Read about Luisa Guerrero Silva

Luisa Guerrero Silva
Knowledge Development Expert
Division for Treaty Affairs, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime


What brought you to a career in technology at the United Nations?

Facilitating the efficient sharing of knowledge and information among the UN, stakeholders, and expert networks is of utmost importance. This ensures that our knowledge products effectively reach their intended audience and maximize their impact. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear that we needed to adopt an innovative approach to continue delivering knowledge. This is where I began my career at the UN. I organized virtual trainings, events, and developed eLearning modules. Thanks to these efforts, the UN has expanded its reach to new fields and locations. It has successfully overcome limitations in delivering capacity-building activities while building on knowledge to help counterparts address increasingly specific and complex challenges.


What has been your favorite IT project at the United Nations and what was your technical contribution?

KNOWTS, the UNODC Knowledge Hub on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling is a comprehensive platform that serves as a one-stop-shop for practitioners working in the field. As part of my role, I am responsible for managing the platform's backend, troubleshooting issues, liaising with IT colleagues, coordinating and overseeing virtual trainings and events. By leveraging these skills, I can ensure the platform operates seamlessly and remains an invaluable resource for professionals combating human trafficking and migrant smuggling.


What advice would you give women interested in pursuing a field in technology?

If you're interested in pursuing a career in technology focus on building your skills, finding supportive mentors, and connecting with other women in the field. Believe in yourself and don't let imposter syndrome or stereotypes hold you back. You have the potential to make a significant impact in the technology industry so don't be afraid to pursue your dreams.