Understanding Colombia's crisis

In this program, we will analyze Colombia's current economic and political environment, as well as the recent social unrest. The speakers will also discuss the potential path forward for the country.


  • Juan Carlos Echeverry

       Founding Partner, EConcept, and

       Former Colombian Minister of Finance

  • Paul Angelo

       Fellow for Latin America Studies,

       Council on Foreign Relations

  • Elizabeth Dickinson

       Senior Analyst, Colombia,

       International Crisis Group 

  • Camila Zuluaga,

        Journalist, Blu Radio

Tuesday, June 1, 2021


4:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT) l 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Col.)


Meet The Speakers

Juan Carlos Echeverry

Founding Partner, EConcept;

Former Colombian Minister of Finance


Elizabeth Dickinson

Senior Analyst, Colombia,

International Crisis Group 

Paul Angelo

Fellow for Latin America Studies,

Council on Foreign Relations


Camila Zuluaga

Juan Carlos Echeverry is one of the country’s most distinguished economists and policymakers. During his career, he has served in the highest positions in both the central bank and the government and has been key in formulating the pivotal legislation and policy initiatives that have shaped Colombia’s investment story.  

Dr. Echeverry was President and CEO of Ecopetrol, the state-owned oil company. During his tenure, he steered the company through a volatile period while achieving efficiencies in costs and production, developing growth in production and reserves (including in a partnership with Pemex), and developing a framework for the regulation of the country’s unconventional energy sources.  

Dr. Echeverry was Finance Minister from 2010-2012, when he crafted and brought to fruition crucial tax, fiscal responsibility and oil royalty reform legislation. In 2011, he was named Latin America Finance Minister of the year by Emerging Markets, the official publication from the meetings of the World Bank and the IMF.  

Dr. Echeverry has made a substantial contribution to every major policy initiative in Colombia since the mid 1990s.As Colombia’s Minister of Economic Planning from 2000-2002, and prior to that, as Under Secretary to the Ministry of National Planning, he was responsible for coordinating public investment on behalf of the government and initiated the country’s fiscal restructuring plan, as well as advocating critical reforms in the National Congress. As Director of Macroeconomics and Inflation at Colombia’s Banco de la Republica, he developed the “Quarterly Inflation Report” for the Central Bank. He has been a central participant in negotiations with multilateral and commercial banks, and with labor unions and peasant-strike coalitions.  

Dr. Echeverry holds a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University, a B.A. in Economics from Universidad de Los Andes, and a philosophy degree from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid.  

Elizabeth Dickinson is the senior analyst for Colombia at International Crisis Group (ICG) and has served in this position since 2019. Her work centers around armed conflict dynamics in the country and the implementation of the 2016 peace accord between the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas. Previously a journalist, Dickinson first reported from Colombia in 2011, covering topics including criminal and armed group violence, illegal mining, migration, and national politics. 

Dickinson previously served as ICG’s Senior Analyst for the Arabian Peninsula, where she lived for 8 years focusing on the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. She focused extensively on Gulf countries’ foreign policies in the Middle East and Horn of Africa. 

Prior to joining International Crisis Group, Dickinson worked for a decade as a journalist, including roles at Foreign Policy magazine, The National, and The Economist. She holds a degree in African and International Studies from Yale University. 

Paul J. Angelo is a fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). His work focuses on U.S.-Latin American relations, transnational crime, violent actors, military and police reform, and immigration. A former active-duty naval officer, Angelo has extensive experience in military and government service. 

Angelo was formerly an International Affairs Fellow at CFR, and in this capacity, he represented the U.S. Department of State as a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where he managed the ambassador’s security and justice portfolio. In the Political Section, he provided technical assistance to the Honduran police reform commission; supported strategy development and agenda-setting for Afro-descendent, indigenous, and LGBTQ networks to improve civic engagement; and led policy and legal analysis on violence, crime, and migration trends. His previous service in the Navy included tours in a United Kingdom-based NATO position, on board a destroyer deployed to the Asia-Pacific region, and as an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he taught Spanish and Latin American politics courses. 

During his naval career, Angelo deployed to Colombia on three occasions over the course of more than a decade. During his longest mission in Colombia, he served as the U.S. Embassy’s principal liaison to the Colombian military and police in the highly conflictive Pacific coast. He was directly responsible for the planning of inter-agency missions focused on improving local governance, rule of law, and security in support of Plan Colombia, and he spearheaded the coordination and implementation of the Embassy’s largest bilateral humanitarian mission in 2011. 

Angelo holds a BS in political science (with honors) from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, an MPhil in Latin American studies (with distinction) from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and a PhD in politics from University College London. Angelo’s written commentary has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Hill, and Survival: Global Politics and Strategy. 

Camila Zuluaga is one of the most recognized TV and radio journalists in Colombia. Zuluaga is the radio show host at Blu Radio Colombia. Prior to this role, she was a radio journalist at W Radio Colombia and presented the program Camila Sin Filtro for Claro Colombia. Zuluaga was also a columnist for the newspaper El Pueblo de Cali, an interviewer for the newspaper El Espectador, and a presenter of the news Red Más Noticias and the program Puntos Cardinales, both in the TV channel Día TV.  Zuluaga was a host of youth programs such as Super Play TV, Play TV and the radio station Los 40 Principales. Zuluaga also presented the news section for Latin America in MTV. She has received several awards for her work including Journalist Revelation of 2012 from Círculo de Periodistas de Bogotá and the Simon Bolivar prize for Best News in the Radio in 2015. Zuluaga is a political scientist from Universidad de los Andes and holds master's in public administration from Columbia University. 

Journalist, Blu Radio