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Our producers and editors hail from three different continents and span the disciplines of economics, urban planning, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, business, international relations and education.

Executive Producer

Ellen Alderton

Ms. Alderton has lived overseas for thirteen years and has studied six foreign languages. She currently works as a marketing specialist for the Peace Corps and where she furthers that agency's mission of promoting world peace and friendship. Previously, Ms. Alderton was an executive producer of national social marketing campaigns serving U.S. Latino audiences. She studied at psychology at Wellesley College and international relations and economics at Johns Hopkins University.


Germán Velasco

Germán Velasco is the former prefect (governor) of La Paz, and he has also served in the Bolivian national cabinet as the Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs. Educated in Bolivia and the United States, Governor Velasco has participated in public and private sector projects in city and regional planning; numerous initiatives to reduce poverty; and development projects with the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Japanese and Canadian national governments.

Editorial board

Katrina D’Apice

Katrina D’Apice studied human biology and pre-medicine at Kings College in London. She received her teaching certificate in England and has worked as a K-12 teacher both in the United Kingdom and in Bolivia.

Marieke Veltman de Gonzales

Marieke Veltman de Gonzales studied development sociology at Leiden University in the Netherlands and conducted field work in Santiago de Chile. She has managed social outreach projects and taught social studies at the secondary level in Latin America.

Jose Luis Lupo

Jose Luis Lupo currently serves as the country officer for Brazil for the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). Previously, Mr. Lupo worked in the IADB international headquarters after serving in the Bolivian national cabinet as the Minister of Finance.

C. Zinnia Maravell

C. Zinnia Maravell received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and her M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. She worked for the U.S. government in management training before transitioning to health maintenance. Currently, she offers movement training in the Alexander Technique, Tai Qi and yoga, as well as acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatments.

Marco Antonio Tórrez

Marco Antonio Tórrez is the co-founder of Promade, a Bolivian nonprofit organization dedicated to finding multidisciplinary approaches to economic development. He is a university lecturer in philosophy and in social science research methods in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

Germán M. Velasco, Jr.

Germán M. Velasco, Jr. is an honors graduate in economics from the University of Florida at Gainesville.

Monica Villavicencio

Monica Villavicencio received her B.A. from Columbia University and her M.A. in anthropology from the London School of Economics. Ms. Villavicencio has served as a correspondent for National Public Radio and America Media Abroad.

Lynn Wagner

Lynn Wagner received her Ph.D. in international relations from Johns Hopkins University where she studied international economics and conducted her dissertation research on international negotiations theory. Currently, she works for the International Institute for Sustainable Development, a nongovernmental organization that promotes sustainable development through partnerships, research and communications.

Video production team

Thank you to our talented team from the Universidad Evangélica Boliviana: Efraín Martinez Vilte, cameraman and editor. Josué Chubé Choque, camera assistant, production assistant, and storyboard. Alejandro Paz, second production assistant. Peter Llanque, director of introductory sequences.