I have more than 13 years of experience conducting research on micro- and macro-economic issues, focusing primarily on Latin America. This research includes a variety of subjects such as, impact assessment of smallholder farmer participation in value chains, simulation of sustainable land use in coffee landscapes, and the application of state-of-the art econometric models to predict macroeconomic trends. My long-term career goal is to promote sustainable agriculture production recognizing opportunities in diverse commodities and regions, and developing models that identify the consequences of multiple shocks (e.g. climate change, increased price volatility, financial constraints, technological innovations).
Through my past experience, I have developed the appropriate leadership and analytical skills to design and establish customized strategies that support producer’s market access, biodiversity conservation and climate-smart agriculture. Additionally, my experience leading multidisciplinary groups involving academia, non-governmental organizations and private businesses, has allowed me to appreciate and integrate the objectives of diverse stakeholders. Moreover, my graduate education, my experience at the Colombian Central Bank and my active involvement into policy dialogue networks such as Land Grant Universities Consortium for post-conflict in Colombia, have enhanced my ability to translate complex economic models into practical policies and intervention to foster rural development.