Colombia: Lessons from a Presidential Campaign

Sergio Fajardo

Title Conditional: Colombia: Lessons from a Presidential Campaign
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm | Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

Highlights of the talk

Something extraordinary is happening in Colombia, and Sergio Fajardo has a unique perspective. Sergio has followed a nontraditional path in public life: from mathematician to presidential candidate. He will share his experiences as a public servant, his perspectives on the recent election, and an analysis of Colombia today.   

Sergio Fajardo recently ran for president of Colombia and received 24% (4.5 million) of the votes cast.  Formerly, he served as the governor of Antioquia (2012-2015) and the mayor of Medellin (2004-2007). He was highly innovative in both offices emphasizing education, public works, and community participation.  He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Sergio Fajardo will return to CLAS to teach a month-long seminar in Spring 2019.

Full event video

Sergio Fajardo speaks on his presidential campaign in Colombia, October 2018. (Photo by Jim Block.)

Sergio Fajardo speaks on his presidential campaign in Colombia, October 2018. (Photo by Jim Block.)

Sergio Fajardo speaks on his presidential campaign in Colombia, October 2018. (Photo by Jim Block.)
Sergio Fajardo responding to questions from the audience, October 2018. (Photo by Jim Block.)

Sergio Fajardo speaks with CLAS chair Harley Shaiken before his talk, October 2018. (Photo by Jim Block.)
Sergio Fajardo speaks with CLAS chair Harley Shaiken before his talk, October 2018. (Photo by Jim Block.)

Sergio Fajardo chats with students who attended his talk, October 2018. (Photo by Jim Block.)
Sergio Fajardo chats with students who attended his talk, October 2018. (Photo by Jim Block.)

A student takes a selfie with Sergio Fajardo on the Berkeley campus, October 2018. (Photo by Jim Block.)
A student takes a selfie with Sergio Fajardo on the Berkeley campus, October 2018. (Photo by Jim Block.)

Sergio Fajardo met with a group of students at the Center for Latin American Studies, October 2018. (Photo by CLAS staff.)
Sergio Fajardo met with a group of students at the Center for Latin American Studies, October 2018. (Photo by CLAS staff.)

Sergio Fajardo on the campaign trail. (Photo courtesy of SergioFajardo.cl.)
Sergio Fajardo on the campaign trail. (Photo courtesy of SergioFajardo.co.)