2020 – Dyanne Marenco Gonzalèz

Dyanne Marenco Gonzalèz was born in 1990 in Costa Rica. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in environmental law and another in disaster law. She also has a Master’s in Business Administration, and another in International Relations and Diplomacy.

In her civil life, Dyanne is a lawyer and notary as well as an international consultant in the fields of risk and disaster law. She is the representative of the Lawyers College at the Costa Rica Commission for International Humanitarian Law and a legal advisor to the National Commission for risk prevention and the management of emergencies.

Aged 15, she enrols as a volunteer in the Costa Rica Red Cross Youth programme. At 17, she is chosen to represent the Costa Rica Red Cross at the Central American Water Forum held in Guatemala, as well as two other events related to Water that follow later in Canada and Nicaragua.

In 2009, she joins the 3rd world gathering of the Red Cross “Youth on the Move” and “Journey of an Idea” in Solferino in Italy, organized by the International Federation of the Societies of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent (IFRC).

She is later on invited to join the National Youth board with the responsibility to manage environmental projects at the national level. During that time, she also completes a course to become accredited to teach international humanitarian law. After an international education programme completed in Bulgaria, she is admitted as a member of the Global Team “Rapid Response” (previously FACT), through which the movement of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent deploys teams specialized in emergency response.

Dyanne has over 15 years of experience in the humanitarian field, the management of volunteers, capacity reinforcement, and the planification and evaluation of social projects with youth, indigenous populations, street children and handicapped people. She has given lectures in various academic events on the subjects of risk management, disaster and international humanitarian law, nationally and internationally. She is a Costa Rica government-certified mediator and conciliator in alternative resolutions to conflicts.

In the humanitarian domain, Dyanne is the youngest member of the board of the National Council of the Costa Rica Red Cross. She is the Coordinator of the Commission of Management of Risks and Community Resilience, a member of the Commission for Social Integration, Culture of Peace and Non-Violence, and of the Committee for Humanitarian Diplomacy. In addition, she is a member of the team of instructors of the Costa Rica Red Cross for Climate Change, Water Usage Good Practice, International Humanitarian Law, prevention of violence, VIH/SIDA, first aid and the Education Brigades, among others.

In 2019, Dyanne takes on the responsibility to lead the Costa Rica Red Cross delegation at the Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. Last but not least, she is an active member of the network for social studies in the prevention of disasters in Latin America, “La Red”.

The Henry Dunant 2020 Prize for Fieldwork was awarded to Dyanne Marenco on 8 March 2020 in San Jose, Costa Rica, at the occasion of the General Assembly of the Costa Rica Red Cross, by Roger Durand, President, and Cécile Dunant-Martinez, member of the Henry Dunant Prize Foundation board, in the presence of the President of the Costa Rica Red Cross and other members of the national board. Dyanne Marenco Gonzalèz shares the Henry Dunant 2020 Prize for Fieldwork with Auner Garcia Garcia.