Marta Maurás is Chilean, sociologist, graduated from the Catholic University of Chile, and has studies in Administration from the University of Connecticut. She is the author of various publications and guest professor of the International Cooperation program at the University of País Vasco.
Marta Maurás has worked since March 2005 as Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). From 1998 to early 2005, she was Director for Economic and Social Affairs in the Executive Office of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, and Chief of Staff of the Deputy Secretary General, in New York. Prior to 1998, she served for six years as UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean in Bogotá.
Maurás is a counselor for ComunidadMujer, a Chilean non-governmental organization for women’s rights. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the South-North Initiative, an organization that deals with venture capital to small and micro-enterprises. She is also a member of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS, a network for public debate on AIDS worldwide.