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Santiago Hoyos

1st-Year MPP

Santiago Hoyos was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. While earning his undergraduate degree in political science from Universidad de los Andes, he became interested in exploring the root causes of Colombia’s armed conflict.

After graduating, Hoyos joined the Ministry of Public Affairs Office of the Inspector General, where he worked for five years in the Victims and Demobilized Office, as well as the Peace and Victims Office. As a public servant, Hoyos coordinated official policy reports for Congress regarding the implementation of the Victims Law, taking depositions of hundreds of victims from different regions in Colombia, and overlooking the victims’ reparation process. He also visited conflict-affected regions in Colombia, where he engaged with victims, local leaders and governors in order to evaluate the policy making process around the Victims Law. Finally, Hoyos was part of the team that negotiated the indicators between the ethnic communities and national government around the Framework Implementation Plan, an essential document for the peace process between former FARC guerrillas and Colombia’s government.

Hoyos hopes that white at Harris and as Pearson Fellow, he will acquire the rigorous quantitative tools that are required to generate data-driven and innovative solutions so that victims’ complex realities can be addressed in a more effective way in the future. He aims to explore evidence-based policies that can prevent conflict and foster development and peacebuilding in regions with limited state capacity.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.