Convenor: Julián D. López-Murcia (Oxford/Javeriana)


rectorFather Jorge Humberto Peláez Piedrahita, S.J was born in Cali in 1945, and was ordained priest in 1974. During his Jesuit education, Father Peláez obtained a degree in Philosophy and a Master’s Degree in Political Science at the Universidad Javeriana; in the same university he also studied Theology, and he is a doctor in Moral Theology from the Gregorian University of Rome. Since 1981, when he finished his doctoral studies, he joined the Javeriana University, where he has worked uninterruptedly for 33 years (21 years at the Main University Campus and 12 years in Cali). For many years he was in charge of the departments of Sexual Morality and Bioethics, being recognized as Head Professor of the University. As a result of his academic and pastoral activity, Father Peláez has published the following books: Derechos humanos: un Dios solidario (Human Rights: a Caring God), Educar para los derechos humanos (Educating for human rights), Diálogos informales sobre ética y valores (Informal dialogues on ethics and values), Maquiavelo, frente a una ética política inspirada en el cristianismo (Machiavelli, facing a political ethics inspired by Christianity), Moral sexual: un camino de humanización y crecimiento (Sexual morality: a path of humanization and growth), La palabra de Dios ilumina nuestras vidas: pistas para la homilía dominical (The Word of the Lord enlightens our lives: clues to the Sunday homily); and numerous articles. He was Dean of the Academic Affairs in the Schools of Theology and Medicine, and Academic Vice-President in Bogota and Cali; when Father Peláez was appointed President of the Main University Campus he was holding the position of Chancellor of the Branch. Since February 28th 2014 he is the President of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.




posada_carboProfessor Eduardo Posada-Carbo currently serves as Director of Graduate Studies at the Latin American Centre, where he teaches history and politics of Latin America. His publications include La nación soñada. Violencia, liberalismo y democracia en Colombia (2006); (with Iván Kaksić, co-eds) Liberalismo y poder. Latinoamérica en el siglo XIX (2011), and articles in leading academic journals such as the Latin American Research Review, Historical Journal, Intelectual History Review, Hispanic American Historical Review, Journal of Latin American Studies and Revista de Occidente. He writes a weekly column for El Tiempo, the Colombian leading daily.



 Professor Carlos Gómez Restrepo. Medical Doctor, Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Liaison Psychiatrist And Clinical Epidemiologist. He is former Director of the Psychiatry and Mental Health Department and current Director of the Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department in the School of Medicine at the Javeriana University. He was the Editor of the Colombian Journal of Psychiatry for 12 years. He is the current President of the Latin American Clinical Epidemiology Network (LatinCLEN) and Coordinator of the World Regional Committee of the International Clinical Epidemiology Network. His main areas of interest are mental health, education and research methodology.

1Professor Charles Spence is the head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University. He is interested in how people perceive the world around them. In particular, how our brains manage to process the information from each of our different senses (such as smell, taste, sight, hearing, and touch) to form the extraordinarily rich multisensory experiences that fill our daily lives. His research calls for a radical new way of examining and understanding the senses that has major implications for the way in which we design everything from household products to mobile phones, and from the food we eat to the places in which we work and live. Charles has acted as a consultant for a number of multinational companies advising on various aspects of multisensory design, packaging, branding, and atmospherics over the past decade, including Unilever, Procter & Gamble, ICI, McDonalds, Quest, Firmenich, Britvic, Neurosense, Baiersdorf, Starbucks, Mother, JCPR, Thorntons, The Communications Group, and The Fat Duck restaurant. Charles has been awarded the 10th Experimental Psychology Society Prize, the British Psychology Society: Cognitive Section Award, the Paul Bertelson Award, recognizing him as the young European Cognitive Psychologist of the Year. In addition he was awarded the prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.


Dr Alexandra Olaya-Castro. She did her undergraduate studies in Physics Education at Universidad Distrital Francisco Jose de Caldas (Colombia). She spent a few years working for ICFES, developing Physics tests for large-scale assessment of education in Colombia. She combined her work with her master studies at Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia) where she did her MSc thesis with Prof. Luis Quiroga. During this time, she had the chance to work with Prof. Carlos Tejedor at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) and Prof. Pawel Hawrylack at the Institute for Microstructural Sciences in Ottawa, Canada. She went to Somerville College, Oxford University in October 2002 with a Clarendon Fund Scholarship and an Overseas Research Student award, and she did her doctorate with Prof. Neil Johnson. During her doctoral studies, she had the opportunity to spend a few months working in Prof. Hideo Mabuchi’s group at California Institute of Technology. She finished her DPhil in 2005 and, soon after, she obtained a Junior Research Fellowship at Trinity College, Oxford. She moved to UCL in November 2008.

