Cristina Goni

Cristina Goñi is the regional manager for advocacy and security policy at the Open Society Initiative for Europe.

Prior to joining Open Society in 2016, Goñi served as the secretary general of the International Juvenile Justice Observatory, after working as executive director of its European branch from 2008 to 2011. From 2006 to 2008, she worked as the regional manager for migration and development of the Diagrama Foundation, managing reception facilities on the Canary Islands and conducting projects on irregular migration. Before this, she directed social inclusion and residential care programs for young people in criminal proceedings at the County Council of Madrid. Goñi also worked at the Lisbon High Commission for Migration and has published on engendering security, crime prevention, youth justice, and restorative justice.  

Goñi received her BA in social psychology from the University of Salamanca. She holds an MA in international conflict and security from the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies, and an MA in business administration in nonprofit organizations from the National University of Distance Education (Madrid). She has also earned a diploma in gender mainstreaming from the Organization of American States (Washington). Goñi is fluent in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.