Juanita’s interests are at the interface between science and policy to improve water resource management and promote social change, contributing to a more sustainable, resilient and peaceful world. Ms Ayala’s previous experience includes collaborating with AGWA on advising the Bolivian government on climate-resilient strategies, implementing eco-technologies to improve water security in rural communities in Mexico, researching on community-led groundwater management initiatives in Indonesia, and supporting water governance processes in peri-urban Bogotá, her home city.

Juanita holds a B.A. in Political Science, Peace Research and Conflict Resolution from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and an MSc. in Water Management and Governance from IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. She speaks Spanish and English. She volunteers at Water Youth Network and Instituto Javeriano del Agua.