Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Natalia Ruiz Morato grew up in the Andean capital of Bogota where she studied architecture before switching to law. She went to Seoul to read for a Master’s degree in International Studies from Korea University, and earned a PhD in Law from Colombia’s National University. She has been a lecturer at universities in Colombia and in China, and a consultant on issues related to international development, gender equality, indigenous rights and environmental justice. She has published several journal papers and book chapters on these topics. She is a current Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, the world’s leading think tank for regional studies.
Unlike most of her compatriots, she favours rock music over Salsa. Her hobbies used to include inline skating and basketball, but now she prefers bicycling, gourmet food and collecting shoes. She loves traveling and tries to imbue her husband and daughter with her enthusiasm for Japanese anime.
Her academic work has gained added relevance since Colombia officially ended its civil war through a peace agreement in 2016. She has travelled to some of the regions most affected by violence and exploitation through mining, and now works with colleagues in Germany and the United States to build paths out of conflict and towards a sustainable future.