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Clifton Cortez

Global Adviser on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)

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Clifton Cortez is the Global Adviser on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) for the World Bank. Prior to joining the World Bank, he served as Team Leader, Gender, Key Populations and LGBTI – HIV, Health and Development Team/Democracy and Peacebuilding Group with the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York, where he led the team responsible for leadership of UNDP’s HIV and health-focused policy and program contributions to sustainable development, including as relates to inclusive growth, governance, and gender. He simultaneously served as the UNDP global senior manager responsible for policy and program direction on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) inclusion. Clif has over 20 years of experience in programming with UNDP and USAID in middle- and low-income countries related to inclusive growth, governance, HIV/health, displaced people/refugees, people living with disabilities, disaster risk reduction/climate change and gender. His expertise includes the integration of LGBTI as a crosscutting concern in capacity development and development knowledge.