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Integrative Science Improving Societies

The world is not fragmented between “hard” and “soft” issues, between social and individual phenomena, or between rational and emotional problems. These elements are mutually affected in causality relations.
Scientists should communicate their findings and discussions. Policy makers and decision takers should consult scientific findings and scientific discussions before deciding.

 A scientific VORTEX happens when different areas of human knowledge integrate into/with a scientific method/finding. This implies integrating science and humanism.

Eduardo Salcedo-Albarán, Director

Contact: esa@scivortex.org

Philosopher, and Ms. in Political Science at the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá Colombia). Current Director of Vortex. By applying artificial intelligence, neuroscience and social networks analysis, he has researched in the areas of transnational organized crime, kidnapping, corruption, drug-trafficking and State Capture. Between 2004 and 2006 he served as advisor for the Colombian presidency in Colombia. He was also consultant and researcher in local chapters of Transparency International and public agencies. He has collaborated for SEED Magazine and for different books and magazines, as a researcher and activist on science and empirical knowledge. Professor in the areas of Evolution and Genetics, Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, and Scientific Thought. Since 2010 he is a member of EDGE Foundation, Inc., which includes “some of the most interesting minds in the world”. His recent work on illegal social networks has been exhibited and discussed in galleries, workshops and media around the world.

Interested in:

  1. -Evolution, neuroscience and artificial intelligence applied to social sciences - Public policy - Social networks.

Some books:

La Captura y Reconfiguración Cooptada del Estado en Colombia [The Capture and Co-opted Reconfiguration of State in Colombia] (2008) (Co-author), La Mente Inorgánica [The Inorganic Mind] (2009) (Author), Illicit Networks Reconfiguring States.  

Also find me in:

/ Full Cv (PDF) / Personal WEB) / Facebook / Twitter


VORTEX provides inputs for policy making under integrative science.

By integrating different areas of human knowledge we propose models for understanding and facing social challenges. Ensuring global security, demanding governmental efficiency, improving transparency and securing human rights are some of these challenges.


Andrea Kuszewski, Researcher


Researcher, Science Writer and Communicator


- Psychology, Southern Illinois University

  1. -Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

  2. -Experimental Psychology-Cognitive Neuroscience, Case Western Reserve University

- Biomedical Art/Scientific and Medical Illustration, Cleveland Institute of Art

Interested in:

  1. -Creativity, Intelligence, and Exceptional Ability

  2. -Autism Spectrum Disorders

  3. -Sociopathy

  4. -X-Altruism

  5. -Emotion Regulation

Andrea is a Behavior Therapist and Consultant, treating children on the Autism Spectrum, specializing in Asperger’s Syndrome. She has worked as a research assistant in the field of psychology studying various topics including intelligence, fear conditioning, cognition, childhood anxiety, and emotion. She is an Affiliate Scholar of the IEET (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies), a Brain Awareness Fellow at the GGI (George Greenstein Institute), and on the Board of Advisors at BetterBio.

        She is herself a fine artist, trained in various visual communication medium ranging from traditional drawing to digital painting, graphic design, and 3D modeling/animation for the medical and behavioral sciences, as well as educational science exhibit design and installation for museums.

        Andrea is also a science writer and science communication activist. She blogs as The Rogue Neuron at Scientific Blogging, addressing a variety of scientific topics, but focuses mainly on cognitive neuroscience and psychology, creativity, and autism. She writes for  her own scientific blog site.  She has written papers on the genetics and neuroscience of creativity, and intelligence.

Also find me in:

Blog / Twitter / Facebook / IEETScience Writing / G+

Luis Jorge Garay, Academic Director

Contact: ljg@scivortex.com

Industrial engineer and Magister in Economics at the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia), and Ph. D. in Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, United States of America). Current Academic Director at Vortex. Visiting Scholar at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Teacher at the universities De los Andes and Nacional de Colombia. Visiting Scholar and Consultant at the InterAmerican Development Bank. Consultant at the United Nations Program for Development in Colombia, the National Planning Department and Ministries of Finance, Foreign Trade and Foreign Affairs in Colombia. At the present is the director of the National Process of Verification of Human, Social and Economic Rights of the forced displaced population in Colombia. He has authored more than 40 books and published numerous essays in specialized journals in Colombia and the United States, in topics like international migration and remittances, international trade and economic integration, foreign debt management, industrial development and international competitiveness, globalization, corruption and capture of State, and social exclusion.

