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Ana Margarita Vijil Gurdián is the current president of the Sandinista Renovation Movement (Movimiento de Renovación Sandinista or MRS), a left-wing Nicaraguan political party. She has held this position since July 1st, 2012. She is a Human Rights and Gender professor at the Polytechnic Nicaraguan University in Managua (UPOLI), where she served from 2010 to 2012 as director of the Central American Institute for Legal and Political studies. Her teaching experience includes subjects related to political science and citizenship. Prior to her work at UPOLI she worked at the Nicaraguan embassy at The Hague and was part of the team that represented Nicaragua in the case: Territorial and Maritime Dispute (Nicaragua v. Colombia)" in the International Court of Justice. Ana Margarita holds a law degree from the Central American University in Managua (UCA), where she graduated with honors. In 2008 she earned a Fulbright scholarship to study in Arizona State University a master's degree in political science, with an emphasis in comparative politics and public policies. Her thesis researched the situation of elected women within the National Assembly of Nicaragua. Her primary research interests are comparative politics and women in politics and has published articles on issues related to women's political participation. She is a Fellow of the ninth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.