Colombia Team

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Mariana Balen Giancola

Mariana Balen Giancola is the Coordination 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 Specialist 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

Miyerlandy Cabanzo is a Specialist 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 Political Relations Coordinator 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.  

María Camila Carvajal Oquendo

María Camila Carvajal Oquendo works as a Research Assistant for the Barometer Initiative in Colombia, focusing on rural reform initiatives. She studied political science at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia. For the past nine years, she has been working in conflict and peacebuilding research projects in regions of Colombia affected by armed conflict. She most recently worked as a researcher in the conflict and state group at the Center for Popular Research and Education’s Programme for Peace (CINEP/PPP).

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

 Brenda Forero is a Research Assistant for the Barometer Initiative monitoring issues including victims’ rights and the gender perspective. She is a lawyer with a master’s degree in International L\law from the University of La Sabana, Colombia. 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

Rebecca Gindele is a Specialist 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.

Enrique Gutiérrez

Enrique Gutierrez is a Specialist 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.

Carolina Hidalgo

Carolina Hidalgo is the Operations Manager for the Barometer Initiative. She has two master’s degrees, one in geography from Sorbonne University, and one in comparative development studies from the School of High Studies of Social Science in Paris. She has worked in Burundi, Thailand, and South Korea. Living in Colombia since 2010, she has worked with the Colombian Presidency, the British Embassy, and local NGOs.

Jaime Márquez Díaz

Jaime Márquez Díaz is a Research Assistant for the Barometer Initiative, monitoring security, protection and legality. He graduated from the University of Deusto, Spain, and Uppsala University, Sweden, with their joint master’s degree in international humanitarian action. He also completed the specialization in conflict resolution program of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia. He has worked for more than six years in the public sector supporting land restitution processes and contributing to historical memory projects.

Gerard Martin

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.

Poly Martínez

Poly Martínez works as a Communications Consultant for the Barometer Initiative. She studied philosophy and political science at Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. As a journalist, she has worked with Colombian mainstream media, on both print and digital platforms, and has been an international press correspondent and collaborator. As a consultant in strategic communications, she has designed and implemented strategies for reaching audiences in the public and private sectors, as well as third sector institutions.

Ángela Ramírez

Ángela Ramírez 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 Specialist 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.

Felipe Roa-Clavijo

Felipe Roa-Clavijo is a specialist in the Barometer Initiative in Colombia where he leads the Comprehensive Rural Reform chapter monitoring. Felipe obtained his doctoral degree in International Development from Oxford University, and his research focuses on food security and food sovereignty. He has worked at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Ana María Rodríguez Contreras

Ana María Rodríguez Contreras is a Specialist 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

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

Ivonne Zúñiga is Specialist 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.