in communications and education. She joined the Inter-American Teacher Education Network (ITEN) in 2013 and has been working as coordinator of ITEN horizontal cooperation missions. At the Organization of American States (OAS), she previously worked at the Summits of the Americas Secretariat, where she managed communications and social media affairs during the high-level diplomatic negotiations for the 6th Summit. Prior to the OAS, Nathalia worked as independent communications consultant for different institutions, including Petrobras Oil and the United Nations Human Rights Office.

In the field of education, Nathalia co-founded and managed a non-governmental organization aimed to facilitate college admission to socially disadvantaged adolescents in Brazil. In addition, she has field experience in Angola and in India with the training of teachers and with the assessment of educational projects, respectively. Nathalia holds two Master degrees, one in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and another in International Relations from the Getulio Vargas Foundation. Nathalia believes that education is at the core of socioeconomic development, and that information and communication technologies are key to faster bridge educational gaps. Email:

Valentina Pernett

Valentina Pernett is an educational consultant at the Organization of American States (OAS). Currently she works in the Inter-American Teacher Education Network (ITEN), and she is a graduate candidate in the Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS) at Georgetown University. Before coming to the OAS, Valentina worked at the Gold Museum of Colombia and in the Joint Project between the Local Mayoralty of Ciudad Bolívar and the NENUFAR Foundation “Youth of Ciudad Bolívar develop global thinking and participate locally”. Valentina is an anthropologist from Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia). During her studies, she was the Editor of El Etnógrafo Newsletter and participated as a volunteer at the Art Club for the Project “Proyecto Clubes Colegios de la Alianza Educativa”. In addition to her passion for education, anthropology and philosophy, Valentina enjoys listening to classic music and watching independent films. Email:

mariajoseMaría José de León

María José de León is a consultant in educational partnerships at a multilateral level with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently, she is working at the Inter-American Teacher Education Network in partnership building for teacher professional development in the Americas. Previously, María José worked for the Scholarship Unit of the Department of Human Development, Education and Employment of the OAS, in the evaluation and placement of fellows, and implemented a monitoring and evaluation program for OAS scholarships. Furthermore, she worked in the development and execution of cooperation agreements with educational institutions in North America, Central America and Europe. María José was also part of the Summits of the Americas team and collaborated with the follow-up and monitoring of the implementation of Summit mandates.

Maria José is a citizen of Guatemala, holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from Jönköping University in Sweden and a Master degree in International Relations from HULT International Business School in London, and has academic and professional experience in Germany, France, and China. Email:

daniel_pierDaniel Pier

Dan Pier is a teacher professional development specialist and curriculum developer with twenty years of experience in education, communications, and project management. He coordinates ITEN's audio programs for the professional development of teachers in rural areas and the English-language toolkit on critical thinking, and he supports other ITEN activities. Mr. Pier served as a teacher and journalist in Chile, Costa Rica, and the United States. He has trained teachers and educational radio scriptwriters, created instructional materials, and managed programs in Uganda, Nigeria, Guyana, and El Salvador. He also helped design and launch a new teacher training institute in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti. Mr. Pier holds a Master’s degree in teaching and curriculum from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. His passion is empowering teachers with the tools and skills they need to succeed in their specific context. Email:

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