46 Notable alumni of
University of the Andes, Colombia

The University of the Andes, Colombia is 558th in the world, 15th in Latin America, and 3rd in Colombia by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 46 notable alumni from the University of the Andes, Colombia sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. César Gaviria

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    César Gaviria
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1947-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    diplomatpoliticianeconomist
    Biography

    César Augusto Gaviria Trujillo is a Colombian economist and politician who served as the President of Colombia from 1990 to 1994, Secretary General of the Organization of American States from 1994 to 2004 and National Director of the Colombian Liberal Party from 2005 to 2009. During his tenure as president, he summoned the Constituent Assembly of Colombia that enacted the Constitution of 1991.

  2. Sergio Fajardo

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    Sergio Fajardo
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1956-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    mathematicianpoliticianprofessor
    Biography

    Sergio Fajardo Valderrama is a Colombian politician and mathematician. Fajardo served as the Governor of Antioquia from 2012–2016. He first entered politics in 2003 when he was elected Mayor of Medellin, the second-largest city in Colombia and the capital of Antioquia. Fajardo was the Vice Presidential nominee of Antanas Mockus in 2010, finishing in second place after losing the runoff against Juan Manuel Santos and Angelino Garzon. Fajardo brands himself as a pragmatic politician with no particular ideology, with political analysts and media outlets in Colombia labelling him as a centrist politician not tied to the traditional parties in Colombia.

  3. Jorge Salcedo

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    Jorge Salcedo
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1947-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    civil engineer
    Biography

    Jorge Salcedo Cabrera is a Colombian civil engineer, countersurveillance specialist, and former head of security for Miguel Rodríguez Orejuela and the Cali Cartel who turned confidential informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration. His information on the cartel—Operation Cornerstone—led to its eventual disbandment, as a result of which Salcedo and his family have entered the United States Federal Witness Protection Program.

  4. Paola Turbay

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    Paola Turbay
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1970-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    actormodelbeauty pageant contestant
    Biography

    Paola Turbay Gómez is a Colombian-American actress, model, beauty queen, and television presenter.

  5. Laura Restrepo

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    Laura Restrepo
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1950-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    writerjournalist
    Biography

    Laura Restrepo is a Colombian author who began writing what were mainly political columns in her mid-twenties. Her first novel, Isle of Passion, is based on historical deeds that occurred on Clipperton Island.

  6. Mónica Jaramillo

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    Mónica Jaramillo
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1984-.. (age 37)
    Occupations
    journalistnews presentermodel
    Biography

    Mónica Patricia Jaramillo Giraldo known as Mónica Jaramillo, is a Colombian journalist, news presenter, model and former beauty pageant contestant.

  7. Clara López Obregón

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    Clara López Obregón
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1950-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyereconomist
    Biography

    Clara Eugenia López Obregón is a Colombian politician who was the Minister for Employment. She also served as Acting Mayor of Bogotá from 2011 to 2012. A Harvard-trained economist, she was the Alternative Democratic Pole's nominee for President of Colombia in the 2014 election.

  8. Gabriela Tafur Nader

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    Gabriela Tafur Nader
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1995-.. (age 26)
    Occupations
    modellawyer
    Biography

    Gabriela Tafur Náder is a Colombian lawyer, model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Colombia 2018. She represented Colombia at Miss Universe 2019 and placed in the Top 5.

  9. Jorge Enrique Robledo

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    Jorge Enrique Robledo
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1950-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    politicianarchitect
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    Jorge Enrique Robledo Castillo is a Colombian architect and politician currently serving as Senator. Robledo is a member of the Alternative Democratic Pole and is the Senate Leader for the party in congress. Currently in his 4th term in office, Senator Robledo received the highest vote of all Senators in the 2014 parliamentary elections (191,910 votes) For five consecutive years, Robledo has been voted the best Senator in Colombia by popular opinion polls from all sectors.

