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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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