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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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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PAULA TAVERA

Intern at Colombia Risk Analysis in the communications area. Paula's work includes audiovisual and graphic editing for social networks. She has an interest in investigative and international journalism, art history, and documentary and analog photography.

She studies social communication and visual arts at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana with an emphasis on journalism and graphic art. She has written news and reports, as well as produced photography and graphic designs for social networks for the university newspaper and magazines.

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ANDRÉS FELIPE PÁEZ

Volunteer assistant at Colombia Risk Analysis. Andres supports the production of the firm's special and monthly newsletters. He also works on the publication, planning, and creation of content for different social networks.

He is a political scientist from the Universidad de los Andes with a concentration in public policy. Previously he worked as a research assistant at the Commission for the Clarification of the Truth, and has worked as a research assistant on issues related to the peace process and the armed conflict in Colombia. 

Proficient in English, Andres is interested in issues related to political economy and public policy.

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JOSEPH WEIMAN

Researcher at Colombia Risk Analysis. Joseph conducts research, and he writes and edits publications for the firm.

In addition to being a photographer and documentary filmmaker, Joseph has a strong background in Latin America. Before Colombia Risk Analysis, he was a Summer Analyst at Control Risks in the São Paulo office, where he focused on Brazil and the Southern Cone. For more than four years he represented asylum seekers at various nonprofit immigration legal service organizations.  

 

Joseph is pursuing a Master of International Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is studying economic and political development in Latin America. During his program at Columbia, he has written about the history of violence in Colombia and created a documentary about the Venezuelan diaspora. Joseph has a Bachelor of the Arts in international studies from Vassar College. Joseph is fluent in Spanish and English. 

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