Colombia Team

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Claudia Beltrán Barrera

Claudia Beltrán Barrera is the territorial liaison to Caquetá.  She has a background in social science, and is specialized in human rights and citizen competencies. She has worked for NGO projects in peacebuilding pedagogy to resolve conflict as well as in the public sector in the promotion of human rights and historical memory with victims of the armed conflict.

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 works as a Research Assistant for the Barometer Initiative. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia, and is currently completing a master’s degree in historical archiving and memory from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. 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).

José Luis Clavijo Trujillo

José Luis Clavijo Trujillo is the territorial liaison to the North of Santander. He studied social communication, specializing in project management, and has a master’s degree in human development. He has worked for more than 15 years in NGOs and with the international cooperation on issues related to governance, local development planning, peacebuilding processes, dynamics of armed conflict, childhood and adolescence.

Jesús Elías Córdoba Valencia

Jesús Elías Córdoba Valencia is the territorial liaison to Chocó.  He is an agronomist, with training in Latin American Social Development and Social Services Management.  He has a range of experience in environmental, social and ethnic territory processes. He has also worked on childhood and youth issues, development and construction of peace with communities in the Pacific Colombian region, and international cooperation projects with the public sector.

Josefina Echavarría Álvarez

Josefina Echavarría Álvarez is Co-Director of the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM), overseeing the work of the Kroc Institute’s Barometer Initiative in Colombia. Beginning July 2020, she will assume full leadership of the PAM program. 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.

Juan Diego Gómez

Juan Diego Gómez is the territorial liaison to Córdoba and Montes de María. He is a professional in agriculture with 20 years of experience primarily in the rural sector focusing on vulnerable communities in the Caribbean region, Antioquia and the coffee region. He has experience working with both national and international organizations focusing on building peace with social organizations and community victims of the Colombian armed conflict.

Enrique Gutiérrez

Enrique Gutierrez currently works as a Research Assistant for the Barometer Initiative and monitors reincorporation, Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), and the ethnic chapter of the peace agreement. He holds a master’s degree in human rights from the University of Essex. 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.

Lina María Jaramillo Rojas

Lina María Jaramillo is a Research Assistant for the Barometer Initiative in Colombia. She holds a master’s degree in international studies from the University of Barcelona, Spain, and another master’s in international development from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. She has worked in Colombia for 10 years, contributing to projects related to peacebuilding, poverty reduction, food security, rural economic development, and conflict prevention.

Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson is the Report and Briefs Coordinator for the Barometer Initiative’s Colombia team. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Connecticut, as well as a master’s degree in the same field from the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. He has worked for Human Rights Watch, International Crisis Group, the International Organization for Migration, Colombia’s National Center for Historic Memory, and the New Rainbow Corporation.

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.

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.

Nhora Narváez

Nhora Narváez is the territorial liaison to Putumayo. She is a civil construction administration professional, specializing in environmental management and geographic information systems. She has worked with the public sector on issues of agriculture, rural development and land restitution. Nhora has also worked with UMAIC Colombia, an ally of the United Nations system, for the department of humanitarian assistance in Putumayo.

Alejandra Olmos

Alejandra Olmos is the Coordination Assistant for the Barometer Initiative. She is currently finishing a master’s in peacebuilding, and has previously studied government and international relations with a specialization in conflict resolution. She has experience in the public sector in the areas of security and victims rights, and previously worked in the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace on peace agreement pedagogy.

Leslie Paz Jaramillo

Leslie Paz Jaramillo is the territorial liaison to Urabá, Bajo Cauca and the Northeast of Antioquia. She studied political science at the University of Antioquia and specialized in human rights and critical theory of law (Clacso). She has worked with NGOs and the international cooperation on issues of victims’ rights, historical memory and truth, dynamics of armed conflict, peacebuilding processes, and gender and ethnic approaches.

Lucas Peña Lopera

Lucas Peña Lopera is Technical Coordinator for the Barometer Initiative. He holds a master’s degree in conflict, security, and development from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom. He worked with the Organization of American States as a national field officer during the paramilitary groups’ demobilization process from 2005 to 2010. He has also worked at the Unit of Land Restitution in the Caquetá province, and with the World Wildlife Fund.   

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.

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 the territorial liaison in Norte del Cauca and Pacífico Medio (Cali).  She holds 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.