Kattya Araya, a Costa Rican lawyer, is the Compliance Review Phase Coordinator since 2022. She is responsible for coordinating the compliance investigations in cases authorized by the Board of Executive Directors, and is assisted in that work by members of the Roster of Experts.
Prior to joining MICI, she served as Ombudsperson for the United Nations University for Peace, where she worked on the promotion and compliance processes of policies against discrimination, harassment, abuse of power, and retaliation, and conducted investigations into prohibited practices. At the same time Araya served as director of Public and Environmental Law at the global law firm Dentons. Her experience with accountability mechanisms includes being a member of the Civil Service Tribunal of Costa Rica for over eight years, forming part of the organisms that investigate breaches of internal control regulations and management of public funds, and as a member of the Qualifying Commission for Foreign Service in the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ms. Araya has a specialization in Administrative Law from the University of Costa Rica, and a Master of Law degree from the University of Houston in Texas, as well as a professional certification in Public Private Partnerships, CP3P-F, from APMG International.
Spanish is her first language; she is also fluent in English, and speaks Portuguese and French.