Venezuela : Achievements and Participatory Democracy


A Roundtable Discussion with Consul General of Venezuela Jesus Rodriguez-Espinoza:
“Venezuela : Achievements and Participatory Democracy”

We are pleased to invite Consul General of Venezuela Jesus Rodriguez-Espinoza to the Niagara Foundation for a roundtable discussion with an intimate group of our members and staff. He will be speaking on Venezuelan-U.S. Relations, as well as the political and social changes implemented by the people of Venezuela under the leadership of the President Hugo Chavez.

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Non-Members: $10

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Thursday, September 25
from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

205 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 4240
Chicago, IL, US, 60601

Mr. Rodriguez-Espinoza is a specialist in international relations, graduated from the Central University of Venezuela in 1996 with a specification in international economic law and an associate degree in Foreign Trade.

He has been a government officer since 1997, with expertise in the fields of science and technology, planning, and international trade. Before being appointed as Consul General he worked as Deputy Consul in Chicago since July 2005 and between 2000-2005 he taught international foreign trade in Venezuela while working as an advisor for the Ministry of Housing (MinHAVI) and for the National Agency for Cooperatives (SUNACOOP). He was officially appointed as Consul General of Venezuela in Chicago in October 2008.

Besides his academic background the Consul General has been involved in the birth and organization of the alternative media movement in Venezuela especially related with community media such as Radio Perola, and the National Asociation of Alternative, Free and Community Media (ANMCLA) and with the Venezuelan Free Software Movement. He was born in 1969 and has been married for 12 years with Yullma Hernandez and they have two kids, Alba Lucia (11) and Jesus Alberto (2).

Since his arrival to Chicago, the Consul Rodriguez-Espinoza has participate in series of activities orientated to highlight the name of Venezuela and explain the process of democratic and pacific economic, political and social changes implemented by the people of Venezuela under the leadership of the President Hugo Chavez.

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