Emiliana Bernard-Stephenson is a writer, educator, feminist, and the Colombian ambassador to Jamaica. Born in the San Andrés and Providencia islands, she is part of the Raizal community.
She holds a master’s degree in Caribbean Studies and has worked as a TV journalist, editor, and columnist. She is a member of the National Network of Colombian Women and the Latin American Network of Afro-Descendant Women.
In 2019, she was named Afrocolombian Journalist of the Year by El Espectador and the Fundación Color Colombia for her work at the regional news network Teleislas. In the same year, she received the President’s Award from the Caribbean Broadcasting Union.
Bernard-Stephenson writes in her mother tongue, the English-based San Andrés y Providencia Creole (or Kriol). In recent years, she has sought to promote and preserve the language, including by highlighting it in her journalistic work.