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Ramon Espinasa

Ramón Espinasa holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in Energy Economics. He worked for 20 years at Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), where he was chief economist from 1992 to 1999. At present, he is a consultant at the IDB’s Integration and Regional Programs Department, where he is in charge of the Western Hemisphere Hydrocarbons Initiative, a program cosponsored by the IDB and the Corporación Andina de Fomento.

Alek Boyd

Alek Boyd created Vcrisis.com and started blogging about Venezuela in Oct. 2002. Since, he has worked as an independent researcher, reporter, lobbyist, civil and political rights activist, and has experience in strategic, media, and political consulting throughout Latin America. In 2006, Alek became the first blogger ever to shadow a presidential candidate in Venezuela. He recently gained an MA (merits) in Spanish American Studies from King's College London.

Miguel Octavio

First who started blogging in English about Venezuela's politics and economics on a regular basis, Miguel's blog, The Devil's Excrement, has become a reference since its start in August 2002.

Daniel Duquenal

Blogger based in the Venezuelan provinces, started his blog Venezuela News and Views as private letters to friends overseas, letters narrating the difficult days of the 2002/2003 strike in Venezuela. These letters became a mix of news, comments, pictures of the Venezuelan situation. Daniel has written one of the most complete blogs of Venezuela's slow descent into authoritarianism, the slow erosion of liberties, and the takeover of the country by a military caste.

Pedro Burelli

Founder and Managing Director of B+V Consulting, a financial advisory firm focused on M&A and capital raising advisory in emerging markets. Current advisory assignments focused on Russia, Spain and Latin America. He serves on the Board of publicly traded (Moscow RTS) Rosinter Restaurants Holding and Synergy. Mr. Burelli was an Executive Board Member of Petróleos de Venezuela until November of 1998. In that capacity he was responsible for financial planning and oversight at the board level. Prior to that, he was Head of JPMorgan Capital Corporation – Latin America, the principal investment arm of JPMorgan. During his career at JPMorgan he was, among other things, a founding Member of the M&A group for Latin America, Director of M&A for the Iberian Peninsula based in Madrid, and Senior Banker for the Andes, Central America and Caribbean region. Mr. Burelli holds a BA in Political Science (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Southern California and MPA Degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.