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Paulina Garzon

Guest Speaker

    Professional affiliation

    Director, China Latin-America Sustainable Investments Initiative hosted by the Bank Information Center

    Full Biography

    Paulina Garzón currently is the Director of the China Latin-America Sustainable Investments Initiative, a project hosted by the Bank Information Center in Washington, DC. Paulina is an Ecuadorian native based in Washington DC, with 25 years of experience working on issues relating to business, the environment, and human rights. She is a former president of Accion Ecológica (Ecuador) and a co‐founder and ex‐President of the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CDES‐EcuadorOver the past four years, Paulina has focused her work on Chinese investments in Latin America, with particular attention to the Chinese regulatory framework for overseas investments. She published in March 2014 a "Legal Manual on Chinese Environmental and Social Regulations for Lending and Investing Abroad: A Guide for Local Communities" and has organized and participated in a number of seminars and workshops with NGOs, academic institutions and government officials in Latin America, China and the USA. Paulina has also written extensively on topics related to Chinese investments in Latin America and environmental issues and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Diálogo Chino. Paulina has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (2009).