Ricardo Santamaría

Ricardo Santamaría

Ricardo Santamaría

Fellow

Colombia. Ricardo Santamaría was a managing director of FTI Consulting, Strategic Communications (until November 2012). As co-founder and managing director of FD Gravitas, Mr. Santamaría advised numerous clients in the areas of public affairs, political campaigns, crisis management, and corporate communications. Clients include Colombia´s most important newspaper El Tiempo, High Advisory for Reintegration (a governmental agency aiding demobilized insurgents and paramilitaries to return to civilian life), and the massive transportation systems being developed in Colombia with the support of the World Bank. Mr. Santamaría has held numerous media positions, including: director of El Espectador (newspaper); director of CMI News (TV); political editor for El Tiempo; editorial advisor for Semana (magazine); director of Diners Magazine; and columnist for El Mundo (regional newspaper) and Portafolio (economic newspaper). In the public sector, Mr. Santamaría has been executive coordinator for the preparation of the Constitutional Assembly (1991); presidential counselor for peace (responsible for peace negotiations with insurgent groups); national security advisor; coordinator of the crisis management team of the presidency; and ambassador to Cuba. For two years, he was an advisor to the general secretary of the OAS (Organization of American States). He has also taught classes in journalism and worked as a researcher. In 2001 he was awarded the Simon Bolivar national journalism prize in the category of best print interview. Until May 2014, he served as a member of the Santos government’s team of negotiators in peace talks with FARC, held in Havana. Mr. Santamaría studied political science at the Universidad de los Andes (1984) in Bogotá, Colombia.

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