Santiago Cepeda is a poet, novelist and storyteller. He is the author of “Arder no ha sido luz” winner of the National Poetry Award 2010, “Revelado”, novel for which he obtained the Young Spain-Colsanitas Embassy 2010 Novel Award, and “Deshojando”, illustrated story made in collaboration with Jose Alejandro Arboleda.
Children Neurologist. He is the director of the Colombian Institute of Neuroscience in Bogotá. Former President of the Latin American Society of Neuropsychology (SLAN). University teacher for more than 20 years in Neurology, Neuropediatry, Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation. Author of several books, articles and papers in National and International Congresses, emphasised in Epilepsy and Learning Disorders.
Architect and Master's degree in Civil Engineering from La Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá. Villazón holds a Ph. D in architecture from the Barcelona School of Architecture. His research has been focused on architecture education and teaching, application of information technologies in architecture teaching, and technological innovation in constructive processes. Since 1997 he’s been working in the Architecture Department at la Universidad de los Andes. He is currently the Dean of that department in that same university.
Juan Andrés Ospina
Juan Andrés Ospina is a colombian musician that began his studies at Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. He then moved to Barcelona to study classical music in the "Escola D' Angel Soler" and jazz in the "Taller de Musics". He obtained a scholarship to study in Berklee College of music, where he was awarded the "Jazz Performance Award" and the "Herb Pomeroy Award". He graduated in 2007 with the "Summa Cum Laude" distinction.
In 2009, he released his first album "BBB: Barcelona, Bogotá, Boston". Later on, he began working as a producer and arranger with acknowledged singers and bands. He has performed in very important stages such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and several festivals in Europe, Japan and Latin America. His music has been interpreted by important groups. Today, he is working in the project "Inténtalo Carito" along with his brother Nicolás Ospina.
Oscar Iván Zuluaga
Oscar Iván Zuluaga is an economist who graduated from the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. He has a Master's degree in Public Finances from the Exeter University in England. He began his political career in Pensilvania, Colombia by acquiring the charge of the councilor, and then major. In 2002, he was elected Senator with one of the highest number of votes in the country.
In February 2007 he was designated Minister of Finance of the country, and was named Best Minister of the year twice. He was also recognized as the Best Minister of Finance in Latin America in 2009.
Carlos Aparicio is a specialist in academic, administrative and financial education. He is a certified public accountant from the Universidad Central with a diploma in financial and administrative management. He additionally has advanced studies in management and strategic leadership from the Universidad de los Andes, where he also earned his master's in University Management. Also, he has a background in governance and political management from George Washington University.
He has worked as director and teacher in different areas in universities such as the Universidad Central, and the Universidad de los Andes. He has also been founder and board member of important organizations and institutions, such as Plan Foundation, an organization to help children and youth. He's currently an advisor to the deputy minister of Higher Education, International Consultant Pan American Association of Educational Credit Institutions, and academic couple Ministry of National Education of Colombia.
Sergio Barrera earned his undergraduate degree in civil engineering at the Universidad de los Andes. He then earned a master's degree at the University of Louisville in environmental engineering. Furthermore, he made a study for waste management in the environmental and health center in Japan. He has participated in major courses related to this topic around the world. Today, he is a professor in the Faculty of Engineering at Universidad de los Andes where he has been awarded 'best professor in the faculty' and 'best professor of civil and environmental engineering' awards several times.