Dr. Luis Fernando Suárez Vélez

Governor, Department of Antioquia, Colombia

Dr. Luis Fernando Suárez Vélez Born in Medellin, Colombian public servant with a track record of almost 30 years. Dentist at the Autonomous University of Manizales. Specialist in epidemiology of the CES University, Direction of Social Security in the government of Guillermo Gaviria Correa. Secretary of Inclusion and Social Security of Medellin, Deputy Mayor of Security and on several occasions mayor in charge of Medellin. It has integrated different boards of directors in both the public and private sectors. Executive director of the Uniban Foundation with a presence in the Urabá banana areas of Antioquia and the Magdalena department, where he managed to promote several social projects to favor the most vulnerable population of the areas of influence in the banana industry. He was the promoter of Prourabá, the multi-state social foundation that aims to promote the social development of the Urabá region. Onn January 1, 2020, he was secretary of government of Antioquia, and was appointed by Governor (e) Aníbal Gaviria to manage one of the lines of the development plan; coordinate the administrative sector of Government that brings together several secretariats and lead the action plan for the containment of The Coronavirus. On 5 June 2020, he was appointed by President Iván Duque, as governor in charge of Antioqui,a position he has been serving ever since.

Dr. is speaking at

September 17, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


  • Juan Lucas Restrepo (Speaker) Director General, Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
  • Frank Pearl Gonzales (Speaker) Former Colombia Minister of Environment, Peace commissioner, and Lead Negotiator for Colombia's Peace agreement
  • Dr. Angelika Rettberg (Speaker) Professor - Political Science Department, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
  • Dr. Luis Fernando Suárez Vélez (Speaker) Governor, Department of Antioquia, Colombia


In Colombia, like in many other countries, the increasing impact of climate change is a major social disruptor and catalyser of conflict. The challenge is of great complexity and Colombia’s case presents aspects of high relevance, since both conflict and vulnerability to climate variability and climate change co-exist. Colombia is also a success story given that it has evolved into a middle-income country, has dealt with key aspects of political violence, and has achieved remarkable success on key social and institutional indicators. The country is at the forefront of the dynamics of climate change, showing some of its more acute impacts but also displaying some innovative solutions. Looking at the Colombian case offers the opportunity to understand the interactions between a multiplicity of factors and extract key lessons to address one of the greatest challenges humanity is facing

We will be examining both short-term solutions to address current environmental issues, and long-term strategies to ensure sustainable development. Recognising the complexity in delivering these solutions, we have invited guest speakers from a wide range of expertise in conflict, agricultural development and public administration who can share their perspectives, vision, and strategies, showcasing as well specific initiatives of great potential.

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