Alejandro Eder is the executive director of FDI Pacífico, the Foundation for the Integral Development of the Pacific Region of Colombia based in Cali, Colombia. FDI Pacífico is a private nonprofit organization that works to promote the development of long term public interest projects and policies that will contribute to the social and economic development of Colombia’s four Pacific provinces.
Prior to FDI Pacífico, Eder worked at the Office of the High Presidential Counselor for Reintegration and at the Colombian Agency for Reintegration (ACR) from 2007 to 2014. From 2007 to 2010, he was the policy and strategic advisor at the ACR and he led an effort to comprehensively redesign Colombia’s reintegration process in order to make it more effective and sustainable. From 2010 to 2014, he was Colombia’s high presidential counselor for reintegration and director general of the ACR.
As head of the ACR, Eder focused on developing a reintegration policy based on strengthening receptor communities, on developing the psychological and emotional stability of ex-combatants, and on guaranteeing the long-term sustainability of each individual’s reintegration through education, vocational training and private sector and third party engagement.
Eder also worked for five years (2009 to 2014) in the Colombia peace process initially as a member of the team that secretly negotiated the framework agreement with the FARC in Havana, Cuba, and then as an alternate negotiator in the public phase of the process until October 2014.
Eder has an undergraduate degree from Hamilton College and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Before working with the Colombian government Eder worked in investment banking and finance in New York City and Colombia.