Tarek E. Milleron
Humans rely heavily on palm trees for food and fiber. Tarek Milleron focuses on wild palm fruit harvests in northern South America, where long traditions of climbing have given way to cutting down whole trees, wiping out the resource in local areas.
Tarek E. Milleron, Ph.D., is a forest ecologist who has worked on wild palm fruit harvests in Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela.
Providing quality educational opportunities that meet the needs of Antioquia’s diverse population is Governor Fajardo’s central focus. His administration has begun work on 80 educational parks throughout Antioquia in order to replicate a model that proved successful in combatting inequality, violence, and the culture of illegality in Medellín.
Sergio Fajardo is the governor of Antioquia, Colombia, and the former mayor of Medellín. He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Ambassador Luis Carlos Villegas
Despite 50 years of ongoing conflict with the FARC guerrillas, Colombia has the fastest growing economy in South America. The ambassador joins us to discuss the “New Colombia” and what it means for the upcoming presidential elections and continued peace talks.
Luis Carlos Villegas is the Colombian ambassador to the United States and a former member of the negotiating team in the ongoing peace talks with FARC.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Colombian Consulate in San Francisco.