October 13, 2020
Webinar: Chile' s Constitutional Process: A Conversation from different view points
Claudio Fuentes, Claudia Heiss, Ernesto Silva & Natalia Gonzalez. Moderator: Cassandra Sweet
@ 6:00pm EST
Claudio Fuentes is a Professor at the School of Political Science of the Diego Portales University. His academic interests have been oriented to the study of political processes in Chile and Latin America, focusing in recent years on the study of the dynamics of institutional change. Among his work, the books “The Pact: Power, Constitution and Political Practices in Chile 1990-2010” and “The Fraud: the Plebiscite of the 1980 Constitution” are into the best sellers in Chile in his field. Among other recognitions, he obtained the award for the best doctoral thesis granted by the American Political Science Association (APSA) and is a Luksic Fellow of Harvard University (2011). He was a member of the Presidential Advisory Council against corruption (2015). Claudio is also an Associate Researcher at the Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Studies (CIIR), and coordinates the Constitutional Laboratory at the Diego Portales University. Claudio holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor in History from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.
Claudia Heiss is Assistant Professor and the Head of Political Science of the Institute of Public Affairs at Universidad de Chile, where she is also a researcher at the Center for the Study of Conflict and Social Cohesion (COES). Between 2012 and 2014, she was the president of the Chilean Association of Political Science. During 2019, she was part of the technical commission of the constitutional process in Chile, working along the Congress . Claudia has published various articles and book chapters on constitutional change, Chilean politics and the history of political science. One of her last works has been the book “Why we need a new constitution?”, launched this year. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the New School for Social Research, a Master in Political Science from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Art in Journalism from Universidad de Chile.
Natalia Gonzalez is Director of Legal and Legislative Affairs at Libertad y Desarrollo Institute. She worked from 2002 to 2006 as an associate attorney at Carey in the areas of corporate and financial law. Subsequently, she served as legislative advisor in the Ministries of Finance (2006-2007 / 2010-2011), Planning (2010) and Energy (2007-2008 / 2011-2012), participating in the design of public policies and in the drafting and negotiation, in the Congress, of various bills related to social policy, the capital and financial markets, and the regulation of the electricity generation and distribution. Between 2012 and 2014, she joined the Libertad y Desarrollo team for the first time as Director of the Legislative and Constitutional Program. Later, she worked at the newspaper El Mercurio, at Hohmann & Asociados, and at the Universidad del Desarrollo, where she was the first Director of the Center for Regulatory Law and Business. Natalia is a lawyer from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, and holds a Master in Law (LLM) from the University of Chicago.
Ernesto Silva is the Vice President of the Universidad del Desarrollo, and is in charge of Graduate Schools, Continuing Education and Extension. He is also Professor at the School of Government and Member of the Board of Trustees. Between 2010 and 2018, Ernesto served as member of the Representative House in Chile (Diputado), and between 2014 and 2015 was the President of the Unión Democrata Independiente political party (UDI). In addition, he has been visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. Ernesto´s research interests are in political institutions, political economy, and public policy. He specializes in the Chilean policy-making process, mainly in the interaction between the president and Congress, and the political control of the bureaucracy. He frequently contributes his opinion in the leading public media and newspapers. Ernesto is a Lawyer from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and holds a Master in Public Policies from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in Political Science from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.
Cassandra Sweet is a political economist with expertise in international development. Her applied policy work spans projects for the World Bank, the World Health Organization and the United Nation’s Economic Commission on Latin America. Dr. Sweet has taught at Bard College and the Instituto de Ciencia Politica, Universidad Católica de Chile. She is the author of myriad studies in editorial houses and journals including World Development, Economics and Politics and Globalization and Health. Dr. Sweet received her BA in political science from Stanford, and her PhD and MPhil from the University of Cambridge. Based in New York, Dr. Sweet has lived over a decade in Latin America and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. She has been awarded grants from the Truman, Fulbright and Gates foundations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Santiago-based think-tank Espacio Público.
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