  10. Andrés Felipe Arias Leiva

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    Andrés Felipe Arias Leiva
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1973-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Andrés Felipe Arias Leiva is a Colombian economist, sentenced to 17 years and 4 months of prison for a corruption scandal during his time as Minister of Agriculture. He served as the 8th Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Colombia from 2005 to 2009, and was a candidate for the Conservative Party nomination in the 2010 Colombian presidential election, ultimately losing to Noemí Sanín Posada.

  11. Rafael Pardo Rueda

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    Rafael Pardo Rueda
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1953-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    politicianeconomist
    Biography

    Rafael Pardo Rueda is a Colombian politician. A Liberal party politician and economist, he has previously served as the 1st Minister of Labour of Colombia serving in the Administration of President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, Minister of National Defence, and was elected Senator of Colombia for the 2002-2006 legislative period.

  12. María Ángela Holguín

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    María Ángela Holguín
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1963-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia from August 7, 2010, to August 6, 2018. She has also served as the 25th Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations, and as Ambassador of Colombia to Venezuela.

  13. Luis Carlos Vélez

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    Luis Carlos Vélez
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1977-.. (age 44)
    Occupations
    television presenterjournalistdrag queen
    Biography

    Luis Carlos Vélez Marroquín is a journalist and news executive. In 2018, he joined RCN Radio as a news director and anchor of La FM.

  14. Andrés López Forero

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    Andrés López Forero
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1971-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    actor
    Biography

    Andrés López is a comedian and actor. He is considered a pioneer of stand-up comedy in Colombia. López gained notoriety in Colombia after releasing his show called La Pelota de Letras (The Ball of Letters) which earned him a Double Diamond award from Universal Music.

  15. Yaku Pérez

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    Yaku Pérez
    Born in
    Ecuador Flag Ecuador
    Years
    1969-.. (age 52)
    Enrolled in the University of the Andes, Colombia
    Graduated with magister degree in criminal law and criminology
    Occupations
    politicianlawyerenvironmentalistñaja ñajauniversity teacher
    Biography

    Yaku Sacha Pérez Guartambel, often simply known as Yaku Pérez, is an Ecuadorian politician and indigenous rights, human rights activist, who ran for president of the country in the 2021 Ecuadorian presidential elections and came third in the first round.

  16. Alberto Carrasquilla

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    Alberto Carrasquilla
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1959-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    politicianeconomist
    Biography

    Alberto Carrasquilla Barrera is a Colombian politician who served as the Minister of Finance and Public Credit under the government of President Iván Duque, and previously under President Álvaro Uribe. On May 2021 he resigned office over the protests surrounding a controversial tax reform in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  17. Juan Carlos Echeverry

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    Juan Carlos Echeverry
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1962-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    economistpolitician
    Biography

    Juan Carlos Echeverry Garzón is a Colombian economist and former president of Ecopetrol, an oil and gas company. He served as the 68th Minister of Finance and Public Credit of Colombia from 2010 to 2012. He is the president of Econcept, a financial consulting firm in Bogotá and is an Associate Professor of Economics at University of the Andes. He was also a visiting professor at IE Business School, Madrid in 2013.

  18. Alicia Arango Olmos

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    Alicia Arango Olmos
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1958-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Alicia Victoria Arango Olmos is a Colombian politician and businesswoman, who serves as the Minister of Interior and former Minister of Labor of Colombia. She was previously the private secretary of President Álvaro Uribe's Casa de Nariño and the nation's ambassador to the United Nations at Geneva.

  19. María Mercedes Carranza

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    María Mercedes Carranza
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1945-2003 (aged 58)
    Occupations
    writerpoet
    Biography

    María Mercedes Carranza was a poet and journalist from Bogotá, Colombia, who spent most of her childhood in Spain.

