Juan has served as a United Nations Volunteer at UNICEF in Colombia, working on design, implementation, and monitoring of strategies to prevent armed violence against children and adolescents, especially child soldier recruitment. He also worked as a consultant in the same organization designing methodological tools for a nationwide mobilization strategy recruiting 2,000 adolescents to promote peacebuilding. He also worked for nearly four years in governmental organizations such as the Bogotá City Council, the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, and the Office of the Presidential Counsellor for Youth on policymaking related to peacebuilding and socioeconomic development. He also is fluent in Spanish, French, and German.
Juan holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from the Universidad del Rosario, where he was awarded a scholarship for academic excellence and graduated first in his cohort. As a master of global affairs student, Juan is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.