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Parsifal D’Sola Alvarado

Founder and CEO

Chinese foreign policy analyst focused on Sino-Venezuelan relations. Parsifal lived in Beijing between 2008 and 2016, where he completed a 3-year language program at Beijing Language and Culture University and worked as Communications Manager for the news agency China Files. Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Engineering from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Venezuela), M.A. in East Asian Studies from Columbia University (United States), and MSc. in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University (U.K.).

Dr. Paulino Betancourt-Figueroa

Academic Research Director

Tenure professor and researcher at the Science Faculty of Universidad Central de Venezuela for 22 years. Dr. Betancourt-Figueroa was Director of the Department of Chemical Technology (2006-2011), where he currently teaches Principles of Technology and Process Analysis. In the Engineering Faculty he teaches the postgraduate courses Improvement of Heavy Crude Oil and Catalysis. He is also a visiting scholar at the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (IVIC). Dr. Betancourt-Figueroa has received multiple recognitions for his research, among which stand out: José María Vargas Order, Gerhard Ertl Young Investigator Award, and Orinoquia. Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Doctor in Science from Universidad Central de Venezuela.

Jesús Noel Hermoso

Journalism Director

Editor and journalist with over 20 years of professional experience. Jesús has managed a series of editorial projects for traditional press and digital media outlets, as well as multiple innovative journalism projects. He edited two anniversary editions of the Venezuelan newspaper 2001, he managed the Opinion section of the Venezuelan newspaper Últimas Noticias and the Economy section of 2001, and worked for 4 years as chief editor of the Venezuelan digital news platform Efecto Cocuyo. Bachelor of Science in Communication from Universidad Central de Venezuela.

Diego D’Sola Di Lorenzo

Director, International Outreach Program

Economist with over seven years of work experience in investment banking, covering corporate clients and private capital funds in the United States and Latin America. He is currently pursuing an MBA from the Wharton School and an MPA from Harvard University. Magna cum laude graduate in Economics from Fordham University in New York City.

Sebastián Castaño Palacio

Program Officer

Political scientist with emphasis on international relations. Since 2013, Sebastian has worked as an advisor on international cooperation, human rights, and public policy for the Government of Colombia. He also has experience as a researcher in domestic and international security affairs. Sebastian has a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia).