I am an International Affairs Specialist with 7 years of experience focus on Government and Public Affairs Administration. I have worked on some academic projects and internationalization State programs such as Ondas Program – Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation of Colombia, where I worked with low-income children from across the country and abroad developing their skills and talents in the STEM fields. Pontificia Javeriana and National University of Colombia and having received recognitions for my work.
Since then, I designed new database for efficiently archiving tasks and following children involved in scientific projects in Colombia and abroad, participating in the direct transfer of Ondas Program to other Latin America countries.
In this role, I was focused on learning new administrative and Management skills concerning bilateral relations and cooperation between these countries. Successes included students participating in International Science Fairs such a Peru, Paraguay, Bolivia, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Argentina including “Intel ISEF International Science Fair 2012” in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Later experience includes 2 years of freelance work advising and assisting students on thesis selection and collaborating in an academic radio programs. And I had also spent time in Turkey conducting research used to address issues on the Turkish and Kurdish conflict.
FIELDS I’M MAINLY INTERESTED IN:
“PUBLIC POLICY, HUMANITARIAN SERVICE; COOPERATION PROJECTS FOR DEVELOPMENT; INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS”
Currently in the United States, I started serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member (Federal Program by the Corporation for National and Community Service – CNCS) in Success By6 Program at United Way of Lake County to help low-income children gain literacy, and school readiness skills. With this position I learned more about Non-Profit Management, Fundraising and Grant Writing.
Finally, I decided to take a step further by serving as Immigration Case Manager at the Hispanic American Community and Education Services (HACES), working together with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the National Visa Center (NVC). Since then, successively promoted as an Outreach and Citizenship Education Coordinator at HACES, helping immigrants to appreciate the American Values with respect, and to become Citizens to serve to the country.
Colleagues know me as a highly creative communicator who can always be trusted to come up with a new approach and able to work in multicultural groups and rapid adaptation to new cultures. I spend time writing in my personal blog about international issues and reading for getting new knowledge about Management Strategies, Foreign Languages and Cultures. I can work well alone, but I’m a good listener and collaborator with others.
B.A. in International Relations, Conflicts and International Security Analysis from Jorge Tadeo Lozano University. | Fundraising and Grant Writing Certification from Education Northwest. | The Practical Innovator – Executive Education Program at Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University).
I was born in Caracas, Venezuela, as the son of Colombian immigrant parents who arrived in Venezuela during the oil and economic boom. Moved to Cartagena, Colombia at age 10, where I was attending a military school, and I started recognizing me myself as an immigrant in my parents’ own country.
In August 2007, I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations before starting to work with a Colombian Government Agency, and I had also spent time working on academic-radio projects in many Public/Private Universities in Colombia, and in Turkey conducting research used to address issues on the Turkish and Kurdish conflict.
In 2015, after nearly 17 years of being separated from my mother, I got the chance to come to the United States to live close to her, and pursuit of professional and academic development in Illinois. In this period up to now, I have had the opportunity to grow up in positions in United Way of Lake County fighting against poverty, and in the Hispanic American Community and Education Services (HACES), as an immigrant advocate and educator. In still 2018, I will be teaching myself in my recognition process as an immigrant through the American values.
All these experiences of life have reinforced my love for cultures, languages, multiculturalism, service through Public Policy and respect for the differences that enrich us much more than we think or expect. I am prepared to face-up to new academic and professional challenges.
– Coffee lover, world music and travel.