Irene Perureña recruits, connects, and supports nongovernmental organizations that focus on humanitarian aid, human rights, peace, conflict resolution, and human development at the City of Knowledge in Panama.
This group of international organizations, academic centers, and technology companies is designed to promote synergy among people and institutions of diverse backgrounds. The City occupies a complex that until 1999 was a military base for U.S. soldiers assigned to protect the Panama Canal.
A former Fulbright scholar, Irene graduated from Notre Dame in 1991 with master's degrees in peace studies and government. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Santa Maria la Antigua University in Panama, her native country.
Irene, a longtime human rights advocate and educator, returned to Notre Dame in April 2010 where she was honored with the Kroc Institute's Distinguished Alumni Award.