Daniela Suarez is a Government Affairs Consultant based in Medellin, Colombia. She represents clients in Latin America region and helps develop criminal policy, institutional relationships, and advocacy support. Daniela has 12 years’ experience working across Latin America on matters relating to crime, justice, and security both at the operational and policy level.
Daniela joins the firm following five years’ experience representing the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime and a further five years as Director of the “Disruptive Ideas Against Crime” Think Tank inside the Colombian Attorney General´s Office where she led research strategies to combat illicit economies, cybercrime, terrorism, and organized crime. Daniela is a well-known academic speaker and teacher having delivered keynote presentations at various national and international seminars across the hemisphere.
She is author of several articles and publications and most recently (2020) published the “Disruptive Strategy Against Illegal Drugs” on behalf of the Colombian Attorney General. She is the founding director of a US based NGO called “Disruptive Ideas” aimed at developing crime and justice projects through applied science.
Daniela studied her bachelor´s degree in Political Science at the University of Antioquia in Colombia and is currently finalizing her master’s degree in Cybercrime at the University of Rioja in Spain. She has undertaken specialist studies in Counter Terrorism at the Institute of Security Studies in Europe at the George Marshall Center in Garmisch, Germany and was the recipient of a study award “Community Surveillance and the Law” from the Visiting Leaders program of the Department of State in Washington D.C.
She has received various awards and accolades including the “Pedro Alejandro Rojas Betancourt” Medal from Interpol, Colombia.