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Rafael Pardo Rueda

Rafael Pardo Rueda

Senior Presidential Advisor for the Post-conflict, Human Rights and Security

Rafael Pardo Rueda

Rafael Pardo Rueda, born in Bogotá in 1953, is an economist from the Universidad de los Andes with studies on Urban and Regional Planning at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands, and International Relations at Harvard University, United States.

In 1986 he served as Popular Integration Secretary and as Director of the National Rehabilitation Plan (Plan Nacional de Rehabilitación - PNR) during the government of President Virgilio Barco. 

Two years later he served as Peace Advisor (1988-1990), position where he was in charge of the peace process that ended with the demobilization of the M-19.

Rafael Pardo was appointed in 1991 by then President César Gaviria as Minister of National Defense, becoming the first civilian to hold this cabinet post in the country in four decades.

Between 1996 and 1997 he served as advisor for the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington DC.

Likewise, he was the director of the Noticiero CM& TV news program.

Furthermore, he was elected as Senator of the Republic for the 2002-2006 term, and over this period he stood out as one of the outstanding legislators for his initiatives and political control debates.

At the end of 2009, the National Congress proclaimed him as Director of the Colombian Liberal Party, after winning the primaries that elected him as the party's candidate for the presidential elections held on May, 2010.

On October, 2011, President Santos appointed Pardo Rueda as Minister of Labor, position where he promoted initiatives such as the Telecommuting Law and the Law on Employment Formalization and Creation.

In March, 2014, he served as acting Mayor of Bogotá, and in the last regional elections he was a candidate for mayor of the capital city.

Rafael Pardo Rueda has been a professor and researcher at the Universidad de los Andes, and has authored the books 'De primera mano'; 'Entre Conflictos y Esperanzas'; 'Nueva Seguridad para América Latina'; 'El siglo pasado: la historia de las guerras' and 'Fin del Paramilitarismo ¿Es posible su desmonte?'