Eliana Elias brings more than 20 years of experience working in the Peruvian Amazon and other rural areas to the design and implementation of strategies that combine communications, women’s leadership, and sustainable community development. She has consulted with hundreds of NGOs and more than 100 indigenous groups involved with education, health, conservation and community development. In 1998, Elias co-founded Minga Peru, an award-winning model of communication and participation for social change. The University of Texas at El Paso, the Clinton School for Public Service, the Global Philanthropy Forum, Funders without Borders, Funders for Human Rights and many others have recognized Eliana's work. She received an Ashoka Innovation Award and is a member of the Avina Foundation’s Latin American Leadership Network. She was the first international recipient of the “Triumph of the Spirit” award for her human rights defense work. Eliana has a degree in communications from the University of Lima in Peru.