Interested in:

international trade and economic integration, foreign debt management, industrial development and international competitiveness, globalization, corruption and State Capture, and social exclusion.


John P. Sullivan, Adjunct Researcher


Career police officer. He currently serves as a lieutenant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He is also an adjunct researcher at the Vortex Foundation in Bogotá, Colombia; a senior research fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies on Terrorism (CAST); and a senior fellow at Small Wars Journal-El Centro. He is co-editor of Countering Terrorism and WMD: Creating a Global Counter-Terrorism Network (Routledge, 2006) and Global Biosecurity: Threats and Responses (Routledge, 2010) and co-author of Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency: A Small Wars Journal-El Centro Anthology (iUniverse, 2011) and Studies in Gangs and Cartels (Routledge, 2013). He completed the CREATE Executive Program in Counter-Terrorism at the University of Southern California and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government form the College of William and Mary, a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis from the New School for Social Research, and a PhD, doctorate in Information and Knowledge Society, from the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) at the Open University of Catalonia (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) in Barcelona. His doctoral thesis was ‘Mexico’s Drug War: Cartels, Gangs, Sovereignty and the Network State.” His current research focus is the impact of transnational organized crime on sovereignty in Mexico and other countries.

Full CV (PDF)


Marcela Tovar, Adjunct Researcher

PhD in Anthropology - New School for Social Research, (New York, US). Acting Director of Latin American and Latino Studies Queens College – City University of New York. Lecturer, Anthropology Department QC-CUNY. LASA Member.

Marcela Tovar-Restrepo (Colombia, Spain, U.S.) is Director (a) of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program and teaches in the Anthropology Department at Queens College (CUNY). Dr. Tovar-Restrepo also teaches at the Urban Studies Program at New School for Social Research. She obtained her PhD in Anthropology at the New School for Social Research (N.Y.) and her Master on Urban Development Planning at University College of London. She has served as international consultant mainstreaming cultural and gender rights into policy-making processes at different UN instances like the Commission of Sustainable Development (CSD) - DESA, UNDEF, IPU and the Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues. She has also served as technical advisor and researcher for International cooperation agencies (GTZ, AECID), governments, social movements and NGOs in areas such as gender and ethnic diversity, environment and human rights and conflict. Marcela is Board member of Women Environmental and Development Organization (NY), and is part of the Advisory Council for the Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding - Queens College- City University of New York

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Edgar Gutiérrez, Adjunct Researcher 

Political Analyst from Guatemala. He was a Minister of Foreign Relations at Guatemala and Secretary of Strategic Analysis at the Presidency of the Republic of Guatemala. He coordinated the research program “Recuperación de la Memoria Histórica” (“Recovering Historical Memory”). Currently, he is Director of DESC (Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales; Econo- mic Social and Cultural Rights) Foundation for Latin America and he is an international consultant and advisor of political strategies in different countries of the region. His latest publi- cation is: “Guatemala: Hábitat del Narcotráfico” (“Guatemala: Habitat for Drug Trafficking”), Miami, 2010.

Full CV (PDF)

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Luis Astorga, Adjunct Researcher

Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Paris I. He is a researcher at the Institute of Social Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico; coordinator of the UNESCO Chair “Economic and social transformations connected with the in- ternational drug problem”; member of the National System of Researchers (SNI) and the Mexican Academy of Sciences (AMC); Author of: Seguridad, traficantes y militares (Security, drug traffickers and the military), México, Tusquets, 2007; Drogas sin fronteras (Drugs without borders), México, Grijalbo, 2003; El siglo de las drogas (The drugs century), México, Plaza y Janés, 2005 (Espasa-Calpe, 1996); and Mitología del ‘narcotraficante’ en México (Drug trafficker’s mythology in Mexico), México, UNAM/Plaza y Valdés, 1995. He has also published chapters in books, and articles about drug trafficking in México in scientific journals from Mexico, The United States of America, Colombia, France, Italy, India, Great Britain and Belgium.


Mailing Address:

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Andrea M. Salcedo Albarán, assistant.


Research assistant.

