Staff members
Mariana Pacheco
Deputy Chief of Mission

With a record of more than 20 years in international public policy, trade negotiations, policy development and implementation. 


At the Embassy she oversees the White house and all governmental affairs.  

Studied at Johns Hopkins University with a Master’s in International Public Policy and an MBA in economics and international relations at Brigham Young University in Utah.

Liliana Bedoya
Chief of Staff

Serving as a CFO, she worked for 20 years in several agencies of the British communications firm WPP.


At the Embassy she oversees administrative and budgetary management. She also takes care of the Ambassadors Agenda.


She graduated from the Universidad Javeriana with a degree in Industrial Engineering with emphasis in Finance.  

Andrea Jimenez 
Minister Counselor

Career diplomat since 2001.  She has served as First Secretary and later DCM in Havana and Counselor for Legal Affairs in The Hague among others.  

 At the Embassy she is in charge of congressional, security and defense Affairs 

 She holds a Law degree from Universidad Externado de Colombia, and a specialization degree on International Relations and International Law from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano.

Mario Hernández
Minister Counselor


For more than 20 years, Mario structured, directed and managed investments in retail and real estate in Colombia and other countries in Latin America.


At the Colombian Embassy Mario is in charge of commercial affairs. He is the main point of contact between the private sector and the Embassy.

 He holds a business degree from Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá and an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York.

Diana Carvajal
Minister Counselor 
Career diplomat since 2001. She has served as Second Secretary in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Canberra, Australia. 

 At the Embassy she oversees bilateral cooperation, environmental and scientific affairs, as well as the peace agreement.

 She holds Finances and International Relations degree from Universidad Externado de Colombia, and a Master’s degree on Analysis of Contemporary International Political and Economic Problems from the Institute of Higher Studies for Development.

Olga L. Arenas Neira


Career diplomat since 2005. She has served in Tokyo, Japan. 

​At the Embassy she oversees judicial procedures, judicial cooperation and consular Affairs.

 She holds a Law degree from Universidad Santo Tomas and a master’s degree in Analysis of Contemporary International Political and Economic Problems from the Institute of Higher Studies for Development.

Susana Porras


With ten years of experience in the International Relations sector. Has been the leader of high-performance teams.


Has served as Advisor to the Office of the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and as a Coordinator of the United States and Canada at Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs desk. 

​At the Embassy she oversees the relations between Department of State with our government

​Holds a Political Science Degree from the Universidad de Los Andes and is studying Innovation and Development in Government. at Georgetown University. 

Silvia Dangond-Gibsone


More than 20 years of experience in journalism, culture programs, events, and corporate and strategic 



At the Embassy she is in charge of culture and sports affairs. Oversees cultural events and sports content for social media channels and the web page. Organizes and promote cultural events at the Embassy and the Residence of the Ambassador. 

Holds a degree in Political Science from Los Andes University and a Master’s in Communications and Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. She is certified as a digital strategist with knowledge in Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

María Molina
First Secretary 

Experienced as an International correspondent, analyst, editor, producer and reporter on Europe, United States politics and bilateral relations for radio and television.  Former press secretary for the Colombian Embassy in Madrid.

 At the Embassy she is in charge of relations with journalists, and communications strategy. 

​She holds a master’s degree in Journalistic Investigation for TV from “El Mundo” in association with University of San Pablo CEU in Spain.

Adriana Carvajalino 
Third Secretary 

Experience in the private sector in the field of education. 

​At the Embassy she oversees educational affairs and promotes Colombia as an educational destination.

 Holds a Marketing degree from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano and Education Degree from Universidad Manuela Beltrán.

Paulina Mejía
Third Secretary 


She worked in the private sector and taught law at the Pontificia Bolivariana University in Medellín Colombia.

​At the Embassy she oversees relations with Think Tanks. 

Lawyer and specialist in public law from EAFIT University, with experience in public law matters and advice on Public-Private Partnerships. 

Daniela Valenciano
Daniela was an intern in the Division of America, at the Office of United States of America and Canada. She has served as a Diplomatic Mission Assistant for the Consular and Legal Affairs section at the Minister or Foreign Affairs office. 

 At the Embassy she coordinates the No Objection Letters process with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

and helps organize the Ambassador´s agenda and meetings.

​She holds a degree on International Relations from Universidad del Norte (Colombia).

Daniela García
Administrative Assistant  

She worked as a travel coordinator at All God’s Children where she helped in the adoption process of USA families in Colombia.

​At the Embassy she oversees suppliers and supports Ambassador’s commissions in the United States and abroad.

​ Daniela holds a degree in Modern Languages and translation from Universidad EAN. 

Nicolás Trejos
Administrative Assistant  

He worked in the private sector as an accountant and tax coordinator for several companies.

​At the Embassy and the Ambassador’s Residence, he oversees administrative activities.

He holds a public accountant degree and Degree in tax sciences from the Central University, Bogota.

Víctor Caro
Administrative Assistant 

Lawyer graduated from the Catholic University of Colombia with experience in Administrative Law.


 At the Embassy he oversees accreditation for diplomatic and administrative officials and their dependents.

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