Hari Seshasayee

Trade Advisor, ProColombia, Government of Colombia

Hari Seshasayee is a Latin America analyst. He is currently Trade Advisor, ProColombia, Government of Colombia. He was formally with Gateway House as a representative in New Delhi, and liaises with the media, think tanks, diplomatic missions, the Ministry of External Affairs and other government bodies in the capital. He is also a Senior Researcher in the Latin America Studies Programme and engages with research institutions and scholars from the region. He joined Gateway House in April 2011, and managed the organisation's website for two years, and continues to work on the Weekly Newsletter reserved for Gateway House members. He has a Bachelor's degree in Mass Media (Journalism major) from KC College, University of Mumbai, and has worked in Latin America with the national chapter of AIESEC Perú and as a partnership coordinator in Brazil. He also taught Spanish at Language Labs, Chennai, and worked with the Hindustan Times in Mumbai. Hari speaks English, Hindi, Tamil, Spanish and some Portuguese.
Contact:  harisesh@alumni.stanford.edu

Latin America

Last modified: August 13, 2020

Recent projects

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25 June 2020 Gateway House

Latin America’s COVID-19 lessons for India

India and Latin America share similar demographics and challenges of density in the battle against COVID-19 India currently trails Latin America in the extent and volume of infection by a few weeks. Collaboration and sharing of local best practices can help both regions combat the contagion better.
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25 September 2016 Gateway House

Colombia and FARC: peace at last?

The Colombian government will sign a final and comprehensive peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces, a national guerrilla movement, on September 26. This is momentous, bringing to a close an insurgency that has inflicted widespread bloodshed and displacement. But making reparation may take an unpredictable course

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26 November 2015 Gateway House

India-Ecuador: growing past defence

The Ecuadorian president’s first-ever state visit to India this month was cancelled, possibly because four of seven helicopters supplied by HAL to Ecuador have crashed. But this hurdle can be overcome, and ties between the two countries can expand beyond defence and oil to sectors such as pharma, IT, and agribusiness.
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17 June 2014 Gateway House

Mann-India goes to Macondo

Even small Indian IT companies have managed to succeed in the Latin American market. Understanding the local culture is one of the main keys to success as illustrated in the case of Mann India Technologies, which was one of the earliest Indian entrants in the Latin American IT market.
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24 April 2014 Gateway House

The missing women of Parliament

Fewer than 10% of the candidates in the ongoing elections in India are women. A law to reserve seats for women in Parliament, which will increase this number, is in abeyance. Our next government can take lessons from Latin America, where 16 countries have successfully implemented reservations and other enabling measures
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30 January 2014 Gateway House

SAARC: dawdling but optimistic

With intra-regional trade at a low 4.23%, South Asia is the ‘least integrated region in the world.’ At the recent fifth SAARC Conclave in New Delhi, officials spoke about the need for better integration. But this is only possible if problems such as political differences and inadequate connectivity are addressed
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1 November 2013 Gateway House

Tapping into Latin America’s oil

India’s oil imports from Latin America increased from 4.5% in 2003 to 11% in 2012-13. This marks a diversification in India’s energy policy. With Latin America’s surplus energy production and discoveries in off-shore oil fields, India must further consolidate its oil trade with the region