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Consiliatura

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Consiliatura


The Consiliatura is formed by the University President who is its Chair, five Consiliarios and the Colegiales de Numero, and is the highest governing body of Universidad del Rosario. This university body advises the University President in all aspects of his work, manages institutional assets, and approves the annual income and expenditure budgets, among other functions attributed to it by the Old and New University Constitutions.

The Consiliarios are five persons elected by an electoral body composed of the University President and the Colegiales de Numero who are active at the time when the University President calls the Electoral College. The Colegiales de Numero are active for a period of four years with the possibility of being reelected indefinitely. In turn, the Consiliarios and the Colegiales de Numero are responsible for electing the University President during the respective Electoral College convened by the Consiliatura . (ver las Constituciones).




The elected Consiliarios for the period 2019-2023 are:


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CAROLINA DURÁN

Current Executive Director of the Ventures Corporation; an entity dedicated to the promotion, creation, and growth of sustainable business projects in Colombia since 1999. She works as an advisor for the Colfuturo Emprende program, which aims to strengthen entrepreneurship among the beneficiaries of the program. She is also an advisor at Columbia University on strategic internationalization issues.
 
Her professional career has led her to occupy positions in trade unions, and in the public and financial sectors. She has also been able to contribute to and finance several projects, intra-enterprises and successful businesses.
 
Her management abilities are highlighted in her work within the area of Business Development for Latin America, Citicorp Information Technologies in Bangalore, India. She served as Assistant to the Presidency of the Banking Association of Colombia and as First Secretary in the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she worked on issues of transnational economic agreement in Bogota, Colombia. More recently, she has served in the international risk-rating agency Standard and Poor's (S&P) where she held the position of Associate Director in charge of evaluating the major companies in electricity, oil and gas, and infrastructure in Latin America as well as financing projects for the region from Mexico City. During her work at S&P she was part of the analytics team for sovereign risk and public finances in the city of New York (USA).
 
Carolina is a Fulbright Scholar and Colfuturo Scholar. In 2009, she completed her Master's Degree in International Relations at Columbia University, New York City (USA). She has a postgraduate degree in Economics from the University of Barcelona (Spain) and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. She also studied Social Change at Stanford University (USA).

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ALBERTO FERGUSSON BERMÚDEZ

Alberto Fergusson Bermudez, MD is a Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst from Universidad del Rosario and Consiliario of the University since 2011. Founder and director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Accompanied Selfrehabilitation in the USA, as well as entities dedicated to research, assistance and teaching in the area of mental health. He was the first to describe and use the Theory of Accompanied Selfrehabilitation; a technique that allows the rehabilitation of severe mental illness, which, after being rigorously evaluated at Yale University, is now applied in different rehabilitation centers in the US and Europe. He concurrently held the positions of Head of Mental Health and Technical Coordinator at the Ministry of Health, Bogota. As Medical Director of Caprecom, he was able to incorporate the psychological component into standard medical practice for the first time, as well as implementing the use of systematized clinical histories. He has been a recognized activist for the defense of the rights of the sick, especially the mentally ill. His abilities for social entrepreneurship and innovation made him one of the first Colombians to acquire the status of Ashoka Fellow, an entity dedicated to identifying and promoting social entrepreneurs.
 
He has been a professor at Universidad del Rosario, Javeriana University, Universidad de los Andes, Universidad Católica, and the Colombian School of Rehabilitation where he was a member of the Higher University Council for more than twenty five years. He is currently a professor at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at Universidad del Rosario. A renowned speaker nationally and internationally, he has published more than 70 peer reviewed articles and two recent books.
 
He is a member of the board of directors of the WAPR (World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation) and acted as its Vice President until 2018. A central promoter of the peace process in Colombia, he served as a member of the government delegation in the dialogues with the ELN. He is a frequent guest speaker at universities in Colombia, the United States and Europe.

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