GI-TOC staff member

Felipe Botero Escobar

Coordinator for Colombia, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime

Felipe Joined the Global Initiative in 2021 as Coordinator for Colombia, implementing strategies to strengthen community resilience against organized crime and crime prevention, supporting different areas of the Resilience Fund, and looking to expand the GI-TOC presence across the country and the region. He has extensive academic and professional experience in peace building, DDR, Human Rights, citizen security, and civic participation.

Within his professional career, Felipe was appointed Undersecretary of Human Rights and Peacebuilding of Cali- Colombia, implementing the city’s public policy on Human Rights, supporting the implementation of Colombia´s peace agreement, and developing comprehensive approaches to urban violence prevention. He also served as regional coordinator for the implementation of the Full School Day Program at the Ministry of Education, specifically in the prevention of forced recruitment. Likewise, Felipe worked as an advisor to the Vice Ministry of Interior in the area of Human Rights, focusing on ethnic groups and Human Rights Defenders. Felipe´s first work experience was at the Colombian Agency for Reintegration –ACR–, monitoring the implementation of the public policy for the reintegration of ex-combatants.

Felipe holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy with an emphasis on Governance and Development, from the International Institute of Social Studies, in the Netherlands, and the University of York, in England, where he arrived as a fellow of the Erasmus Mundus program, and a Political Scientist degree from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá.