Dilian Francisca Toro Torres

Dr Toro is a physician. She graduated from the Universidad Libre Cali, Colombia. Specialist in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and in Health Administration of the Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia. She was Mayor (1992-1994) of the Municipality of Guacarí, Valle del Cauca; she served as Health Secretary of the Department and Health Consultant of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). In 2002 she was elected Senator.  In 2006, she served as President of the Congress and in 2010, as President of the Constitutional Seventh Permanent Commission. Advocate for health issues and author of the Reform to Law 100, the Human Resource on Health Act, the Anti-Smoking Law, Non-Violence against Women Law and the Orphan Diseases Law. She was a panelist at the UN General Assembly. She has received several distinctions as the Order of Congress of the Republic for her work as president of the Senate; José Vicente Huertas Order of Merit of the Colombian Cancer Institute and the Award for Leadership and Excellence in Smoke-Free Environments policies from The Global Smoke Free Partnership. She was Governor of the Valle del Cauca for the period 2016-2019. During her period, she was elected best Governor in categories 1 and 2, distinction awarded by the Colombia Leader Foundation to the Best Mayors and Governors for the period 2016-2019.