The China-Latin America Sustainable Investment Initiative (CLASII) was established in October 2014 under the sponsorship of the International and Comparative Environmental Law Program of the American University Washington College of Law in Washington DC. Since October 2016, IISCAL has been sponsored by the NGO Bank Information Center in Washington DC. Currently, CLASII has a team with members in the United States, Ecuador and Bolivia.

CLASII conducts research, disseminates information, organizes training spaces, develops advocacy tools and promotes collaboration between social organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean and in other regions of the world.

our team
Paulina Garzón

Paulina Garzón is Ecuadorian and has 25 years of experience working on issues related to international financing, the environment, and human rights. She is the former president of Acción Ecológica, and co-founder and former president of the Center for Economic and Social Rights in Ecuador. Paulina has worked as a consultant in several countries and was Director of Programs for Latin America at the Bank Information Center. In the past six years, Paulina has focused her work on Chinese investments in Latin America, with a particular focus on the Chinese regulatory framework for investments abroad. Paulina holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (2009).

Email: pgarzon@iiscal.org

Marco Gandarillas
Head OF capacity building

Sociologist from Universidad Mayor de San Simón where he studied a Master in Environment and Development from the Centro de Estudios Superiores Universitarios. He is currently a PhD student at CIDES Postgraduate in Development Sciences from the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés. The last years have been devoted to research on Bolivian extractivisms. He has participated in numerous works and directed projects of this type in Bolivia and other countries in the region. His last book is entitled “Rights and Violences in Extractivisms: Extrahections in Bolivia and Latin America”, co-authored with Eduardo Gudynas and Oscar Campanini (2020, La Libre, Bolivia). Between 2007 and 2017, he was Executive Director of the Bolivia Documentation and Information Center, one of the most recognized centers for research and defense of human and environmental rights in South America. He currently works on business, human rights, environment, indigenous peoples, and public policy.

Email: mgandarillas@iiscal.org

María Emilia Hermosa
Executive assistant

María Emilia Hermosa has a bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science from Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) and completed a year of study with the exchange program at Willamette University focusing on the economy of developing countries, environmental ethics policy, politics for the formation of environmental policies, racism, migration and refugees. She participated in the various projects sponsored by USFQ in coordination with public institutions on socio-environmental innovation, anthropology. She worked with the British-Ecuadorian Chamber of Commerce (CEB), provided support of logistics and administrative coordination for the CEB and for the Centro Internacional de Arbitraje y Mediación. Her research interests include extractivism in Latin America,  transparency, environmental ethics and policy, climate change, international law.

Email: ehermosa@iiscal.org

Kiara Guerra

Kiara Guerra has a bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science from Universidad San Francisco de Quito and has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences-Ecuador. She has studied Chinese since 2010 and in 2012 she won a scholarship from the Confucius Institute that allowed her to keep studying Chinese at the Capital University of Economics and Business. Kiara has experience working in the government as a logistic assistant in a project from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as a specialist in inter-institutional relations at the Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales. Also, she has worked as a Chinese-Spanish translator with several enterprises. Her research interests include transparency, accountability, environmental, forest and climate emergency policies.

Email: kguerra@iiscal.org

Support us

CLASII accepts applications for internships throughout the year. The internships may be virtual or face-to-face depending on the activities and the availability of the intern, you can apply to our internships from anywhere in the world. Send us your resume (maximum 2 pages) and a motivation letter (maximum 1 page), detailing the dates on which you can do the internship and the number of hours available.

Send this information and/or your questions to info@iiscal.org