The Fulbright Recognition of Excellence is an award given to a Fulbright Alumni for outstanding work in their field and for their promotion of educational, cultural and mutual understanding between the United States and Colombia that contributes to innovation, science, peace-building, economic and social development in Colombia.
Each year, Commission partners, members of the Fulbright community, the Fulbright Board of Directors, and Fulbright staff nominate those who best represent the values of the program.
Fulbright Saldarriaga Concha 2011 Award - Master's in Communication from the University of Florida
Adriana has a degree in Philology and Languages from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Florida (United States). She is currently the Advisor in Social Inclusion of the Physical Rehabilitation Program at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and is also Ambassador for Colombia of OrCam Technologies where she works to promote artificial intelligence that provides greater autonomy to visually impaired people, allowing them to improve their quality of life.
Adriana worked at the Ministry of Information, Technologies and Communications (MinTIC), where she promoted projects that foster the inclusion of people with disabilities through the use and application of technologies. One such project is ConverTIC: a pioneer initiative worldwide that allows blind and low vision people to use the computer autonomously thanks to the free download and installation of screen reader and magnifier software.
She has worked as a university professor and lecturer on issues of inclusion, accessibility and universal design. Additionally, she is an activist for the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities and is part of the Network of Women with Visual Impairment, which promotes the empowerment and social inclusion of women who are blind or have reduced vision in Colombia.
Fulbright Award for
Excellence 2007 - 2020
J. Wlliam Fulbright Scholarship, 1958, PhD in civil Engineering
Dr. Forero is a Civil Engineer from the Institut National de Sciences Appliquées – INSA (Lyon, France) with a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University. Since 2001 he has served as a professor at the Universidad de los Andes and is one of the 42 members of the Misión de Sabios appointed by President Iván Duque to work on the development of Science, Technology and Innovation in the country, specifically forming the group in the field of Social Sciences for human development and equity.
Dr. Forero has also served as a professor at the Universidad Nacional, a visiting professor at Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, the president of the National Council of Participatory Planning of Bogota (1990) and the general director of Colciencias. He has made significant contributions in scientific studies on public policy; public administration studies; innovation and industry; violence, insecurity and contingent cooperation; organizational hybrids, conflict and regional development.
Among the honors received by Dr. Clemente, both nationally and internationally, we can highlight: Emeritus Researcher recognized by Colciencias – Call 737 of 2015; Honorary Professor, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 1999; Palmes Académiques, government of France, 1995; Simon Bolivar Award for Economic Journalism, Seguros Bolivar, 1978 and University Merit Medal.
Fulbright ICETEX Scholarship, 1990, Master in Computer Science
Dr. Jaramillo-Botero is an Electrical Engineer from Boston University (1986), who earned a Master in Computer Science as a Fulbright Scholar from the State University of New York (1990), and PhD in Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (1998). He developed his doctoral dissertation as a visiting researcher at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) between 1996-1997, and postdoctoral work in Nanoscale Science as an NSF (US National Science Foundation) grantee, at Caltech and at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), between 2002 and 2005.
Dr. Jaramillo-Botero joined Caltech full time in 2006 as a Research Scientist and as Director of Multiscale Science and Simulation in the Materials and Process Simulation Center (MSC) of the Chemistry Division. There, he has been a leader/co-leader in multiple U.S. government funded research programs (DOE, DOD, DOT, NSF and NASA, among other national agencies) and applied research efforts funded by national and international industry, as well as authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications and patents.
Dr. Jaramillo-Botero has been a member of the academic community of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (PUJ) since 1990, where he achieved tenured professorship in 1999, and was admitted to the Javeriana honor society in 2001.
Fulbright LASPAU Scholarship, 1991, Master in Conservation and DevelopmentBrigitte graduated with a degree in Biology from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and a Masters of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida. She worked as a researcher at the Rural Studies Unit of the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the Universidad Javeriana, where she also began her teaching career in the Rural Development and Environmental Management Master’s programs. She has participated in numerous national projects on conservation and environmental planning, cultural landscapes, analysis of territorial transformation processes, ecological-economic history of productive systems, multicultural analysis of biodiversity use and management, biocomplexity, biospeleology, and biopolitics. She is also interested in gender and culture. She was director of the Humboldt Institute, representing at that time the scientific authority of Colombia before the International Convention for the Trade of Wildlife (CITES, as its acronym in Spanish). She currently serves as president of the Universidad EAN, becoming the first transgender woman in the country to hold that position.
Fulbright-Fletcher Fellowship 1980, Inv & Doc Public Administration
Juan Manuel Santos, Fulbright alumnus, President of Colombia (2010- 2014, 2014-2018) and Nobel Peace Laureate, in 1981 Santos was a recipient of the Fulbright Fletcher Visiting Fellows Program, a professional development program that allowed him to take graduate classes in public administration at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Harvard University and M.I.T.
In 2007, he was the special guest at the Fulbright Award Ceremony, where he stated that Fulbright’s work is “a priceless contribution” because “the best contribution one can make to a country is its human capital, its education.”
He is an economist and business administrator from the University of Kansas, with graduate studies in economics and economic development from the London School of Economics, and was also a fellow of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Throughout his career he has held a number of public positions. For 9 years he represented the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia before the International Coffee Organization in London, he was deputy director of El Tiempo and Minister of Foreign Trade in 1991. In 2000 he was appointed Minister of Finance. In 2006 he was appointed Minister of Defense until May 2009, when he retired to become a presidential candidate.