Carmen America Affigne Oropeza

Venezuela (Caracas)

Term: March 2022 - February 2025

Carmen América is one of two INEE Country Focal Points for Venezuela. She is a tenured professor and researcher at the Information and Communication Research Institute of the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello and at the Department of Language and Literature of the Universidad Simón Bolivar. With more than 25 years of undergraduate and graduate academic experience, she has taught and researched in the areas of academic writing and reading, Latin American literature, political and cultural history of the 19th century in Latin America. She has a doctorate in Latin American Studies, with a master's degree in Latin American Literature. She currently conducts activities and research in Education in Emergencies (EeE) and Communication for Development and Social Transformation in contexts of prolonged crisis, emergency and recovery. She is part of the Education Cluster of OCHA Venezuela, focal point of the Teacher Training Working Group in the Education Cluster, a member of the INEE Teacher Well-being Reference Group and is a certified facilitator by the INEE in the use of the Minimum Standards for Education. Carmen América has also designed education plans and programs in EiE linked with livelihoods, water, sanitation and hygiene for the United Nations Humanitarian Response Plan in the case of Venezuela (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023), as well as developed educational materials, seminars, and other resources for teacher training. Carmen América is Venezuelan and speaks Spanish and English.