The ILO-WED team

Organizational description | 12 June 2023
Virginia ROSE_LOSADA - Global Coordinator and Lead Officer
Virginia Rose-Losada is the Global Coordinator and lead officer for the ILO’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Programme. Since joining the ILO in 2009, Virginia has held various positions of growing responsibility in supporting entrepreneurship and SME initiatives, programmes and policies targeting women and youth in over 15 countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Between 2018 and 2020, she worked for the ILO Office for the Caribbean as Enterprises Specialist where she focused on issues such as resilience and productivity in small island contexts. Virginia, a Spanish national, holds an MA in international economics and Latin American studies from the Johns Hopkins School for Advance International Studies. Prior to working with the ILO, she worked for the Inter-American Development Bank as coordinator of a university network promoting social responsibility within Latin America and the Caribbean. She is fluent in Spanish, English and French

Valentina VERZE - Technical Officer
Valentina Verze joined the ILO Enterprises Department in 2018 and currently works as a Technical Officer on Women's Entrepreneurship Development at the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Unit. Valentina supports the team in programme management, design and technical assistance to development cooperation projects, partnership building, policy advice and knowledge generation/sharing. Previously she worked at the Cooperatives Unit fostering the technical area of social and solidarity economy, decent work and inclusive and sustainable development. Between 2014 and 2018, Valentina was in charge of project management in the NGO sector in the Middle East in the fields of local economic development, sustainable enterprise and value chain development, women's empowerment and humanitarian-development-peace nexus in forced displacement and fragile contexts.
Valentina holds a joint master’s degree with merits in Social Economy from the University of Bologna (Italy) and the Reims Management School (France) and a bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from the University of Bologna (Italy).

Andrea Davila - Technical Officer
Andrea joined the Small and Medium Enterprises Unit in March 2023 as Technical Officer for the Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Programme. She provides guidance and support to field offices on the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development cooperation projects, conducts research, and develop training materials and knowledge sharing products on WED.
Andrea previously worked at the Cooperatives Unit where she was in charge of the development and dissemination of training tools on cooperative development and decent work for cooperatives and supported field offices in the implementation of development cooperation projects on cooperatives. Andrea also worked as a technical officer on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work at the ILO, where her main areas of work included research, design and implementation of development cooperation projects, and the provision of technical advice on non-Discrimination, Child Labour and Forced Labour. Andrea has provided technical support to more than 30 countries in Africa, Arab States, Europe and Latin America. Andrea has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Business from the Catholic University of Ecuador - Quito, and a Master of Arts in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies - Geneva. She speaks English, French and Spanish.

Other team members working on WED and related topics: 

The ILO-WED Programme wishes to thank its past staff:

  • Joni Simpson

The ILO-WED Programme also wishes to thank past interns for their support and contribution:

  • Jaylan El Shazly
  • Mathilde Hebert
  • Elyssa Majed
  • Lourdes Toledo
  • Bahar Ucar
  • Sara Cavallo
  • Ludmilla Azo
  • Guillaume Baillargeon
  • Andrea Bocanegra
  • Charles Cauchon