Dilian Francisca Toro

Governor of Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Mrs. Toro has dedicated her life to medicine and politics, driven by a deep-seated commitment to public service. She began her political career as Mayor of Guacarí, where she transformed the municipality into Valle’s most peaceful town and pioneered initiatives like the Sisbén and CASI healthcare centers. She also served as Secretary of Health for Valle del Cauca and consulted on health issues for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

From 2002 to 2010, she served as a Senator in the Republic of Colombia, ultimately becoming President of the Congress. During her tenure, she led legislative efforts focusing on health, gender equity, and human rights, contributing significantly to laws such as the Health Reform Law (2007) and the Healthcare Law (2011). In 2015, she was elected Governor of Valle del Cauca, overseeing a government focused on equity, competitiveness, and territorial peace, fulfilling 93% of her campaign promises.

As President of the Partido “De La U” from 2020 to 2023, she transformed the party into a dynamic political force, emphasizing dialogue, inclusion, and modernization. Her leadership was recognized with numerous accolades, including the Order of the Congress of the Republic and the Leadership and Excellence Award in Smoke-Free Policy from The Global Smokefree Partnership.

Mrs. Toro holds a degree in Medicine and Surgery from Universidad Libre de Cali, specializing in Internal Medicine from Hospital Servidores de Estado in Rio de Janeiro. She also holds specializations in Health Administration from Universidad del Valle and in Government and Public Management from EAN.

Her unwavering commitment to public service and social transformation has made a profound impact on Valle del Cauca and Colombia, where she continues to advocate for a more just and prosperous nation.