María Cristina García
Maria Cristina Garcia is a Colombian psychologist and Doctor in Education. Researcher and consultant for social development projects. She has been co-director of the research line on child rearing practices and child / youth development at the Social Sciences Doctorate Program developed between CINDE and the Universidad de Manizales in Colombia. She was executive director of CINDE Colombia for nearly 12 years, and actually is head of the board. Her main area of work has been research and practice of projects and programs around the healthy development of children, as well as monitoring and evaluation of social development projects and child / youth programs for different organizations worldwide such as UNICEF, Mentor Colombia and international, Oak Foundation, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, DNI – Bolivia, The Red Cross/ PREAL, Christian Aid, International Children’s Fund, and CENDI Mexico among others. She has been and is advisor of the Secretary of Education of Bogota for social inclusion programs up to 2014.
Currently she is member of CINDE’s board, presently acting as its president.
She is associate professional at CINDE Colombia, and INTRAC UK, and at present divides her time between research at the doctorate program and independent consultancies on project evaluation. She has also worked as translator for publications by INTRAC, Bernard Van Leer Foundation, UNICEF, CINDE, Misean Cara and PAL, Ireland.