Parsifal D’Sola Alvarado

Founder and Executive Director

Chinese foreign policy analyst specializing in Latin American relations with an emphasis on
Venezuela. Parsifal is a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub. Between 2019 and 2020 he acted as a Chinese foreign policy advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the interim government of Venezuela. Parsifal lived in Beijing from 2008 to 2016 where he served as a communications manager and researcher for the China Files news agency. He holds an engineering degree in Telecommunications from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Venezuela, a master’s degree in East Asian Studies from Columbia University in New York City, a master’s degree in International Politics from School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and a diploma in advanced language study from Beijing Language and Culture University.

Sebastián Castaño Palacio

General Manager

National security analyst specializing in Colombia, with over 10 years of experience in Human Rights consulting for the Colombian Government as well as in international cooperation and public policy making and design of regulatory frameworks for prevention and protection of vulnerable populations in the public sector. Sebastián holds a degree in Political Science from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia), a diploma in Inter-American Relations from Georgetown University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Strategy and Geopolitics at Colombia’s Escuela Superior de Guerra. As Manager, he oversees the Foundation’s research, communication and financing projects and provides support to the executive management team.

María Catalina Micolta Portocarrero

Director of Research Projects

Foreign policy and public diplomacy analyst with experience in research on the regional integration process of the European Union and European Community Law with emphasis on migration and security. María Catalina has a degree in Political Science with a focus on International Relations and a Masters degree in International Relations from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia). She has additional studies on Contemporary China from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Argentina. As director of research projects, she manages, supervises and participates in the process of design, management, development and publication of results of the Foundation’s academic research.

Iñigo Alexander López

Press Officer.

International journalist focused on Latin America, human rights, social justice and environmental
issues. Iñigo has been working as a freelance journalist in Colombia since 2022 and has worked
for international media such as the BBC, The Guardian, The New York Times, Reuters, The
Times, and many more. He holds a Master’s degree in International Journalism from City
University of London in the United Kingdom, and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies
with a focus on Latin America from Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Álvaro David Uribe

Junior Researcher

Student of Political Science and International Relations with an emphasis in security at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia. David has experience as an intern and research assistant at the Andrés Bello Foundation since 2023. His areas of interest focus on foreign policy analysis between Latin American and Caribbean countries and the People’s Republic of China,
especially in security and regional cooperation. In his role as junior researcher, he assists the team in data collection and analysis.