  20. Mauricio Cárdenas Santa María

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    Mauricio Cárdenas Santa María
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1962-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    politicianeconomist
    Biography

    Mauricio Cárdenas Santamaría is a Colombian economist and politician who served as the 69th Minister of Finance and Public Credit and former Minister of Mines and Energy of Colombia in the administration of President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón. Prior to this, he was a Senior Fellow and Director of the Latin America Initiative at the Brookings Institution.

  21. Juan Fernando Cristo

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    Juan Fernando Cristo
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1964-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Juan Fernando Cristo is a Colombian lawyer and politician, who currently holds the position of Interior Minister. As Minister of Interior, Juan Fernando Cristo has played a key role in the implementation of the peace accords signed with FARC, given that the Government's legislative agenda relies heavily on the work of the Interior Ministry.

  22. Carlos Alberto Baena

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    Carlos Alberto Baena
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1967-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Carlos Alberto Baena López is a Colombian lawyer and politician, who served as Senator of Colombia from 2010 to 2014. Baena is a co-founder of the Independent Movement of Absolute Renovation (MIRA) and has served two terms as Party Chairman. Before ascending to Congress, Baena served as Councillor of the Bogotá City Council from 2001 to 2009.

  23. Mariana Garcés Córdoba

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    Mariana Garcés Córdoba
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    20th Century
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Mariana Garcés Córdoba is the 9th Minister of Culture of Colombia. A native of Santiago de Cali, she has been tied to the region and its culture, including working as General Manager of Telepacífico, Member of the National Television Commission, Director of the Association for the Promotion of the Arts, in Cali, Secretary of Culture and Tourism of Cali, Executive Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Valle del Cauca, and at different times, Director of the International Art Festival of Cali.

  24. Yaneth Giha Tovar

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    Yaneth Giha Tovar
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    20th Century
    Occupations
    economistpolitician
    Biography

    Yaneth Giha Tovar is an economist and politician who served as the Colombian Minister of Education from 2016 to 2018. Yaneth Giha has also held the position of Director of Colcienas and Deputy Minister of Defence. Yaneth obtained an economics degree from University of Los Andes, and a master's degree from King's College London.

  25. Frank Pearl González

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    Frank Pearl González
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1962-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    politicianeconomist
    Biography

    Frank Joseph Pearl González is a Colombian economist. He served as the 1st Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development serving in the administration of President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, and as the 1st High Presidential Advisor for the Social and Economic Reintegration of People and Groups Up in Arms during the administration of President Álvaro Uribe Vélez between 2006 and 2010 during which time he was also entrusted the office of High Commissioner for Peace ad interim in replacement of Luis Carlos Restrepo Ramírez, until his resignation from both posts in 2010.

  26. Isaac Lee

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    Isaac Lee
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1971-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    journalist
    Biography

    Isaac Lee Possin is a Colombian journalist, entrepreneur and film & television producer. He is the executive chairman and founder of EXILE Content, a media company developing premium original content for audiences across the U.S. and Latin America. He previously served as Chief Content Officer for Univision Communications and Televisa, the world's largest Spanish-language media conglomerate, and founder of StoryHouse Entertainment, the Los Angeles-based scripted content development unit of Univision, producer of acclaimed scripted TV Series "El Chapo" (Netflix), as well as "Outpost" (HBO), "Residente" and "Hate Rising" docu-features.

  27. Samper

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    Samper
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1985-.. (age 36)
    Occupations
    singersongwriter
    Biography

    Juan Felipe Samper better known as "SAMPER" is a musician, songwriter, Colombian pop rock singer winner of 2 Premios Shock, 1 Premios Nuestra Tierra and Latin Grammy nominee.

  28. Sabas Pretelt de la Vega

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    Sabas Pretelt de la Vega
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1946-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    economistdiplomatpolitician
    Biography

    Sabas Pretelt de la Vega is a Colombian economist and businessman, who served as Colombian Minister of the Interior and Justice, and Ambassador to the Colombian missions in Italy, Greece, Cyprus, San Marino, and Malta. He was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison in April 2015 for corruption after the Yidispolitica scandal where Yidis Medina supposedly took a bribe from Pretelt. He was released in April 2018 under good behaviour, in which he set up an education system for the soldiers in the naval base he was detained in.

  29. María Fernanda Campo

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    María Fernanda Campo
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1956-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    politicianindustrial engineer
    Biography

    María Fernanda Campo Saavedra was the Minister of Education of Colombia until August 2014. In 2011 she was appointed Acting Mayor of Bogotá by President Juan Manuel Santos in replacement of Samuel Moreno Rojas, who was stripped of his office following an investigation into the appropriation of city contracts. An industrial engineer, before her nomination she was the President of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce from 2000 to 2010, the first woman to hold that position, and has also served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs between 1998 and 1999.

  30. Rudolf Hommes

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    Rudolf Hommes
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1943-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    economistpolitician
    Biography

    Rudolf Hommes Rodríguez is a Colombian economist and politician, who served as Minister of Finance and Public Credit under the administration of President César Gaviria, introducing various liberal policies in Colombia's Economy. He is also a regular columnist on various Colombian media outlets, focusing mostly in finances.

  31. Gabriel Silva Luján

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    Gabriel Silva Luján
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1957-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    diplomateconomistpolitician
    Biography

    Gabriel Silva Luján is a Colombian diplomat and political scientist who served as the 33rd and 27th Ambassador of Colombia to the United States. He has also served as Minister of National Defence and as General Manager of the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia.

  32. Cristián Samper

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    Cristián Samper
    Born in
    Costa Rica Flag Costa Rica
    Years
    1965-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    biologist
    Biography

    Cristián Samper is a Colombian-American tropical biologist specializing in conservation biology and environmental policy. Since 2012, he has served as President and CEO of WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society). He was acting secretary of the Smithsonian from 2007 to 2008, the first Latin American to hold the position. From 2003 to 2012, he was the Director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, the world's largest natural history collection. In April 2015, Dr. Samper was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

  33. Alexandra Olaya Castro

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    Alexandra Olaya Castro
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1976-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    theoretical physicist
    Biography

    Alexandra Olaya-Castro is a Colombian-born theoretical physicist, currently a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University College London. She is also the Vice-Dean for the Mathematical and Physical science Faculty.

  34. Tomas Dueñas Uribe

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    Tomas Dueñas Uribe
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1987-.. (age 34)
    Occupations
    businesspersonracing automobile driver
    Biography

    Tomas Dueñas Uribe is a Colombian Internet entrepreneur. He has taught Marketing courses through Platzi. Tomas regularly posts videos on his YouTube channel. Tomas Dueñas Uribe was recently ranked fifth amongst the Top 10 entrepreneurs in Colombia. He was also ranked as the number one Social Media Manager in Colombia.

  35. Jaime Bermúdez

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    Jaime Bermúdez
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1966-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    diplomatlawyerpolitician
    Biography

    Jaime Bermúdez Merizalde is a Colombian lawyer and diplomat who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia from 2008 to 2010.

  36. Juanita León

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    Juanita León
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1970-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    journalist
    Biography

    Juanita León García is a Colombian journalist, writer, and public speaker. She is best known as the founder and director of news website La Silla Vacía.

  37. Tomás González Estrada

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    Tomás González Estrada
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1969-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    economist
    Biography

    Tomás González Estrada is a Colombian economist. He was an Economic Counselor in the government of Andrés Pastrana Arango and the Minister of Mines and Energy in the second government of Juan Manuel Santos. On 7 March 2016, his resignation from the position was accepted due to the country's energy crisis by El Niño 2015-16 and the fire at Guatape power plant.

