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Wilmer Felipe Pulido Vargas

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Doctor of Social Sciences

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Wilmer has more than 19 years’ of work experience in international education, humanitarian diplomacy and developmental organizations in more than 40 countries. He demonstrates exceptional leadership, interpersonal and research skills in strategic planning for mentorship, migrant integration and sustainable community programs. He has also worked in international volunteering as a champion of child and youth empowerment programs in Canada, and as a project manager-officer and program support. He completed his Master of Arts in Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. His life-long interest in the international arena stems from his personal and professional experiences, which touch on values, ethical behavior and pure deeds, and the belief that “the world is but one country and mankind its citizens”. He is interested in the advocacy of education as a critical and essential reality of this time, and the education of children is among the wealthiest principles of all the divine teachings (The Baha’i Faith, 2015).  Being Venezuelan, and having visited most Latin American countries, he has come to understand some of the root causes of the vicious cycle of poverty and prejudice that so dramatically affects children and the Indigenous peoples of Latin America. To further his understanding of changing patterns of societal integration, Wilmer analyzes the complex interplay of social structures, culture and individuals' attitudes and behaviour across time and place. His approach looks at the interplay of changing dynamics of individual lives (attitudes, capabilities and behaviour) against a backdrop of political and social integration (changing demographics, social structures, cultures and institutions). Wilmer is married with two children under the age of four, and is a member of the Baha’i International Community and Rotary International. Wilmer is fluent in English and Spanish (oral and written), speaks intermediate-level Portuguese and beginner to intermediate-level French.