About Us

Board of directors

Caring for Colombia was founded by a group of Colombians and Americans living outside of Colombia who were concerned with the ongoing socio-economic crisis in the country. Since its inception, CFC has depended on a range of pro-bono professional and student volunteers to carry out its mission with minimal administrative costs.


Caring for Colombia's

Team of Supporters

Diego Duque – Program Director, MPA NYU

Linda Rincon - Development Consultant, Columbia

Ana Milena Trujillo - Marketing & Outreach

Nathalie Agudelo - Development Intern, NYU

Angelica Enciales - Development Intern, NYU

Ariane De Moegen – Intern, Sciences Po

Kimberly Smith – Intern, Columbia University
Paola Alvarado Ariza - Outreach Consultant

Dorothy Caldone – Technology Specialist
Daniel Perdomo – Consultant
Milton Sarmiento – Top of the Square Catering NYU
Juan Pablo Valencia – Jewelry Designer
Dicken Castro – Graphic Designer
Daniel Reyes Llinas – Musician
Andrea Penagos – Marketing Specialist
Fanny Sanin – Painter
Catalina Samper
Maria Paula Manrique
Hector Sanz – Rayuela
Catalina Martinez
Alfonso Diaz – Journalist
Laura Hernandez – Journalist
Ana Maria Hermida – Filmmaker
Juliana Gonzalez – Communications Specialist
Irena Koblar – Pianist
Badi Assad – Singer
Roustem Saitkoulov – Pianist
German Samper – Architect
Olga Luicia Paulhiac – Photographer
Myriam Rueda – Architect
Alejandra Castellanos – Architect
Nicolas Malleville – Coqui Hotel Boutique and Spa
Roberto Lopez – Hotel Boutique Casa Blanca B&B
Emmanuel Rengade –  Hotel Boutique Picinguaba
Enrique Paez

Christine Guelton – Ikebana Flower Designer

  •    Geneviève Maquinay Déséglise

    Geneviève is the President and co-Founder of Caring for Colombia. A Colombian-Belgian painter and sculptor, she studied fine art in Colombia, Belgium and Italy, graduating from the Art School of La Cambre, Brussels. Lately, Geneviève has been working with various media to make sculptures using recycled materials, wood, stones, metal and other natural elements. Geneviève is also a board member of the Agustin Fernandez Foundation.

  •    Christian Déséglise

    Christian is a co-Founder of Caring for Colombia. He is a Managing Director at HSBC Global Asset Management, with over twenty years of experience in connection with Emerging Markets finance and capital markets.  He is also an Adjunct-Professor at Columbia University, where he teaches on “Investing in Emerging Markets”. He previously taught at Sciences Po in Paris and at the Institute for High Studies for Development in Bogotá, Colombia.

  •     James Crombie

    James Crombie has covered finance, economics and politics for 18 years as a journalist based in London, Mexico City and New York. He is currently an editor at Bloomberg Brief responsible for a daily newsletter on leveraged finance.


    Prior to joining Bloomberg, he was Editor-in-Chief at LatinFinance where he created and directed a daily news service covering capital markets, M&A and investment in Latin America.


    Previously, James was senior editor at International Financing Review (IFR) in New York, where he led news and analysis of LatAm capital markets, US structured finance, and US fixed income. He was also product manager of Thomson Financial's real-time Web-based LatAm joint venture with Dow Jones Newswires.


    From 1997 to 2000, he was a correspondent with Reuters in Mexico City and London, specializing in commodities. James joined Reuters from Metal Bulletin in London, where he was senior assistant editor.


    He has also written for several other financial publications including Lloyd's List and Bloomberg News, and featured on Bloomberg TV, FT TV, Sky News and BBC Radio.


    In 1994, James lived in Bogotá, where he was a professor of linguistics at the Universidad Distrital.  Pleae visit James's LinkIn profile to learn more about his work.




  •     Denise Simon

    Managing Director, Portfolio Manager/Analyst

    Lazard Asset Management LLC (New York)


    Denise Simon is a Portfolio Manager/Analyst on Lazard’s Emerging Markets Debt team. She began working in the investment field in 1986. Prior to joining Lazard in 2010, Denise was with HSBC Asset Management (formerly Halbis) where she was a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for three global emerging markets strategies. Prior to HSBC, she was a Partner and senior portfolio manager at The Atlantic Advisors (acquired by HSBC in 2005). Prior to this, Denise was a senior portfolio manager at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (formerly Wasserstein Perella) managing global funds.


    From 1995-1998, she was a senior trader of emerging European debt and equity at Bayerische Vereinsbank in Germany. From 1992-1995 Denise was an Executive Director of EM Trading at Lehman Brothers. She also held senior trading positions in Global Markets at both Kleinwort Benson and UBS. Denise has a BA in International Economics from George Washington University. She currently serves on the board of the U.S.-Mexican Chamber of Commerce and chairs the board of the Bard Music Festival.




Foundation Caring for Colombia LTD is recognized as a tax exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code

139 West 120th street. New York, NY 10027

Tel: (212) 751-6119 email: contact@caringforcolombia.org