Mariana Balen Giancola
Mariana Balen Giancola is the Management Assistant for the Barometer Initiative in Colombia. She is a lawyer with a degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia. She has worked with civil society organizations as well as with the public sector in the analysis of public policy aimed to satisfy the rights of victims of the Colombian armed conflict. Particularly, she has focused on the analysis of the access to transitional justice mechanisms.
Luis Felipe Botero
Luis Felipe Botero is a Researcher for the Barometer Initiative and leads the territorial approach. He holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá and a master’s in international peace studies from the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute. He has more than ten years of experience working with ethnic and campesino communities, grassroots organizations, government programs, and international institutions in armed conflict and illicit crops affected areas in Colombia.
Miyerlandy Cabanzo is a Researcher for the Barometer Initiative and monitors accord stipulations related to Point 2. She has a master’s in historical archival and memory from the Pontifical Xavierian University (Colombia). She also has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia. She has experience and interest in research methodologies, data analysis, peacebuilding, archiving, and memory.
Daniel Cano Insuasty
Daniel Cano Insuasty is the Strategic Relationships Leader for the Barometer Initiative of the Kroc Institute in Colombia. He worked as an advisor for the Colombian Agency for Reintegration and for the Secretary of Security of Medellín. He holds a master’s in social science from Uppsala University. He also completed a bachelor’s in psychology focusing on the psychological profile of child soldiers recruited by guerrilla groups in Colombia.
Josefina Echavarría Álvarez
Josefina Echavarria Alvarez is Director of the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM). Echavarria earned her PhD in Peace, Conflict and Democracy from the University Jaume I (Spain). She is the former Co-Director of the Research Center for Peace and Conflict at the University of Innsbruck and has taught in numerous universities around the world on peace building, peace education, gender, conflict analysis and research methods.
Brenda Forero is the Editor for the Barometer Initiative. She is a lawyer with a master’s degree in International Law from the University of La Sabana, Colombia. She has worked international organizations, academic and litigation teams as a writer and editor. She has prepared expert opinions on human rights, international humanitarian law, and transitional justice, and litigated before the Inter-American System for the protection of human rights.
Rebecca Gindele is a Researcher for the Barometer Initiative focusing on the implementation of gender commitments. She has a master’s in human rights, where she focused on the implementation of CEDAW through gender-sensitive budgeting. Rebecca received a post-graduate certificate in conflict resolution. She has worked in Colombia in human rights and education projects for the past five years.
Mateo Gómez Vásquez
Mateo Gómez Vásquez is the Technical Research Leader for the Barometer Initiative in Colombia. He is a lawyer with a degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, and master degree in Democracy and Good Governance from Universidad de Salamanca. He has worked as Director of the Early Warning System of the Ombudsman Office and Coordinator of National Advocay of the Comisión Colombiana de Juristas.
Enrique Gutierrez is a Researcher for the Barometer Initiative and monitors accord stipulations related to Point 3. He holds a master’s degree in human rights from the University of Essex, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Pontifical Xavierian University (Colombia). His professional experience focuses on the work with vulnerable communities and peacebuilding in post-conflict environments like Colombia and Kosovo.
Jaime Márquez Díaz
Jaime Márquez Díaz is a Researcher for the Barometer Initiative and monitors the implementation of the Comprehensive Rural Reform component of the Final Agreement. He is a graduate of the Universities of Deusto (Spain) and Uppsala (Sweden) through the Joint Master’s Degree in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA Network). Additionally, he completed the Specialization in Conflict Resolution at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and is a political scientist from the National University of Colombia.
Gerard Martin is the Peace Accords Matrix Representative in Colombia. He is a political sociologist with a PhD from the School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences (France). Of Dutch origin, he has lived in Colombia and worked with numerous universities. From 1998 to 2008 he co-directed the Colombia Program at Georgetown University (Washington DC). He has been a consultant for cities, governments and donor agencies and was a member of the curatorial team of the Museo de la Memoria de Medellín. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Medellín. Mafias, City and State. 1975-2013.
Angela Ramírez Rincón
Angela Ramírez Rincón is the Manager of the Barometer Initiative in Colombia. She is a lawyer and has a master’s degree in international law with an emphasis in human rights from American University. She has worked as a teacher, researcher and consultant on issues related to the protection of human rights. Her work in the public sector has given her the opportunity to learn about the dynamics of the Colombian armed conflict and work closely with victims and victim organizations on issues related to public policy and transitional justice.
Natalia Restrepo Ortiz
Natalia Restrepo Ortiz is a Researcher with the Barometer Initiative and monitors transitional justice issues. She is a lawyer with a degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia, with a specialization in administrative law and an LLM in public international law from New York University. During her professional career, she has focused on working for victims’ recognition from the public sector, as well as by international organizations, including the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Ana María Rodríguez Contreras
Ana María Rodríguez Contreras is a Researcher for the Barometer Initiative and monitors accord stipulations related to drugs and anti-corruption. She holds a master’s in international peace and conflict studies from the University of Queensland, Australia. She has over 10 years of work experience in international cooperation, development, transparency in the extractive sector, human rights, and conflict analysis.
Mauren Sánchez is the Administrative Assistant for the Barometer Initiative in Colombia. She holds a degree in accounting and finance, and is finishing advanced studies in business administration. She has four years of professional experience in administrative support and accounting.
Ivonne Zúñiga is a Researcher for the Barometer Initiative and monitors accord stipulations related to Point 6. She has a master’s in public administration and a bachelor’s in psychology. She has 10 years of experience in the formulation of projects and intersectionality in public policy, both in governmental and non-governmental entities and international organizations. Her academic achievements include a Fulbright fellowship, Colfuturo scholarship, and a scholarship granted by the United Nations.