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In the fall of 2015 Universidad de Los Andes will be celebrating its 67th birthday. As part of this celebration, The University of The Andes Foundation invited all the alumni in the NY area to a very special reunion on september 22nd. The reunion intended to strengthen our bonds through networking and, with the Department of Economics of the University, be part of a free seminar to discuss the current peace process in Colombia.
Así se vivió el encuentro ‪#‎Uniandinosiempre en Nueva York con nuestro rector, Pablo Navas, egresados y comunidad Uniandina. Además, fue un espacio para revivir historias, crear lazos y visitar la exposición 'Physical Intuition' de Carole Seborovski.

About the seminar: 'Colombia’s peace process and post-conflict challenges, a view from Universidad de los Andes'

The Department of Economics has done extensive research on the economic costs of armed conflict, the war on illicit drugs, and the consequences of forced displacement. During the seminar, professors from the Department of Economics examined the current peace process and discussed the challenges that a post-conflict process may involve.  In fact, the seminar gave the idea for this two articles:

Who were the panelists:

 Ana María Ibáñez

Ibanes 01Dean of the School of Economics at Universidad de los Andes. Ana María studied a Masters and PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park. Professor Ibáñez’ research studies the economic consequences of internal conflict, in particular the costs of war and conflict upon the civil population. Her research has been published on Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Peace Research, International Regional Science Review, World Development, The Economics of Peace and Security Journal and Economia. She has published chapter in nine books. In 2008, she published a book on the economic consequences of forced displacement in Colombia and in 2014 she edited a book on the economic and social costs of the Colombian conflict. Ana María Ibáñez has been awarded with the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development of Global Development Network (2005), an honorable mention from the Fundación Alejandro Ángel Escobar (2009) and the Juan Luis Londoño award in 2010, a medal given biannually to a Colombian economist younger than 40 years that has contributed to improve the social conditions of Colombians.

Daniel Mejía

Mejia 01Director of the Research Center on Drugs and Security (CESED) at Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, where he has taught since 2006. He received a BA and MA in Economics from Universidad de los Andes and a MA and PhD in economics from Brown University. Prior to joining Universidad de los Andes he worked as a researcher at the Central Bank of Colombia and Fedesarrollo. Daniel he has been actively involved in a research agenda whose main objective is to provide an independent, economic evaluation of anti-drug policies implemented under Plan Colombia. In 2008 he was awarded Fedesarrollos´s German Botero de los Ríos prize for economic research. Also, in 2008, 2010 and 2012 he was awarded with research grants from the Open Society Institute for the study of anti-drug policies in Colombia. Daniel, together with Alejandro Gaviria, published in 2011 the book “Políticas antidroga en Colombia: éxitos, fracasos y extravíos” (Anti-drug policies in Colombia: successes, failures and lost opportunities) at Universidad de los Andes, in Bogota. Between 2011 and 2012, Daniel was a member of the Advisory Commission on Criminal Policy and more recently he is the President of the Colombian Government´s Drug Policy Advisory Commission. In March 2015 Daniel was awarded the Juan Luis Londoño prize, a medal given biannually to a Colombian economist younger than 40 years that has contributed to improve the social conditions of Colombians. Currently, Daniel serves as an advisor to the Ministry of Defense on citizen security issues.

Andrés Moya

Moya 01Assistant Professor at the Economics Department, Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. He holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis and Masters and Bachelors degrees in Economics from Universidad de Los Andes. His research falls in the fields of Development, Behavioral, and Experimental Economics, and focuses on the economic, psychological, and behavioral consequences of violence in Colombia. Currently, he is leading the implementation and evaluation of a psychosocial program designed to protect children 0 to 5 years of age from the adverse cognitive and socioemotional effects of violence.

The moderator:

Adriana La Rotta

Rotta 01Senior Director of Media Relations at AS/COA. Adriana is an award-winning journalist and media professional with broad experience in Latin America, Asia, and the United States. She is the author of a column that is published on alternate Saturdays in El Tiempo, Colombia’s leading newspaper. In addition to having worked as a correspondent at major regional news outlets—including El Tiempo, La Nación and Gazeta Mercantil—she enjoyed a successful career as a television journalist and anchor on Colombia’s top-rated evening news program, QAP Noticias. As a public relations executive, Adriana was responsible for the media agenda of Colombia’s Investment Promotion Agency in Hong Kong and consulted for the Inter-American Development Bank and international public relations firms. Between 1993 and 2002, Adriana lived and worked in São Paulo, Miami, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. Her extensive international experience and journalism work give her a unique perspective on Latin America’s role in the world and the continent’s opportunities in the twenty-first century. Adriana is a native Spanish speaker who is also fluent in English and Portuguese. She has a BA in Journalism from Colombia’s Universidad Javeriana and a Certificate in NGO Management from Temple University-Japan.


Dear Alumni,

Thank you to those who attended the September 22nd event in NY. We look forward to seeing you at future alumni events throughout the US.

University of the Andes Foundation

What people said:

"La gente se mostró interesada en participar en eventos similares que permitan estrechar los lazos entre uniandinos y así mismo, fortalecer la relación con la Universidad. Hay mucho entusiasmo por parte de la comunidad uniandina en el exterior y también gran expectativa porque se sigan desarrollando actividades similares.
En cuanto al panel, hubo muy buenos comentarios en torno a la calidad de la discusión y su relevancia. La gente quedó bastante satisfecha con la discusión de los panelistas.
Gracias por la invitación. Personalmente, me siento muy feliz de haber participado en este evento. Fue un excelente espacio para volverme a contactar con compañeros del pregrado y maestría con quienes hace algún tiempo no hablaba."
Ángela María Jiménez

"Muchas gracias a la fundación y a los expositores. El evento estuvo súper interesante, especialmente a la luz de la noticia de ayer "
Carolina Castañeda

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