Catalina Devandas Aguilar

Executive Director, Disability Rights Fund

Catalina is the Executive Director of the Disability Rights Fund. A Costa Rican lawyer, she served as the first United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities and represented her country as Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva. She has extensive experience working in the multilateral sphere, including with the international human rights system.

Devandas has a long, distinguished history advocating for disability rights and inclusive development around the world. Born with spina bifida, she has drawn from her personal experience to tackle the injustices facing the disability community for more than 20 years.  Catalina is married and the proud mother of three girls.