MIREYADr Mireya McKee. Mireya earned a BSc with honours in Chemistry from Monterrey Tech, Mexico, and later obtained a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Texas-Austin as a CONACYT fellow, with a research focus on anti-cancer drug discovery. Her postdoctoral research in bio-nanotechnology was performed at the University of Oxford, where she received an EPSRC Developing Future Leaders-Women in Science Grant and published her research in leading Chemistry and Biology journals. She also completed the Science Innovation Program at Oxford’s Saïd Business School, an MBA elective focused on the commercialisation of scientific research. Mireya then became a consultant at Isis Innovation, the technology transfer office from the University of Oxford, where she has had the opportunity to provide technology transfer, strategy, and innovation management services to clients from private industry, universities, research centres and government agencies in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Mireya is fluent in Spanish and English and employs the skills developed through her scientific career and technology transfer experience to bridge the gap between science, innovation, and business.


DPicture%20Isa-3r Isabel Ruiz teaches economics at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford where she is the Official Fellow in Economics and a member of the Governing Body. Other affiliations include: research associate at the Centre on Migration Policy and Society (COMPAS) also at Oxford, and adjunct researcher at Universidad EAFIT (Medellin, Colombia). She has also been a visiting lecturer at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance at Maastricht University (Netherlands). Dr. Ruiz has published on topics related to international capital flows (foreign direct investment and workers’ remittances) and in the importance institutions in Latin America (particularly the cases of Mexico and Colombia). She is also interested in international migration with an emphasis in forced migration. Her recent publications include “The Economics of Forced Migration” (2013) in the Journal of Developing Studies, “The Impact of Crime and Insecurity on Trust in Democracy and Institutions” in the American Economic Review (2013) and “The Impact of FDI on CO2 Emissions in Latin America” (2012) in Oxford Development Studies. Dr Ruiz is a member of the Editorial board of the Hispanic Economic Outlook Report for the American Society of Hispanic Economists (ASHE) and is currently part of the research team for the project “The Labour Market Impacts of Forced Migration” (funded by UK DFID and IZA).


Photo_%20%20Vicky%20ColbertMs Vicky Colbert. 2013 WISE Prize for Education Laureate, she is coauthor of the Escuela Nueva model, worldwide known for its effectiveness improving the quality of education. She has pioneered, expanded and sustained this educational innovation from many organizational spheres: as National Escuela Nueva Coordinator, Viceminister of Education, UNICEF ́s Education Adviser for LAC and now from Fundación Escuela Nueva (FEN), an NGO she founded to ensure the quality and sustainability of the EN model in Colombia & abroad. Under her leadership, FEN adapted the EN model to urban settings and for displaced populations, and was selected by The Global Journal as one of the Top 50 Best NGOs worldwide. Among several awards and distinctions, she has been recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the Clinton Global Citizenship Award and the Kravis Prize in Leadership. She has also been recognized as Outstanding Social Entrepreneur by the Schwab Foundation, Ashoka and the World Technology Network. Undergraduate Sociology degree in Javeriana University in Colombia and two M.A. ́s in Sociology of Education and Comparative International Education from Stanford University in the United States

Davila_ITESOProfessor Julio D. Dávila. Professor of Urban Policy and International Development and Director of the Development Planning Unit, a research and postgraduate department in University College London (UCL). He holds a civil engineering degree (Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá), an MSc in urban development planning (UCL) and a PhD in urban economics and planning (UCL), and has over 25 years’ international experience in research, teaching and consultancy projects in over a dozen countries in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Prior to UCL, he worked as a researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development (London and Buenos Aires), and at the Colombian Government’s National Planning Department. As an academic interested in practice, much of his recent research work has focused on the role of local government in progressive social and political transformation in developing countries; the governance dimensions of urban and peri-urban infrastructure, especially public transport, and water & sanitation; the intersection between planning and urban informality; and the linkages between rapid urbanisation and health. Julio’s latest book is entitled ‘Urban Mobility and Poverty: Lessons from Medellin and Soacha, Colombia’ (2013).

_MG_9079Dr Carlos Pablo Márquez Escobar is a lawyer and bachelor of Philosophy at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia), with Master degree in Economics, Master’s degree in Legal Sciences from Harvard University and PhD in Competition Law from the University of Oxford. Among other positions, he has served as a research professor at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Universidad Externado, EAFIT and Universidad del Rosario. In the public sector, has been an advisor to of the Ministry of Interior and Justice and the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce. He has served as international speaker at Fordham University, Columbia University, Catholic University of Lima, King’s College of London, Popeu Fabra University, ITAM and UC Berkeley, among others. Prior to his appointment in the CRC, he served as Delegate for the Protection of Competition at the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC).

