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The members of CEELAT’s team possess vast experience in the public and private sectors, academia, and research centers around the world. Currently, CEELAT has direct representation in Washington, Brussels, and Ljubljana, Slovenia, and has an extensive support network in the Americas and Europe.


Juana Garcia Duque

Mrs. Garcia, one of CEELAT’s founding members, has considerable experience working in both the private and public sectors, including an appointment from 2003- 2007 as the Director of International Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombia. She holds an M. A. in Negotiation and International Relations from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá and an M.A. in International Cooperation and Development from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain, where she is a PhD candidate in Latin American Studies. Currently, she is also a professor at Los Andes University Scholl of Management in Bogotá.

Borut Grgic

Mr. Grgic, a graduate of Stanford University, is the founder and director of the Institute for Strategic and International Studies (ISS) and senior, non-resident fellow with the CEELAT Strategic Dialogue and Diplomacy Program. Previously, he worked as advisor to both the Chairman in Office of the OSCE and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia in 2005. In 2006 he held the position of foreign policy advisor to the President of Slovenia and in 2007 served as diplomatic advisor to the Kosovo Prime Minister. BorutGrgic focuses his work on Europe's foreign and security policy; EU Enlargement; Transatlantic affairs; the Balkans; geopolitics, and the Caspian Sea region. He regularly provides commentary to the international media on these issues.

Marc Mitchell

Mr. Mitchell is research associate with CEELAT working primarily on research and coordination of CEELAT’s corporate social responsibility projects. He has held collaborative positions with the U.S. Department of Commerce on both federal (Washington DC) and state (Georgia) levels. Mr. Mitchell graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from the University of Georgia and has since specialized in corporate social responsibility and climate change initiatives. Currently, Mitchell is assisting in the development of the Living City Block initiative in Denver, Colorado.

Simon Nicholson

Dr. Nicholson is a senior, non-resident fellow with the CEELAT Energy Cooperation Program and the Natural Resources Program covering environmental, green energy, and global food issues. Dr. Nicholson is also a Professor of Global Environmental Politics at American University. Previously, he served as a lecturer and Director of Clinical Legal Education at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, taught for the National Student Leadership Conference, and in 2006 was a Visiting Lecturer on the University of Virginia's Semester at Sea Program. Professor Nicholson has received multiple research scholarships and grants. These have included a Fulbright award and several workshop grants from the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) and the Switzerland-based Oikos Foundation. Dr. Nicholson has received his Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS), Bachelor of Laws (LLB), and Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Additionally, he earned his Ph.D. from American University's School of International Service.

Veronica Prado

Ms. Prado is an adjunct, non-resident fellow with CEELAT’s Energy Cooperation Program and the Strategic Dialogue and Diplomacy Program covering Brazil and MERCOSUR. She is also program officer at the Council of the Americas in New York and fellow with the Simon Chair on Political Economy at CSIS. Previously, she worked at the World Bank and the United Nations in various capacities 

Catalina Reyes Cahn-Speyer

Mrs. Reyes is a senior fellow and director of education studies at CEELAT.  Her research focuses on public-private partnerships for innovation in education. Currently she is leading CEELAT’s Energy Academies project, which will be unveiled during the first semester of 2011. She has ample experience in education policy, science, and special education. Mrs. Reyes is also certified science teacher, and holds a B.A. in Biology from Bucknell University. 

Pablo Reyes

Mr. Reyes is a co-founder and director of the Center for Latin-American Strategic Studies (CEELAT) in Bogotá, Colombia. He is also a principal at North Star Green, a multi-disciplinary consulting firm committed to improving social and environmental performance in Latin America; a senior analyst at Onamics LLC focusing on political risk assessments in emerging markets; and a member of the board of directors at the Latin American and Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC-CORE). Previously he held an analyst position with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) both with the Scholl Chair in International Business and the Americas Program, at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a national security analyst, and at Rudder-Finn Global Public Affairs providing expertise to clients (the governments of Croatia & Kosovo) in the Balkans during the 1996 negotiation of the Dayton Accords.  Reyes received his bachelor’s degree in Socio-cultural Psychology and International Relations from Clark University, and his master’s in International Economic Policy from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC.

Pablo Reyes focuses his work on Latin America’s foreign and security policy; energy cooperation; green project development, and corporate social responsibility. Currently he is working on a number of projects and initiatives that incorporate green strategies to meet social, security and environmental challenges.

Tulia Ines Gomez de Serrano

In addition to being a founding member of CEELAT, Mrs. Gomez, is the Vice President for Latin America of ONAMICS LLC and serves on the board of directors of several companies in Colombia. Among other expertise, she possesses specialized knowledge in political economy, foreign policy, and corporate social responsibility.  Through CEELAT Mrs. Gomez is actively working to promote dialogue between key actors with the aim of improving policies in her aforementioned areas of expertise. Mrs. Gómez holds a B.A. in International Relations, an M.A in International Political Economy, both from the Scholl of International Service at American University in Washington DC.

Robin Tolochko

Ms. Tolochko is the Director of Mapping at CEELAT’s Mapping Lab. She leads all mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) projects, currently focusing on corporate social responsibility in the extractive sector as well as humanitarian mapping surrounding disaster relief and assistance in Colombia. She is a champion of open-source software and data visualization. Ms. Tolochko previously worked at National Geographic, and Green America in Washington, D.C. before moving to Bogotá. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with an AB in Geography, a GIS Certificate, and a Minor in Spanish from the University of Georgia. 

Alejandro Vargas Turriago

Mr. Vargas, CEELAT’s final founding member, is a lawyer by training with a degree from the Universidad de los Andes and is a specialist in international contract law and public procurement. Throughout his career, he has held a number of senior positions in the private and public sectors, including a post as Chief of Staff of the Minister of Defense in Colombia during President Uribe’s first term. As well he has acted as legal counsel in various capacities at the Institute for Industrial Promotion (IFI), the Colombian Banana Growers Association (AUGURA), the Colombian Association of Farmers (SAC), Syngenta S.A., Delima Marsh, and the Ministry of Justice.

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