2. Ana Maria Rodriguez Contreras

Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of Bogotá Chapinero, District 4290

Host Club: Brisbane Planetarium District, 9200

Ana Maria is a political scientist with bachelor´s degree in international affairs. She has over six years of experience in international cooperation, geopolitics and security, human rights, conflict resolution and development. Ana Maria’s experience in the field in developing countries, including Colombia, Bolivia and Kenya, along with her passion for travelling and her ability to extend out of her comfort zone, have given Ana Maria the opportunity to travel to the most desolate areas, in order to supervise social projects and to work side by side with the community, giving them the proper training and tools to become self sustainable.

Ana Maria started a research group called Arte Para La Paz, in which she created a methodology to teach conflict resolution and conflict transformation tools through dance, theatre and photography to vulnerable communities in situations of transit and despair.