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Join Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA) for a cafecito with Alejandro Éder, former Colombian high presidential counselor for reintegration. Now he is running to be mayor of Cali in Colombia's October 2019 local elections. Learn about his extensive career in the public sector, dealing with timely issues such as the reintegration of combatants in Colombia, negotiations with the FARC in Havana, and negotiations with the ELN guerrilla group.
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Alejandro Éder worked at the Office of the High Presidential Counselor for Reintegration and at the Colombian Agency for Reintegration (ACR) from 2007 to 2014. From 2007 to 2010 Éder was the policy and strategic advisor at the ACR and he led an effort to comprehensively redesign Colombia's reintegration process in order to make it more effective and sustainable. From 2010 to 2014 he was Colombia's high presidential counselor for reintegration and director general of the ACR.
Éder also worked for five years (2009–2014) in the Colombia peace process, initially as a member of the team that secretly negotiated the framework agreement with the FARC in Havana, Cuba, and then as an alternate negotiator in the public phase of the process until October 2014.
Éder was the executive director of the Foundation for the Integral Development of the Pacific Region of Colombia (FDI Pacífico) based in Cali, Colombia (2015–2018). FDI Pacífico is a private nonprofit organization which works to promote the development of long term public interest projects and policies that will contribute to the social and economic development of Colombia’s four Pacific provinces.
Éder has an undergraduate degree from Hamilton College and a master's degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Before working with the Colombian government Éder worked in investment banking and finance in New York City and Colombia.