Celeste joined IRC's Ouagadougou-based Burkina Faso office as an intern, as part of a programme developed by the municipality of The Hague. Celeste's role was to strengthen the Burkina Faso team in the operation of their existing programmes, particularly by supporting the team in the development of English-language communication products. Simultaneously, she carried out research in the field of human rights in the water and sanitation sector.
Born and raised in several Latin American cities, it was at a young age that Celeste developed a sincere motivation to improve the well-being of the poor and the marginalized, especially those of children and other vulnerable groups. Having obtained a master's degree in Geopolitical Studies at Charles University in Prague in 2013, Celeste additionally has an academic and professional background in Social and Urban Geography. Her work experience includes contributing to the building of capacity in the social housing sector at the South African municipal level, as part of an agreement of cooperation between the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and the South African Department of Human Settlements. She has also worked in Brussels, thereby assisting activities related to the EUROSOCIAL II Programme, a project funded by the European Commission for social cohesion and crime prevention amongst Latin American youths.
Celeste is fluent in English, Spanish, and Dutch, and has a working level of French.