Andres Rugeles

Senior Advisor for Strategic Affairs
Andres Rugeles


Andres Rugeles is the Senior Advisor for Strategic Affairs at OPHI. In this role, he is responsible for creating and strengthening high-level and strategic partnerships with key actors in Latin America (public sector, international organizations, and civil society), to increase OPHI´s impact, presence and institutional alliances beyond the LAC region; and to contribute to the mobilization of resources with new and existing institutional partners.

He has extensive experience of 25 years in the fields of multilateral development banking, as well as in foreign affairs, and Latin American regional integration. 

He is an Associate Member of the Latin America Center at the University of Oxford, a member of the Advisory Board of the Global South Unit at the London School of Economics (LSE), and an international affiliate scholar at Cornell University.

Previously he served as Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations in New York; Secretary of Transparency of Colombia; Secretary General, Chief of Cabinet and General Advisor of the President, and Representative in Argentina at CAF - Development Bank of Latin America; Chief of Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia; among others.

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  • Education

    MSc Politics of the World Economy, London School of Economics (LSE) 

    BA Political science with an emphasis in economy and Latin American Studies, Universidad de los Andes

    Advanced studies in negotiation and leadership at Harvard University.

  • Research interests

    International politics and foreign affairs; economic and social development; and regional integration. 

    His most recent research was about the key challenges of Latin America for its future, which are divided in six axes: poverty and inequality, economic growth and productivity, environment, democracy, regional integration, and international affairs. 

  • Selected publications

    Rugeles, Andres (2024). América Latina: la visión de sus lideres. Editorial Planeta. To be launched in June 2024.

    In addition, he regularly writes opinion columns and articles for national and international newspapers and media. 

  • Editorial boards

    Foreign Affairs Latinoamerica 

    Latin Trade Magazine