Speakers - Fletcher Disrupts: Colombia's Struggle for Peace

Presenters

Elizabeth Hoffecker, Research Manager, International Development Innovation Network (IDIN), MIT D-LAB

RoxanNE Krystalli, Program Manager, Humanitarian Evidence Program, Feinstein International Center, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

Elizabeth Hoffecker manages the research program of the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN) and leads a multidisciplinary research group at D-Lab on Local Innovation and Development. She teaches a graduate-level research methods class on Understanding Development Impact and is a co-founder of the Lean Research initiative. Hoffecker holds a master's degree from the International Development Group in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and prior to joining D-Lab in 2012, worked for ten years in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector as a consultant and strategist. She has worked and conducted research in Mexico, Chile, Colombia, China, Tanzania and Zambia and is always eager to learn new languages and understand a bit more about the world.

Elizabeth Hoffecker manages the research program of the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN) and leads a multidisciplinary research group at D-Lab on Local Innovation and Development. She teaches a graduate-level research methods class on Understanding Development Impact and is a co-founder of the Lean Research initiative. Hoffecker holds a master's degree from the International Development Group in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and prior to joining D-Lab in 2012, worked for ten years in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector as a consultant and strategist. She has worked and conducted research in Mexico, Chile, Colombia, China, Tanzania and Zambia and is always eager to learn new languages and understand a bit more about the world.

At Feinstein, Roxanne Krystalli focuses on how to better generate, synthesize, and use evidence in the humanitarian field.  Her own research focuses on patterns of violence in mass atrocities and on victim-centered transitional justice, paying particular attention to gender and other dimensions of power. She is also on the Steering Committee of Lean Research, a cross-institutional partnership to consider the ethics and practicalities of research in vulnerable or violent settings. Prior to joining Feinstein, Krystalli worked as researcher, humanitarian practitioner, and advocate at the intersection of gender and armed conflict, with a particular focus on understanding and responding to the needs of victims of violence. Her past work brought her to a variety of places including Egypt, Uganda, Colombia, Guatemala, Sudan, and Mexico, where she worked with ex-combatants, refugees, and internally displaced people (IDPs), as well as victims and survivors of sexual violence, torture, and disappearance. Krystalli received a BA from Harvard College and an MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She is currently a PhD candidate at Fletcher. She has been recognized as a P.E.O. International Peace Scholar, Social Science Research Council Fellow, Ogunte Featured Social Innovator, and TEDx speaker, and she is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Service at Tufts University. Her published work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Conversation, Open Democracy, Women Under Siege, NextBillion, and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative blog.

At Feinstein, Roxanne Krystalli focuses on how to better generate, synthesize, and use evidence in the humanitarian field.  Her own research focuses on patterns of violence in mass atrocities and on victim-centered transitional justice, paying particular attention to gender and other dimensions of power. She is also on the Steering Committee of Lean Research, a cross-institutional partnership to consider the ethics and practicalities of research in vulnerable or violent settings.

Prior to joining Feinstein, Krystalli worked as researcher, humanitarian practitioner, and advocate at the intersection of gender and armed conflict, with a particular focus on understanding and responding to the needs of victims of violence. Her past work brought her to a variety of places including Egypt, Uganda, Colombia, Guatemala, Sudan, and Mexico, where she worked with ex-combatants, refugees, and internally displaced people (IDPs), as well as victims and survivors of sexual violence, torture, and disappearance.

Krystalli received a BA from Harvard College and an MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She is currently a PhD candidate at Fletcher.

She has been recognized as a P.E.O. International Peace Scholar, Social Science Research Council Fellow, Ogunte Featured Social Innovator, and TEDx speaker, and she is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Service at Tufts University. Her published work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Conversation, Open Democracy, Women Under Siege, NextBillion, and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative blog.

Luis Alberto Villegas, Deputy Manager, Adaptation Fund, Ministry of Finance, Colombia; Cofounder, VallenPaz

Luis Alberto Villegas is an agroindustrial engineer and MBA from leading universities in Colombia. In his professional career he has been a consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and for the Secretary of Agriculture of the Valle del Cauca State, in Colombia. He was Andean countries Manager for Syngenta Vegetable Seeds, technical secretary and director in charge at Planeta Valle, a think tank for 2025 regional vision. He also worked as inclusive business coordinator for the Carvajal Foundation and was executive director of VallenPaz, where he is co-founder and has belonged to its board of directors since its beginning. He is currently deputy manager of the Adaptation Fund, at the Colombian government’s Ministry of Finance. He has participated as speaker in rural development events in Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Spain, Germany, China and the United States and has been professor at San Buenaventura University and ICESI University in Colombia.

Luis Alberto Villegas is an agroindustrial engineer and MBA from leading universities in Colombia. In his professional career he has been a consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and for the Secretary of Agriculture of the Valle del Cauca State, in Colombia. He was Andean countries Manager for Syngenta Vegetable Seeds, technical secretary and director in charge at Planeta Valle, a think tank for 2025 regional vision. He also worked as inclusive business coordinator for the Carvajal Foundation and was executive director of VallenPaz, where he is co-founder and has belonged to its board of directors since its beginning. He is currently deputy manager of the Adaptation Fund, at the Colombian government’s Ministry of Finance. He has participated as speaker in rural development events in Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Spain, Germany, China and the United States and has been professor at San Buenaventura University and ICESI University in Colombia.