Dr Jaime SierraJAIME SIERRA. PhD in Business and Management from the University of Manchester, Master in Economics from Università di Roma and Universidad Javeriana, and BA in Education from Universidad Distrital. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at Universidad Javeriana and a member of CINNCO, a research group on Knowledge, Innovation and Competitiveness. He has done research and taught courses at universities in Colombia, Italy and the UK. His main research interests refer to the strategy of innovation, international business, finance and economics, as well as social responsibility from an economic-based perspective. He has published in different international journals and has done presentations on these topics at diverse international conferences. He is a peer reviewer for several journals and has participated in a number of consultancy projects related to the topics afore mentioned. He has practiced Aikido for twelve years and has played some leading roles in Aikido-related and other organisations where social responsibility is a major issue.



Dr Alfonso Morenoalfonso-moreno studied Classics as an undergraduate at Harvard University, a pupil of Ernst Badian. He then trained as a lawyer at Georgetown University and eventually became a member of the Bar of New York. Going to Balliol College, Oxford, in 1998, he wrote his DPhil on the Athenian grain supply, supervised by Oswyn Murray. He has travelled widely through the Aegean and Black Sea regions, worked extensively in Athens and Attica, and excavated in Kerch (the capital of the ancient Bosporan Kingdom in Crimea). His main research interest continues to be in the interplay of politics and the economy in Classical Athens. He is currently working on World War II aerial photography as a source for Athenian topography, settlement, and trade. This project has led to an interest in photography generally. Before becoming the Ancient History Tutor at Magdalen (in 2003), Alfonso taught at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Balliol and St. John’s Colleges, Oxford, and Royal Holloway College, University of London. Source:



Dr Oscar Guardiola-Rivera is a London-based Colombian writer and philosopher. He’s the author of the award-winning What If Latin America Ruled the World? (Bloomsbury, 2010) and the top-ten The Guardian best-selling Story of a Death Foretold (Bloomsbury, 2013) which was also shortlisted for the Bread & Roses Award in 2014. Both books were included on the Books of the Year list in 2010 and 2013, respectively, by he Financial Times and The Observer, and received critical acclaim by reviewers in The Washington Post, The Nation, The Observer, Kirkus, The Guardian, Booklist, and a star-review in Publisher’s Weekly, among others.. Together with top intellectuals Richard Dawkins, Marcus du Sautoy, and Simon Schama, among others, he has taken part in the Hay Levels Project, which consists of a series of short films aimed at young adults that seeks to introduce them to some of the most central topics of our time. Guardiola-Rivera is a regular in the literary festival circuit, with appearances in London, the Hay, Bath and Jaipur Literary festivals, and the Edinburgh Book Festival, among others. He has a widespread media presence, writing as a columnist for The Guardian and El Espectador, Monocle, radio and television. He’s a blogger for Kindle Magazine India and Telesur English. He lectures on Philosophy and Law at Birkbeck College, University of London.

foto_burbano_pequeDr Andrés Burbano is assistant professor in the Design and Architecture School at Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, he holds a PhD in Media Arts and Technology from the University of California. His research is focused on the historical development of particular media technologies coming from Latin America; the case studies explored include technologies related to visual, sonic and computational processes. Burbano has been invited to share his work around the world including, in the last year, countries like Finland, Peru, Latvia, Australia, Chile, and Hong Kong. In the creative side Burbano is a media arts practitioner where his work explores the interactions of art, science and technology in various capacities. Recently Burbano has been appointed as “Leonardo Educational and Arts Forum” international representative.


SCAN%2017.03Mr John Dew read English Language and Literature at Oxford (Lincoln 1970) and studied printmaking at the Ruskin School of Drawing. He joined HM Diplomatic Service in 1973 and, with his first four year posting to Caracas in 1975, began a long involvement with Latin America. Following postings in Paris, Dublin and Madrid he returned to London in 2000 as Head of the Latin American and Caribbean Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. After a year’s secondment to the late global investment bank, Lehman Brothers, in London, from 2003 to 4, he was appointed Ambassador to Cuba from 2004 to 2008, and subsequently to Colombia from 2008 to 2012. He now lives and works in Oxford. In addition to his diplomatic activity, he has worked intensively as a printmaker and illustrator, both in Cuba and Colombia (including a one man exhibition at the Galeria Sextante in Bogota in December 2011). His work featured in the Royal Society of Painter Etchers National Open Exhibition in September. Examples of his work can be seen on

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