"Decoding the US- Latin American World of International Politics and Media"
My expertise is on International Politics, Economics and
Energy issues in US- Latin American and US-Venezuelan relations.
I arrived in Washington in 2003 as US Correspondent
for Globovision Venezuela, at a time when there
were significant political differences between
the US and Venezuela. The rhetoric
was becoming increasingly inflammatory.
I headed the Washington end of Venezuela's
most watched 24 hours news channel
which was frequently a target for attacks by the late
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
It reflected the deteriorating relations between
the media and the Government in Caracas.
I covered Venezuelan issues from the White House,
State Department,US Congress and multilateral bodies
such as the Organization of American States which
played a key role in trying to improve the dialogue and heal
divisions between the Venezuelan Government, the media,
the political opposition and society in general.
I had the opportunity to investigate and produce news stories about the US-Latin American
agenda and global events for US, European and Hispanic media outlets
like,Tv2 Norway, Deutsche Welle, DPA, W and Selecta Magazine of Panama,
Caracol TV, RCN TV and la W and Blu Radio of Colombia and Diario Las Americas.
During these years I interviewed several top US and international political leaders
such as Latin American presidents Alvaro Uribe and Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia,
Alejandro Toledo and Ollanta Humala from Peru, Lula Da Silva of Brazil,
Martín Torrijos of Panama or OAS General Secretaries César Gaviria,
Jose Miguel Insulza and Luis Almagro;Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell,
US Senators Marco Rubio, Robert Menendez or John McCain, among many others.
I was External Consultant for the Initiative for the Integration of the Regional Infrastructure of
South America (IIRSA), a development plan to link South America's economies supported by the
Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) and the Inter- American Development Bank (IADB).
I began my career as a Public Opinion Analyst at the Planning and Communications Department at
the Venezuelan Information Ministry as part of a pilot investigation unit, responsible for producing,
weekly and monthly reports on the impact of the government communication strategies on public opinion;The findings were used to design communication policies.
I was a Hanns Seidel Stiftung Scholar and I'm a holder of a B.A in Communication Sciences from Andres Bello Catholic University (UCAB) and Advanced Masters in Law and Foreign Relations from Central University of Venezuela (UCV).
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