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.
Board of directors
Geneviève Maquinay Déséglise – President and co-Founder
Christian Déséglise – co-Founder
James Crombie – Board Member
Pilar Verú – Executive Director
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 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 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. Please visit James's LinkedIn profile to learn more about his work.
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.
Pilar is the Executive Director of Caring for Colombia. A political scientist and teacher, since 2014 she has been the director of PROSOWA Foundation (Proyect of Sustainability for the Wayúu Community) in the Guajira region of Colombia.
Previously, from 2010 to 2014 she was Vice Principal at East Side High School in the Newark Public Schools.
Pilar has also worked as the General Editor of 4to Poder Magazine and as Adjunct Professor at Berkeley College.
Alina Cárdenas Rey
Helena La Rota López