Participated in projects for modeling criminal networks in Colombia and Mexico.

Amira Skomorowska, Researcher and Curator of Vortex Media Content

Ms. in Political Science, Bachelor of Arts in Diplomacy at College of Media and Communication (Warsaw, Poland), PhD candidate in Sociology. Besides she is a musician, singer.

By drawing on cognitive and social science, Amira is a researcher in the areas of sociology, multiculturalism, international relations, media and its social, political and cultural impact. She has written papers on topics like intercultural communication, sociology of culture, globalization, cultural differences in negotiations.

Being an artist herself (trained in vocal and acting), she advocates for integrating science and art for mutual inspiration and collaboration. A synthesis of these two fields that share some common aspects, although applying different methodologies, are often a crucial component of scientific progress and any kind of innovation

Interested in

Philosophy, cognitive science, cultural anthropology, social psychology, general semantics, evolution, geopolitics, collective intelligence, creativity, information and knowledge management.

Also find me in: twitter / Personal Web Site /



Sonja Wolf, Adjunct Researcher


Sonja Wolf holds a PhD in International Politics from Aberystwyth University [United Kingdom]. She has held post-doctoral fellowships at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México where she conducted research on street gangs and organised crime in Central America. She has worked as Human Rights Officer for the United Nations and as consultant on youth violence prevention and conflict analysis. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of Latin American Studies, Latin American Politics & Society, the Latin American Research Review and the Bulletin of Latin American Research. Dr. Wolf is also a columnist for the digital magazine Distintas Latitudes. Currently she is preparing a monograph on gang control in El Salvador. Her research focuses on security issues, particularly street gangs and drug trafficking in Mexico and Central America. She is available for consultancies, interviews and expert witness service in gang asylum cases.

Also find me in: Publications / Facebook / Twitter

Full CV (PDF)


Diana Enriquez, Researcher


Student of Political Science at Yale University. She is currently developing a research about the participation of Colombian Cartels in local and national political campaigns, in the period 1970-2000. Diana also studies immigration and the history of immigrants in the United States.

Interested in: Informal economies, Mexican and Latinos living in the United States, Organized crime, political science.

Full CV (PDF)

Leticia Núñez Almeida, Researcher.

Lawer, and Ms. in Sociology at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, UFRGS (Porto Alegre, Brasil) and she has postgraduate degree in social projects and cuturais, and Civil Procedure and the Constitution, both courses at the same University. Currently is student  of PhD in Sociology at the University of São Paulo, USP (São Paulo, Brasil) with a scholarship from Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa de São Paulo, and researcher of the Project  Violence and Borders, developed by the Núcleo de Estudos da Violência / USP / Instituto Nacional de Ciência eTecnologia- INCT. Has experience in research and worksps related to Border Crime, Public Security Policies, Participatory Budgeting, Affirmative Action, Quilombo Communities, Social Movements and Human Rights. 
She was consultant to the Researchs such as: the Project The sustainability of the participatory budget in Porto Alegre, developed by the World Bank; the Search Integration of Police in Brazil, design INCT / Brazilian Forum on Public Security of São Paulo; the Reduction Program Lethal Violence / PRVL of the Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro e Observatório de Favela. Between 2004 and 2009 she served as a public administrator for the municipalities in Brazil, in Porto Alegre coordinated the policies at the Department of Urban Security and Human Rights, and she was legal adviser and coordinator of infrastructure and human resources of the Department of Housing. In the city of Nova Iguaçu (Rio de Janeiro), coordinated the Office of Integrated Management of the Municipality-GGI, she was manager of the municipal tele-centers and  she was member of Cabinet Integrated Management of Public Safety of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
Interested in: Social Dynamics, Borders, Urban Sociology, Public Policy, International Relations and Art.
Full CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/5969043947216249
Estefanía López Guevara, Active Intern.
Contact: elg@svortex.org

Multilingual journalist and research assistant. Student at Universidad del Rosario, Bogota, Colombia. She is currently participating in various projects at Vortex Foundation. Fluent in French, Spanish, English and Italian.
Currently interested in:
-Analysis of armed conflicts, Peacebuilding, Human Rights, Political Sciences, Transmedia, Storytelling, Digital and Citizen Journalism, and Data Journalism