Dr. Gabriela Mendoza earned her BA Degree in International Relations from the Universidad Iberoamericana. She received her MSc Degree in International Politics and Human Rights from the University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS). In 2008 she received her PhD in Social Anthropology from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. She has served with the Ministry of the Interior and the Office of the Presidency in Mexico as senior advisor where she conducted the assessment on the status on human rights and later directed the National Program for Human Rights, she lead the Program for Innovation and Strengthening of the judicial system in Mexico with funds received from the European Union. Dr. Mendoza has worked with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Mexico (UNHCR) and the National Institute for Access to Information and Data Protection (INAI). She has lectured and conducted research at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), SOAS, El Colegio de México and the Universidad Complutense, she has also taught at the Universidad Iberoamericana. Additionally, has conducted field work with social organizations based in Europe such as Oxfam International and Amnesty International. She has published findings of her research and has several publications. Dr. Mendoza has translated academic articles for the Ministry of Education in Spain and the Department of Social Anthropology at the Universidad Complutense, as well as for the Institute for Research of Justice in Argentina and the International Development Research Center of Canada. In 2013 she participated in the Women in Public Service Project selected by the Wilson Center and the Department of State. In 2015 in recognition of her work and accomplishments she was appointed 50x50 Changermaker by the Wilson Center, and received the U.S. 'Honor Award' for her performance to enhancing Culture of Lawfulness in México. Currently she is the Chemonics Deputy Chief of Party at Crime and Violence Prevention Program in Mexico, a USAID-funded activity.