VENANCIO COÑUEPAN MESÍAS
Venancio Coñuepan Mesias is founder and Executive Director of the Fundación Intercultural Chile (FCI), a think tank located in southern Chile. Dedicated to public affairs, promoting the values and principles of a free and intercultural society, FCI was distinguished in 2014 and 2015 as one of the Best New Think Tanks in the world in the Global Ranking Go To Think Tank from the University of Pennsylvania, United States.
Venancio is a graduate of Law at the Catholic University of Temuco and Diploma in Indigenous Politics, Autonomy and Intercultural University of Alberto Hurtado in Santiago, Chile. He has also participated in the program Strategic Planning ESE Business School of the University of Los Andes (2016); The Trainning in Strategic Planning and Internal Management for Think Tank from Atlas Network and LyD in Santiago de Chile (2016); Of the Workshop Joe Black, the architecture of a column of opinion of the middle El Libero (2016); Of the National Leadership School of the Leadership Institute Chile (2016); Atlas Network and LyD Study Centers Seminar (2013); And the Bachelor in Public Service of the J. Guzman Foundation (2012).
Previously, he served as Councilor representing indigenous peoples' organizations in the Civil Society Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Chile (2015); as legal adviser to the General Archive of Indigenous Affairs (2014); and as an adviser in the Cabinet of the National Director of the National Corporation of Indigenous Development (2013 - 2012), both institutions are public services of the Government of Chile.
He is a columnist for Voces La Tercera, Chile B, Dinamo and El Líbero. He has also written and been interviewed by The New York Times, Que Pasá Magazine, Capital, La Segunda, Pulso, El Mercurio, El Muro, El Democrata, Austral Temuco, Valdivia, and El Llanquihue. For his work at Fundación Chile Intercultural he has been awarded the 2015 Youth Action Award Andrés Bello University and the International Youth Foundation (2015), as one of the 100 Young Leaders of Araucanía by the Austral Temuco Journal (2015), and as one of the 100 Young Leaders of Chile by the newspaper El Mercurio (2014).