  38. Mauricio Santa María Salamanca

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    Mauricio Santa María Salamanca
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1966-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    politicianeconomist
    Biography

    Mauricio Santa María Salamanca is a Colombian economist and politician, who previously served as Director of the National Planning Department of Colombia. He served as the 3rd Minister of Social Protection during the Administration of President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón from 2010 until its restructuring amidst a wider Ministerial Reform when the Ministry was divided into separate Health and Labour ministries, being reappointed then as the 1st Minister of Health and Social Protection of Colombia until 2012 when he was reassigned. An economist from Georgetown University, Santa María has worked as a Consultant and Senior Economist for the World Bank, was Deputy Director of the National Planning Department, and prior to his appointment served as Adjunct Director of the Colombian Foundation of Higher Education and Development (Fedesarrollo).

  39. Ana María Groot

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    Ana María Groot
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1952-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    historianarchaeologistanthropologist
    Biography

    Ana María Groot de Mahecha is a Colombian historian, archaeologist, anthropologist and associate professor at the Department of Anthropology of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Ana Mariá Groot speaks Spanish, English and French.

  40. Rafael Moure-Eraso

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    Rafael Moure-Eraso
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1946-.. (age 75)
    Biography

    Rafael Moure-Eraso is a former chairman and chief executive of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB).

  41. Fanny Sanín

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    Fanny Sanín
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1938-.. (age 83)
    Occupations
    painter
    Biography

    Fanny Sanín Sader is a Colombian born artist from Bogotá who resides in New York City. The daughter of Gabriel Sanín Tobón and Fanny Sader Guerra, she is best known for her paintings of abstract geometric forms and colors. She is considered to be part of the second generation of abstract artists from Colombia.

  42. Melba Escobar

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    Melba Escobar
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1976-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Melba Escobar de Nogales is a Colombian writer and journalist.

  43. Juan Pablo Plata Figueroa

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    Juan Pablo Plata Figueroa
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1982-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    novelistwriterjournalistliterary critic
    Biography

    Juan Pablo Plata is a Colombian writer, journalist and researcher.

  44. Martha Rojas Urrego

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    Martha Rojas Urrego
    Occupations
    ecologistbiologist
    Biography

    Martha Rojas Urrego is a biologist, ecologist and humanitarian, gender and environmental advocate. She is a Colombian and French national. In August 2016 she was appointed as the Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Previously she was Head of Global Advocacy and Acting Deputy Secretary General at humanitarian organization CARE International.

  45. Rafael Francisco Amador Campos

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    Rafael Francisco Amador Campos
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1948-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    diplomatpoliticianlawyer
    Biography

    Rafael Francisco Amador Campos is a Colombian lawyer and politician currently serving as Ambassador of Colombia to Russia. A Liberal party politician, he served in Congress as Representative for Cundinamarca on two separate periods of two terms each, first from 1982 to 1990 and then from 1998 to 2006, and was twice elected Senator of Colombia for the same legislative period, first in 1990, and then again in 1991 following the ratification of the 1991 Constitution, and served until 1994.

  46. Nirma Zárate

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    Nirma Zárate
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1936-1999 (aged 63)
    Occupations
    artistpainter
    Biography

    Nirma Zárate was a Colombian artist, professor and researcher famously known for her abstract works. Zárate was born in Bogota, Colombia. She grew up in Colombia during World War II. The war had many implications on Colombian lifestyle and politics at the time, first supporting the Axis powers and was in a constant state of shifting between its military powers and societal aspects due to U.S. intervention. Colombia finally shifted to supporting the allies after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. During this time, Colombia was in a severe state of poverty where children roamed the streets in high numbers and were called, gamines. During this time high discrimination and violence from police towards impoverished children were extremely high. With these influences in her life, she began with Abstract Art in her hometown of Bogota, where her work portrayed these horrendous conditions and flourished. She then moved on to Pop Art. Her first exhibition was as a student in Bogota and after, she moved to the United States, she settled in Washington where she was chosen by Union Panamericana De Washington to participate in an exhibition of great Colombian art. Later in her career, Zárate was known to be a part of the "Taller 4 Rojo". She died in her hometown of Bogota, in 1999.