OUR TEAM

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SERGIO GUZMÁN

Director of Colombia Risk Analysis. He provides commercial, security and political risk analysis for the Andean region. His expertise is in the Colombian conflict, the resolution of international conflicts and international development.

Before joining Colombia Risk Analysis, Sergio was the principal analyst for Colombia, Bolivia and Suriname at Control Risks where he was an international consultant in political and security risks.

 

Sergio holds a Master's degree in International Economics and International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. His native language is Spanish, he is fluent in English and is proficient in Portuguese. Sergio has spoken at numerous regional and international conferences on issues of political economy, finance, anti-corruption and international relations.

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​ÁLVARO JIMÉNEZ MILLÁN

Head of the Colombian campaign against mines and a member of the Government's taskforce of the international campaign for the prohibition of antipersonnel mines. In addition to being a founding member of Colombia Risk Analysis, he is co-founder of SEHLAC, a working group on human security in Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

Álvaro is a political scientist, analyst of the armed conflict and negotiation processes in Colombia. He is an expert in the promotion and strengthening of citizen initiatives for the construction of a culture of peace and the promotion of civil and human rights. He was spokesman of the M-19 movement in the peace negotiations between this guerrilla and the government of Belisario Betancourt in 1984. Later he was the guarantor of the dialogues between the government of President Uribe Vélez and the ELN in Cuba.

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ALFONSO CUELLAR

Partner in Colombia Risk Analysis. He has skills for crisis management and production of risk analysis and its potential impact on the business sector. He has more than 31 years of experience in media, the private sector and diplomacy. 

He is fluent in English and Spanish. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Fulbright Colombia. Before joining Colombia Risk Analysis, Alfonso was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Business Council in Colombia. He was Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister Counselor of the Embassy of Colombia from 2010 to 2014 and a columnist for Semana magazine.

Alfonso is a former Knight Fellow for Journalists at Stanford University, a graduate of Universidad de Los Andes in Business Administration and Management, and a graduate of Allegheny College with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Government.

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KATHERIN GALINDO ORTIZ

Analyst for Colombia Risk Analysis. She writes client notes and researches a variety of subjects including transportation, security and defense, national politics, and international relations.

 

Katherin has a degree in International Relations from Universidad del Rosario with an emphasis on Security and Democracy, she specializes in strategic issues of security and defense, terrorism, the Middle East, data analysis, social networks, and open media for research and production of articles. She has written investigations and reports about Colombia’s national security strategy in her prior role at the National Navy where she worked on prospective and future forecasts for the intelligence division.

In prior roles, she has also done social network analysis, political trend mapping, and analysis of public sentiment.

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JUAN DIEGO ÁVILA

Analyst for Colombia Risk Analysis. He supports and contributes to the monthly and sectorial reports published by Colombia Risk Analysis to the public and the specialized briefings and reports tailored to clients’ needs. His research focuses on the Colombian socioeconomic climate and uses global macroeconomic and trade trends to better understand Colombia’s position concerning other countries. 

Juan Diego has a degree in Economics, Government and Public Affairs from Universidad de Los Andes; he is also fluent in English. He has previously worked as an analyst in the real state sector and as a researcher in the Colombian education sector.

 

Additionally, he has been involved in the production of exhaustive analyses for the country's financial, retail, and political sectors. His aim has always been to produce new knowledge that can be used by the private sector, NGOs, and nonprofits to define concrete courses of action.

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SANDRA VELANDIA

Intern at Colombia Risk Analysis. Sandra is focused on researching sectoral risks.

She is a student of International Relations and Economics at the Universidad del Rosario with an emphasis on Diplomacy and International Cooperation. She has worked at research observatories analyzing and writing on topics related to Colombia's political and social situation. In her previous position as a research assistant at the Colombian Organized Crime Observatory, she focused her work on the murder of social leaders in the country, specifically in the departments of Cauca and Nariño.

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IVONNE MARMOLEJO

Summer 2021 intern at Colombia Risk Analysis. Research interests include the Venezuelan crisis and implementation of the 2016 Colombian Peace Accords. 

She is pursuing a Master’s at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in international economics and Latin American studies.

 

Ivonne has worked with asylum seekers from the Northern Triangle and researched the geopolitical challenges in this region. She also has experience in grassroots political organizing in the U.S. and was previously an intern at the UNDP in Costa Rica contributing to gender initiatives. She is fluent in English and Spanish, proficient in Portuguese, and learning Korean. 
 

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JOHAN MARULANDA

Intern at Colombia Risk Analysis. His work includes research on political risk in areas encompassing trade, technology, health, finance, infrastructure, and international relations. 

 

Johan is currently a Master of Arts candidate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where he studies International Economics and International Relations with a specialization in emerging markets. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and French.

 

Previously, he worked at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. At O’Neill, where he worked on projects on various topics in global health. He also had the opportunity to collaborate with major public institutions, multilateral organisations, and civil society groups. Johan has experience in data analysis, developing communications strategies, and collaborating with international judicial actors.

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