About us

Fundación Ideas para la Paz (FIP) is an independent think tank established in 1999 by a group of Colombian businessmen. Our mission is to produce knowledge, propose initiatives, develop practices and support processes to contribute in the construction of a stable and lasting peace in Colombia. Along these lines, FIP aims to understand the unrest existing in the country, by exercising the needed leadership for the mobilization of citizens, government officials and the business sector around the common goal of building a peaceful society.

FIP firmly believes that the Colombian conflict will inevitably conclude with a peace negotiation or a series of negotiations that call for adequate technical assistance. Hence, it draws attention on the importance of preparing the country for a post-conflict settings.

Programmatic areas


Conflict Dynamics and Peace Negotiations


Post-conflict and Peacebuilding


Business, peace and human rights


Security and Criminal Policy


Contributions by the Founding Companies have made our institutional endeavor effective. Similarly, for the pursuance of projects, FIP relies on external support from international cooperation, international philanthropic organizations and, agreements made with public and private institutions.

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Nuestro equipo


Political Scientist, specialist in crime and violence, national and civil security, dialogue, peacebuilding and philanthropy. Executive Director for FIP since 2006. Associate researcher from 1998-2006 at Universidad de Los Andes - Center for Studies on Economic Development - CEDE, where she coordinated the study group on Public Peace that conducted research on violence, security and justice in Colombia. Advisor to the Presidential Counselor’s Office for Peace, the Presidential Counselor’s Office for National Defense and Security and the Ministry of National Defense, from 1988-1994. Consultant to multilateral agencies and Colombian public institutions in peace, dialogue, civil security, crime prevention, police reforms and drug policy initiatives. Likewise, she has participated in several counseling committees for the National Government including matters as Drug Policy (2013-2014), Criminal Policy (2011-2012) and the Special Mission for the National Police (2003-2004). Coauthor in several books and author of multiple publications.



María Lucía completed her degrees in anthropology and political science, and an MA in political science at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. She also has an MSC in Latin American Studies, which she completed at Oxford University in the UK. Before joining FIP, she served as advisor to the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace, where she coordinated the citizen participation team to support the Peace Talks between the Government and FARC. She has broad experience in formulating and assessing citizen participation mechanisms and in research into the role of civil society in peacebuilding. She has worked in prior-consultation proceedings and in relations strategies between businesses and Indigenous and peasant communities, corporate social responsibility in the extractive sector, environmental licensing, and in risk assessments, impact, and opportunities in zones of conflict and weak governance. She has taken part in research projects on Reconciliation, DDR (Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration), and Human Rights.


Jerónimo Castillo Muñoz has developed his career focused on citizen security and the relationship of the private sector with the criminal justice system, serving as researcher and director of government entities and private companies. He was director of Security and Cohabitation of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota, Director of Criminal and Penitentiary Policy of the Ministry of the Interior and Justice, Manager against Illicit Trade of British American Tobacco Colombia and Director of Corporate Affairs of Diageo Colombia. He has taught and directed research work at Javeriana University and the National University in Bogota. He advanced law studies at the University of the Andes, has a M.A. and was candidate for P.H.D in criminology at the University of Barcelona and Keele University.




Social Communicator and Journalist from Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga (UNAB); post-graduate studies on Human Rights and Communication at Fundación Henry Dunant (Santiago de Chile). She has worked in written media, initially regional press and subsequently, national and international media where she covered issues linked to armed conflict, Human Rights, the Justice and Peace process with paramilitaries (i.e. Justicia y Paz), and land grabbing and restitution. Consultant for the German GIZ-Profis initiative; the OAS Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia (MAPP/OEA, by its acronym in Spanish) and FESCOL.


Internationalist from Universidad del Rosario and Postgraduate Certificate on International Business Management. Professional experience of more than seven years with emphasis on the education sector’s administrative and financial areas. Active engagement in projects co-funded by public, private, national and international institutions focused on budgetary and administrative management. In September 2013 she was appointed FIP’s Administrative and Finance Head.