Cateryn Vucina has more than 20 years of experience specializing in government relations and project financing in Latin America and Africa, having gained an excellent knowledge of the needs, risks, opportunities, trends and business culture in these regions and successfully influencing public policies and business practice
Ms. Vucina is the Executive Director of the Columnae Group and represents public and private entities in relation to the acquisition, development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects. As a member of the Board of Directors of WAT, Cateryn advises several non-governmental organizations and new companies on how to design effective financial, investment and collaboration strategies. As Head of Strategy and Corporate Relations of the Advanced Leadership Foundation, Ms. Vucina led strategic relationships with private companies, international organizations and governments.
As a representative of the World Bank, Cateryn has advised more than 20 governments in the design and implementation of effective public policies and several Fortune 100 companies in the planning of best corporate social responsibility practices. Ms. Vucina has co-authored several reports and articles on sustainability, international trade, agriculture, access to information, governance, social responsibility, competitiveness, gender, and has organized several conferences and workshops that bring together leading international leaders.
Ms. Vucina was a Representative of the Canadian International Development Agency in Venezuela and worked as a representative of the Government of Venezuela in the Organization of American States. For the Inter-American Development Bank, he headed the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. For the Ibero-American General Secretariat, Ms. Vucina led the creation of a School of Governance for public officials in Latin America.
Cateryn currently lives in Washington DC. She speaks English, Spanish, French, Italian and Croatian fluently and has a Master’s degree in International Relations from American University and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the Central University of Venezuela, graduating with honors from both institutions. She was awarded the Hall of Nations and Fulbright Prize.