Ana Dengo

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Ana Dengo

Ana Teresa Dengo retired after more than three decades of working in the international field. She
served as Ambassador of Costa Rica to Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia,
Slovakia, Slovenia and to the United Nations in Vienna. She also served as a diplomat in Washington
DC and New York and has worked at several international organizations, including as Associate
Director of the US Peace Corps Office in Costa Rica, the Comprehensive-Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
(CTBTO) and the United Nations System. She holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s in
Public Administration with emphasis in Public Policy and Strategic Management from Harvard
University. Ambassador Dengo’s main areas of expertise include diplomacy and negotiation,
particularly in disarmament and non-proliferation; strategic planning; training and capacity-building.
After retiring, from 2016-2018 she was the main lecturer in the Regional Courses for Arab League
Member States, Africa, Asia and Latin America, (held respectively in Egypt, Ethiopia, Thailand and
Costa Rica). Said courses were jointly organized by the University for Peace and the United Office for
Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and aimed at boosting the participation of women in disarmament and
peace-related matters. In 2018 she taught the disarmament component of the on-site Master’s course at
the UPeace Headquarters. Until recently, she served as Permanent Representative of the United
Nations University for Peace in Austria and the UN in Vienna.
Co-author of A Search for Purpose, from the Best-Selling Series Wake Up and Live the Life You Love,
she is currently in the process of writing two more books. Former President of the Vienna
International Centre Society for Conscious Living. Both through her work as well as for her interest to
learn about the various cultures and peoples, she has travelled extensively. She has been a speaker at
many international conferences on peace-related matters and women leadership. She has also served
as a mentor to many young people. She also led a group of women on a morning ritual to seize the day.
Transitioning from such an active professional life to retirement was challenging and Ms. Dengo
decided to organize meetings with like-minded women to identify ways to continue making a difference
and providing contributions to the world. This turned into an informal life coaching activity which
generated a lot of interest in women from many fields of life and resulted in people suggesting her to
write a book to help more women. She is now in the process of writing Turn the Page: how to create,
embrace and step into the next chapter of your life.

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