Paulina Garzón is Ecuadorian and has 25 years of experience working on issues related to international financing, the environment, and human rights. She is the former president of Acción Ecológica, and co-founder and former president of the Center for Economic and Social Rights in Ecuador. Paulina has worked as a consultant in several countries and was Director of Programs for Latin America at the Bank Information Center. In the past six years, Paulina has focused her work on Chinese investments in Latin America, with a particular focus on the Chinese regulatory framework for investments abroad. Paulina holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (2009).
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Marco Gandarillas holds a B.A. in Sociology from Universidad Mayor de San Simón where he studied a Master in Environment and Development from the Centro de Estudios Superiores Universitarios. He is currently a PhD student at CIDES Postgraduate in Development Sciences from the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés. The last years have been devoted to research on Bolivian extractivisms. He has participated in numerous works and directed projects of this type in Bolivia and other countries in the region. His last book is entitled “Rights and Violences in Extractivisms: Extrahections in Bolivia and Latin America”, co-authored with Eduardo Gudynas and Oscar Campanini (2020, La Libre, Bolivia). Between 2007 and 2017, he was Executive Director of the Bolivia Documentation and Information Center, one of the most recognized centers for research and defense of human and environmental rights in South America. He currently works on business, human rights, environment, indigenous peoples, and public policy.
Siran Huang is a freelance consultant specializing in China and Latin America. She was previously Research Manager at SynTao Co., where she analyzes the performance and social impacts of Chinese corporations’ overseas investments. She is co-founder and secretary general of the Community of Chinese and Latin American Studies (CECLA), a joint Chinese and Latin American non-governmental organization tasked with enhancing bilateral academic and cultural communication and research. She holds a M.A. in Latin American Studies from Simon Fraser University, a M.A. in Translation and Interpretation from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. She is fluent in English, Chinese, and Spanish.
Stephanie Jensen Cormier
Stephanie Jensen Cormier’s professional and personal life reflects a commitment to environmental sustainability and social justice. She previously worked with International Rivers as China Program Director where she and her team strove to protect Asia’s key rivers and promoted higher environmental and social standards among Chinese hydropower companies. She has coordinated Special Policy Studies for the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, a high-level advisory body that reports to the State Council. Stephanie holds a Master Degree in East Asian Studies from Columbia University. She is native in French and English and proficient in Spanish and Mandarin. After living and working in China for 8 years, Stephanie is delighted to be based in Costa Rica, a country with a strong commitment to biodiversity, sustainability and peace.
María Emilia Hermosa
María Emilia Hermosa has a bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science from Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) and completed a year of study with the exchange program at Willamette University focusing on the economy of developing countries, environmental ethics policy, politics for the formation of environmental policies, racism, migration and refugees. She participated in the various projects sponsored by USFQ in coordination with public institutions on socio-environmental innovation, anthropology. She worked with the British-Ecuadorian Chamber of Commerce (CEB), provided support of logistics and administrative coordination for the CEB and for the Centro Internacional de Arbitraje y Mediación. Her research interests include extractivism in Latin America, transparency, environmental ethics and policy, climate change, international law.
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Kiara Guerra has a bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science from Universidad San Francisco de Quito and has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences-Ecuador. She has studied Chinese since 2010 and in 2012 she won a scholarship from the Confucius Institute that allowed her to keep studying Chinese at the Capital University of Economics and Business. Kiara has experience working in the government as a logistic assistant in a project from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as a specialist in inter-institutional relations at the Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales. Also, she has worked as a Chinese-Spanish translator with several enterprises. Her research interests include transparency, accountability, environmental, forest and climate emergency policies.
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